Sunday, January 8, 2017

Snow Play

I'll be honest with you, there are few things that make me smile these days. Our home isn't the same without D'Art and my heart is heavy with sadness. When you love someone deeply, you also mourn them deeply. Thank you to everyone who has sent positive thoughts and words as we go about the process of adjusting to life without our sweet boy.

There is one thing that will reliably bring a smile to my face, and that is watching Teddy and Luna play together. When we adopted Luna back in July of 2016, she didn't understand play language in any shape or form. I highly doubt she had ever played with another dog. Now, she lives for her play times with Teddy. I captured a few minutes to hopefully bring a smile to your face too.

Friday, December 30, 2016

In Memory of D'Art

A beautiful soul. An infectious happiness. A loving boy who held my heart. You left us so quickly, you left us too soon. You shall forever reside in my heart. 

D'Art passed away, most unexpectedly, on Dec. 27th 2016. He was happy up to the last and passed in the comfort of his own bed. He left behind a heavy weight of sadness, but an immense gratefulness to have shared some of life with him. 

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Wordless Wednesday - Happy Holidays!




Whether it be Solstice, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or something else you celebrate this time of year, the poodles and I wish you the very best!

Sunday, December 11, 2016

The Gift of Positive Training

I think it goes safely undisputed in the Positive Training Blog Hop community to say that positive training is a gift to our dogs. It is gentle, positive and just simply right. This month's blog hop, hosted by Tenacious Little Terrier and Rubicon Days discusses the Gift of Positive Training. The list is long, but the biggest gift that positive training has given me personally is that it has helped me conquer my fear of dogs.

Fear of dogs? Don't you have three, big, fluffy barkers? Why yes, I do. 

I've always loved dogs. When I was a child, I looked forward to pet sitting for my mum's friends and dreamed of owning my very own beagle one day. That doesn't sound like much of a fear, but truthfully I was also very scared of dogs. Every dog I didn't already know was something to be feared. 

Not knowing a dog's language very well, I couldn't distinguish a happy bark from an anxious bark, and thus feared all barking dogs. I didn't know that ears flatted against the head could indicate fear and tail wagging came in all different forms. The fear that I carried around with me well into adulthood started when I was three. I stood waiting outside the front door of our home for my mum. Along came my family's Husky/Wolf mix, who (I now realize in retrospect) was fearful of humans and had some issues of his own. I must have been too forward with him, as he bit me on the arm. It is one of my earliest memories. It didn't break the skin and I have no doubt that he gave me all sorts of pre-bite warnings that I didn't understand. Nevertheless, that ingrained a fear of dogs inside my mind.

Fast forward to today and things are very different. I can distinguish between a happy "oh I'm so excited to meet you" bark and a "get away from my property, you make me uncomfortable" bark. I know how to calmly interact with dogs I am just meeting for the first time, and I am empowered with the knowledge of positive training to know how to kindly reward a dog once it has done its meet and smell routine. It took having my own dogs, and practicing positive training with them, to get me to this place of comfort.

This month's blog hop includes an awesome giveaway for puzzle toys, treats and a book that I know for a fact would be poodle approved! a Rafflecopter giveaway

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Poodle Update

It seems all my spare energy has been spent elsewhere these days and thus, no blog posts are churned out. This is a short and sweet update on how the poodles are doing to help break the silence for a moment.

After multiple blood and urine tests, we found an arthritis medication that D'Art can manage. It's so great to see that extra pep in his step again. When he sees the leashes come out he does what I like to call 'bunny hops' over to the door. Even though I know he'll walk slower than everyone else, his joy is irresistible! But you know how life is, one thing checked-off and another takes its place. So, today, D'Art goes in for surgery to have an rather ugly looking mast cell tumor removed. For the last week he's been on antibiotics to keep the obvious infection around that area down. It will be good to have it removed, but I'm always a worrier when one of the dogs goes in for surgery - especially a senior.

Teddy is doing well. He and Luna look forward to their daily walk together and although it is seemingly raining all the time, that doesn't stop him from going outside to the yard and having some 'Teddy time'. He seems to need that everyday. Without it, he gets out of sorts.

Luna is well too. Her world revolves around Teddy. If Teddy has been in his crate with the door closed and she hears me opening it, she'll come racing from wherever she was to be the first to greet him. She LOVES him. He acts like a confident teenage heartthrob who knows the crowd will follow him everywhere and acts pretty cool about the whole thing, but deep down under all that fur...he loves her too.

Recently, I was so very lucky to be gifted a portrait of Luna to add to my family wall. Painted by my talented friend Aura. She has an amazing gift and always perfectly captures the poodles' personalities in each of the three portraits she has gifted me. I consider myself very lucky and highly recommend that you consider her if you too would like a portrait of your family member.

D'Art, Luna and Teddy portraits

That's all for now. We're off to the vet soon....