A Word of Advice about Canines and Cars

As you know, I love dogs.  They have been in my life for as long as I can remember.  I volunteer with the SPCA as both an adoption counselor (bringing dogs and their families together) and a behavior foster (rehabilitating dogs for their future homes).  I also have two dogs of my own, Teddy that we adopted recently and Jerzee, my canine bestie.

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Jerzee has seen me through so much.  My engagement, wedding, moving to Dallas, and she’s been by my side through every pregnancy loss.  When I used to work from home, one day a week we would go on errands.  Checking mail.  Picking up lunch.  And when I would arrive at the post office, I would leave her in the car for a quick in and out.

That’s right.  The dog lover would leave her dog in the car.

I didn’t realize the danger that this would be.  And the trips were usually under 5 minutes.  I never did it when it was triple digits outside.  And I usually parked in the shade.  But once I realized how dangerous this could be, I started doing these trips alone.  I never take my dog out with me unless I know I can take her into the store.

I have started to notice a lot of information being shared about this hot topic (pun definitely intended).  I recently saw this video about how hot it can get in your car.

If that doesn’t convince you, there is this great infographic from Global Tint UK Global Tint UK that really summarizes everything.  Even if you see a dog in a parked car and what to do.

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I used to do this.  I know how fun it is to have your canine bestie riding shotgun as you run errands or take long commutes.  But the risk is not worth it to leave them in that car.  I know better now, so I do better now.  Please share with your friends, family and any other dog lovers you know!

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The Dog Days of Summer

I’m still recovering from whatever Sunday night did to me this week, and of course, on top of that, I’m dealing with my cycle as well.

Side note: Each month is a huge disappointment.  We truly thought we would be pregnant again by now.  And on top of it all, each cycle is extremely painful.  I’ve been tested for everything and I have nothing wrong with me.  It just is what it is.

But enough of that, today I wanted to share a few pics from this week of one of my favorite summer activities.

So on bright summer days, which there are many of in Texas, the dogs and I go out in the backyard, lay out a blanket and sit in the shade of our tree.  I read books and they, usually, fall asleep.

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Jerzee hates to sit in the grass or walk in the grass unless there is a blanket to lay on.  Her paws are pretty sensitive, so I think the grass just makes them very itchy.  That, or she’s a prissy princess.

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Teddy doesn’t mind the grass.  In fact, if we stayed outside all day, he would be the happiest pup.  He likes being with us, but he likes being outside as well.  Luckily we have a doggie door that accommodates his indecision.

In fact, I think a little sun might be good for me today.  I think I’m going to head out back and soak up some rays with the pups!  Hope you are having a great week!

International Volunteer Day

Yesterday was International Volunteer Day.  So, I thought this would be a perfect day to spend a couple of hours at the SPCA.  I’ve been debating whether or not to get back into volunteering there on a more regular basis.  Since we will be trying to get pregnant next year, I don’t want to commit to something that I will have to stop doing once I get a positive pregnancy test.  (And I realize that you don’t have to stop doing things like that early in the pregnancy, but I’m not sure what the next pregnancy will involve considering my background).  However, that’s not going to stop me from volunteering until then!

Anyway, on to the pups!

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These two cuties are pair-bonded.  That means that they won’t do well being adopted separately.  Usually, dogs who have grown up together are more likely to be pair-bonded.  They can stop eating and get very sick if they separate.  These two have to separate to eat because they each have a different diet of food (one has some health issues), and it’s hard for them to eat without being able to see one another, so they are put in kennels across from each other during meal times.   In fact, because of the health issues, they aren’t available for adoption right now

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This is Tonka.  He was a super sweet and super shy dog.  He came from a family that had him since he was a puppy, but a new addition to the family is allergic to dogs.  So they surrendered him to the SPCA so he could have his best chance at finding another loving family.  He is timid around strangers and loud noises, but he warms right up to people.  In fact, he was all snuggly with me by the end of my time there yesterday, and we had only just met!

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This is Jasmine, a beautiful terrier mix.  She has squinty eyes in the picture because it started raining towards the end of the day.  When we got back in, I dried her off with a towel, which she loved.  She is absolutely sweet, loves belly rubs, and loves to cuddle.  I know she will find a great family soon!

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I love volunteering with the SPCA of Texas.  Not only are the dogs awesome, and I get to help them find awesome families, but the staff is so supportive and caring as well.  There were a few who knew what happened to me when I lost my daughter, and they are always checking in on me when I come to volunteer.  I’m so thankful to get to volunteer at such a wonderful organization.  It was an excellent way to spend International Volunteer Day!

Do you have a favorite place to volunteer?

Do you have any pets?  Were any of them from rescue organizations?

A Little Dog-related Update

Nothing really major has been happening of late in my doggie world, so I thought I would just update all the little random tid-bits.

  • My SPCA volunteering has gone down for the time being due to renovations being made at their shelter site.  All of the dogs have been moved to another SPCA site that is on the other side of the metroplex, making it hard for me to get there easily.
  • I was going to foster a dog with the SPCA starting last week, but the best thing happened.  He got adopted!  I actually wrote about him in an SPCA post (his name was Chico)
  • I continue to pet sit this year more than last year, and I’m loving it.  Right now I’m petsitting but I usually wait until after the family has returned from their vacation to write about it.  So, that may be a future post!
  • My dogs are as crazy as ever.  It’s been raining all week, and while they have a doggie door to give them the freedom to go outside, they prefer to spend most of their time inside when it’s raining.  It’s suppose to rain for the rest of the week as well, so I’m hoping to take them out for a nice long walk once the rain as cleared!

I’m really blessed to be able to do these kinds of things, the kinds of things I love doing.  I’ve always loved dogs and always had them in my life, but now my life is just so amazing, being able to take care of rescues and care for dogs that are part of a family.  It really makes my heart happy.  But best of all, I love my two furry pups who love to snuggle with me on a bad day, help me with my fosters, and follow me on all my adventures.

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Do you love dogs?  What is your favorite animal (pet or wild)?  

Pet-sitting

At the end of last year, I was walking my dog in the neighborhood, when I met one of my neighbors with an adorable Pomeranian.  As with any conversation with me, it went straight to the dogs.  I talked about my foster experience with the SPCA, and she asked if I would be willing to dog sit for her when she goes out of town.  And I jumped at the chance to watch her sweet dog.  I’m honored that she trusts me to take care of her.  She is such a precious pup!

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Last week, if you follow me on Snapchat, you will know that I was pet sitting again, this time for a friend from church.  And this is her puppy.20160222_201430.jpg

 

How could I say no?  I loved having that little ball of fluff in my home.  I feel so blessed to have friends who let me play with their doggies while they are out of town!

Have you ever done any pet-sitting?

 

 

The Krewe of Barkus

One of the many things I love about Dallas is how many dog lovers there are in this city.  There are so many rescue organizations, including the SPCA where I volunteer.  Even in my own neighborhood is filled with dogs, as apparent by the barking houses I pass by on my own dog walks.  And there are several events that are canine-centered here, too.

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One of those events is the annual Krewe of Barkus parade.  It’s held in Downtown McKinney and takes up most of the afternoon the Sunday before Mardi Gras.  There are vendors who have booths set up.  Most of them are rescue organizations, but there was one that was a carpet cleaning business.  I can tell you, they figured out their demographic!

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Then, people register their families to walk in the parade.  They dress up in different themes and walk their pups around the square, throwing beads, candy, even dog treats.  I love seeing all the creative things people do each year.

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This event is also special to me because I grew up in New Orleans.  I don’t know what made this year especially nostalgic, but these past few weeks, I have really been missing the Mardi Gras parades.  I remember some of them would come within a few blocks of my house.  I even marched in a few when I was in band in middle school.

While some of the downtown New Orleans parades were more adult-rated, there were several in the surrounding towns that were very family friendly.  There was even one done by the local girl and boy scout groups.  The Krewe of Barkus reminded me so much of those family-oriented parades.  It definitely took me back!  Especially the band at the beginning of the parade.  Here’s a video clip!

Do you celebrate Mardi Gras?  Do you participate in dog events in your area?

SPCA Afternoon

I haven’t been to the SPCA in a few weeks.  I don’t go when I’m fostering, which I was doing for two weeks in January.  And then last week, I was sick for pretty much the entire week (and I’m still dealing with it…it has to be the weather changes).  Anyway, this week, I did manage to spend some time with the pups at the SPCA, so I have more pretty pictures to show you!

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This is Rocco.  He was super calm and a little clingy on our walk.  He didn’t pull at all, but he was right up next to me through most of the walk.  I think he’s just a big love.  He loved getting petted and loved on.  Such a sweetie.  (Also, he was adopted too!  Yay!)

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Charlie is a bundle of energy.  He’s also pretty smart as well.  He sat really well, and was patient when I put on his leash for our walk.  He’s not very keen on other dogs, though.  However, when it was just us, he was very sweet, just enjoying the afternoon, taking in all the smells on our walk.

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Dem is gorgeous.  She was also very patient when I leashed her.  She didn’t jump at all and knew the sit command as well.  She was so sweet.  I know I say that about pretty much all the dogs I encounter, but they really are just sweet dogs.  I can tell how much they just long to have a someone to call home!

Have you worked in a shelter before?  Do you get teary eyed when they get adopted?