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Posts Tagged ‘Puppy’

If the Coat Fits

In Animal Kingdom, Ivy (Dog) Approved on August 22, 2018 at 1:08 pm

Sometimes we have a hard time letting go. When our beloved dog, Shelby, passed away nine years ago we were devastated. We couldn’t bear the thought of getting rid of any of her stuff. What stuff, you ask? Dogs these days seem to have more things than some people. Pet parents know what I’m talking about: the designer bed, clothes, toys, and accessories. Some animals certainly live charmed lives. If only it was the case for everyone.

It took a long time before we could even entertain the thought of getting another dog but if you’re a regular reader know we recently took the plunge and are now knee-deep in our life of puppy parenthood. Rather than go out and get a fancy, brand-new raincoat for our sweet Ivy, I rummaged through Shelby’s basket and pulled out her old raincoat.

IvyrainWhile it might be pouring buckets outside, we were still able to go out for a walk and keep relatively dry. Sure, it’s a bit big – but Ivy may grow into it yet. This old raincoat always made me smile. Despite the foul weather, adults and children alike would always stop and say hello whenever they saw Shelby wearing it. It was a little bit of sunshine on a dreary day.

With Ivy, it’s no different – she somehow manages to charm all who meet her. We’ll see how long the raincoat lasts with this rambunctious one – whether she outgrows it or wears it to bits. Sometimes an old coat is better than a new one – especially one filled with warm, loving memories. If the raincoat fits, wear it. Wear it proudly.


Happy Puppy Day!

In Animal Kingdom on March 23, 2018 at 2:23 pm

Not only is it Friday but it’s National Puppy Day here in Canada – and what a great day it is to celebrate.

As you may know, we recently added Ivy to our family and are so grateful to have found her. If dogs can be reincarnated, then surely she is our beloved Shelby returned to us eight years after her passing as a wonderful puppy!

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Although we’re all exhausted from tending to our new baby, we are amazed at how fast she is growing and learning each and every day. Any pet owner knows the joy and enrichment an animal can bring into a household. It’s been almost a week since we got her but our lives have already changed for the better.

Call it Puppy Love!

In Animal Kingdom on March 12, 2018 at 6:35 pm

Ivy_Feb2018The Year of the Dog officially rolled in on February 16 and through an unexpected turn of events, we happened upon this blue-eyed beauty.

Our family has always wanted a puppy but every attempt to find one in the past has somehow been thwarted. So, our attention was immediately captured when a friend told us that one of her colleagues had adorable puppies in need of good homes.

When she sent a photo around for anyone interested, the striking father reminded me our dearly departed Shelby who will have been gone now for nine years this summer. Here are the proud parents – the father is a brindle Siberian husky and American bulldog cross, and the mother is a German Shepard and black Labrador cross.

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The timing must have finally been right since everything has fallen into place. We are now in a state of distracted puppy love and scrambling to get our house puppy proofed for our new fur baby. If it seems that we’ve fallen off the face of the earth, or you wonder what happened to our social media existence – chances are we’re probably just outside or taking a walk in the park and can’t come to the phone…