I had a nice little adventure today at our local apple festival. It is great as dogs are allowed and I love Kirby getting out there being exposed to lots of new sights, dogs, and people. The hallmark moment was when two little ones came up wanting to pet Kirby. The mom had been telling me the little girl had been wanting a Maltese for so long. She seemed very gentle and conscientious of him, it reminded me of myself when I was her age. I appreciate so much when people ask if their kids can pet him rather then just running up and doing it as it gives me a second to get Kirby in a calm, comforting state where he even enjoys it:) He saw the horses again, and unlike last year when he went on a barking-spree behind the fence seeing these massive creatures, he just watched them this time. He also made a little friend with another little dog. With the big dogs we just walked by as normal and he didn’t make a peep. So looking good.
Anyways here is some pictures of the day. Hope everyone had a great Halloween!
Got to love homemade apple fritters!
Had to get a picture of him by this beautiful garden!
Hey guys. So Kirby and I were just laying here and I thought I’d take some time and chat with you all. We have been busy being lazy, but also taking evening strolls, in which I have been enjoying. As we have recently discovered a little path that takes us into a pretty tranquil forest.
I have been continually trying to work on Kirby’s interaction with other dogs. The thing I am trying to continually tame is the fact that if they are big and I guess “scary” looking to him – he will continually bark his head off at them if I try to urge him to say hello. He might even give a little fake jab if they keep avoiding his territory. Though if they are small he is sweet as a lamb usually. I have been researching various methods on how to help him with this, and it might appear I am exposing him too much, and by me trying to stop and make him say hello that is putting extra pressure and stress on him. So for now we have been just calmly walking by these bigger dogs, in which case he then doesn’t give them a second thought.
Anyways here is the little trouble maker in his Kermit the frog outfit. Yes, he likes to sleep with all his toys 🙂
At the shelter, I am happy to say. Although a few weeks ago there was 5-6 dogs up for adoption, there now is only one. He’s a older JRT, who has some sight issues and joint issues. When he first came there, every couple steps he was falling down. Though just last week he is now running around the play area I let him out in and seems to be doing a lot better. Which I am happy to report. Edit- Since writing this I am happy to say the little guy is now adopted! yayyy:)
One more thing for all you WordPress bloggers, has anyone been getting an obscene amount of spam comments lately. The last few months I seem to get at least one or two every day even when I’m not posting. It’s quite annoying
Sorry to be gone for over two months! It seems like a eternity in blog years 🙂 WELL Kirby and I have been enjoying the summer, getting out there as much as we can 🙂 I have been continually been trying to work on his separation anxiety/ barking problems when he first meets strangers. As soon we are about to be in a apartment and these bad habits and that will not go together ….:/
Apart from that though he has been getting out and having lots of fun with his buddy Poe and his others. Sorry this post won’t be very long, as it is very late and not our usual posting day, but I wanted to let you all know we are back and not gone for good 🙂
Until next Wednesday when we are back on schedule here are some pictures of the little nugget and his adventures in the last couple months 🙂 Sorry I had to take them from my instagram as I seemed to delete the originals.
Hi everyone, I hope you are all having an amazing summer so far! I thought I would show you guys some more details on the little guy we adopted, and what better way then for me to show you in a under three minute video. Theres some clips of when we first brought him home, and just showing him off really 🙂
I have slowly and surely become more busy and it will only get more busier after this month. So I am not sure how much I will be popping up on the blog. If you any of you happen to have instagram you can follow me there @leakatt where I have daily picture updates etc of all the animals as I honestly don’t know how long this writing break will be. I will also be continuing to post on youtube. Anyways I hope I will be back soon, and enjoy the video!
So in case you guys didn’t catch on I put up this picture with hints and clues scattered through out it of the new addition my mom brought home.
And here is what was in the picture….
This little guy! My mom has named him Opie. She has wanted a bird for a while, and when I found a ad where someone was trying to find a new home for him, I told her right away. He is shy and a bit timid but with a little work I think he’ll be very happy. Here is some more pictures
Is he gorgeous?! He’s a fancy budgie apparently. Anyways hope you guys find him as cute as I do. I will be posting the progress and maybe even a video or two if you guys are curious. If you look hard enough there are lots of do different types of animals needing a new home. Anyways I’ll leave you with Kirby, have a good week you guys!
I’m sick this week so I’m going to stick to the rules of wordless Wednesday. You guys know I’ve been recently volunteering, and this time I helped my mom adopt. Heres the hint down below. Do you know what we got? Next Wednesday you’ll hear all about him.
And don’t worry I’ll be good as new next week, but until then I think I have pretty good company…..
I hope you are all enjoying your summer. whether that be jumping into lots of lakes and playing in the nice green grass, or for the two legged enjoying the sunshine and being with your furry best friend.
I have been continuing enjoying my time working at the shelter, and just wanted to share a few more happy adoption pictures! This little guy although may look like a full grown Shih-tzu still had his baby teeth coming in so he is definitely a mix of something a little larger. Lhasa Apso perhaps? What do you guys think? Either way I had the privilege of getting to know him on a few walks and play times till he was happily adopted into a loving forever home, I even got to say goodbye to the little one first hand.
Not only that but in accordance to adopt a cat month, I am happy to say more then a few kittens have been adopted this week too!
Today my friend came over with her adorable American Bulldog Savior, and I quickly got a few snaps with him and the boys, before he proceeded to gallop on about his merry little way. Kirby was a little nervous when Savior got too close (but him being still a rambunctious pup) I was still proud of the progression he has made with dealing with the bigger guys as he handled it all pretty good 🙂
I couldn’t get over in this picture how so very small Kirby looked compared to Savior! Aren’t they just the cutest pair!
No, that is not a small garden decoration in the background.
Sorry not much of a post today, as this week for some reason I feel a little at a loss for words, but I wanted to get this up in usual time:) Hope you guys all continue to have a amazing week!
So if you have been reading recently you will notice our excitement about going to a Woofstock festival! It is a very large dog festival that takes place in Toronto this year. We finally got to go! It was so much fun guys. Its times like this I wish there was a teleport system so I could take you all there! There were contests, vendors, events, shows, and of course A LOT of dogs!
Kirby I think was at first a little overwhelmed, I mean he was walking past about 3-5 dogs every second, but he kept his cool and after about 30 seconds I could see him start to get into the happy groove all the rest of the dogs were in!
We caught glimpses of a fashion show, and another show called stupid dog tricks. We also got to see three beautiful Newfoundlands all together and even got a picture with them at the living legends show. There was a wiener dog race which I helped my friend and her little weiner-mix dog participate in. Not to mention there was a ton of vendors and free goodies to go around. (You can watch the video below to see what we got!) Though our favorite part by far was just socializing, meeting, and hearing the stories of the furry (sometimes funny) little characters we met along the way!
I can’t tell you how much I was in the zone and just a feeling of overall happiness and excitement as we par-took in this almost extremely-large pack experience. For the number of dogs, I was I have to say a little shocked but pleasantly surprised there was not one dog fight, or angry dog we came across (I mean in reality Im sure somewhere there was) but we definitely didn’t see it 🙂 There was even a emergency vet booth in case any of the dogs got hurt, and tons of water stops for all the dogs, constantly being re-filled by the volunteers.
We filmed the weiner dog race, and some other bits and bobs of the day that I put in a video below if you would like to see it in action.
Anyways we had so much fun! And will definitely be going again next year! Maybe I’ll even enter Kirby in the Mr.Canada pageant contest they got going on, wouldn’t that be hilarious 😛
So another week (well two since I last wrote) has flown by. I am still working at the shelter, and it is as rewarding still as when I first started. I’ve noticed for me personally when you start doing something good, something that you know although small is making a difference in a field your really passionate about, it is something that will stay with you, and honestly is something no matter where I am in life I think I will always want to continue.
I am happy to say there has been lots of adoptions recently. There is always that attachment I get sooner rather than later when I’ve walked a dog day after day or played with a kitten, so when someone finds them and adopts it is a whole new experience for once feeling happy that I walk in and realize I might not see their face again, because I know they have finally got the forever home they deserve. Here are some of the dogs I’ve had the pleasure to get to know, and have now found their forever home 🙂 These are not their names now but the names I gave them in my head :p Pickle, Gizmo, Taz and Missy and we’ll just call him Mr.Fluffs
Also, one more thing. Next week we will be heading out to http://www.woofstock.ca/ a Toronto based dog festival of sorts. I missed last year, but am so excited about going this year. It is not only Canada’s largest dog festival but has so many events including weiner dog races! fashion shows, vendors, and charitable causes such as rescues. Yep, and I will be sure to document all the fun and festivities right ho maybe ere! My thought is to maybe do a vlog, but as it is noted for being a extremely packed place at the least I iwll have some pictures to share. What do you guys think I should do?
Anyways thats all for this week guys, can’t wait to let you all in on how it was next week 🙂
Recently we had the pleasure to receive some items to review from Purely Personalized pets. Since we have moved I have been hesitant to get I.D tags for Kirby and Poe as their old ones got scratched to the point of unrecognizability within only a couple months. Though living in a new neighbourhood and knowing neither Poe or Kirby is micro-chipped I was really looking for good quality and unique I.D tags.(Microchip explanation- I don’t have final say over what my mother chooses to do with Poe, as he is her dog for the most part, and Kirby I am waiting till we have moved to our permanent residence in a few months before I bother getting one) That is when I came across these very lovely and unique tags from http://purelypersonalizedpet.com/ .
Let me start by saying not only were they very pleasant to talk to, but their customizable items are amazingly unique. Here is the ones I picked out and received for Poe and Kirby. (I took out the numbers for privacy reasons to show)
The gold metal coupled with the rough edge and cute little heart …had me at hello!
and here is Poe’s. I like that his is a bit more manly, and has the hand-stamped looked to it with the lettering, and i think its pretty cool that it hangs diagonally.
These are two of the many completely different designs they offer. All completely customizable to what you want on it. Here are some more of my favorites…