For the past few months monsieur and I have tossed around the idea of getting a dog. We both agreed we wanted to adopt, but we were a bit weary because I have 2 small nieces. After looking at all the options, a friend directed us towards Turtle Gardens, a great animal rescue organization that specializes in stray/feral dogs from First Nation Communities and Municipal pounds. We decided we would start fostering with the intention of adopting. We wanted to make sure we found a dog that we not only connected with, but that would be comfortable and safe around children. We knew it might take us a while to find ‘the one’ but we were willing to go through the process knowing we would learn a lot and meet some great pups in the process.
This past Sunday we headed out to meet the TG van that brought the dogs down from up North. We weren’t exactly sure what to expect, but when we got there, they were already unloading the pups. There were lots of different types, sizes and ages- it was an overload of cuteness.
We had been chosen to foster Taffy, an 8 month old german shepherd cross, but were told that she already had interested adopters and that she would most likely go quickly.
When we grabbed her she was a little reserved, pretty tired and super dirty- to be expected after a 12+ hour van ride with tons of other dogs. We loaded her up and headed home- first things first-a bath! She surprisingly didn’t mind the bath and in a few minutes she was squeaky clean 🙂
During the day she started opening up more and more and we fell for her… HARD! There was something about her, it just felt right.
I spent the better part of the afternoon/evening trying to convince monsieur that she was the one for us, there was just something about her, I knew if we let her go we’d regret it. We decided to sleep on it and see how we felt in the morning. Monday morning he went off to work and I took her for a walk. By 8 am I got a phone call questioning the paper work for her adoption-I knew I had him :)!
That was that, we filled out the paper work, paid the adoption fee and by about noon she was all ours!
Who could say no to that face!
We have already started training, and with that comes lots of treats. Obviously the foodie in me wanted to make my little girl some healthy, gluten free training treats.
Shocker- she LOVED them… what dog doesn’t like treats!? It definitely makes me feel better knowing she’s not eating all those crap treats- what’s even in those fake bacon treats?!
Peanut butter oatmeal doggy treats: 1 1/4 cup brown rice flour, 3/4 gluten free oats, 2 tbsp flax seed meal, 1 cup peanut butter, 1 tbsp honey, 1 egg, and 1 cup almond milk… mix wet, mix dry, add wet to dry. Roll into bite size ball and bake at 375 for 18-20 minutes.
Our girlie really loves them, hope yours do as well 🙂