Lucky Number Seven

Who takes a picture of their dog next to a poop can?  Me.  When it proves how far we've come.  :)

Who takes a picture of their dog next to a poop can? Me. When it proves how far we’ve come. 🙂

Tomorrow is Risa’s 7th Gotcha Day but we celebrated this weekend. We went for a long walk at our favorite place. It’s just a shame it was so hot and yucky out! I stopped by McDonald’s on the way home and she got to have some of her favorite fries. Later tonight we’ll relax and she’ll enjoy a bully stick.

It’s hard to believe it’s been so long. A lot has changed since I brought her home. We don’t live in Montana anymore and I’ve been through 3 jobs. Kira and Dusti, my two guinea pigs, are gone. We don’t live in apartments anymore; we finally got a house. She’s also not the same fearful dog I brought home. Most of the time I have to tell people she’s fearful or dog reactive. She’s earned several high-level titles in dog sports something I wondered if she’d ever accomplish.

I cannot deny I have a very strong bond with Risa. A bond that would not have been forged if we didn’t go through so many struggles together. Due to her issues, I really had to learn who she was. We needed to become a team in order for her to be able to get through life and cope with the scary things that might be out there. It’s a bond I truly cherish. I know I’ll never love another dog in quite the same way.

Love you always, Awesome Dog. You are the best.

About Jamie

I'm just a traditionally-trained artist with interests in dog training. I currently teach classes at the local obedience training club (tricks, freestyle, and Rally-FrEe) and I also teach classes professionally for an organization who helps veterans train their own service dogs.
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