The Best Of Both Dogs: Is It Possible?

IMG_4351At 14 weeks old, Arya is looking more like Shadow. For those of you who don’t know who Shadow is, she was my childhood pet for 14 years. Shadow was an all black Labrador/Pitbull mix breed with a white patch on her chest and belly (just like Arya). I am amazed at how much they are alike.

A couple of days ago, I was in the kitchen making myself dinner when I noticed Arya sitting/begging at my feet. She is not allowed into the kitchen so I told her to “Go lay down” and pointed to the couch. Arya slowly walked away and sat on the couch. When I checked on her a few seconds later, she was staring at me with her head gently rested on the edge of the couch. Arya had the same facial expression as Shadow. If I caught Shadow begging, I would tell her to “Go lay down”. She would lay down on her bed and give me those sweet puppy dog eyes as she rested her head on the side of her bed.

Another flashback occurred last night. I was sitting on the couch with Arya laying in the spot next to me (shown in the picture above). I glanced over to her and rubbed her head between the ears. As she looked up to me, I almost cried. I saw Shadow in her eyes and I reminisced about the nights when my mom would let Shadow would lay in my bed.

Arya is growing into such a beautiful dog inside and out, just like shadow. She is transforming into the dog I could only have imagined her being. I can’t believe it but Arya is the best combination of a sweet puppy and my canine childhood best friend. In other words, she is simply “The Best Of Both Dogs”.


Top Five Reasons To Own A Puppy

IMG_4243For many reasons, Arya has changed my life. Although there are some times that she is hard to handle, Arya has brought so much joy to my life. Here are the top five reasons for which I am happy I adopted Arya.

1.  She is the World’s Best Cuddler. When she crawls up towards me and nestles into my arms, I cant help but smile.

2.  Her clumsy feet are adorable. Whether she is jumping, running, or playing with a toy, she will always find a way to lose her balance and stumble to her side.

3.  She is always happy to see me. It doesn’t matter if I have left her alone for 2 minutes or 2 hours, she is still so excited when I open the door.

4. Her loyalty. I know I will never be alone as long as I have her. She loves her mama and stays by my side. Although she may wander, she will never go too far.

5. Although not all of you will agree, puppy breathe is heart warming.  Just something about the smell always makes me happy.

There are so many more reasons, but those are my top five. When it comes to your puppy/dog, what are your top reasons that you’re happy to have them in your life?

First 5 Tricks For My Puppy

When Arya was just seven weeks old, she knew the three basic tricks– “sit”, “stay”, and “come”. Once Arya understood the concept of  a treat and what “no” means, she was performing like a pro.

After about two weeks of continuous practice with the three basic tricks, we added “okay” to her repertoire. As you can see in this video, she has mastered those four tricks.

The newest edition to Arya’s list of tricks is “lay down” or simply “down”. She does not fully understand this one, but her attempts are adorable. For now, I have to help her out by moving my hand further away from her until she actually lays down. I love the way Arya tilts her head and slowly twists her body as she is laying down. I’m so proud that Arya has almost mastered her fifth trick.

Now I’m wondering, what should be her next trick?

Transformation Thursday

IMG_3388Although Arya has only been in my life for 5 weeks now and she has already grown so much. The picture to the left is her at 8 weeks old. Her sweet little innocent face is mesmerizing.

On her first veterinary appointment, she is was only about 5 and a half pounds. The vet told me that she would grow at a fast pace. I figured, because of her breed, that she would be a fairly large dog, but nothing has prepared me for how quick she has grown. When it comes to someone you see every day, you never realize how much they change. That is how I feel with Arya. I couldn’t see what everyone was talking about when they said she was growing so fast.

She is now 11 weeks and she had her second veterinary visit this week. My little girl is not so little anymore. The vet assistant, Michelle, took her into the back room to weigh her. When they returned, Michelle said “Oh my! This little girl has doubled her weight” “Excuse me?” I replied, in amazement. Her response was ” Yes, she is now 10.68 pounds!” I couldn’t believe that she was really that big!IMG_3837

The picture to the right is Arya now. She has transformed so much in just 3 weeks. It’s almost overwhelming. It is a bitter sweet feeling seeing her grow so quick. I am ecstatic that she is healthy and growing, yet at the same time, she is growing so fast that it makes me sad. But lets be honest, she will always be my sweet little puppy I brought home on that September morning.

Bark at the Park

IMG_3602Arya, due to my fears, is sheltered puppy. I was told, by the vet, to keep her away from areas where stray dogs may roam– for they may carry parvo. Poor thing stays in the house all the time except when she has to go to the bathroom. I am a little paranoid after the heart break I experienced with Lola, but I finally decided to overcome that. So this week Arya and I went to the park for the first time.

Listening to what the vet said, I searched for an upscale community (with a park) so that strays would be practically nonexistent. Nichols Hills, in Oklahoma City, was the closest community that met all my needs. This community has a small, family friendly park called Kite Park.

While driving to the park I realized she had never been on a leash before. Would she be crazy and run everywhere? Would she pull the leash? Or would she be too overwhelmed with the idea of a leash and not walk with me? These are all things that were running through my head as I arrived.

I put the leash on her, and carried her out of the car (she is too small to jump out of the car on her own). That was when she blew my mind. She didn’t run away or stand still, she simply walked next to me the whole time. The only problem we encountered was her fear of other people. Any time she heard or saw a new person, she would bark, run to my feet and stare at them. It was the cutest thing.

After a few laps around the park, I decided to test her. We went into the middle of the grass area and I let go of her leash. She still stayed right by my side. I knew it was the perfect time to break out the treats. I gave her commands that she has already learned such as “sit”, “stay”, “come”, and “okay”. For every time she did something right, I gave her a piece of her chicken flavored milk bone. After she finished her 3 bones, I let her chase me. She ran me to death. I was doing circles and circles and circles. She just wouldn’t get tired. I was beginning to think she was the energizer bunny, but I couldn’t handle it anymore. We had been at the park for an hour and a half at this time, and I was done.

Despite the sad look on her face, I told her it was time to go. I was so proud of my baby girl because she did so good for her first time at the park. I rolled down her windows in the backseat as we drove away. She stuck her head out and stared at the park with her ears flopping in the wind.

After about 2 minutes in the car, I turned to see if her head was still sticking out of the window. But what I saw was much better. She was sprawled out on her back, in the backseat, sleeping. I never thought it would happen, but I had finally gotten her to fall asleep after a long day of playing at the park.