Kicking Butt in 2014

The last few weeks have been so exciting with Heidi! Some of you may recall that she made her own New Year’s resolutions.  Well, I’m pleased to report that we have accomplished at least two of them, are making progress with the third and haven’t even really attempted the fourth. So, the good news is that Heidi willingly gets in and out of the car.  Fist pump, oh yeah! I can’t tell you how excited I am that we don’t have to carry her in her crate anymore.  Unless there’s actually a handle on the top of the crate, animals shouldn’t be carried in them.  At least that’s what my back says. Ash broke down the steps, helped us turn getting in and out of the crate while it’s in the back of the car into a game and voila! She gets into the car like a champ.  The reason for...

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Life Characteristics Learned From Heidi

It is easy for me to get caught up into how we are helping Heidi on her journey of recovery.  What I have to remind myself is that I am learning so much more about her, myself and life through her.  The following are a list of characteristics that Heidi brings to the forefront of my life. Unconditional Love/Forgiveness Heidi has every reason not to trust people.  Over the course of these past few months we have picked up hints to how Heidi was abused and mistreated.  The obvious signs were giardia, weighing 34 pounds, scared senseless of everything and her right side teeth worn to almost nothing, which we attribute to her chewing her cage that she was locked up in.  We do not know the size of her cage, whether it was inside or outside but it was bad enough for...

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How I See Heidi

Hi I’m Samantha.  I’m the youngest one in the family.  And today I’m going to talk about myself and Heidi.  I love, love, love Heidi and she’s a real fun dog to play with.  She also likes to go on walks.  And I end up getting to fetch the balls for her.  I love her very much, and I know she loves me very much.  And it’s so funny how she always wants to steal my dog.  His name is Doggie.  I’ve had Doggie all my life and I play with him a lot, and it just ends up with Heidi wanting to eat him.  She waits until I go to school, or she hops on my bed in the morning and she tries to eat Doggie.  It’s like a little toy shop for her in my room because there are so many toys.  It might feel like to her there are stacks of toys everywhere, and the best part is it’s free. ...

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My Hero

Hey everybody! Heidi here! I know I wrote last week’s blog post, but I begged and begged Mom to let me do it.  Now, normally begging is not allowed in this house.  But since Mom said she needs to catch up on laundry and maybe transplant some bulbs (whatever that means) she decided to let me take over again. So, it’s been brought to my attention that people have heros.  Heroes are people we look up to who usually have awesome talents and skills that normal people don’t, and who often end up saving the day.  Like Indiana Jones, Captain America and Mr. Bates.  I’m not totally sure about that last one, but Mom really likes him.  She says he’s so wonderful.  Anyhow, you may not know this, but dogs have heroes, too.  Holly has a Rin Tin Tin collar that she doesn’t...

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Happy Get Day, Heidi Herrera!

  Hi everyone! Heidi here! Mom decided that Samantha’s playroom needs some deep cleaning (I think maybe she’s turning it into an official guest room? I don’t know what that means but I heard her say that as she was throwing things out the playroom door).  Since I don’t want any part of that I decided to help her out and write this week’s blog.  After all, as the newest official member of the Herrera pack I need to take on more responsibilities.  Yep, you read that right, people! I’m officially being adopted! I’m a Herrera! Heidi Herrera, thank you very much. Now, I know it probably sounds like I’m from Mexico now, but don’t be confused.  I’m just adopted.  My kind are still originally from Belgium, a lovely country known for straddling the cultural boundary...

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Training Day

So, as I mentioned in an earlier post Heidi has her own  New Year’s resolutions that we have plans to attack.  Lucky for us we have a new, wonderful friend who is actually a dog trainer.  However, he’s beyond what I imagine a dog trainer to be.  He’s actually a person who studies dogs down to the minutest details that can reveal great information about the current state of a dog.  I’m talking down to how the dog is twitching their whiskers kind of detail.  I’ll explain why this is important in a moment. For the last two weeks Ash has come over to meet with Heidi and us.  Just to simplify how truly gifted he is at what he does I will say he had Heidi eating out of his hand the first evening he came over.  For those friends who have been to our home and met Heidi...

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