Favorite Walk: Ventura Harbor (especially Blackbeard's BBQ), Brookside Country Club
Best Tricks: dancing, smacking me in the face, pulling tags off of toys, recall, endearing people to love him
Arrival Story: After loosing our beloved "Bella". We saw how much our other dog China missed her and needed a companion again. We actively went out looking and looked on all of the adoption websites. Finally, after quite a bit of searching, we found this little picture of an adorable little border collie mix at the Ojai Humane Society. It was about 2 hours away, so we had to be sure. We looked at many other dogs but none of them had that certain spirit that was missing in this house, the kindly and loving spirit that Bella brought.
Finally, we traveled the long journey to Ojai. It was beautiful out there and their humane society was so wonderful that I asked them it I could stay there. We saw Spyro who was then called "Daffy". Daffy was originally listed as a female which is what he actually looks like. He was as sweet and frightened as he could be. He was brought there from a Riverside kill shelter. He had only been at the Ojai Humane Society for 1 week, then he worked his way into our hearts.
We put in our application after showing them our yard and were dismayed to find out that he already had another family who wanted him. They were nice enough to look at our application and offer us first chance since we were approved and had traveled so far.
Two days later we brought China and our nephew up to Ojai to see how things would go. China was not happy, but was fairly tolerant of him, and he was fantastic with our nephew, so we leashed him up and attempted to bring him home. He was so afraid of the car though that he slipped out of his collar and ran back to the humane society. After that it was a slip collar until we could get a martingale on him.
Finally after one very frightful day and night, he settled into his new home with his new sister. A week of unhappiness on China's part and things are finally starting to come around. They play together and he loves his toys. I think China will be glad to have Spyro as a little brother.
Bio: Spyro went through a myriad of names before we settled on his permanent name, since people said that he didn't look like a "Daffy" (besides, he didn't know that name anyways)!! Both my wife and I are video game enthusiasts, and he looked a bit like a lovable purple video game dragon named "Spyro" which became his name. Besides, we looked up the meaning of "Spyro" and it means "Spirit" in Greek. Spyro seems to share much of the spirits of both of our and our friend's dearly departed dogs, Darby and Bella so the name became much more meaningful to us. It even brought tears to our eyes.
On June 22nd my mommy and daddy took me back to the Ventura Humane Society in the beautiful town of Ojai to celebrate my 1 year "Forever Home Anniversary" with them. It is a long drive, about 2 hours I think, I wouldn't know since I slept through part of it. Sister China went with us.
When we got there, I remembered how scared I was when I left. I was petrified of the car and ran away when mommy tried to put me into it. How could I have been so clueless and dumb?? The car is the greatest thing in the world!! When you jump into it, it takes you to really fun places, like breakfast with grandpa, the park, the mountains, and this time to the beach.
Now the plan was simple, mommy and daddy donated some toys to the humane society which was thoughtful but I am not sure they were thinking of us when they got rid of them. I am sure there were some toys in there that I wouldn't have minded tearing up, but I digress. They had a check donation as well that we worked tirelessly to get me to deliver to them in my mouth. However, inside the office, I forgot that they had a very talkative cockatoo who got ALL of my attention the entire time we were there. "Sorry mommy and daddy, this bird comes first!! Come here birdy birdy!!!"
Anyways, it was fun and a few of the people there remembered me, that was cool. Anyways, after that we spent the day at the Ventura harbor which is where we ate lunch. We walked around the marina where I got to play with several new dogs. China got to bark at all of them which is always funny.
We ate at the really cool place called "Blackbeard's Bar-BQ Pit" What a cool place this was!!! We ate here last year coming back from the humane society when I first joined the family, but I think I was too shell shocked and scared to enjoy it. They have a really cool deck and the people are all really friendly to dogs. I can't tell you how many pets and treats I got, wow!!
After the meal we walked around and I dragged daddy into a gift shop where the lady who ran it said it was ok for me to be in there, but if I was a human child, she would not be sure about me. I found the stash of sea shells in the store. They smelled funny and I was not sure if they would move or not. Of course I had to check them out.
Finally we went to the beach. This was great fun. The weather was great and China and I got to play around with each other in the sand. Mommy was not happy with how dirty we were getting, but we didn't care, it was fun.
Finally we went home. China and I slept the whole way home. What a great day, now it is off to dreamy-pie land where I can dream happy thoughts of spending time with my family and catching a rogue cockatoo.
Wow, has it really been that long since I told you what was happening in my life? Wow, I am so sorry but when you are trying to figure out the secrets of the universe I guess time gets away from you. LOL
Let's see, I have gone on some epic walks with my favorite person, (mommy and daddy not withstanding) Megan in the local mountains. I have two new best friends who I love to play with.
The weather has gotten a lot warmer. I also realize that I HATE SUMMER!!! This hot weather makes me very tired and uncomfortable. A long black coat does not bide well in the heat.
Oh, I also found out that the best toys in the pet stores are the parrots, especially the conures, they move around a lot and are more trusting (stupid birds, do they really know why I am staring at them?)
I have also gone to the local dog park many times and found nice dogs to run around and play with. I am slowly gaining more confidence around them to the point that I will play with them.
Finally, my mommy and daddy enrolled me back into classes. I am in a tricks class. I am currently learning how to bow, play dead, and play peek a boo. I like this!! Why didn't they enroll me earlier?? I love to learn new things!! I get great treats for learning, however I am not sure that they realize that I would do it just for the love and praise that I would get anyways. Oh well, my tummy thanks you.
Until nest time, hopefully not as long. I bid you farewell.
Hooray for snow!!! I just found out that I LOVE the snow!!! Mommy and daddy brought China and me to the snow in the local mountains. I love how cold and wet it is!! I even like to eat it!! It is like a softer ice cube. If it weren't for that darned leash that was pulling me back, I would have climbed up the whole mountain and been able to enjoy even more snow!! My snow day was too short, cut short because by the time we got to it, most of the snow had or was melting. Too bad for us. Maybe I should become an Alaskan or Canadian rescue dog. Or how about a mountain rescue dog?? I could even wear those cool little barrels or alcohol, oops I mean medicine around my neck. Boy was that fun!!!
After that, we went out to eat at Chipotle, where they have a nice place where we are welcomed. Then we went to PetSmart. I got lots of attention and got to meet lots of families and other dogs too. What a fun time!!!
Finally, the next day, we got to see grandpa at Brookside Country Club for breakfast. Unfortunately, there were no squirrels to chase, but the fire department came to help a man who fell. That was interesting to watch. They look like nice people. OH!!! and daddy gave China and me eggs!!! He is so nice.
After that, we went to Petco. Actually daddy brought us there while mommy did shopping for human food. First he brought us to see the rodents. China goes nuts looking at the rodents, she wants to eat them I think. Me?? I liked the parakeets. I even got scolded for jumping on the cage and then dropping a display on the floor. I am sorry, I mean truly sorry for that.
Daddy also snitched on me to the store manager because I stole some treats out of the treat smorgasbord. Come on now, I mean they were just sitting there in those open tubs. If you didn't want me to have them, then they should have been out of my reach. What?? Oh... they were put up there to keep them away from me?? Oops. sorry again. I am so ashamed... (actually not!!) But it all turned out right in the end, the store manager knows my daddy and actually let him have the whole bag of treats for free. He seems like a nice man.
Finally we went home and I peed on the rug. Well, it was almost a perfect weekend.