Bringing Home Puppy

Home Park
May 31, 2011, 7:38 pm
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It will come as no surprise that for every urban dog, there is a “home park”. A home park is the place you take your pooch on a daily basis to do their business and socialize.  When we first got Tim our home park was Stanley Park.  It was, and still is, my favourite. We have so many friends there, and still meet them for drinks occasionally.  They also have a wicked Christmas party.  Our second home park was Victoria Memorial Park, a great park, but full of drama thanks to the heritage status of the park and some overly zealous neighbours. While we still head to these parks on weekends and when the weather is good, our new home park is now Metro Hall, in Toronto.

While you wouldn’t expect many dogs at Metro Hall, but with the new Ritz Carlton residences and Bell Lightbox, there are actually quite a number of little dogs running around.

Still doesn’t feel like “home” yet, but I think it’ll be a nice place to visit.


A New Walker
May 26, 2011, 7:50 pm
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So we sold our condo and have upped sticks further downtown.  Which means we lost our awesome dog walker.  Boo!

It is always hard to put your trust in new people, particularly when our first dog walker had been such a really, really bad experience. Our second walker, Yvette, was super awesome and great with Timmy, and we were so sad her territory wouldn’t cover our new neighbourhood.  Luckily, she put us into contact with Lindsay from The Hydrant.

Lindsay came to meet us and immediately (and with copious amounts of treats) was able to earn Timmy’s trust. After the initial meeting and the first few successful walks, Lindsay posted this awesome blog post on how to get nervous dogs like Timmy to get comfortable with new people. It was great!  It definitely contained advice I wish everyone knew. Tim really gets set off by people looking him in the eye, and that was her #1 piece of advice when meeting new dogs: Don’t look them directly in the eyes!

She also sent along this picture from today’s outing:

All in all, it seems like this is going to be a great relationship!

A Big Happy Family
May 23, 2011, 12:26 am
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Hooray! WordPress has finally allowed me to blog on the go (or on the couch, as the case may be).
It’s May 2-4 weekend here in Canada, and so we were treated to a visit by my sis and bro-in-law and their most amazing baby, little B. Of course, Sousa was not far behind!
It also happened we were dogsitting Cymbal as well, so it was a full house!



I am the Worst.
May 6, 2011, 1:41 pm
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It’s been SOOOOoooooOOOoo long since I’ve written, and really, so much has happened.  For one, its spring.  And I love it.  I also had exams, work stuff, life stuff, sold the condo, found a new place to live, became an Aunt for the first time (exciting!) and you know…blah, blah blah.

In any case, I am going to make a more concerted effort to keep this blog rocking.

Mike and I had the pleasure of visiting Las Vegas in April to surprise my mom for her 60th birthday.  It was amazing!  While we were gone, dear Timmy stayed with Auntie Beck and Uncle Bry, cousin Sousa, AND the new BABY, Betty!   Talk about a learning experience!   Tim hasn’t spent much time around new babies, and really, he just did NOT know what to think about the gurgling, pooping, crying, human-esque blob.   In the end, it all worked out.

While we were gone however, apparently Tim started journaling, a la Oprah Winfrey.  His first entry:

The captors be travellin', so I be visitin' my cousin in the back water town
of Waterloo. I usually look forward to sleeping in her luxurious human
bed, but last night I opted for my own crate and that's where I think
I'll stay. Because frankly, I don't trust Sousa. She was on guard duty
last night and didn't do anything about the weird noises coming from
the other end of the room. Clearly there was something scary over
there. I have never heard such noises -- grunts and squeaks. And Sousa
was just aloof to the whole situation. All Night! So yeah. I will stay
in my safe little cave thank you very much! Despite all of this I
slept very well.

This morning will be tough work -- they always put me to work here!
I've already gutted one squirrel, but that's just the beginning.
There's at least one bear and a deer that need to be taken care of.
There's also a rumor about a moose. God! I don't even want to think
about it. And of course there is the obligatory wrestling. I plan to
spread that out throughout the day though.