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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

A Year in Review - 2015

A Year in Review

When it comes to welcoming in a new year, we don't believe in tossing out the old but rather learning from it and moving on as needed for either learning purposes and or new adventures.

2015 was a year full of fun, exciting adventures, and growth as a family for the Dz Dog household. We've included a bunch of fun links in case you missed something!

This Past 2015:

Dz Dog dad took up canicross and developed a love for trail running, he also wrote our very first guest post! "Canicross - Trail Running with Dogs."

January -

We helped a friend who adopted a dog that ended up being too much for their family, we tried really hard to help them work through her behavioral issues but they ended up returning her to the rescue she came from. It's important to know your limits when looking to adopt a dog, it's also important to take your time and know what you are looking for in a new family member. If the dog has behavioral issues you need to take the time to really question whether you are capable and have the time to deal with the issues, and if it's not a good match it's important to do what is best for both your family and the dog. In this case, it was better that they not keep Robin. We look at this as a lesson learned, not a failure on the family's part.

Ziva began agility training! "Tunnels & Circles"

"Agility Practice at Home"

Sadly in June we had to stop agility training "I Love My Veterinarian", Ziva has bad knees. To put it simply, our vet said her stifle is too straight, and all the sharp turns were causing her to limp.

February - 

"Soothing Sore Dog Throats" - Dante and Ziva picked up kennel cough from their doggy daycare.

March - 

We got to doggy sit our first former foster Tex-Anna while her family went out of town. So we took the pups to the beach!  "Sand Puppies"

Ziva and Tex-Anna

April - 

"A Dog Kind of Week" - I tried really hard to just concentrate on getting my degree finished up and keep the doggy drama down, but the universe had different ideas. It started with a dog named Rebel: "You Don't Deserve That Dog", he was just running around on our street and a family who had no idea how to handle a dog was trying to catch him. We stepped in because it was turning into a dangerous situation.

We then helped re-home two different dogs from two different families (friends of friends) who know that we work with dogs and promote rescue.

This is Bernard he was adopted by close friends of ours.
And then Jack came into our lives! "Meet Jack!"
All the same week I might add!

May - 

Dante had to have tooth pulled, he was playing too hard with Jack and somehow managed to break a front tooth! "Hijacked - Don't Tell Mom!"

June - 

I finally graduated with my Bachelor's of Science! "Me, Myself, & Jack"

We began training Flyball with Dante and Ziva! Flyball has less sharp turns and so we decided to give it a try since we had to stop agility with Ziva. As long as she doesn't develop a limp again we can keep going! "Flyball Friday"   "Flyball Wall Turn Practice"

July - 

We did lots of playing at the river! "Water Dogs"  & "Water Paradise"

Hiked Eagles Rest with Jack: "Eagle's Rest, Oregon"

August - 

We took a big family hike with all three dogs to "Rebel Rock Trail, Oregon"

September - 

Hiked "Lookout Point Reservoir, Oregon".

Also in September:

Had an amazing girls weekend (plus Dante), and we hiked Broken Top in Bend Oregon!!  
"Broken Top, Oregon"  We made a goal as a group to have an annual girls hiking weekend, we're thinking we might tackle the Tam McArthur Rim next year!

October - 

I began helping my friend train her foster dog Buster. "A Walk with Buster"

Jack was finally adopted! "Jack is Heading Home" & "My Journey With Jack"
We're still in contact with his family and he will always hold a special spot in our hearts.

Jack is in his new home (that's me in the upper left!)!!! Everything went really well, the family is super excited to be welcoming in Captain Jack! He's going to be spoiled in the way he deserves, and they are very excited to continue with his training. If you have time to help a dog in need please consider fostering. It's hard to part with the dog but it is so worth it for moments like this. An amazing family looking to love a dog and bring in a furry family member. And a dog that you can be proud to have been successful with. We now can foster another dog in need and keep the cycle of rescue going. Rescues need fosters to help socialize dogs that do worst than normal in a kennel setting, puppies in need of training, seniors in need of peace, or dogs with special needs. Please if you have room and the emotional ability to do what is best for the dog, consider fostering. Blog post coming soon!!! πŸΎπŸ’“πŸΎπŸ’“πŸΎπŸ’“πŸΎ#perfectmatch #perfectmoment #fostersavealife #fosterdogs #rescue #rescueadvocate #captainjack #jack #blueeyes #plotthoundmix #houndmix #muttlove #doglovers #adoptdontshop #adopted #happyending #goodboy #dogsareforlife #dogsarefamily #family #lovedogs #goingtomisshim #success #rescuedog #rescued #rescuedismyfavoritebreed #brindleicious #lotsoflove #lovethisface #spiritofrescue
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November - 

We picked up two new fosters, Mikey and Eddie!  "And Then Their Were Four"

"Meet Lil' Mikey"

December - 

Mikey now Sampson was adopted! "Mikey's Going Home!"

And now we can proudly say that Eddie has been adopted too!

Thank you so much for taking the time to read our blog and follow the adventures of Dante and Ziva! We have some fun stories and review coming soon so stay tuned!

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  1. You guys have had a really exciting, busy year! I'll have to go back and read some of these posts. I think I missed some of them. Congratulations on your Bachelors! That is a HUGE accomplishment! And you did so well with the fosters this year. You really should be so proud! Happy New Year, guys!

    1. I hope you enjoy reading them! Thanks so much! This year was sooo busy, and it looks like this next year will be more of the same busy fun stuff. :-) Only throw in moving to a new city. LoL that will certainly make for some funny posts!

  2. You've had a tremendous year! Congratulations on all of your accomplishments with your own dogs as well as finding homes for three fosters - that's amazing! I hope you're taking a well-deserved break in the new year.

    1. Thanks Lara! We are certainly taking a break, I need to get Dante and Ziva polished in their training again. :-)

  3. You had quite the busy year! Congratulations on all your accomplishments! Happy New Year!

  4. That's a fantastic year! Congrats on all the amazing accomplishments!

  5. Loved reviewing the year with you and seeing your beautiful pictures. Can't wait to see what's ahead for 2016.

  6. I always enjoy reading your adventures. And the pitty grins always make me smile. I look forward to seeing what happens in 2016.


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