Where has the year gone. It seems like yesterday when I brought this wiggling little black and tan puppy home just before Christmas, but that was 3 years ago!!!
We have been blessed with a great winter so far. I can't remember when we have had such warm temps and no snow (ok a little skiff here and there but nothing to speak of). It means no wrapping up in sweaters or putting boots on for our walks - Zacky he is so happy about that.
A lot happened in 2011, we lost our dear old cat Cuddles and I still miss her and Zack's best buddy the Labradoodle Dylan and our friends moved away so there was a lot of "goings". On the plus side we have got to know our neighbours better from four doors down when they got their new standard poodle Paisley and Zack and Paisley and Constance and I are regular walking buddies now which makes a nice break from walking alone.
Zack and I continued with his agility training but in August decided to call it quits for a while. Lack of focus was the problem. However, we may give it another go in 2012. In October Zack passed his testing and became a St. John Ambulance Certified Pet Therapy Dog and we have been visiting the seniors lodge since November and I think Zack has made quite the impression there. He is a super therapy dog which makes me proud.
Luckily got through 2011 without Zack killing any rabbits. He came close on two occasions but thank god there was no carnage. I dread the day. When off the lead he is normally really good but I have no control over him when he sees a bunny or maybe when he is chowing down on a poopsicle. My favourite thing to do with Zack tho is to go for a long walk in the fields and see Zacky enjoying himself the way dogs should.
I am looking forward to 2012 and we already have a new class planned to put Zack into. It is beyond basics, a lot of distraction training (which Zack needs - i.e. .bunnies!!!) and even tricks. That should be fun and give us something to do on a cold winter evening (whenever that comes - but oh look out it will).
I am so thankful to have such a wonderful little dog in my life. He truly makes every day special.
This Christmas my husband bought me a one night stay at the Chateau Lake Louise in the mountains. I have always wanted to stay there in the winter and never dreamt I would be able to but now my dream has come true. It's a beautiful place and so we are booked in for one night on January 21st. There is an international ice sculpting competition that weekend so that will be an added bonus to see all the sculpting on the Lake. To make this even more special Zack gets to come along too as it is a dog friendly hotel so he can enjoy everything with us. Yay.
Doggie Daycare gave Zack a new squeaky toy for Christmas which he thought was paw some. Trouble is he uses it like a stress ball and just wanders round the house chomping as he goes letting out this loud shrill noise!!!! I am sure Zack thinks it is hilarious as when you try and get it off him he takes off squeezing it more!!!! LOL
Zack loved his new bed that he got for Christmas Trouble is Fat Cat loved her new catnip toy AND Zack's new bed Then Zack kept stealing Fat Cat's catnip toy. They were just like two kids wanting what the other one had. Finally there was peace between them and they decided to share. Awwww they are so cute together.
This morning I took Zack and Deuce for a walk and quickly learned that I should not let two male dogs sniff the same post at the same time as Deuce then cocked his leg and gave Zack's head a good shower LOL!!!!
Zack's buddy Deuce the Whippet X arrived last night to stay for a week while his mum goes to Las Vegas. He is almost 10 but you would never know it - he still loves to run around the garden with Zack. These pictures were this lunch at 12:30 pm Often with the two different coloured eyes Deuce looks a bit nuts LOL, but I love him that way - he is a cool dog. I am sure it will be a fun week.
This was actually my very first picture I did in coloured pencils shortly after last Christmas and I have now decided to sell it. Painting feathers is just like painting fur. This picture is of a British robin, they are the size of a sparrow roughly but unfortunately we don't see them over in Canada. They used to always be in the gardens especially around Christmas time.
Zack is always on the move and focused on something or other when we are out for our walk if he's not he is usually up to no good Eating or rolling in poop is his favourite hobby - oh and not listening to me when I am trying to call him off the offensive object LOL!! Big, small, hard, soft, wild, domestic - he doesn't care. Poopaholic is now his new alias.
Zacky must have thought he had won the lottery as he found a box of a dozen donuts from Timmys laying in the snow. He pounced on it only to find it to be empty :( - poor Zacky. Don't feel bad for him tho as I think he actually prefers boxes to donuts!!!! Silly dog LOL!!!!
On Thursday I had to go to Calgary for a work seminar which made for a lot of travelling and a very long day. Poor Zack did not get any walks on Thursday I am afraid so by Friday morning he was literally bouncing off the walls. Good job it was Friday tho as it is Zack's scheduled afternoon at Doggy Daycare. That is all he needed I reckon because when he gets home this is the result every time. I haven't posted a picture of the "after effects" for quite a while so thought it was about time LOL!!!!!
My name is Lisa and my husband and I share our home with White's Wiggly Zack our border terror (I mean terrier). We named him Wiggly Zack as ever since we got him at 9 weeks old he always wiggled his bum sideways and still does!!! He has another furry friend he shares our house with our cat Asia (aka fat cat). I have a passion for anything to do with animals and their welfare. I also love to paint when I get a chance.
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Zack is a Border Terrier. He is Grizzle & Tan in colour and is full of fun. He is such a happy little guy who loves everyone. He has such a zest for life and loves, loves, loves other dogs. From being a little terror of a puppy, Zack has grown into a wonderful dog. We can do anything with him, from stripping his coat to clipping his nails - he loves it all (weird but true)!
Zack has earned his Rally Novice A Obedience Title and has now become a Certified Pet Therapy Dog.
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Asia (aka "Fat Cat")
Asia was a rescue cat. I got her from my friend who is a vet. She is a grey tortoiseshell. I have had her for approximately 11 years and we don't know for sure how old she was when I got her. She had been abused and was very emaciated in the beginning. After a couple of months of recovery from her wounds and a respiratory problem she blossomed. Considering what she went through she is the sweetest little thing and very affectionate with us (not so much with strangers ahaha). She is definitely not thin anymore and is overweight I am afraid, hence the name "fat cat". She is Zack's good buddy and is more like a dog than a cat. She comes when called and always greets you at the door when you come in.
We adopted Molly our little rescue dog on June 7, 2013. They figure she is about 2 years old. We don't know what breed she is and was very scared when we took her in. She came from a hoarder/puppy mill situation and we were told she was almost feral when the rescue group took her in. Zack has helped her come out of her shell so much and now she is so sweet and loveable and way more trusting than she was. She is such a happy little girl and is enjoying the "outside world" I think. We are glad she has joined our family and will update her progress from time to time.
Gone, but never forgotten. My Cavalier King Charles Spaniels and old cat.