Spring time with kirby

Finally, spring is here!!!! I for one am happy and excited to put away the winter coat and heavy boots, but for Kirby it’s as if his whole world opened up again! No more hibernation from the Canadian cold, and finally to his greatest pleasure (trust me) no more weird constricting piece of fabric to cover his glorious coat.
We made the most of it especially this weekend with many long walks to our favorite parks, and even to the dog park a couple times.
Now as you know I have been trying to work with Kirby with his issues lately in his fear of large dogs. I tried to introduce him to as many large dogs we came across, but it was always the small guys he is comfortable with. Last summer I attempted to take him to the large dog side at our dog park in hopes to work on this further, but with someone’s warning (which I now know to be untrue now) that I shouldn’t let my dog in that area because he is to small. That coupled with a bunch of glares I decided to keep him to the small area. Since then though I have seen many small dogs in the big dog area, and with reassurance from other dog owners decided to go there again. The first few minutes Kirby looked truly terrorized and there were some big dogs with their play demeaner could understand Kirby unintentionally being turned into a pancake. Though we met some sweet and laid back pointer mixes and Kirby was soon right at home with them. Here are some pictures of his escapades.

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Next I wanted to show off a friend of mine’s gorgeous American bulldog. He is full of energy but such a sweetheart. He recently had surgery so has to take it easy for a while (with his personality is a challenge in itself!) Never the less, I couldn’t help taking pictures of this handsome boy.

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I hope you all enjoy the coming spring as much as we are!

*p.s- I just started volunteering at the local animal shelter, as it has the potential to help me in my future career goals. Plus it’s giving the dogs tlc they have been lacking due to the small staff number. More to come on that…:)

Let them eat cake….

Dog food – subsidized cake that is! The boys enjoyed their birthday. Kirby spent his at the park reuniting with old and new friends as they came out from the winter’s hibernation. Poe-Poe isn’t one for playing and socializing these days, he prefers much more getting cuddles and lots of love from his people family in his old age.

Though one thing they both enjoyed was the yearly concoction of wet dog food with pupperoni made candles. And as you can see they enjoyed it thoroughly!

IMAG0098_1IMAG0104_1One thing I am hoping to work on this summer along with getting Kirby associated with more large dogs, is his bit of separation anxiety he has seemed to develop. He isn’t to bad where he barks, but he is attached to me at the hip, so when I leave I’m usually greeted with the below picture when I return. As endearing as it is, I don’t want it to progress to a extreme anxiety situation, as he already has started to whine when I leave so I am told and get a little depressed.

Can you seem him?

Can you seem him?

Anyways, if you guys have any ideas that worked for you please share them down below.

I also attached a recent video of pet peeves I have realized I have developed for the good or bad. If you guys have any pet peeves please share!

 

Birthdays in pictures

Poe and Kirby turn 9 and 2 this week!

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getting older…

Today at 9 years old :)

Today at 9 years old :)

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getting older....

getting older….

Today at 2!

Today at 2!

 

I love you both so much, and wish I could show you guys just how much you done and mean to me xoxo – Leah

Also I got this question a few times now so thought I would explain why Poe is hardly in the blog. I started the blog at first because I wanted to share the excitement and document the first dog I ever bought/cared for all on my own, I honestly had no idea I would be continuing it for this long. I love both my boys equally, but as Poe being the family dog he goes with my mom. When I started I was unsure where I would be living in the near future so knowing I wouldn’t have Poe in my everyday life anymore I decided to try to not get him as much involved, for the sake of keeping my blog simple. Poe is only with me till the beginning of summer as of right now so that’s why I keep it mostly to Kirby… Anyways hope that explains it all for ya! :)

Some recap

As of late there isn’t much new in the lives of Kirby. Although his brother from another mother..literally… Poe has a sprained foot when he tried tackling our new hardwood stairs for the umpteenth time. He having Jack Russell in him mind you, refuses to be still and relax, constantly trying to aggravate his injury to the best of his ability, so has sadly mostly been confined to his crate until further notice.

Poe showing his age, has also reminded me of Poe and Kirby’s birthday which are both at the end of this month. Poe will be turning 9! And Kirby 2! It’s hard to believe that the whole time I have had Kirby pretty much has been documented throughout this blog, if nothing else it is his personal scrapbook which you have all become audience too.

So I will leave you with some pictures of this weeks little munchkins, and like always I hope you guys have an amazing week!

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poor little guy

and here are some videos I’ve been working on, in case anyone wants to see.

 

 

Some type of puppy invasion- 100th post

So my cousin as well as her little cuddle buddy you may remember him from my POST  about a year ago when Christian was just a puppy.

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Well has he ever grown, and him and Kirby went right back to where they left off. Playing, jumping and then more playing!

My family kept giving Christian the nickname big Kirby, as the resemblance besides their slight size difference was baffling :) They were joined at the hip most of the weekend. And Christian definitely taught him a thing or too about just being all around pleasant as he has turned into a very kind dis-positioned dog. Kirby being the scardey-cat he can be definitely got some good teachings with happy go lucky Christian :)

There was some occasional humping that I have never seen before from Kirby! ( They are both fixed male dogs mind you- so no worry of BABYMAKING!) so we figured it was Kirby trying to somehow show Christian he was dominant to him, unfortunately it never really seemed to go Kirby’s way… as Kirby was clearly just a miniature playmate to Christian. EDIT- Though I should say although I do know all dogs hump, I’ve had enough to know by now lol I have yet to see Kirby hump another dog ever, until this moment, so something definitely was going on….. By the end of the visit Kirby was sniffing little christian when he was put into his carrier for the drive back. Then when he was gone little Kirby decided to jump up on my bed and what appeared to be a quiet sulk… that or he was extremely exhausted from all the play time he was constantly receiving with little Christian.

These were last minute shots I almost forgot to take before they left!

IMAG0025 IMAG0031 IMAG0035 IMAG0038And in name of it being my 100th post I leave you with this picture in which the owner of Christian would simply love :)

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Playing with the new gadget and kirby updates

So I got a new phone. I have had a “smart phone” before but going from a pay as you go Nokia something or other to this new HTC one, brings a whole new definition to the word “smart!”. I am still getting used to it, but the fact that I can say the word “panda” to it and it suddenly brings up pictures and articles coupled with an electronic voice telling me all about the habitat of it .

Anyways I also got into apps, and decided to download a app called retro camera. Where you can take pictures using a bunch of old style camera methods finishing your pictures off with cool and retro- effects.

So of course I took my little muse Kirby as the perfect subject matter to try out it out.

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Toys and toys and other things….

So I just wanted to check in with you all. I went to Petsmart twice this past weekend,and if someone could have a shopping addiction I think it would be there. I don’t even care that things are sometimes overpriced and I know I am going to be leaving with other items I never needed nor intended to buy. But I just love the atmosphere, fish, and birds to look at, but the funnest part of all is you can bring your dog there, and have the shopping trip with him :)
So maybe I bought some things I didn’t need, but for the most part I think I did good. I got somethings I will actually need like a couple filters for my betta, as well as toothpaste – trying to get into the routine again of brushing their teeth every day..so we’ll see. And then the toys and how they held up.

The little blue gummy bear "kong" I was hoping to be indestructable...lasted two days, pretty good compared to all the other toys, except definitely then not worth the price tag

The little blue gummy bear “kong” I was hoping to be indestructible…lasted two days, pretty good compared to all the other toys, except definitely then not worth the price tag

wp2wp4wp1Do you guys know of any very durable toys that might be found in canada, if so let me know!

Also the winner of the new betta name is…Phoenix. And perfectly given I think as well!