15 Years Together, Forever In My Heart

Last week was one of the worst weeks my family and I have had in a long time.

Last week we had to say goodbye to our family dog, my dog, my fur baby.

Angel

My sweet dog Angel has gone to dog heaven. I got to spend 15 wonderful years with this beautiful, faithful, hyper, crazy, dog.

I have so many great memories with this beautiful dog. I got to spend time on the coast in Mombasa, Kenya with her, watching her play on the beach in the waves and chase crabs. I remember the day I brought her home, she would only sleep next to me. I remember day some street kids dog-napped her and my dad rescued her from a tiny box she was tied up and hidden in. I remember picking her up from the airport when I brought her to Canada from Kenya, I will never forget how excited she was to see me. I remember the first time she saw snow. I loved how protective she was. She may have been a tiny 12 pound dog, but she had a giant heart. For every single one of my pregnancies she would sleep by my stomach, and once my kids were here she would protect them. She loved my kids. She would bring them toys when they cried. She would sleep outside their door when they napped.

I will miss her cuddles and kisses. I will miss the way she used to run around the house when we came home. I will miss the way she used to sneak into my bed at night and steal my blankets and pillow. I will miss her hippy little bark. I will miss the way my tiny little puppy thought she was a giant fierce dog.

I had 15 wonderful years with my beautiful dog. But we had to say goodbye. My poor dog got too sick and there was nothing we could do. It was heartbreaking decision we had to make.

My sweet Angel puppy is now a real angel dog and will never be forgotten.

Thank you to everyone for your kind words and support over the last week.

~ Michelle

Keep Your Pets Cool In The Summer Heat

It is almost that time of year, when it goes really hot, and really humid. It is important to stay cool and hydrated. But it is also important to keep on an eye on your furry little friends as well.

I’ve had pets pretty much all of my life, dogs and rabbits mostly.

summerheat

So here are some tips and tricks I have used over the years to help keep my furry friends cool in the heat.

– Ice in the water. Or an ice pack attached to their water bottle. (If you have bunnies make sure their water is always cold, they don’t like to drink warm water, so you will have to check on it a few times a day)
– A frozen bottle of water to cuddle up next to (for the bunnies and dog). Just make sure they don’t start chewing on it!.
– Fans in the room (but not directly on the bunnies).
– Lots of Frozen treats (put a carrot in the freezer for a little bit for the bunnies, they love it.).
– We have even had to spray down the dog with some water, we don’t do this for the bunnies but you can get your fingers wet and get their ears damp. Just be careful with that!
– Keep them in the shade and out of direct sunlight as much as possible!

and the furry pets favorite:

– A frozen ceramic tile to lay on!

I’m sure as the summer goes on we will have to come up with more ways to keep our pets cool if this heat continues like this, but for now this is our list! We may end up adding onto it as the summer continues.

If you guys have any ways that you keep your animals cool in the summer I would love to hear them!
Thanks!

~Michelle