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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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:
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:
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.
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.
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!)
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.
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.
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.
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.
According to ABC News, some crazy person (and obvious dog hater) has been planting thumbtacks at a dog park in Hercules, California. Who the hell does this sort of thing?!
Holy moly, am I angry! How could someone do such a thing to such harmless creatures? Not to mention the risk it brings to children in the area!
I realize that some people do not like animals for some reason or another, but that does not justify a person intentionally harming those animals. Especially in such a way that could be harmful to both humans and animals.
For what it’s worth, I hope the cops find this person and put them away for a VERY long time.
You may have noticed a new addition to my ever-growing family. Yes, she is soooo adorable and chunky! Introducing the one, the only, Sonora Furiosa!
Sonora’s story is an interesting one and I’m glad to share it with anyone who will listen.
When my family moved near the downtown area of Bakersfield, I caught a glimpse of a panda! “Whoa!” you may say, “Holy French Fry!” you may think, but yes, it is true, I saw a panda. At least that’s what I called the neighbor’s dog. You see, he had eye patches that made him look like a big, fat, panda. Once I saw him I was in love, I mean look at him! Just look at him!
Panda is Sonora’s dad.
Sonora’s mom, from what I gather, is a chocolate lab mix. She’s very protective of her yard and I try to stay away from her whenever possible. Her owners let her roam the streets though, so sometimes it’s more difficult to steer clear of her.
Here is a picture of Panda and Sonora’s mom and their puppies. The puppies are laying in the street between Panda and the red truck.
Here is another picture I was able to take of Sonora’s parents.
Sorry about the picture quality-Sonora’s mom was barking at me for hovering around trying to take pictures. (Now I must say, I do not agree with the way these dogs’ owners kept their dogs and the puppies. These neighbors are known for having unwanted puppies roaming the streets until the pound drives by and picks them up. I must also say, that I am forever grateful of the owner giving me one of the puppies (Sonora). She will forever be in my heart and in my pack of fur babies.)
One day, my mom and I were passing by and decided to take a risk and ask the neighbor if we could get a puppy. Problem: We had never spoken to these neighbors, nor seen them (At this point, I kinda regarded them as ghosts that only came out at night). After a few minutes of yelling at the house, we were about to give up when the front door opened and a man came out. He didn’t speak English & we didn’t speak Spanish, but he got the hint and said that we could take the puppy. He handed the puppy over the fence before the mama dog had a chance to come after us.
I walked home proudly and put Sonora in the bathroom.
Sonora was really dirty and full of fleas and ticks. Do you see that dark patch on her head between her eyes? That’s a patch of fleas. She had the worst case of fleas I’ve ever seen in a puppy (and keep in mind I’ve worked and volunteered at tons of vet clinics). Needless to say, she got a bath and flea treatment right away.
When I first introduced Sonora to the rest of the family, she was shy. After a few days, though, Sonora felt right at home with us. Now, she’s part of the gang!
Here is Sonora lounging:
I got Sonora a bed and a bunch of toys and she fell in love with them!
I’ve been working with Sonora to train her and teach her good manners. Sonora and I are definitely a work in progress, but we’re getting there! Meanwhile Sonora keeps getting bigger and bigger (and I love it-I hope she stays chunky forever!).