National Dog Day – Why Dogs are the Best Pets Ever
It’s National Dog Day! Which might as well be Christmas for me.
It’s no secret that my dogs are my LIFE. I mean come on, I have a tattoo of Zoe’s paw print on my arm! But I haven’t really properly introduced the girls to the blog. So I’m going to take a second to do that now as a way to honor them for National Dog Day. I’ve got their adoption stories and some fun facts about each of them. Are you a dog person? Share your dog stories in the comments! I want to hear them all!
Zoe The Lovenugget
Zoe’s my “first born” and, thus, gets a bit of preferential treatment. She’s my scardey cat, always nervous, with more trauma in her past than you can shake a bone at. We had intended to go to a local shelter and see who we fell in love with when it came time to adopt a dog. But while browsing Pet Finder, we stumbled upon a skinny little dog with the saddest eyes and biggest ears and immediately fell in love.
We contacted the adoption group, arranged a meeting, and knew we found our dog. Zoe doesn’t give kisses but she crawled right into my wife’s lap and gave her one little kiss right on the mouth! Almost as if to say “Okay, you’re my human now. Let’s go home.”
For as cute as she was, though, she didn’t come without her shortage of challenges. Zoe was incredibly under weight, had recently recovered from spay surgery, a UTI, and ear mites, and oh boy did she have separation anxiety. With our windows closed on the 5th floor of a high rise on a high traffic road, you could still hear her barking for us to come home from the sidewalk. I’m forever grateful to our neighbors who were all so patient with us as we worked to help her through her traumas.
Now, she’s an incredibly spunky little sass monster who has a penchant for soft blankets and the uncanny ability to hide bones so well even SHE can’t find them.
Fun Zoe facts
- She has her very own Instagram account! Follow her @zoethelovenugget
- Her favorite toy is called Blue Bone. It’s a blue peanut butter flavored Nylabone that she will do ANYTHING for. She buries it in her bed, carries it around the apartment, and more. It’s the one toy that Tonks is not allowed to play with.
- At night, Zoe sleeps on a blanket above my pillow on the bed. I call her my Zoe Hat because she curls right around my head.
- For safety and strong recall, I trained Zoe how to walk off leash. It’s great when we go to large parks where I need to call her back to me but TERRIBLE when there’s a squirrel. I’ve carried her out of dog parks over my shoulder before because she literally ran up a tree to get to a squirrel.
- Her favorite place to be is wherever I am. She’ll follow me around the apartment waiting for me to sit down then curl up nearby. If I’m at my desk, she likes to lay in a blanket nest on top of my desk to be nearby!
- Her Wisdom Panel results tell us that she is: 25% Parson Russell Terrier, 25% Beagle, 25% Boston Terrier, and 25% Mixed Breed. If that doesn’t showcase her sass and attitude perfectly, I don’t know what does!
Tonks the Tater, aka NymphaDOGa Tonks
Tonks was 100% not the dog we planned on adopting. And I love her even more for it. When we were ready to adopt a second dog, we went to PAWS Chicago intent on meeting an entirely different dog. She’d been there for several years and just wasn’t having any luck finding her home. Turns out, when we went, someone else had gotten there just before us! We didn’t get the dog we wanted but that was okay. She had a home.
So we put off our dog search. But I came in for a volunteer shift and locked eyes with a small pit bull looking dog with lots of spunk and a good amount of bork. As it was morning cleaning, I took her for a walk and we clicked. This goofball tried to catch a ball with her two front paws and just loved to play. I fell in love. So we brought Zoe in, who said yes i like this one please, and the rest is history.
Tonks has been a challenge for us. She’s got lots of energy, a loud voice, is constantly nervous, and is reactive towards other dogs on leash. Her training was a challenge and we did basic obedience twice just to keep her mind busy! Now she’s my smart little angel who just wants a cuddle but she definitely dind’t start like that.
Her name comes from a Harry Potter character of the same name and Tonks really embodies her namesake. She’s smart as a whip, incredibly loyal, and clumsier than a newborn foal. And we adore her for it.
Fun Tonks Facts
- This dog has HOPS! She can easily jump 5 feet in the air. We’ve trained her to “boop” where she jumps up and taps her nose to ours. And we’re working on teaching her “lights” so she can jump up and turn off light switches. It’s going to be so cute if it works out!
- When we first adopted her, she was crazy hyper all the time. Once, she jumped on the couch to bark at a dog outside and she headbutted me. She knocked out my nose ring (rip nose ring) and broke my glasses! I was pretty mad at her at the time but now it’s hilarious to talk about.
- She doesn’t have a favorite toy. All toys are her favorite toy. Though she definitely prefers squeaky, crinkly, or tuggable toys.
- When first adopted, Tonks had no idea how to snuggle. Ari would spend time each night giving her lots pets and rubs to help her learn what snuggle time was. Now she has to spend each night snuggling Ari in the same spot and won’t sleep without her nightly rub down!
- Her Wisdom Panel results tell us she is: 50% American Staffordshire Terrier, 12% Australian Shepherd, and 38% Mixed Breed. We call her the chair of the Itty Bitty Pittie Committee since she’s only 30 pounds. Tiny baby pit bull!
My dogs are my life. I love them more than life itself. They help keep me grounded, remind me to take it slow and simple, and honestly help me remember to take care of myself. Without my pups, I wouldn’t be half the person I am today. Cheers to dogs! and a Happy National Dog Day.