Sonora’s New Dog House

Hello All! Welcome back to Paige’s Posts!

Boy, has time flown by. Summer is nearing a close (did you know the last day of summer is Wednesday, September 21st?)  & to prepare for the coming winter, I ordered a dog house for Sonora on Amazon. I ordered it on September 4th & it arrived on September 7th.

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The box was large and too heavy for me to drag into the house, so I assembled it in the front yard. It took me about an hour to put together and I only needed an extra hand when it came to screwing in two little pieces that go on the bottom of the house to hold up the floor.

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The house came with all the pieces and all I needed was a pair of scissors to open the box and a screwdriver to put it together.

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All the pieces laying out on the lawn

Overall, I am very impressed with this dog house. The wood is thin, but will definitely work for Sonora and the color is amazing! The box said it was olive green, but it looks more like a teal color, which is what I was hoping for. It was much bigger than I had expected. So big, in fact, that I think both Sonora & her friend, Soda-Pop, can both fit comfortably. Also, the roof can be lifted open for easy cleaning. I’ll be on the look out for an appropriately sized dog bed to go in the dog house.

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At first, Sonora didn’t want anything to do with her new house, so I gave her treats every time she would approach it until she would finally go inside. Now she uses it to hide in when I spray herself and Soda-Pop with water to keep them cool. This morning, I noticed that she was sleeping in it-baby steps!

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See ya in a little while!

-Paige

Meet My New Boyfriend!

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Omg my new boyfriend’s name is Bruce! I met him online, specifically on the Cosmo Magazine website. Plus, he’s like a big celebrity. You might have seen him in Finding Nemo. LOL! I know, I know..how could someone like me (a human) have a shark boyfriend? Well, duh it’s fake. What a stupid question! Lol. Just kidding! Its a perfectly legitimate question due to the peculiarity of this situation. I guess now would be a good time to tell you that I took another Cosmo quiz. Feel free to check it out here.

So….these Cosmo quizzes are addicting. First, I found out that I’m 34 years old instead of 23 like it says on my birth certificate. Now, I find out I have a shark boyfriend named Bruce! What has this world come to? My whole life has been flipped upside down.

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Why don’t you try this quiz and see who your shark boyfriend is! Post your shark BF’s name in the comments section below!

See ya later!

-Paige

 

Finding my TRUE age with Cosmo’s Help

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I was on Cosmo Magazine’s website today and happened across a quiz to find my true age based upon my social media habits. I don’t know what that means, but I’m all about figuring out hold old a website thinks I am. Turns out the internet thinks I’m hella older than I really am!

I answered all of the quiz’s questions honestly and was sure that my true age of 23 years would pop up at the end. And then Boom! Pow! I’m 34 years old. What?! It’s not that I think 34 is an old age, it’s just funny that the quiz would be 11 years off. And to top it all off, the creators of the quiz wrote a little bit saying how I’m considered to be the same age as Beyonce when it comes to social media. Well, I guess that’s a compliment. Besides, if anyone looks at my Facebook page, they will see a bunch of videos that I shared because they had cute puppies and kittens and T-rex’s in them. I mean,who can look at a video of a cute puppy and not share it with everyone else on the planet?!

It’s pretty rare that I ever update my status on Facebook. I don’t really do anything with myself nowadays, so I don’t feel there is anything exciting to report. Who knows, maybe I am a senile old lady when it comes to social media…but, who cares! I don’t. I’ll stick with my kitten and puppy videos any day.

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Here is my quiz result from cosmo’s website

Want to know what your true age is? Find out here.

Talk to ya later!

-Paige

Sonora: My Hungry Caterpillar

Hello All! Nice to talk to you again. I hope all is well and great things have been happening in my absence.

Today I would like to talk about my friend Sonora. She’s doing well, though she is a bit unsocialized as we haven’t gone for a substantial walk in weeks. Instead, I’ve been taking her out to the front yard so she can run off some of her energy, and I’ve been teaching her to jump through a hula hoop, but for the most part, she has been playing with her friends Luna and Charlie inside and eating. I mean, seriously eating. Like… she is always eating.

I pour two bowls of dog food in the morning, but I also keep the dog food bag accessible to the dogs because I can’t stand the thought of them being hungry during the day. I’ve never had problems with dog obesity (Charlie is a slim dog and so is Luna), so I was surprised when one day I heard my family calling Sonora a fatty. I mean, I know she is a little chubby, but I didn’t think that warranted the word “fat” being thrown her way. Besides, Sonora is, like, the most adorable dog in the world! But the issue has become much more apparent and serious. My chubby little girl has quite a belly on her now and when I do the “touch test” on her I can’t feel her ribs. We all know what that means: Sonora is obese!

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Look at that belly!

When I first got Sonora I vowed to give her a wonderful life, and I should have made health and physical fitness more of a priority. Unfortunately, I stopped taking her out for walks and I allowed her to eat more than she should have and now my mistakes have led to a potential (and all too real)  health problem. How could I ever forgive myself?! The only thing I can do is become more organized. So let me whip out my handy dandy notebook and Excel spreadsheet and get started!

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She’s got so many rolls!

 

So I figure I should do at least 4 thirty minute walks every week and 1 hour long walk every week. Of course I will still be working with her on jumping through a hula hoop as I want to make a mini agility course for my dogs. I figure it would be a fun exercise routine for all of us. See my exercise plan below:

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Hopefully with this exercise plan and a new food storage container, I can help Sonora to lose a little bit of weight and gain some endurance and stamina.

I will post an update to report on our progress.

Ta Ta For Now!

 

-Paige

Tale of a Cute Puppy

A few months ago, my neighbor was giving away puppies. By the time we walked over, there were two puppies left: a male and a female. My mom and I figured we could find the puppies good homes that weren’t in the ghetto where we live. (Our neighborhood is notorious for unwanted puppies and puppies getting hit by cars or abandoned, so if at all possible, I try to find homes that are outside of our neighborhood). So we took in the female puppy. I de-wormed and vaccinated her and soon she found a home! Even better ,she found a home near the bluffs (a very nice neighborhood) with a fire marshall and his daughter.

Here are some pics I took of this precious pup:

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Hopefully I can find other puppies in need good homes this summer. Unfortunately,  I’m sure that there will be more unwanted puppies springing up around the neighborhood in the coming months.

 

-Paige

Meet my friend Lucifer

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Look at that gorgeous face!

A few weeks ago, I heard some guys yelling and cursing at each other outside. I peeked through the window and noticed these two Mexican guys pushing each other around. They soon walked away and not long after, a little yellow puppy came walking down the street. He stopped by my apartment and I went outside. I noticed something was wrong with the puppy’s coat and realized that he was wrapped up with bungee cords. I know-weird, after all, who would wrap a puppy up in bungee cords? His little body was covered in them and they were the tiniest little cords. I don’t know how someone got them around his body in the first place, but they were cutting into his fur and skin pretty badly. So I scooped him up and carried him inside.

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Charlie & Lucifer chillin’ on the bed

After unwrapping all the bungee cords (there were a lot!), I cleaned him up. I started calling him Little Boy because he’s a male puppy and I couldn’t think of a better name to call him. By the time I got home from work the next day my entire family had named the pup Lucifer because he had absolutely no manners and he acted like a little devil.

It was pretty obvious from the first time I brought him inside that Lucifer had never been inside before. After I took him a bath, he started nipping my heels and grabbing my clothes and anything else he could get his teeth on. He wagged his tail and bounced around the apartment barking up a storm. It was quite entertaining until I realized he wasn’t potty trained. Luckily he has taken to newspaper really well, but he still insists on shredding anything that is left on the floor, including shoes, socks, dog toys, cat toys, jeans, t-shirts, blankets, coca-cola (seriously-he loves soda), cups, paper, etc, etc, etc!

We have to be really careful of where we leave cups of soda. Lucifer is a tall puppy and he reaches up on the counter, grabs the cups, and drinks everything inside! I’ve never known a dog to like soda and I hope Little Boy grows out of it.

Little Boy Lucifer is definitely a work in progress, but I am very hopeful that in a few weeks he will be ready to find a new home.

Here are some pictures of our walk: (don’t worry-it’s water that I’m pouring into the pepsi cup haha!)

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When I first brought him in, Little Boy was very skinny. As you can see, he’s a good weight now and keeps on eating. He’s a good boy and I hope he finds a good home.

See ya later!

 

-Paige

Meet Luna

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Look at that beautiful smile!

One of the most difficult times in an animal lover’s life is when one is faced with the difficult decision to re-home his or her furry friend. I have had to do this multiple times and trust me when I say it is not an easy task.

My sister recently had to re-home her dog, Luna. Luna is a gentle and loving pit bull. She is very muscular and healthy and loves to sleep all day. My family agreed to take her in until we could get her spayed and re-homed. Currently, Luna’s spay day is set for April 21st, 2016 and I can’t wait. I feel it is very important to get Luna spayed because I’m afraid that people will see her and want to use her for breeding. Every year in Bakersfield, we see a huge outpouring of unwanted puppies and I don’t want to contribute to that.

Last week I walked Luna to the Mt. Vernon Veterinary Hospital where she got her Bordetella, Parvo, and DHLP vaccine. These are necessary in order for Luna to be spayed at Critters Without Litters. Luna will get her Rabies vaccine on the day of her spay.

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Luna in the waiting room-such a patient dog!

Luna is a great dog-more well-behaved than my Charlie & Sonora. I have to say that Luna is the easiest dog I have ever walked-and I’ve walked many dogs in my lifetime. During our walks, she is very attentive to where I am and where I want the both of us to go. She never pulls and she doesn’t get distracted by other dogs barking or trying to follow us. I have to tip my invisible hat to my sister for doing such a great job in raising her dog. I’m hoping that we can find Luna a loving forever home soon.

If you’re interested in reading up on the importance of dog vaccinations and what canine vaccinations are available, you can read what the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine has to say on the subject by clicking here.

 

Ta Ta for Now!

-Paige

 

 

Sonora Update

It’s been quite some time since I first brought Sonora home and I’m happy to say that she is doing great! She has grown into such a pretty dog. I haven’t been walking her as much as I should be, so she’s been a bit skittish on her last few walks. I’m sure she will adapt as I plan on taking her for more outings in the future.

If you want to see how she looked when I first got her just click here.

Here are some pics of our latest walk.

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Talk to ya later!

 

Paige

Antique Malls

My mom and I have been visiting antique malls around town. It’s become a favorite past time of ours. As we visited the shops I noticed a theme: animal heads. We saw them everywhere and after a while my mother suggested taking pictures to keep track of all the animal heads we saw.

So here are some pics!

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It’s pretty sad to think that these animals were once alive. Hopefully one day we won’t see heads like these displayed anymore.

I’ll post more pics next time I go window shopping at antique malls.

Have a good one!

 

-Paige

Out Sick

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This past week has been a rough one. I caught the cold and it knocked me around a bit. I’m happy to report that I finally feel better I guess there’s nothing a bottle of Mucinex and a box of tissues can’t fix!

Here is an update of my weekend:

Volunteer Event

Woo hoo! I finally began volunteering again! I found this really cool organization called Bakersfield Pet Food Pantry, which serves people in Bakersfield who need emergency pet food assistance. Basically, if a Bakersfield resident is having a tough month, they can fill out an application to receive some free pet food.

During this event, I was stationed at the dog treat booth. I opened new bags of dog treats and split their contents into two Ziploc bags so that we could give to more families. I would then take those treat baggies to the front desk to be distributed to the people and pets in need. Once I finished that task, I was sent to the cat food station, where I prepared bags of dry cat food and wet cat food for distribution.

I really liked volunteering with the Bakersfield Pet Food Pantry. They are a group of people who really care and put judgement aside to serve their cause. I hope to volunteer with them again in the future.

Puppy Problems

Bakersfield has been pretty warm these past few weeks and along with warm weather comes litters of unwanted puppies and kittens. That’s exactly what I saw this weekend. My mom and I were out for a stroll and came upon a neighbor who had a litter of puppies. With a bit of hard work and determination, we were able to find one of the puppies a good home. We called her Zinc and she is now living with a dispatcher in a really good side of town with a big backyard and a happy little girl to grow up with.

Baby Shower

I went to a baby shower this weekend and it was adorable! It was a baseball themed shower, including a baseball themed cake! I didn’t win any of the games, but I tried my best. I also went with a few of my coworkers and got to know them a little better outside of work.

Charlie’s Hair Clippers

I got Charlie a new set of hair clippers from PetsMart. My last pair died after a few years of use, so I needed another pretty badly. Charlie’s hair is getting  a little crazy and overgrown. I’ll be posting some before and after pictures of Charlie’s new hair cut shortly.

Well, I hope everyone’s week goes well!

Talk to ya later!

 

-Paige