Happy Mother’s Day to all our Guardian Mom’s!

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Thanks Mom for making us part of your family and in some cases looking past our faults, our disabilities, our illness’s, our odd combination of mixed breeds and our dark pasts.

Thanks for reading the ingredient labels on a dozen different bags of dog food in the store before choosing one for me and then going back and reading them all again, when my tummy grumbles that night after dinner.

Thanks for telling me to “sshhh” two dozen times without a timeout when I bark at the same rabbit in the front yard and only giving me a 15-minute time out when by accident I knock the lamp off the table in the living room when I spot a squirrel instead.

Thanks for holding my paw when it is time to get my shots at the vet’s office.

Thanks for patching up my favorite stuff toy repeatedly each time my little sister tears it open and spreads the stuffing all around the family room.

Thanks for not becoming hysterical when I ate the padding out of your shoes or when I ate the laces out of dads.

Thanks for all the cuddles when I am having a case of the blues and I just need a hug from my mom.

Thanks for all the awesome toys, soft blankets, warm beds, gentle collars, harnesses and leads.

Thanks for wonderful human siblings to love, protect and have as playmates.

Thanks for washing out my feed bowls, remembering to change my water, and keeping me well groomed and up to date at the vet.

Thanks for replanting the flowers after I pull them up from the garden, filling in the holes when I dig and not banishing me from the yard, because I act like a dog.

Thanks for the walks, swims, running, playing catch & fetch, going to school, competing in trials, competitions, shows, having play dates and socializing with friends and family.

Thanks for understanding that although I would love to be all that you dream, “the perfect dog”, in reality I am not. In the end, you love me with all my faults. The barking, licking, tail whacking sniffing, sneezing, scratching, squirrel chasing, puddle pouncing, grass rolling, drooling, toilet bowl drinking, poop eating, counter surfing, shoe stealing, sofa hogging, hole digging, and nose and paw printing, get into everything and anything whenever possible dog.

On the other side, I will be your never leave your side, loyal to the end, breath my last breathe for you, be part of your family like no other, best friend, love you to my end dog.

Thanks Mom, you are the best!

PS) Thanks for not minding that we shed a bit more than your human kids do too.

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Pet of The Week: Xena Alexander (April 5, 2014)

 

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“I wanted to name her after a female superhero and Xena seemed to fit.”, Stefanie Alexander

 

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Xena Alexander

 Dog Name: Xena

Guardian’s Name:  Stefanie Alexanderimages (1)

Dog Age:  1 year & 10 Months, will be 2 in May

Dog Breed: Rottweiler

Siblings:  3 feline step sisters, and I live with my mom at Grandma and Grandpas house.

Classes attended/attending: Attended puppy kindergarten, currently attending Manners & Self Control

Sports I participate in: Running outside, chasing my sisters

Show Competitions I am in: Competing for the most attention in the house

 

Being named after a warrior princess is very fitting as the Rottweiler  ancestors were the drover’s dogs accompanying the herds the Romans brought with them when invading Europe. The controllable herding and guarding instincts were recognized by the Germans, and dogs were selectively bred for these traits.

Robust and powerful, the Rottweiler is happiest when given a job to perform. His intelligence, endurance and willingness to work make him suitable as a police dog, herder, service dog, therapy dog, obedience competitor and devoted companion. An inherent protector, the Rottweiler is self-confident and responds quietly and with a wait-and-see attitude to influences in his environment. He must be medium in size and his coat is black with rust to mahogany markings. (AKC Rottweiler Page)

Ball!

Ball!

 

my favorite things

My favorite place to sleep is:  In my mom’s bed

My favorite holiday is: The one where my mom goes to the pet store, she always comes home with a new treat or toy!

My best friend is:  My old roommate Micki

Me and Old friend Micki

Me and Old friend Micki

My favorite treat:  Peanut Butter

My favorite toy:  Kong!

My favorite television show is:  The Walking Dead, I love to bark at those things wandering around!

My favorite season of the year is:  Winter, I love to chase snow balls!

My favorite playtime activity: Tug of war, chasing bubbles

Tug rope time!

Tug rope time!

 

Ball, again!

Ball, again!

Squirrel!

Squirrel!

 

 

 

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                XENA… Narnia’s Pet of the Week

  1. How I picked my family: I crawled into my mom’s lap and would not let any of my brothers or sisters up, then could not stop kissing her face.
  2. When I grow up I want to be:  Grow up?  Hah, I will always be a puppy at heart
  3. My nickname is:  Z, Donkey, Dog Face, Z Girl…  I have many nick names
  4. I look really cute when I:  Want something from my mom
  5. The biggest mess I ever made was:  I was just playing outside in the mud with my roommate, I was so proud of how dirty I got I wanted to go inside and show everyone in the house.  My mom didn’t like that very much…

    Muddy dog!

    Muddy dog!

  6. The first thing I ate that I wasn’t supposed to:  I didn’t know there were things I’m not supposed to eat!  But I sure did enjoy my Grandma’s lasagna once, she even left it out on the table and everything for me before she walked away!
  7. The one time I was a hero was:  When I picked my family
  8. The reason I love coming to Narnia for classes is:  I get to meet so many new people!!
  9. I am really good at:  My Chewbacca impression
  10. I am sometimes afraid of:  The hairdryer
  11. The one thing I can’t resist is:  Getting a good belly rub
  12. I think my siblings are:  My family is great, I love each and every one of them.  I like my step sisters until they swat me in the face and run away..

    Christmas!

    Christmas!

  13. My toughest challenge so far has been:  Learning to “drop it”
  14. If I spoke my voice would sound just like  Milla Jovovich and the first thing I would say is: “Why do you have so many names for me?!”

 

Snow Dog!

Snow Dog!

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Please share something that you learned from your dog and what they have meant to your family.

I have re-learned the joys of owning a dog.  We had a family dog when I was growing up, and after having to put him down due to old age, I was not sure about getting another dog for awhile.  But then I realized how much I love them and along came Xena.  She is not only my pet, but a companion as well.

What is the most important point you learned about your relationship with your dog did you learn from your class time at Narnia?

I learned that I just have to have patience with her, and that we make a pretty good team.

What is it about their particular breed that you are fond of?

One thing that I love about Rotties is their faces and the expressions that they can make.  Also, I like how loving they are, and that they are sometimes a big klutz.

My puppy days!

My puppy days!

WHAT ARE THEY LIKE?

​No one told him that he’s not a toy breed, so at some point he’s going to plop onto your lap for a cuddle. Because of his original job as a super-smart and confident guardian, though, you’ll need to put in the time to train him and teach him solid social skills and harness his natural territorial instincts in a positive way. He has to know that you’re in charge, even if he is twice your size. Your hard work will be rewarded with a loyal, loving best friend. (AKC WOOFipedia)

 

Thank you to Xena and Stephanie for their participation in this weeks interview, we wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

 

Pet of The Week: Finnegan Oscar Erickson: (March 15, 2014)

I am not always this serious, but when I am, I look like this.

I am not always this serious, but when I am, I look like this.

How to get adopted by Finnegan Oscar Erickson:

1. Scope out the adopters for a “cuddly looking mom”.

2. Zero in on said looking cuddly looking mom with your baby blue eyes.

3. When you have locked in a gaze with cuddly looking mom with your baby blue eyes, turn on the puppy face.

4. Soft body and prepare to be scooped up.

5. Lean into cuddly looking mom’s body and enjoy the cuddly.

6. Slowly look upward into the eyes of cuddly looking mom and sigh, before relaxing like pudding back into cuddly looking moms arms.

7. When cuddly looking mom asks, “would you like to go home with us?”, again make eye contact, gentle sigh, and nuzzle cuddly looking mom with muzzle.

8. Wag tail like a helicopter propeller as you wait for Mom and Dad to sign papers, you just scored your new home.

9.  On way to vehicle, break out the  Snoopy Dance, you just scored your new home.

10. Sleep like a champ on the ride home, soak up the love.

"I'm ready for my close up."

“I’m ready for my close up.”

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 Finnegan Oscar Erickson

My nickname is: Finney

Guardian’s Name: Jennifer & Jonathan Erickson

Dog Age: 7.5 months

Dog Breed: Weimaraner (AKC page)

Siblings:  Canine: Brother Duke   Sister Jenna,  Human: Brother, Christopher

Classes attended/attending: Manners & Self Control; Beginning Nose Work

Chasing my Brother Duke

Chasing my Brother Duke

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~Ten Questions with Master Finnegan Oscar Erickson~

When I grow up I want to be : A well behaved member of my family, I would also like to jump over everything so I’m thinking agility.

Face plant.  "Whoa, Duke, thats gotta hurt."

Face plant. “Whoa, Duke, thats gotta hurt.”

If you asked my family they would say I am: A troublemaker

I look really cute when I: Sleep

Naptime with Dad

Naptime with Dad

The biggest mess I ever made was: I stole a cardboard box out of the garbage and shredded it all over the house. I do these fairly often so I make big messes all the time!

The first thing I ate that I wasn’t supposed to: A piece of my Mom’s favorite Cheddar

The reason I love coming to Narnia for classes is: I love learning new things and I get lots of treats! And this weekend I was able to play a sniffing game and I was so excited I was sniffing the closed door to get a head start.

Searching for the Great Pumpkin in the patch

Searching for the Great Pumpkin in the patch

I am really good at: Finding treats and tearing up paper/cardboard of any kind.

I am sometimes afraid of: Loud noises

The one thing I can’t resist is: Jumping on my brother Duke when he comes in the house

My best imitation of Dumbo!

My best imitation of Dumbo!

I think my siblings (canine/human) are: Fabulous

My future is so bright I have to wear shades

My future is so bright I have to wear shades

My toughest challenge so far has been: Laying down when my parents ask me to.

Its a furry pretzel, its a pile of laundry, its Finnegan!   Sleeping in his favorite spot.

Its a furry pretzel, its a pile of laundry, its Finnegan!
Sleeping in his favorite spot.

A Few of My Favorite Things

My favorite place to sleep is: In bed with my Mom and Dad.  I look so cute sleeping.

A moment of peace

A moment of peace

My favorite holiday is: Not sure yet, I’m still kind of young.

My best friend is: My brother Duke, I kiss him and hug him and steal all of his toys, I like to snuggle with him when he lets me.

"Look Mom, I am almost all grown up."

“Look Mom, I am almost all grown up.”

My favorite treat: I really like Peanut Butter

My favorite toy: Anything that I can tear the squeaky thing out of.

"Not me.  Did you ask Duke?"

“Not me. Did you ask Duke?”

My favorite television show is: Dawson’s Creek because when mommy watches it we can snuggle on the couch.

My favorite season of the year is: Winter, I don’t have much fur but I love the snow.

Whoa!  Move out of the way...Super Puppy coming through.

Whoa! Move out of the way…Super Puppy coming through.

My favorite trip was when we went to: Goose Lake Prairie near my house, I get to run around and smell all sorts of new things.

My favorite quote is: What’s a quote?

Is this space taken?

Is this space taken?

My favorite playtime activity: Playing Tug with anyone, anytime.

My favorite canine movie is: They make movies with dogs?

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How/Why the dog’s name was chosen: I wanted to name him Oscar and he was called that for a few days but my husband didn’t think it fit him so my next favorite was Finnegan. I was just looking through names and it jumped out at me, really seemed to fit him.

What is the most important point you learned about your relationship with your dog did you learn from your class time at Narnia? Having fun while training is very important. I researched other training methods and they did not seem to fit Finn he is very sensitive and needs positive reinforcement and patience while training.

What is it about their particular breed that you are fond of? Finnegan has an amazing personality, we love that he is always happy and loving. He is very intelligent so we have puzzle games to keep him occupied on days when his energy level is on the high side.

Will this be posted on Instagram?

Will this be posted on Instagram?

Thank you to  Finnegan, Duke and Jennifer & Jonathan Erickson for your participation in this weeks interview.  Congratulations on your selection as Pet of The Week, we wish you continued success in all your endeavors.

Pet of The Week: Tasha Witt (March 8, 2014)

Sheltie's Removed From Home

Sheltie’s Removed From Home

MONTGOMERY COUNTY – It’s being called the worst case of animal hoarding some have ever seen.  More than 30 dogs and 111 exotic birds and eggs were found in a home described by officials as unfit for anyone or anything to live in.

The headline flashed across Indiana television screens and internet news feeds on September 5, 2013 as animal welfare workers, sheriff police, Montgomery Health Department and students from Purdue University exotic animal studies worked to remove the endangered animals from their unsafe environment.

The 35 dogs total were taken into custody by the Animal Welfare League in Crawfordsville, Indiana for medical attention and evaluation.  The birds and unhatched eggs were released to the Parks Department in Frankfort, Indiana.  Following a two week waiting period, a dozen of the dogs went into immediate care at the home of the Indiana Sheltie Rescue presidents home with the remaining dogs being relinquished to the care of Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue.

A sad story being told all too often these days as hoarders, backyard breeders, puppy mills and even fight rings are discovered and shut down. Large number of animals living in abusive, neglectful, deadly environments in need of immediate rescue, medical attention, rehabilitation and homes placing a strain on the local animal welfare sources.

Thankfully the community came together in support of these animals with donations for their care while in the custody of the Animal Welfare League and word was put out through the National Sheltie Rescue organization that there were dogs in desperate need in Indiana.  Fortunately for this weeks Narnia Pet of the Week, she was entrusted into the care of Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue who stepped up to the challenge of ensuring the remaining shelties were given their second chance at life.

First I am going to introduce you to the little princess via her intake photo back in September of 2013.

Number 5

Tasha's Intake photo at Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue

Intake photo at Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue

Although she is still working to overcome fears and build trust, the love, care and training she has received from her foster family and now forever family has worked wonders to in returning number 5 to a healthy Shetland Sheepdog.

And here today , Pet of The Week, Ms. Tasha Witt

Can't Contain This Much Cuteness

Can’t Contain This Much Cuteness

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Dog Name: Tasha

Guardian’s Name: Teri and Ward Witt

Dog Age: 2

Dog Breed: Sheltie, Shetland Sheepdog (AKC page)

Siblings:  canine siblings Prince and Toby

Classes attended/attending: Beginning Obedience

Sports I participate in: chasing my brothers in the yard and jumping on them

Sporting/Titles I have earned: My Mom and Dad say I have the ACDE (absolute cutest dog ever)

Rescue or Shelter Name My Guardians found me at: Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue

My brothers Toby and Prince

My brothers Toby and Prince

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My favorite place to sleep is: The couch and in the big bed with my Mom and Dad.

Naptime

Naptime

My favorite holiday is: so far Valentines Day is the only holiday I have spent with my family. That was great because I got a pretty valentine heart on my collar and a special cookie.

Sweet Little Valentine

Sweet Little Valentine

My best friend is: Toby, he is my crazy brother and we like to jump on each other and wrestle.

My favorite treat: baked hot dogs are YUMMY.

My favorite toy: My fish that my Auntie Sherri gave me.

My Favorite Toy

My Favorite Toy

My favorite television show is: The show Nature. I also like the beginning of Downton Abby when that big white dog wags his tail.

My favorite season of the year is: Not sure yet but Winter has been fun playing in the snow.

My favorite trip was when we went to: I’m not much of a traveler yet. Trips frighten me for now but my family and I are working to make it better.

Dad handing out treats

Dad handing out treats

My favorite quote is: “Dogs, for a reason that can only be described as divine, have the ability to forgive, let go of the past, and live each day joyously. It’s something the rest of us strive for.” -Jennifer Skiff

My favorite playtime activity: Is playing with my canine siblings.

Playing chase with my siblings

Playing chase with my siblings

My favorite canine movie is: Hmm.. I better have a talk with my parents I haven’t seen a canine movie yet.

My Dad Thinks I'm Cute

My Dad Thinks I’m Cute

If you asked my family they would say I am: A sweetheart.

My nickname is: Pup Pup

I look really cute when I: Beg for food.

The biggest mess I ever made was: Shredding a paper towel.

The first thing I ate that I wasn’t supposed to: One of those little brown things the bunny left in the yard.

The one time I was a hero was: when Mom told me to “COME NOW” boy did I get lots of treats!

Practicing my sit at Narnia Pet Behavior & Training

Practicing my sit at Narnia Pet Behavior & Training

The reason I love coming to Narnia for classes is: I get lots of treats from Mom and my teachers. They make a nice fort for me to train in with privacy.  It helps me feel safe.

I am really good at: Being cute.

Don't hate me because I'm beautiful

Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful

I am sometimes afraid of: Riding in the car.

The one thing I can’t resist is: getting attention from my Mom and Dad I do my best to shove my brothers out of the way so they can only pet me.

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I think my siblings (canine/human) are: Fun

My toughest challenge so far has been: Learning to settle.

If I spoke my voice would sound just like: Marge Simpson’s sister Selma and the first thing I would say is: Let’s play!

Toys, Toys, Toys, what's a girl to do?

Toys, Toys, Toys, what’s a girl to do?

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Please share something that you learned from your dog and what they have meant to your family.

To not rush fearful dogs. Take training and introductions slow to not overwhelm her. She is such a sweet girl and even though we have only had her a few months she means so much to us. She has help cheer up our family after recently losing our dog to heart failure. She has been through so much in her short life and has a way to go to overcome her fears. It’s wonderful to see her becoming a silly, playful dog now that she feels comfortable in our home.

How/Why the dog’s name was chosen: Tasha’s foster dad named her when she came into rescue. He is a Star Trek fan and named her after one of the characters.

What is the most important point you learned about your relationship with your dog did you learn from your class time at Narnia? That with time and patience Tasha can learn new things and overcome her fears.

What is it about their particular breed that you are fond of? Shelties are very sensitive, loyal, affectionate, intelligent dogs that want to please and stay close to their special person.

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A big thank you to all the animal welfare workers, volunteers, rescue volunteers, Tasha’s foster family, her trainers and of course her family for their commitment and dedication to seeing Tasha healthy, both physically and emotionally.  She is one lucky little princess, wishing you all the best Tasha as you continue to blossom and enjoy life more and more each day.

~~~Thank you to Tasha, Terri and Ward Witt for their participation in this weeks interview. ~~~

Tasha, Toby, Prince and our friend here from the National Mill Dog Rescue want to remind you to set your clocks forward on Sunday, March 9th.

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