Spring chickens

Hi friends,

Ok so maybe not  chickens – but how about puppies?? I took my sister in law with me yesterday to walk some wonderful dogs at the SPCA. I was reminded that Spring also means an influx of puppies to the shelter. Once we were finished walking our big guys, we treated ourselves with a walk through the puppy room and saw these little angels.

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Meet Freckles, he’s Ellie’s brother (Previous post)

As most of you know, Puppies need to be socialized. It’s so important for them to experience a variety of people early on. I’ve even heard a raw statistic that a puppy between 3 and 6 months should meet 100 people, and have a positive experience with every single one. This will help them be less fearful or nervous later on in life. A balanced dog, can be a wonderful thing. So why not start with them when they are at the SPCA.

“As the weeks go by, exposure to a variety of experiences is crucial to his becoming a well-rounded adult. Studies have shown that a puppy’s experiences in the first three months of life strongly influence what kind of companion he will grow to be and how he will react to the world. ” – AKC

Early socialization is a vital piece of a puppies’ life. I took full advantage yesterday. We played and took these little angels for a walk, hoping to encounter many people along the way. Of course, then we treated ourselves to some snuggles and play time in the front yard.

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Puppy play
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Puppy on your head….
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Puppy love
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Gotcha!

These little guys are Shepherd/Border Collie mixes. Huge paws and beautiful brown eyes. My heart melts everytime I see them. Need I remind you that “Puppy Therapy” is the very best kind there is?

Cheers,

Dailyspro

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New friend paired with an old

So upon one of my wonderful trips to the local SPCA this week to snuggle and walk some great critters, I came across this….

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 Be still my heart!

If that wasn’t bad enough, she waved to me to say “Hi!”

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Meet Ellie. She’s a two month old Border Collie mix that was brought in with her four brothers when they didn’t sell on Kijiji (sidenote: I feel the need to attack a punching bag when I hear stories like this – NEUTER your pets people).

Nonetheless, How can you turn down some bonus snuggle time with this little gem!

I can’t.

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Her cute little face and eyes got to my soul. My mission (as always), find Ellie a wonderful forever home. I took her and her brother (now adopted) out of their kennel for some fun play time. Introducing them to new places, people, sounds and smells is a GREAT thing.

I took the cutest pictures I could of her and posted to my facebook wall (as I do with most of these wonderful critters). I don’t want to jinx myself here, but low and behold my facebook peeps were as hooked as I was. One of my childhood friends has submitted paperwork, and is pending approval – we should hear back tomorrow.

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This friend has a sweet 2 yr old Duck Tolling Retriever mix, who would make a wonderful big sister. Socialized and affectionate with other dogs, this dog would make a great role model for Ellie. I’ve encouraged my friend and her family to come and meet her face to face, and she is this weekend.

I thought I’d share my (hopefully) uplifting news – Thank you Social Media for working for the better good!

Have a great day and cross your fingers that it all works out!

Dailyspro

A wonderful visit from an old friend

Hello friends,

You’ve all been patiently waiting to hear who my newest boarder is. So without further ado, meet Richard (aka – Great News: Part 2) !

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Richard is Newton’s brother, former play buddy and identical personality twin. Newton was boarded at his house when we traveled. When his owner asked me to board him for a week or two, I tried to hold back tears. I couldn’t.

They were tears of happiness.

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Couch snuggles were followed by vacuuming furry tumbleweeds….

If I’m being honest – our house feels like a home again  with a Bernese visitor in it. I love all of my boarders, but this one is obviously a bit  more emotional for me.

“There’s something about being greeted at the door by a giant black and white panda bear, full of fur and drool, that warms my heart.”

I see Richard, and am reminded of Newton – This time in a positive light. Great memories pour in as I enjoy my time with him. I am reminded of why I fell in love with Newton in the first place, and also the breed. Those big goofy eyes, giant paws and furry faces exude love.  What better therapy is there then that?

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Newton with his Berner family. See Richard and Newton together on the far left!

You should my other two little fur kids faces!. It was like Christmas morning when Richard breezed through the house. Frankie and Stewart were greeted with “cat baths” from him, which Stewart begrudgingly accepted and Frankie loved (and now receives a few times a day). Now Frank “the Tank” has turned into Richard’s shadow, which I find amazingly adorable.

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Besties

I honestly wasn’t sure how this was going to go, but happy we were open to the opportunity. I’ve found comfort and joy in being around other dogs (fostering, boarding and training can be healthy and healing – when you’re ready!). It makes me aware that a new addition would not take the place of Newton in our hearts, as we have room for more. I wasn’t convinced of that a week ago.

I continue to miss Newton every single day, which I don’t expect to change. Grief, after all, does not have an expiration date.

My advice if you’re feeling down? Find a cool pup that enjoys a snuggle or two.

A huge thanks to Richards parents for entrusting us for the next little while with this wonderful fur kid, stay tuned for more pics and posts to come 🙂

Dailyspro

The Missy Award

Hi friends!

I’ve been so busy with my new boarding business and renovating my flooded basement, that I am just getting to this now. Apologies, as my timeliness is not representing how humbled and honored I am by receiving this award!

I’ve still been falling in love dog walking at the SPCA 3-4 times a week, plus taking on boarders. *SPOILER ALERT* I cannot wait to share who I get to spend my time with next week!

Today I am thanking blogger K9 Harper Lee for The Missy Award Nomination. If you haven’t checked out her blog yet, she’s an incredibly talented and charismatic Golden Retriever. She also has a great sense of humor – what a gem. Make sure to check this blog out!

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The  Missy Award is presented to bloggers who support and advocate for animals, either as the main focus of their blog or in a single blog post.  The nominated bloggers can be animal lovers, vegetarians, vegans, rescue workers . . . doesn’t matter . . . it’s all about the animals.

The rules for this one are pretty simple:

  1. You must post the award picture on your blog. (Who doesn’t love putting award pictures on their blog?)
  2. Link back to The Missy Award.
  3. And answer these two questions: What inspires you to write? Why do you love animals?
  4. Nominate other worthy bloggers (whatever number you’d like), or you can simply accept the award and complete only Steps 1, 2, and 3.
  5. Finally, please let your nominees know you nominated them.

Q – What inspires me to write?

A – That’s easy. My big hearted, gentle giant that we sadly lost to Chronic Kidney Disease – Newton.

Image Newton was only 2.5 years old when I said goodbye last December. It was the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my entire life. I miss him every day. We tried everything to keep him with us longer. We had a week after his diagnosis to bring him home and give him his perfect day – every day. We recognized the signs he was giving us, and knew it was time.

Every day, I remind myself what he was all about – Love, Patience and Joy. I learned life lessons from my furry kid, and I have also turned them into my life’s mission statement. I started working with rescue dogs – training, walking and grooming. Then I opened my home to boarding other peoples’ dogs who want a home away from their own.  I’m healing, and surrounding myself with “pawesome” animals plays a huge part in the process.

Q – Why do you love animals?

A – Easy, because they represent the best pieces of humanity. I think we can learn a lot from our canine and feline friends. We just have to listen. Too deep? Then how about this – I think getting to know their quirky, amazing and adorable personalities can be an amazing process. The animals I hang out with make me laugh on a daily basis. Laughing is great food for the soul.

Now for my nominees:

1. Oh Melvin (and Yo Jake) – a blog about the unlikely canine couple who found themselves brothers. Their owner writes about life with two hilarious rescue dogs, one of whom has severe allergies. Their owner tackles issues like socialization, food allergies and training. Talk about loving animals and making it work at all costs – She’s the real deal.  You can feel the love between the three of them!

2. Peace. Love and Fostering – I think the name of her blog says it all. This blog highlights the stories of the amazing Pitbull fosters she opens her doors to. She also adds her wisdom and experience throughout. I eventually see myself getting into Foster Care, and she is an inspiration. Talk about someone who LOVES animals. This is it!

Sidenote – I’ve personally fell in love with Johnnie and cannot wait to see the progress of finding her a forever home!

3. Gardens for Goldens – I’m not ashamed to say I had tears the first time I found this blog. Gardens for Goldens is amazing, it’s all about creating a memorial garden for rescue Golden Retrievers. Through this story of a rescued garden, GFG hopes to share the love for rescue! A beautiful tribute, please check it out!

I also want to thank all of you for all your love, advocation, commitment and passion when it comes to the protection of distressed and homeless animals. All of your blogs inspire me on a daily basis.  Thank you for that.

Beyond that, many of you have shared your own wisdom, encouragement and thoughts with me. I am beyond thankful to be a part of this wonderful community. I also nominate each one of YOU for this award!

Thanks for stopping by,

Dailyspro

Neighborly Hang-outs

Hi friends,

This past Saturday, I heard a knock at my door.

Strange as I usually do not get a lot of visitors of the two-legged kind….

My neighbor and his 8 month old puppy, Gus, were standing there when I opened the door. He just been called into work for the day for an emergency. With his wife away, they didn’t want to leave Gus alone for the entire day.

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Could you say “no” to this face?
WHAT A MUG

I appreciated the hound-dog look on both faces. Let’s be realistic though – hangouts with a puppy? Yes please.

Gus is a pretty lucky duck dog. He has two wonderful owners who truly appreciate him. They experienced a similar loss to us, with their 3 year old Chocolate lab early last year. They took the time they needed, and then happily brought rescue puppy Gus into their lives last fall. Gus’s feline brother from another mama. “Beau” is featured below. He adores dogs, so much that he ensures to go visit them all in our neighborhood – whether they reciprocate his love or not.

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Check out his baby blues!

Hang-outs with Gus reminded me why puppies are fantastic – once again.

They inject an air of goofy happiness that never ceases to amaze me. They also help reinforce important life lessons like…

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Finding happiness in simplicity – like a sweet stick
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Never give up on your dreams – Even if it includes trying to drag a fallen tree back to the house…

Pleasant reminders I thought worth sharing.

Thanks for stopping by!

Dailyspro

Great News: Part 1

Dear friends,

I promised great news. Here it is.

We’re happy to welcome a new baby (human) into our lives. On top of it, my Mr. and I are Auntie/Uncle AND God-parents to Miss. S. This is MEGA! She is the first niece/nephew/god child/grandchild in either of our families. Spoiled? Oh yes, we can’t wait to 🙂

Most of you know I prefer kiddos of the four legged kind. However, this little lady is pretty special, and has made me include her into my new “faves”.

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Yep, I’m going to spoil her rotten!
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Checking out the new Uncle
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My sister and Miss S. A proud mama bear!

Since I shared this great news with you, I’ll also my first letter to Miss S. I’ll be writing her a letter, every year on her birthday, and then sending them all to her altogether when she turns 19. Or old enough to appreciate them, whichever comes first.

My first letter to my god-child and niece.

Miss S.,

You have no idea how much you are loved, and will be loved in your lifetime. I just left the hospital, where we met for the first time.

You have all of your uncles, aunties, grandparents and yes – of course your parents wrapped around your tiny fingers.

You have no idea how many times in this lifetime you will hear words of support come from our mouths, how many times our hands will heal your broken pieces, your cuts and scrapes and unfortunately at one point – even your heart.

We are a family of dog and animal lovers, advocates and protectors. They have taught us the value of patience, love and loyalty. Our furry friends have helped reinforce the value of “great” family. They have helped ready us for you.

I won’t always be able to always understand your thoughts or agree entirely with your choices. However, I do promise to always listen and hear you out regardless. I promise to be a present and constant figure in your life. Your Mom and Dad will always be there for you, and when you feel they’re not – know they, and the army behind them, will be there for you as well.

Miss S.- Let me say now, you have the best parents in the world. I can’t imagine anyone that will love you more. I know you will inherit the best of both of them. Your mother’s tenacity and passion, your father’s never-ending supply of patience.

Know we are a forever kind of family, and we welcome you with open arms.

Love,

Auntie A

Thanks for reading – Stay tuned for Great News: Part 2 coming at cha’ next week!

Dailyspro