Thursday, January 28, 2010

Bowser/Llarson Update

I have great news...I have updates for both of my boys.

I will start with Llarson because the news is pretty short, but I am glad to have heard something. I e-mailed Diana, the program specialist, to ask her how Llarson and his siblings are doing in training. She said they are doing well. I also e-mailed her to let her know I have a friend at school who is an editor for my school's newspaper and she is writing an article about the program. I asked my friend before winter break if it would be possible to write an article about the CBDC, to promote the program. My friend got the topic approved, so in the February issue of the Trailblazer (our school paper) there will be an article featuring the CBDC. I am so excited! I will try and post the article when it comes out.

Now on to Bowser. Bowser's new family was extremely kind and e-mailed us an update on how the little guy is doing. So far he seems to have adjusted well to his new home. He went to the park for a walk on his first day home, but this week would be his first few days home alone because his family had to go to work. He also has a new name: Marley. Too cute! His new family also sent some pictures that are pretty adorable. Enjoy!

-Addie and Ggoody

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Bowser Has Found his Forever Home

Sorry for the lack of updates, I feel like such a bad blogger. I have been extremely busy with school and golf because the spring season kicked into gear.

Well, just as the title of the post reads, Bowser did find his forever home. He was adopted by a nice couple, who were looking for a companion dog. They were new dog owners, but seemed to have done their research and were quite knowledgable about dog care. A week ago another family was interested in Bowser, but it did not work out because their youngest child was afraid of him.

For the two weeks we had him, I did not update about him at all on my blog. Here is the bio I put up about Bowser on the Austin Dog Alliance website, just give some detail about his personality.

Hi my name is Bowser! I have been with my foster family for about a week now and I must say I am quite the charmer. After only a few days of being with my foster family, I settled into their routine and my full personality is starting to bloom. I absolutely love walks! Show me the leash and I am ready to go. Car rides are great too! I love to be out and about around people. I am very playful as well. I love kongs, tennis balls, and rope toys in particular. I love to play fetch and I am very good about bringing the toy back for another round. Playing with other dogs is another favorite of mine. I get along quite well with my foster family’s Labrador, who I love to play tag with in the backyard. After exercise I love to curl up by people’s feet (or in their laps if they let me) and take a nice nap.

My foster family also discovered I know several commands. I know “sit”, “stay”, “come”, and I know my name. My leash manners are also quite good. I have excellent house manners; I am house broken, crate trained, and I only chew on dog toys. I recently met the pet parakeets at my foster home. I am very curious about them and kept trying to figure out what these strange animals were. I am just trying to be friendly, but my foster family says I may need supervision around small pet animals.

If you are looking for a dog that loves to be out and about, play fetch, and take mid-afternoon naps with you, I might be the perfect dog for you.

I have to say I really bonded with Bowser in the short time we had him. He was such a great little dog with a wonderful personality. The experience of giving him up compared to giving Llarson up was actually harder. With Llarson I knew he was going to be recalled; I knew the day I picked him up. With Bowser, I felt the back up plan could always be we could adopt him. It was so hard to say good-bye. In fact it was quite tearful, but now a few hours after he left I feel happy that I provided someone else a loving companion. I think back to how excited I was when Llarson and Ggoody came home and I am happy to have provided that joy to someone else.

Here are a few pictures of Bowser while he was here with us.

Bowser, I hope you and your new family have a wonderful start together and enjoy many years to come.

-Addie & Ggoody

Wednesday, January 6, 2010


Bowser! (like the Mario character)

After some persuasion, my parents gave in and allowed my siblings and me to foster dogs for Austin Dog Alliance. We keep the dog until it finds its forever home.

Bowser is a 9 month old Terrier mix. The shelter he was at originally said he is a Rat Terrier, but I do not see that at all. I would say he is more of a Border Terrier mix. Or a mini German Shepherd! Anyway I will post as we discover more about his personality, but I do know he is a sweetie so far.

-Addie, Ggoody & Bowser

Monday, January 4, 2010

New Phone, Old Pictures

Today I got a new phone (Yay!), so I had to save all of my pictures from my old phone to my computer. I found several pictures of Llarson on our many adventures to the middle school's field. I also found a picture of Ggoody wearing a pair of Raybans. She is one stylin' dog! Enjoy.

-Addie & Ggoody

P.S Possible foster dogs coming soon! I am keeping my fingers crossed.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Mud Puppies

Well I just got back from a self dog wash place called Mud Puppies. I would have brought my camera, but it probably would not have worked by the end of the bath due to water damage. Anyway Ggoody got a bath and smells great especially after a long hike two days ago (swimming included), days at the dog park, and sadly a seizure that happened in her kennel. (If I have not mentioned on my blog, Ggoody does have epilepsy which started about a year ago. She has a seizure about once a month.)

Anyway, Mud Puppies is a self dog wash place combined with a doggy daycare and professional grooming. We did the self dog wash and it was a ton of fun. They have a non-slip ramp that the dog walks up to get to the grooming platform which then leads to the bathtub.

It took some coaxing to get Ggoody in the tub, but once she was in she was fine. They also have these tie downs that keeps your dog from jumping out of the tub and off the grooming platform. In fact tie downs are everywhere at this place. Very convenient I must say! After her bath, we towel dried her and brushed her. Then we used the fur dryer. I was hesitant that Ggoody would be afraid, but she handled it like a pro. I was very impressed with how clean the establishment was as well as how easy it was to groom Ggoody. They also provide all of the supplies such as shampoo, brushes, towels, etc. Of course you are welcome to bring your own supplies if you wish. We will definitely be heading back especially during the winter months.

Here is the link to Mud Puppies if you want more information. I highly recommend this place, of course if you don't live in the Austin area look around in your area and try a self service dog wash. It is worth it!

-Addie & Ggoody