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Flashy Friday! Week 2 -  "Spin" Whew! A whole week between posts, sorry guys! Like I've mentioned before we're pr...

Monday, March 28, 2016

We're Homeless!!

Ready To Go!

Well, I did it! I sold our first home over the weekend to a wonderful family. We met and signed paperwork on Saturday and as of this morning all of the paperwork has been passed off to the title company! HIP, HIP, HOORAY!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Exploring Oregon's Backroads

Let's Go on an Adventure!!

Ever had one of those mornings where you just wake up and feel like an adventure? 

Last Saturday was one of those days, being cooped up all week thanks to the rain certainly didn't help with the cabin fever. So we decided to get out and make the best of it!  After tossing around a few ideas we decided rain or shine today would be a beach trip day! Dz Dog Dad got a sparkle in his eye and said, "I've got an idea!! You pack the car!"

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Ziva is a Beadie Baby!

Beadie Babiez

**We purchased this collar on our own, this review is entirely our opinion.**

For a while now i've been noticing these collars on Instagram being worn by some of our favorite accounts, and I had to have one for Ziva!

We finally decided on a triple strand for our little princess but couldn't make up our mind what color to pick so we let our Instagram followers vote on the color and they chose pink!

It was a long wait because they were pretty backed up on orders but it was so worth the wait!

You might be curious about the strength of these collars?

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

WW. #NationalPuppyDay

Happy #NationalPuppyDay

If you are a regular reader you know that Dante and Ziva were adopted from local rescues right around the age of 1.

Dante was adopted in 2013 and will be about 4 years old in August.
Here is the very first picture I took of Dante, right after picking him up.

His head seemed to big for his body!
We adopted Ziva in 2014, she was just under a year old (best guess) and she immediately hit it off and bonded to Dante.
She will be about 3 years old this April!!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Battle of the Balloons!

Ziva vs. Balloons

We had an open house recently, and since we don't normally have balloons we kept a couple to show Dante and Ziva while giving the rest to our neighbor's kids.

The cats have in the past been amused by balloon tails as they suspend in the air and slowly sink, but this time it was Ziva who took special notice of the silly floating balls.

Part 1

Friday, March 18, 2016

Doggy Rehab

Ziva's Shoulder Rehab

Slimdoggy is doing a series, "Things People Don't Know About Canine Fitness" today is Part 4 of his series and we encourage you to go check it out! Today is about rehab and retraining, which is perfect because it's something we've been dealing with in Ziva.

She just doesn't know how to quit!

Having been involved in sports my whole life I treat my dogs as I would train my own body. Having high drive/high energy dogs we get out no less than twice a day, this is important number one for my own sanity but also for the sanity of Dante and Ziva, they get really psycho if they can't exercise.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Happy St. Patricks Day!!

2016 St. Patty's Day

Ziva was confused when I explained to her that for St. Patty's day you have to wear green.
"Pink is my color, silly mother. Why? Because I am the princess of course!"

But after explaining to her that people will pinch you if you don't wear green she decided she had better see what she could put together for an outfit and quick!

Friday, March 11, 2016



Oh my goodness! I've been so busy!

To be honest life is crazy for us right now, let me rephrase that... "Life has been crazy for DzDog Dad and myself" the dogs and his/her kitty highness are doing just fine.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Recall Training Games

Let The Games Begin!

This month's positive pet training hop subject is recall, I thought I had covered this issue when we had Jack our former foster but as I searched through my blog posts I realize that while yes I talked about it I didn't really explain to you guys how I did it. SO here goes!

In our experience of working with, training, and fostering dogs Jack holds a very special place in our hearts. He is extremely intelligent, and he was quite a training challenge due to his dumpster diving, counter surfing, and runaway issues. Jack was a bolter, and it took some creative genius, time, lots of patience and consistency between Dz Dog dad and myself to get him to where he is today.

Sneaky Jack slipped out the door on more than one occasion, a couple times he did it to me as I was getting ready for work - on a good note my boss was always laughing at the latest Jack shenanigans.

Step 1 with Jack was to pick up a very long lead line, we found a 100 foot leash that worked perfectly for our needs and the space we were using to train.

Recall Games

*Not all dogs are good candidates for being off-leash! It has to do with personality and training.*

The rule at our house is that if we have a dog that runs away or doesn't come when called then they do not get to be off-leash. In Jacks case, it took him 7 or 8 months before I could actually trust him to be off leash, and even then I wouldn't allow it unless I had a high value toy or treat to reward him with for coming when called. Training With Jack

Baby Steps to Success - 
  • 100 foot leash
  • Carabiner
  • Bag of VERY HIGH VALUE treats
  • Favorite toy
  • Clicker if you want to use one

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