So as most of you have probably read, I have decided to volunteer this summer at my local shelter. It was something that had been in the back of my mind for a while. Watching videos of people who went out of their way to adopt, foster, and rescue animals, I realized in my current situation I had no reason not to do it.
So this is my third week there, and its been a great reward to get to know, learn and help the little ones who have taken up residence. I mostly work with the dogs, taking them for walks and recently been trying to train them a bit in the basics of sit stay etc. I have shared the pictures with a couple of my close friends when out on walks. It was of this one picture ( with the help of my friend who received it) that helped change the course for one of these animals. Achilles (as he is now affectionately named by his owner) was a relatively new admittance, and was the first Rottweiler/ Sheppard mix I had yet to see. It was this coupled with his beaming personality and smiley pose that gave that little voice in me the nudge to take a picture. I sent it to one of my friends, – who is the owner of the American Bulldog you have seen in recent posts. She being a dog lover fell in love with the picture of the dog herself, which inevitably made her show it to her boyfriend. It was the same picture with the smiling personality, that made him meet the dog in the pixelated photograph.
A couple days later her boyfriend drove the ways to meet him. After some getting-to-know-yous, playing, and the start of that bond us humans start to get in the very first meeting of a potential pet, I believe his heart was already hostage to the furry four-legger, and submitted an adoption form.
The next day I had the privilege to be there when he got to take him home. Achilles being a dog I suppose one would think he wouldn’t understand what was happening that day, as he was walked out of the shelter by this kind person he just met. Though to me, his face changed, his demeanor changed, and now his life is changed all due to a little photograph 🙂
Of course in the end, there is a lot more elements that helped this work out the way it did.
If I never volunteered at the shelter, if I was never friends with my friend, if she didn’t know who she knew, and finally if I didn’t have that little voice telling me to take the picture….
It’s all this that makes me realize even this blog and you guys who decide to read my posts and giving me the encouragement to pursue this path to begin with, you all had a part in this. So let that be a reason no matter what kind of day or week, or even month you had to maybe put a little smile on your face.
And with that I’ll end you with the picture itself 🙂
Kirby and I have been busy busy with working on our progress with larger dogs. The last couple days I have been taking him to the big dog side in the dog park in hopes of working him through his fears. Although Monday was a bit hit and miss, yesterday we went with our friend and her dog Savior (the American bulldog you might have seen last post) and headed out again. Kirby was to my delight very calm, and had no growls or teeth showings to the friendly large dogs that came to say hello to him. Every time he did interact nicely I made sure to let him know what a good boy he was being! As it was his first time meeting Savior, in the car as we headed there, he did give him some growling attitude, but by the end of the day, Kirby was just fine running alongside him, especially if treats were involved. Below is a quick picture I got of him and Savior’s bum is right behind him. Considering he was (by far) the smallest dog at the park today he did very very well. So yaay! Also I have received in the mail after much wait a product I was looking forward to review, as they wanted it reviewed before April 4th in order for me and whoever wanted to purchase them to get in on the promotions that were going on. Unfortunately it did not arrive to me until today. I decided I was only going to still review it if the dogs and I really loved it. Well it kind of happened.
It is “Pet Naturals Breath bars”. I was hoping that Poe would take to these especially, as he has the worst dog breath known to……dog. I broke one in half giving the bigger one to Poe, and he went nuts for it! I have never seen him act so excited when receiving a treat, especially since he is a picky dog, so I was presently surprised when both Poe and Kirby to put it lightly devoured it and began following me around the house with the package till I found a good place to put it.
The bag came with 21 bars. And is said to “improve fecal quality, clean the blood, reduce the frequency of flatulence, and simply freshen breath. Now as I have just given them it today, I don’t know about the fecal quality, or blood (in which neither are issues anyways) but it did freshen Poe’s breath, A LOT more then what the other breath freshner treats we were using did. So for that reason and the reason Poe has seemed to react to them much like a cat with cat nip, I give them a thumbs up so far.
Also last but not least, I have been continuing volunteering at my local animal shelter, and have taken many pictures in hopes to show you just how special the dogs are. I just want to make sure it is okay that I show the pictures of the animals there, with the co-ordinator, as it probably more polite to ask first..
Finally, spring is here!!!! I for one am happy and excited to put away the winter coat and heavy boots, but for Kirby it’s as if his whole world opened up again! No more hibernation from the Canadian cold, and finally to his greatest pleasure (trust me) no more weird constricting piece of fabric to cover his glorious coat.
We made the most of it especially this weekend with many long walks to our favorite parks, and even to the dog park a couple times.
Now as you know I have been trying to work with Kirby with his issues lately in his fear of large dogs. I tried to introduce him to as many large dogs we came across, but it was always the small guys he is comfortable with. Last summer I attempted to take him to the large dog side at our dog park in hopes to work on this further, but with someone’s warning (which I now know to be untrue now) that I shouldn’t let my dog in that area because he is to small. That coupled with a bunch of glares I decided to keep him to the small area. Since then though I have seen many small dogs in the big dog area, and with reassurance from other dog owners decided to go there again. The first few minutes Kirby looked truly terrorized and there were some big dogs with their play demeaner could understand Kirby unintentionally being turned into a pancake. Though we met some sweet and laid back pointer mixes and Kirby was soon right at home with them. Here are some pictures of his escapades.
Next I wanted to show off a friend of mine’s gorgeous American bulldog. He is full of energy but such a sweetheart. He recently had surgery so has to take it easy for a while (with his personality is a challenge in itself!) Never the less, I couldn’t help taking pictures of this handsome boy.
I hope you all enjoy the coming spring as much as we are!
*p.s- I just started volunteering at the local animal shelter, as it has the potential to help me give some dogs some TLC.
Dog food – subsidized cake that is! The boys enjoyed their birthday. Kirby spent his at the park reuniting with old and new friends as they came out from the winter’s hibernation. Poe-Poe isn’t one for playing and socializing these days, he prefers much more getting cuddles and lots of love from his people family in his old age.
Though one thing they both enjoyed was the yearly concoction of wet dog food with pupperoni made candles. And as you can see they enjoyed it thoroughly!
One thing I am hoping to work on this summer along with getting Kirby associated with more large dogs, is his bit of separation anxiety he has seemed to develop. He isn’t to bad where he barks, but he is attached to me at the hip, so when I leave I’m usually greeted with the below picture when I return. As endearing as it is, I don’t want it to progress to a extreme anxiety situation, as he already has started to whine when I leave so I am told and get a little depressed.
Can you seem him?
Anyways, if you guys have any ideas that worked for you please share them down below.
I also attached a recent video of pet peeves I have realized I have developed for the good or bad. If you guys have any pet peeves please share!
I love you both so much, and wish I could show you guys just how much you done and mean to me xoxo – Leah
Also I got this question a few times now so thought I would explain why Poe is hardly in the blog. I started the blog at first because I wanted to share the excitement and document the first dog I ever bought/cared for all on my own, I honestly had no idea I would be continuing it for this long. I love both my boys equally, but as Poe being the family dog he goes with my mom. When I started I was unsure where I would be living in the near future so knowing I wouldn’t have Poe in my everyday life anymore I decided to try to not get him as much involved, for the sake of keeping my blog simple. Poe is only with me till the beginning of summer as of right now so that’s why I keep it mostly to Kirby… Anyways hope that explains it all for ya! 🙂
As of late there isn’t much new in the lives of Kirby. Although his brother from another mother..literally… Poe has a sprained foot when he tried tackling our new hardwood stairs for the umpteenth time. He having Jack Russell in him mind you, refuses to be still and relax, constantly trying to aggravate his injury to the best of his ability, so has sadly mostly been confined to his crate until further notice.
Poe showing his age, has also reminded me of Poe and Kirby’s birthday which are both at the end of this month. Poe will be turning 9! And Kirby 2! It’s hard to believe that the whole time I have had Kirby pretty much has been documented throughout this blog, if nothing else it is his personal scrapbook which you have all become audience too.
So I will leave you with some pictures of this weeks little munchkins, and like always I hope you guys have an amazing week!
poor little guy
and here are some videos I’ve been working on, in case anyone wants to see.
So my cousin as well as her little cuddle buddy you may remember him from my POST about a year ago when Christian was just a puppy.
Well has he ever grown, and him and Kirby went right back to where they left off. Playing, jumping and then more playing!
My family kept giving Christian the nickname big Kirby, as the resemblance besides their slight size difference was baffling 🙂 They were joined at the hip most of the weekend. And Christian definitely taught him a thing or too about just being all around pleasant as he has turned into a very kind dis-positioned dog. Kirby being the scardey-cat he can be definitely got some good teachings with happy go lucky Christian 🙂
There was some occasional humping that I have never seen before from Kirby! ( They are both fixed male dogs mind you- so no worry of BABYMAKING!) so we figured it was Kirby trying to somehow show Christian he was dominant to him, unfortunately it never really seemed to go Kirby’s way… as Kirby was clearly just a miniature playmate to Christian. EDIT- Though I should say although I do know all dogs hump, I’ve had enough to know by now lol I have yet to see Kirby hump another dog ever, until this moment, so something definitely was going on….. By the end of the visit Kirby was sniffing little christian when he was put into his carrier for the drive back. Then when he was gone little Kirby decided to jump up on my bed and what appeared to be a quiet sulk… that or he was extremely exhausted from all the play time he was constantly receiving with little Christian.
These were last minute shots I almost forgot to take before they left!
And in name of it being my 100th post I leave you with this picture in which the owner of Christian would simply love 🙂
So I got a new phone. I have had a “smart phone” before but going from a pay as you go Nokia something or other to this new HTC one, brings a whole new definition to the word “smart!”. I am still getting used to it, but the fact that I can say the word “panda” to it and it suddenly brings up pictures and articles coupled with an electronic voice telling me all about the habitat of it .
Anyways I also got into apps, and decided to download a app called retro camera. Where you can take pictures using a bunch of old style camera methods finishing your pictures off with cool and retro- effects.
So of course I took my little muse Kirby as the perfect subject matter to try out it out.
And here is a update on how kirby is settling in 🙂
So I just wanted to check in with you all. I went to Petsmart twice this past weekend,and if someone could have a shopping addiction I think it would be there. I don’t even care that things are sometimes overpriced and I know I am going to be leaving with other items I never needed nor intended to buy. But I just love the atmosphere, fish, and birds to look at, but the funnest part of all is you can bring your dog there, and have the shopping trip with him 🙂
So maybe I bought some things I didn’t need, but for the most part I think I did good. I got somethings I will actually need like a couple filters for my betta, as well as toothpaste – trying to get into the routine again of brushing their teeth every day..so we’ll see. And then the toys and how they held up.
The little blue gummy bear “kong” I was hoping to be indestructible…lasted two days, pretty good compared to all the other toys, except definitely then not worth the price tag
Do you guys know of any very durable toys that might be found in canada, if so let me know!
Also the winner of the new betta name is…Phoenix. And perfectly given I think as well!
So not much besides painting painting painting is new. Though the betta has settled in very well and Kirby got into some tomato sauce, which is all in the video below! Have a great week everyone! 🙂 Also I am putting up the pole for the name of the fish by all your suggestions. So vote! 🙂
*Also meant to put in the name “Miracle” but forgot! So if you think this one speak up!