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Hello to you all!

January 23rd 2010 6:58 pm
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Let me introduce myself. My name is Mathias and today was the day that changed my life.

My life story, short as it is, goes like this: I am a Giant Schnauzer mutt who was roaming the streets of Mexico City just by myself at only 2 months old. I can't really recall how was it that I lost my mom and siblings, all that I know is that some person put a leash on me and left me tied up to a tree.

So I spent the whole morning there, a bit scared, a bit lonely when suddenly there they were: a nice man and the biggest hound I had ever seen. They passed me by and about 10 minutes latter they came back, but they weren't alone. A woman was also with them.

She came to me, petted me, untied me and then held me in her arms. Off we all went to their home. There I learned their names: Dad, Mom & Tallulah.

I have been with them for 24 days now. I have been taught how to sit, come & give paw. I have been taken to the vet to get some shots. I have been on walks, have played, have eaten and taken baths. All the while learning to live with this pack and falling in love with each of them.

Do they love me back? you might ask. It wasn't easy for them, Tally tells me that the pack had lost 2 members -Bela & Aullido- not so long ago and that they were gloomy & heart broken.
I know I'm no replacement and that I have big shoes to fill. But you know what? I now know they love me too!

Today mom and dad came to me, they told me a huge decision was made, that this was not a temporary home for me anymore. Today for the first time I was reassured they were my pack, that they were my family forever more and that this was finally my home. Our home.

When they told me this there was no gloominess anymore, but remembrance and hope for the future.
I am a lucky puppy as I know two angels, up in the sky -Bela & Aullido- brought us together.

I'll be sharing my adventures with you.
Now, it's time for me to go and make some puppy pals!

 

Bonding with the pack

January 31st 2010 6:24 pm
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Wow! How quickly time goes by.
I have just reached one month with my pack. So much has happened and I'm learning more and more each day. From being a good pup with Tally (that is not biting her), getting puppy shots (which I hate, last time I puked all over the vet, je je) and going to puppy class.

Yes, I'm gonna be an educated dog. Dad says I'm all wit so he wants me to learn all kinds of stuff. Good part is he uses yummy treats and a funny noise-making thingy he calls a clicker. So far he does a happy face when I sit and give paw and I get my treat so I'm happy to oblige.

About the puppy class, wow! So many friends, so much play time and also I get to do "exercises" after which I get some more treats so count me in! I will gladly go every day but they are only weekly.

I have been having fun and I also feel safe and pampered with my pack. I feel a strong bond is growing between us. This weekend I'm visiting Grandpa & Grandma, they have a huge garden where I can run and play, everyone's nice to me so I really like being there. Mom tells me we'ĺl spend the night there. It is going to be my first night out of my house so I'm nervous about it, Tally says it's not a big deal but as long as I have my pack with me I know there'll be nothing to fear.

More adventures to come. Woof!

 

Be my Valentines

February 10th 2010 12:12 pm
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If love is meant to mend,
then your hearts I will save.
I know of your loss,
as two furry angels who shined
like the stars from the sky
up above so high, told me so.

I know that you grieve
and so, I’m here to retrieve
all pain, all hurt and even despair
with some slurping & nice tricks
I’ll make them vanish, just go away.

A mission I have:
Take good care of your hearts
Pamper ’em, make ’em shine again
with some joy and some laughter.
some cuddling and kisses,
with tickles from my spiky,
and pointy little whiskers.

Dear Mom and Dad,
I love you so much
so I kindly ask, with all my might
Would you care to be my sweet Valentines?

 

The watery pit!

March 3rd 2010 2:42 pm
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Hey all! I'm just getting the hang of my new life with this family, but here I am to tell you about an adventure we had about 2 weeks ago!

It turns out it was my adoptive grandma's birthday. So we all went to this house grand-aunt has about 100 kilometers from where we live (Mexico City). This is a place called Cocoyoc, and it was mostly really fun. It's lower and closer to the sea, so the weather is more humid and hotter. This is not good for a black, coarse-haired doggie such as myself, but I tried to make the best of it anyway.

What's nice is that great-aunt has a HUGE garden with soft grass, lots of plants and places for a dog to run and explore. Tallulah showed me around and soon I was running around the garden and house. It was really fun!

The only thing I was unsure about was a "pool". This is like a small pond or lake, but man-built (they are crazy I tell ya!). I failed to see the point, it was big and one could easily fall in, but the water can't be drunk.

So there I was, basically ignoring the pool, when suddenly daddy came out of the house and went inside the pool. Honest, just walked right down some steps that led from the edge into the water! I was beside myself with fear! is he going to drown? is he crazy?

Suddenly he submerged! oh dear, I thought maybe he drowned! I went to Tallulah to see if she knew what to do, but she was nervous too, pacing up and down.

All of a sudden dad came out of the water and started yelling "it's cold!" he tried to see if I was interested in getting in. Like hell I was! maybe he's crazy now! After 2 days of games and hot weather this was too much for me, I ran inside the house and hid in a corner.

After a while dad returned, this time dressed normally. I was glad to see he hadn't drowned. Tallulah explained that sometimes humans go inside pools just for fun, although she confessed she didn't really understand it either; she says she fell in the pool once before and it wasn't so fun.

Anyway, although our stay there was fun, I was glad when we finally packed up and came back home, away from that dreadful pool.

See ya'll!

 

Grandpa

March 18th 2010 1:12 pm
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My human mom's dad has been feeling ill. They tell me he is 84 years old. I'm 4 months and a half so 84 years seems really, really, really a lot!

A couple of weeks ago I got to spend 3 whole days with him at his home in the country. I like him a lot, he plays soccer with me, even thou he has to use a walking cane. He also likes to give me and Tally treats and food when ma & pops are unaware. He's sneaky in a good sense which only makes me like him even more.

Well, he got sick last Saturday, his face paralyzed for a whole day long and the human veterinary tells that he has a concuc, conssic, concuz, I mean concussion after a fall he had some time before, and some nasty blood clot near his brain which was he cause of his injury. He was hospitalized for 4 days and is now in our home. He will have to stay with us, just resting, for 2 weeks, then have some x-rays taken and then the human veterinary will decide if he should stay a bit longer with us.

I don't mind at all, I like his company. He smiles whenever I take a shoe to him so he can play fetch with me. And grandma also pampers me, she likes my hugs. I know how to spread the love and so I do in time of need. If my family needs a lick, a laugh or the tickles from my spiky whiskers, then I'm more than happy to oblige.

I also got my last puppy shot last week! So I won't be seeing the vet for a long time I hope. Puppy class has also been going well, with puppy friends and treats. The only thing a bit nasty for me is the heat. I get so tired after my afternoon walk and need to drink lots of water to cool down.

Other than this, I have noting more to report but I really wanted to stop by and say hello to you all.
Back to taking care of Grandpa.
Woof!

 

Grandpa

April 21st 2010 8:17 am
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Hey all! I'm just a 5-month-old puppy but already I'm faced with one of dogkind's most important tasks: to cheer my humans up during hard times.

My grandpa (mom's dad, human of course) is at the hospital and is not doing so well. All the family is extremely worried; as I said I try to cheer them up, but honestly I'm more concerned about mom, since she's the one I spend most of my time with. So I'm trying to play with her and be friendly. Sometimes I overdo it and they get mad at me! but hey you can't blame me for trying too hard :P

I think us doggies should be allowed to go to the hospital; grandpa likes to play with me, and I'm sure he'd feel better if I could give him a couple of friendly licks and let him pet me. But I can't go there. Sometimes humans are so strange!

So in the meantime, Tallulah and I are doing our best to be with our humans and give them our best vibes. And we're hoping grandpa does get better!

See you soon!

 

Dark times need puppy love.

May 11th 2010 10:50 am
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Dear Dogster friends, I'm very sad to tell you that Grandpa dearest did pass away. Mommy's still devastated so I've been licking her tears and making a complete fool of my self to keep her as happy as possible. I know I'm still a young pup, but my love for her is humongous and I know it shows as she does beams me a huge smile from time to time, so I'm bound to do my best for her.

In other, more light news, we had a rescue just the other day. Her name is Ginger and she was a stray, just like me.
It happened while we were driving to our Sunday promenade. In the top of this vehicular bridge, she was there, trying to avoid cars, scared like hell. Mom was driving and she told Dad who, just like a crazy goat, jumped off the car without even thinking twice about it. It was a very dangerous move as the cars were coming really fast, but it also was an only-chance opportunity to rescue little Ginger.
He finally reached her and pull her back to the safety of his arms. She was so scared she even tried to bite him! At this point Tallulah and I were barking like crazy, we were so worried for dad.
With Ginger in her arms, and Mom shielding them with the car, Dad walked until they were off the bridge and they could safely cross by the street-walk.

There Dad checked on her. She was trembling like a leaf and going into shock. She had some scratches as a car did gave her a good push. Dad decided to take her to the vet while we continued with our Sunday visit to Grandma's. Once we saw he was fine, Tally & I were at ease.
Latter we learnt that Ginger was at the vet's, resting and getting better from her wounds. There she will be spayed, get all her shots and put into adoption.

This whole adventure made me wonder, I was a stray too, hadn't been for Tally & Dad who found me abandoned, tied up to a tree, I have no idea what would have become of me. Now I have a family, a home and the confidence of a secured life. I love my pack and I know they love me and will always take care of me. I know I'm a lucky pup but I also believe every single dog, weather with pedigree or mutt, old or young, big or small, deserves a home and a family. It is up to you, good and proud dog owners to make a difference, to promote adoption, spaying & neutering.

We are always happy to help nice homeless dogs to find a home, so if you know someone in Mexico who would like to have her, please send us a message. You can find more info on Ginger (http://www.vidadeperros.com.mx/2010/05/10/ginger-hagamos-ga lletas-de-gengibre-en-su-honor/) at Vida de Perros ( http://www.vidadeperros.com.mx/), Mommy's internet site dedicated to help Mexican dogs.

 

Nice and nasty adventures

July 20th 2010 7:54 am
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Hey all! Long time no see! I've been mostly up to my daily routine, which I've got down pat after 6 months with my family. However not everything is routine, as you'll see.

A couple of weeks ago, mom & dad went out of town to visit relatives. Since their trip was a couple of days long, they decided to leave Tallulah home, and take me to stay with my grandparents (dad's parents). It's weird because they live in an apartment and have two cats, and everyone was worried I'd be a mess. But I did my best and behaved really well, and we really had a good time! grandpa & grandma took me with them to run errands, to get some coffee, and for walks, I got to play ball and sleep with them, and the cats didn't bother me once!

Still I was thrilled when mom & dad came back to get me. I had a great time but I still prefer to be with family.

The next day they took me to the vet. They left me there in the morning, I was so sad! then the vets gave me something to make me sleep. After I woke up I was a bit anxious, but after a couple of hours mom & dad came to pick me up.

So now I'm home, recovering, although the surgery I had was minor, and very well performed, so now, 8 days after the fact, I'm almost entirely recovered; all that's left is for the stitches to be removed, in 2 days' time. Then I'll be back to my normal life, because so far I have been unable to go out and play with my friends, and it's driving me crazy! (not to mention mom & dad).

So what happened to me at the vet, you ask? I got neutered! And it wasn't as awful as everyone says it is; I'm pretty much my old crazy self anyway, and mom & dad say it'll be better for me in the long run. I can tell you, after the first couple of days, it doesn't even hurt anymore! so if your humans want to neuter you, don't be afraid; it's ok.

Be seeing you!

 

Greetings from up north!

September 29th 2010 10:21 am
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Hi my friends! Greetings from Canada! Yeah, that's what the weird business with the kennel was about! I had a hunch this would happen but never thought it would be so hard! I traveled along with Tallulah, who tells the whole story on her diary, and we were both terrified. We thought we'd never see mom & dad again. But luckily, after a long and scary airplane trip, we landed safely in Montreal, where dad rescued us, and later that day we reunited with mom. So we're a family again, as usual.

Here in Canada there are a lot of animals: squirrels, which drive Tallulah crazy; raccoons, which come out at night and drive Tallulah crazy; seagulls and ducks, which I like; and nastier stuff like snakes.

Sadly, one of my favorite games, which is starting a barking contest with Tallulah, is now forbidden; people here aren't too fond of barking doggies. Mom & dad say there's a lot we have to learn, and one of those things is controlling our barking.

Still, I like it here very much: I can go for early morning runs with mom, I sometimes get to play with my tennis ball, and although I had to say good-bye to all my doggie friends in Mexico, mom & dad have already found a few dog parks here where I can make new friends. So hopefully we'll adjust to life here! there's also this winter thing where mom says it gets very cold; but I'm not too worried. I mean, how cold can it really get?

See ya!

 

The first year of my life

October 30th 2010 5:29 pm
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Hey all! it's my birthday today!

My future was uncertain when I was born; it was downright bleak when, at two and a half months of age, I was tied up to a tree. My luck changed when mom, dad & Tallulah found me. It's been a love story ever since, full of adventures, some good and others bad, and plenty of opportunity for me to help them and show them my love.

Thanks to them my first year has been a very nice one; I learned lots of tricks, went to doggie school, made a lot of friends at parks, and eventually moved to Canada with my family. I'm glad they chose to bring me here, as by now we work quite well as a pack and every day is an adventure here.

This year also brought very difficult moments for my pack; I've been able to help, at least by being positive and supporting my humans in hard times. As a doggie it's my calling in life! And I'm sure when I'm in a tough spot they'll also be there for me.

So here's to my family and to living many more years with them!

Thanks to all my Dogster friends and hope to also stay in touch with you! See ya!

 
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