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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Thank you, Theresa!

We have this amazing friend we have never met. Her name is Theresa and she works for NASW in Washington DC. NASW is the National Association of Social Workers, which Tara is a member. I don't think we  can be our members, but that is ok! Maybe we are members by default.

Any how, Theresa mails us goodies that are delicious. We think this is great and really like her (and hope to meet her someday). Yesterday we got a new package and they smelled so good! Tara had to hide them in her bag after I had one because I could have eaten all of them! Today I thought they were still in Tara's bag and I fell asleep looking for them. Leave it to Tara to take a vulnerable picture of me!!

Thank you so much Theresa for sending us goodies...don't worry, I shared them with Bode!


Tuesday, March 16, 2010

More about last Friday...

Blackey got adopted! We miss him, but knew he just here until we found him that forever home. He is with a really great family and we will get to see him often! We actually go to see him Sunday and play. He is loving life and adjusting very well!

Our house is a little quieter and we are adjusting. We overheard Tara and Geoff say that in another two weeks we will talk with the shelter about adding another foster dog to our home that we can help teach manners and tricks to. Hopefully everyone who reads this keeps an eye out and someone will fall in love with the next foster dog to provide him/her with a forever home!

I am sure we are forgetting something's been a busy couple of weeks and we will be better of keeping up!

Abbey and Bode!

Check out the Pedigree Ad

This was shared with us and we love it! Look at the details we would have missed if it weren't for this special camera!!

Monday, March 15, 2010

Last Friday

What a week we had last week! Sorry for the delay in posting. This post is going to be about Friday morning!

It started wonderfully as I went with Tara to a Voluntary Pre-K "Career Day". It was so much fun! There were nine kids in the class and two were afraid of me. I hear that they had bad experiences with other dogs. As the time went by, one of the kids that were scared came and hugged me and the other attempted to give me a treat!

We started out with me just saying hi to the kids and kissing them---if they would let me! They laughed and squealed and this made me wag my tail that much more! It was so fun!

Tara told them about how she and I have the same job and showed a picture of Bode, since he works with us to! A little girl told us her dog recently died and Tara used that as an in to share with the kids what we do! She told them how kids come with us to talk about being happy, sad, mad, angry, or confused. The kids laughed and said they understood....don't tell Tara but I don't think they listened to anything she said! They just wanted to love and pet me!

The teacher told them to all go sit on a number so we could show them the tricks I know. I thought I had to pick a number, so I sat down on one and realized that was sort of silly!

I got up quickly when Tara brought out some great treats. The kids got to go around and practice the verbal and hand commands that Tara taught them, as well as how to give me a treat. It was so fun and the kids loved when I did what I was told.  

Tara then talked to them about how you can tell what I am feeling. She told them what it means when my tail wags or gets tucked behind me; what it means when my ears go back, I crouch down, put my head down, or roll over and put my belly up. We also talked about how I have to look Tara in the eyes so I know what I am supposed to be doing. It was much fun!

I am tired from writing, however maybe Bode and I will find time to post later tonight about some other things that have happened!


Lesson learned

A friend of ours shared this story...good thing everyone is ok!

Dog accidently eats diamond!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Rainbow Bridge

This morning we learned that Blackey's new friend Murphy (we featured him recently as adoptable) died suddenlyy. We are saddened with this news, however reminded to share with you the Rainbow Bridge poem and picture we found. 

Rainbow Bridge  Poem:

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.
All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.
You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together.... 
Author unknown...

Take time to remember those we have lost, both pets and humans!

With love, 
Abbey and Bode

Sunday, March 7, 2010

If you want someone....

"If You Want Someone..."

If you want someone who will eat whatever you put in front of him
and never say its not quite as good as his mothers ..then buy a dog. 

If you want someone always willing to go out, at any hour,
for as long and wherever you want .. ..then buy a dog.

If you want someone who will never touch the remote, doesn't care
about football, and can sit next to you as you watch romantic movies . ..then buy a dog.

If you want someone who is content to get on your bed just to
warm your feet and whom you can push off if he snores ..then buy a dog!
If you want someone who never criticizes what you do, doesn't care if you are pretty or ugly, fat or thin, young or old, who acts as if every word you say is especially worthy of listening to, and loves you unconditionally, perpetually...then buy a dog.

**This is Bode and I with Blackey, Baxter, and Rascal


Monday, March 1, 2010


A few of you emailed us asking about the Tampa trip....well, we are back! It was so cold that day, but we had a good time! Abbey was restless in the car and kept trying to convince Kayla (the intern that works with us) to let her sit on her lap in the front seat, but Kayla didn't fall for it. I slept the whole way there and back!

It was a small group we taught to and they didn't have a lot of energy like we did, but then again not too many people have our energy! Tara forgot the camera, so no pictures!

There were about 7 humans besides Kayla and Tara and we taught them what we have learned in the therapy room. Tara talked about how the humans have to go to school to learn therapy and how Abbey and I just know what to do! We talked about how silence is golden, it's ok to say no, setting limits, and more. 

We love being able to teach with Tara and are trying to come up with more workshops that we can if only everywhere would let us in to teach....

Off to take my afternoon nap....


This week's adoptable...

Meet Murphy and Blackey! Blackey is the foster dog that lives with us and he got to meet Murphy on Sunday at an adoption event. Murphy was recently surrendered to the Gulf Coast Humane Society and they say he is 11, however Blackey said Murphy had lots of energy!

Tara told us that Murphy got along with everyone! He didn't mind other dogs, cats, or even children. He loved to be walked around and was curious to know what is going on around him. He cuddled with Blackey on the blanket and greeted everyone that came in and out of the store the event was held at.

Blackey and Murphy are both looking for that forever home and wondering if yours may be the place to go! Both are older dogs (they call them seniors) but they act like puppies!

We love making new friends and helping them find their forever homes!

Abbey and Bode