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Friday, September 16, 2011

Please Adopt!!


September 17-25th is Adopt-A-Less-Adoptable-Pet Week, sponsored by Petfinder.com.  It’s a very important week for me, since my Mom found me for the first time through Petfinder.com, and of course, I am considered by some to be less-adoptable because I was born both blind and deaf.  My mom knew from the first time she saw my picture that I was meant to be with her forever and ever.  Maybe you can find your own forever friend at Petfinder.com as well.  There is even a special tab you can check off to only see the animals that are considered to have special needs, like me!  It makes it a bit easier to search for us very special dogs.
If you’ve been reading my blog and you think you want to adopt a double merle, like me, please contact my Mom at k9concepts@hotmail.com because she knows about several around the country who are looking for their forever homes. 
I recently celebrated my one year anniversary in my new home!  Mom called it my New Life Day celebration.  It was lots of fun.  My human and dog friends all came to celebrate with me!  We painted and then had the most delicious cake and ice cream!  Please think about adopting today, so that many more deserving dogs can celebrate their New Life Days as well! 


Happy Day to Me!!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Eat Da Carrots!!

This past weekend Treasure helped out at our dog club booth at a huge horse show/fair.  She was part of the meet the breeds tent, helped tell people about therapy dogs, and she had a blast.  We educated a lot of people about the dangers of breeding double merles.  The kids especially loved her, probably because she was small and fluffy and white and perhaps didn't appear as threatening as some of the larger dogs.  But one small boy kept staring at her eyes.  When he found out she couldn’t see, he looked up at me very seriously and said, “She needs to eat da cawwatts (carrots)!  Day help de eyes!”  and he pointed to his eyes.  Too precious!! 


Saturday, September 3, 2011

A Year of Firsts


Wow, Treasure has been with us one whole year already!  Have you ever stopped to think about a significant period of time?  Sometimes it seems the year has gone by so very fast.  I find myself surprised that it's been that long.  It seems like just a short time ago that I made that drive to pick up Treasure for the first time.  But sometimes I find myself surprised that it's only been one year.  It seems like she's been part of the family for so much longer than that.  Does this happen to you, or is it just me?

It really starts to sink in when I look at the puppy Brinks and realize that he's no longer a little puppy. He's now becoming all grown up.  If you remember, Brinks came home the very next morning after I picked up Treasure.  He has grown up with her.  When Brinks was small, Treasure wrestled and played with him all the time.  He napped next to her.  She taught him how to find the air conditioning vent and lay on top of it when the unit kicked on.  Together they learned where they fit into our family.

Now, Brinks is bigger, stronger, and a bit more enthusiastic than Treasure.  He would rather run and chase and tumble with the other dogs who aren't as calm as she is.  But he watches out for her and always greets her by licking her face all over enthusiastically.  She graciously tolerates these face washings.  Every once in awhile she will engage him in a short wrestle.  But it doesn't last very long before he overpowers her and she tires of the game.  When Treasure doesn't realize that we've moved to the next room or that the dogs have all come inside, Brinks will run back to her and touch her to let her know which way she should come.  I never taught him that; it's just something that he does. 

Treasure and I have had our year of firsts now - first class, first bath, first therapy visit, first snow, first road trip, first holidays, and so on.  It seems that passing each of these milestones has brought us into a kind of comfort - a familiarity perhaps.  She is completely at home here.  She is so full of confidence.  There is nothing we can't do together. 

I watch her run up her set of steps to my bed every night, trying to be the first to get her bedtime cookie.  Was it really that long ago that she waited cautiously for me to help her go up and down them?  Now, if I look away for a second, I miss it she's so fast! 

She gets impatient when I spend too much time at the computer and pokes me with her nose.  If that doesn't work, she puts her front feet up on my leg.  Usually, that will do the trick.  She will get a pat and an ear rub just because she's so darn cute! 

Treasure's favorite time of day (besides anytime she gets food!) is floor time.  I lay on the floor and all the dogs crowd around me.  Some just to lay by me for belly rubs.  Some bring toys to be thrown or tugged with.  Treasure comes and plays with me by pushing me with her head and pawing at me.  Sometimes she plays King (or Queen!) of the Mountain by climbing on top of me.  She's quite content to be right in the middle of the crazy dog pile! 

Happy One Year Anniversary Treasure!