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Interview: Hugo Coffee Roasters

Interview with Claudia McMullin, Owner, Hugo Coffee Roasters

 

Recently, I had the opportunity and pleasure of interviewing Claudia McMullin, owner of Hugo Coffee Roasters, located in Park City, Utah.  What makes this company unique is its commitment to dog rescue.  I also love the names of the coffees, which are dog inspired, which you can read more about in our interview below!  Additionally, you can learn more about Hugo Coffee here.

 

KATHERINE CARVER: My husband and I recently learned of Hugo Coffee, and we love your mission supporting rescue dogs.  How and when did Hugo Coffee come into existence?

CLAUDIA MCMULLIN: Hugo Coffee originated as a coffee shop in the Park City, Utah, Visitor Information Center in 2013.  By 2014 we realized that, in order to serve our customers the highest quality blends with consistency and trust in our supply chain, it was important to develop our own roasting capabilities.  Hugo Coffee Roasters was developed and currently provides a line of premium coffees, cold brew and espresso, which is sold in our retail shop and to numerous Utah wholesale customers, including grocery stores, restaurants, and corporations. 

Hugo Coffee was founded by in 2015 and is named after my handsome rescue dog, Hugo.  In a former life, I was the Executive Director of the animal rescue now known as Nuzzles & Co.  Animal rescue is in my DNA and that of my brand!   Hugo Coffee gives 8-10% of proceeds (not profit — meaning I give regardless of whether my company makes money) of all sales of its retail products to animal rescues.

Hugo Coffee’s Mission Statement: Hugo Coffee’s mission is to save dogs by roasting superior fair trade, organic coffee.

Hugo Coffee’s Vision Statement: Hugo Coffee’s vision is to become the go-to coffee for animal lovers nationwide.

Hugo Coffee’s Values and Promise: Hugo Coffee is a friendly, playful, caring company with a focus on community – “Coffee with a Paws.”  Every time you drink a cup of Hugo Coffee, you are saving dogs too.  So, enjoy a cup, save a pup, and turn your daily ritual into an act of kindness.

Our key messages are Dog Rescue and Superior Coffee.  Our company motto is: “At Hugo Coffee we love two things: coffee and dogs … and not necessarily in that order.”  Our hashtags include: #drinkcoffeesavedogs and #drinkhugobehappy.

 

 

KATHERINE CARVER: How did Hugo, the namesake of your business, come into your life?

CLAUDIA MCMULLIN: I am a foster failure of baby Hugo at three weeks old.  Hugo came from a backyard breeder who tried to sell all of his puppies at three weeks of age and, when nobody bought Hugo, he dumped him at the local shelter.  Hugo was immediately rescued by the rescue I was soon to lead, Friends of Animals Utah was the name at the time, which is now presently known as Nuzzles & Co.  Hugo needed immediate fostering, and I volunteered.  After bottle feeding that sweet pea (Hugo) I could never give him up.

 

 

KATHERINE CARVER: How did you become involved in dog rescue?

CLAUDIA MCMULLIN: I had always had rescue dogs my whole life and was always crazy for dogs (and all animals).  I had been an attorney for a long time and really, really wanted NOT to be one anymore when I heard from a friend that my “dream job” had just become available –  being the Executive Director of an animal rescue.  So I applied, and got the gig!

 

KATHERINE CARVER: What dog rescue organizations do you support?

CLAUDIA MCMULLIN: We currently support Nuzzles & Co., Best Friends Animal Society, Paws for Life, and Canines with a Cause.  However, I will support any animal rescue.

 

 

KATHERINE CARVER: Can you tell us a little bit about the products you offer for sale?

CLAUDIA MCMULLIN: You bet!  Hugo Coffee offers a range of specially roasted coffees designed specifically and intentionally to appeal to a broad palette.  Each roast is created by Master Roaster, John Lynn.  John selects the importer, country of origin, and the farm from which to purchase the organic fair-trade green beans (note that although our beans are organically grown, they are not always organic-certified due to size of our small farm suppliers).  He then skillfully creates the consistent roasts and flavor notes of each Hugo signature roasts.  Each “recipe” is taught to all junior roasters and consistently reviewed for consistent quality assurance.

Each roast is intentionally named with a nod towards dogs.  Specifically, from darkest to lightest roast, Hugo Coffee offers Black Paw (French Roast); Bonafido (Med-Dark Roast); Rollover Breakfast Blend (Medium Roast); Howler Espresso (Medium Roast); and New Trick (Light Roast).  In addition, Hugo Coffee offers Downward Dog Decaf (Medium Roast); Dog Daze Cold Brew (Med-Dark Roast); and our Rotating Roasters’ Choice.

Hugo Coffee’s roasts are comprised of beans from various countries in various proportions and with various flavor notes as set forth immediately below:

  • Black Paw® (French Roast): South American origin with flavor notes of burnt sugar, dark chocolate, and spice.
  • Bonafido® (Med-Dark Roast): South American origin with flavor notes of bakers chocolate and dark fruit.
  • Rollover Breakfast Blend® (Medium Roast): Peruvian origin with flavor notes of maple, milk chocolate, and nuts.
  • Howler Espresso (Medium Roast): South American origin with flavor notes of chocolate, sweet dates, and toffee.
  • New Trick® (Light Roast): Central American origin with flavor notes of nuts, floral, and sweet.
  • Roasters Choice (Light Roast): Rotating single source bean from various countries and small farms selected by Master Roaster every 4-6 weeks.
  • Downward Dog Decaf® (Medium Roast): blend of beans from various and changing countries with flavor notes of banana bread, caramel, and cocoa.
  • Dog Daze Cold Brew® (Medium-Dark Roast): Central African origin with flavor notes of chocolate, nut, and spice.

 

 

KATHERINE CARVER: Where can people purchase your coffee, especially with the Holidays quickly approaching?

CLAUDIA MCMULLIN: You can purchase our coffee locally in Utah, at various grocery chains including, Whole Foods.  You can also purchase our coffeeonline at Amazon.com or via www.hugo.coffee.

In addition to coffee, we also have this great holiday gift box which includes a bag of Bonafido or Rollover and a box of organic dog treats.  Oh, and our artisan hand made mugs are pretty sweet, too!

 

 

KATHERINE CARVER: Where can people find Hugo Coffee online?

CLAUDIA MCMULLIN: You can find Hugo Coffee via the following links: www.hugo.com; Amazon; Instagram; and Facebook.

 

*All images are courtesy of Hugo Coffee.

Happy Halloween from our Cherubs!

Happy Halloween!  I cannot believe how quickly the time is flying by that it is already time for Halloween, one of our favorite times of the year!  It is Baby Alex’s first Halloween!  Victory is a unicorn this year for Halloween along with her little sister, Baby Alex, shown below!  We think they look pretty adorable!  They even got “Booed” this year!  Victory was Wonder Woman last year; a fifties girl two years ago; a lioness three years ago; a butterfly four years ago; and a ladybug for her first Halloween, five years ago.  Victory will help us hand out candy tonight in her costume and she will show off her pumpkin masterpiece carved by Doug, shown below.  We may take Baby Alex trick-or-treating to a few nearby houses in our neighborhood — we will just have to see how it goes!  Doug spent a few hours the other night carefully and diligently working on carving his Halloween happy face pumpkin!  Additionally, here are links to other pumpkins carved by Doug: last yeartwo years agothree years agofour years agofive years ago; and six years ago!

We hope that you all have a wonderful and safe Halloween!

 

 

 

#FindYourFido: Adopt a Shelter Dog Month

It is the #FindYourFido Adopt a Shelter Dog Month via the ASPCA!  Approximately 3.3 million dogs enter the U.S. shelters each year.  Anyone who has been reading this blog, for any length of time, knows that dog rescue is near and dear to our hearts.  Victory is a rescue and Biscuit was a rescue.  So, when the ASPCA asked if we could share in this campaign, we were happy to participate and help spread the word about this important topic.

How can you get involved?  The public can get involved by visiting here and by using the hashtag, #FindYourFido, to promote shelter dogs, and searching for local adoptable dogs across the country.  Please consider adopting a dog who needs a forever home.  I can attest that you will not only change the life of a dog forever, but your life will also, simultaneously, be forever changed in an extremely positive way that you cannot even imagine!  Biscuit and Victory have changed our lives for the better forever!  We cannot imagine life any other way!  A few images of the transformation of our precious Biscuit and Victory are shown below!

 

 

 

 

The extraordinary transformation of our rescue dogs, Biscuit and Victory, are shown immediately below!

 

Biscuit and Victory are integral family members!

 

Victory is recently now a “big sister” and she is my “co-mamma!”  She has grown so much and loves taking care of her baby Alex!  You can watch a very short video of Victory taking care of her sister, baby Alex, here!

Hurricane Harvey: Dog Rescue Efforts

The Washington Post recently ran an article concerning the dog rescue efforts occurring in Houston after Hurricane Harvey.  The images below, with photo credits, illustrate the heartwarming rescue of dogs in the Houston area during this devastating time for all.  Doug and I donated to a few organizations, this week, to help those people and animals affected in Houston by this terrible storm.  If you are able to help in any way, all donations and help, no matter how small, matter.  Our hearts go out to all those affected by this extreme tragedy.

 

 

*Photo Credit:

Top Right: An elderly woman and her poodle use an air mattress to float above floodwaters while waiting to be rescued on Scarsdale Boulevard in Houston. (Adrees Latif/Reuters)

Top Middle: Joe Garcia carries his dog, Heidi, from his flooded home as he is rescued in Spring, Tex. (David J. Phillip/AP)

Top Left: Steve Culver cries with his dog, Otis, as he talks about what he said was the “most terrifying event in his life” when Hurricane Harvey blew in and destroyed most of his home in Rockport, Tex.  (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Middle Left: Residents and pets are evacuated from their homes in Houston. (Godofredo A. Vasquez/Houston Chronicle/AP)

Middle Center: People wait for evacuation outside a funeral home in Dickinson, Tex. (Rick Wilking/Reuters)

Middle Left: A person and a dog mover through a flooded street in Houston.  (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Lower Left: Isiah Courtney carries his dog Bruce through floodwaters in Beaumont Place, Houston.  (Jonathan Bachman/Reuters)

Lower Middle: A boy hugs his grandmother’s dog after being rescued from rising floodwaters in Spring, Tex.  (Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg News)

Lower Right: Volunteers and first responders help flood victims evacuate the area as waters rise from Tropical Storm Harvey in Houston.  (Scott Clause/The Daily Advertiser/AP)

Dogs: Hospice Care

 

In a recent article, I learned about a wonderful hospice rescue for elderly dogs, which are not usually people’s first choice to choose to adopt when considering adopting a rescue dog.  Kim Skarritt is the owner of Silver Muzzle Cottage, a rescue and hospice for homeless old dogs.  It is the only type of hospice rescue located in Michigan and one of the few in the country.  Silver Muzzle Cottage takes dogs left being either by choice or by circumstance, as when a dog’s owner suddenly dies and nobody else claims their dog.  Skarritt began her rescue about two years ago, and she has taken in more than 70 dogs so far.  Almost all of them are old, many are sick, a lot of them are near death.  No matter how bad the dogs’ lives have been so far, Skarritt wants to make their last days wonderful.

“They don’t ask for much when they’re really old.  They want to be loved and cared for, they want food, and they just need a warm place to lay their head at night,” said Skarritt.  “At some point they were cared for, and then when they needed it most they’re not.  And that’s why they really need a place like ours,” according to Skarritt.

About five years ago, Skarritt purchased an empty tool and die shop on a remote industrial road and opened Bowers by the Bay, a dog fitness, rehabilitation and cage-free boarding center.  Her work was coordinated with local animal shelters where Skarritt became alarmed by a disturbing pattern.

“I kept seeing these 14-year-old dogs and 13-year-old dogs in shelters and needing homes, and I’m going, ‘What is that?  Who does that?'”

As a result, Skarritt telephoned several animal shelters throughout the state of Michigan and estimated there were approximately 900 senior dogs needing homes within a 500 mile radius of Elk Raids, Michigan, where the Silver Muzzle Cottage is located.

According to some local rescues and shelters, some people do not even bother bringing the old dog inside the shelter building.

“Sometimes they dump them down our road a little bit so it’s not right in front of our building.  But we do have cameras up,” said Tia Babera a kennel technician at the Cherryland Humane Society located in Traverse City, Michigan.

At the Otsego County Animal Shelter, people at times come in with a dog they claim was a stay they found, but it’s really their lifelong pet.  If the staff finds out the owner is lying, they’ll make them return and take their pet back, like the guy who recently brought in a tumor-riddled 15-year-old dog, pretending he found it.  It turned out to be his dog.

“They’re just looking for a scapegoat instead of taking responsibility,” said Christie Pratt, a 37-year-old animal control officer.  “We are a little bit harder here.  We will make them have a good reason to surrender their dog.”

These types of stories compelled Skarritt to purchase an empty storage building next door to her business, mentioned above, and opened Silver Muzzle Cottage as a nonprofit rescue solely for elderly dogs, which she defines as age 10 or older unless they’re terminally ill, in which case she’s take the dog at any age.

This is not a typical rescue — there is a large living room with couches and throw pillows, a fake fireplace with decorations atop the mantle, end tables with vases and a coffee table with a thick photo book about dogs atop it.  It is described as looking like a ‘normal house,’ except there is a bunch of dogs lounging on the couches.  “We wanted it to be a home,” Skarritt explained.

This is a home for her, too.  The dogs aren’t caged at night, which means someone has to be at the rescue at all times.  Since Skarritt could not afford to pay someone to do that, she moved into a small room at the corner of the house, with little more than a bathroom and a bed.

There are about 100 rotating volunteers to take the dogs for walks or car rides, or sit on the couches with the dogs and pet or play with them.

Most of the dogs get adopted, despite a short future, thanks to Skarritt’s persistence in spreading the world about the plight of old dogs.  But some are not adoptable as they have such little time remaining to live.

“For some people it’s too hard,” Skarritt said.  “They really can’t handle it.  But for those who can, they find it very rewarding.  We have to look at it in a positive light, otherwise it would be very depressing.  But it’s a win-win for us and it’s a win-win for the dogs.”

This is a wonderful project and I am hope more dog hospices develop around the country to help these elderly dogs that, inevitably and unfortunately, need a home in their final days.

You can read the article and view lovely images of the Silver Muzzle Cottage’s hospice and rescue here.

Additionally, Silver Muzzle Cottage is located at 201 EC Loomis Drive, Elk Rapids, Mich., 49629.  For information or to make a donation, call 231-264-8408 or see facebook.com/silvermuzzlecottage.

The above image is via Pinterest.

 

Jones Soda: Please Vote for Biscuit!

I submitted this image, shown below, a few years ago, while our dear Biscuit was still alive, and I was notified recently that Biscuit is a ‘staff pick’ to possibly appear on the Jones Soda label again!

In the image, Biscuit is sitting with many bottles of Jones Soda with his image appearing on the Jones Soda label.

I would be most grateful if you vote today via the link below, which only takes a second and helps increase the chances of Biscuit getting on a Jones Soda label again!  (Also, please feel free to share — 1 vote per I.P. address is permitted!)

*Vote Here: http://gallery.jonessoda.com/gallery/view.php?ID=1322367&offset=1

 

Thank you!

Sashi is Back for a Third Time!

Sashi is back for a third time!  I initially wrote about the first book in the Sashi Series entitled, Sashi, the Scared Little Sheltie!here; and I also wrote about the second book, Sashi Adopts a Brother, a continuation on the Sashi Series, here.  The author, Linda Greiner, recently contacted me and sent me her third book with illustrator, Morgan Spicer, entitled, Sashi and the Puppy Mill Girl, a continuation in the Sashi Series, which is now available for purchase!  A portion of the sales are donated to help Shetland Sheepdogs in the New Jersey area.

As those who have been reading the blog know, we love shelties and we are strong proponents of dog rescue and dog fostering — and all of the books in the Sashi series speak to these important issues.  This newest book, in the Sashi Series, introduces the story of Cinnamon, puppy mill dog who becomes a foster dog — and you will have to read the book to find out the ending to Cinnamon’s story!  So if you are looking for a fun children’s book to teach about the positive implications of dog rescue and dog fostering, I highly recommend this book and the other books in the Sashi Series.  And, if you love shelties you will for sure love this book!  The illustrations are vivid and beautiful, which brings this true story to life.  (All of the books in the Sashi Series are based on true stories).

Below is an excerpt from the author about Sashi and the Puppy Mill Girl:

“Anna and her mother love fostering Shelties through Shetland Sheepdog Rescue.  By taking care of rescued dogs, they help the dogs become ready to find a forever home.  They’ve already adopted two Shelties of their own, Sashi and Buddy, and their newest foster is a shy girl named Cinnamon who’s been rescued from a puppy mill.  Neglected and frightened, Cinnamon has a tough time settling into her new home at first but with help from Sashi and Buddy, Cinnamon realizes she doesn’t have to be afraid.  Now loved and cared for, Cinnamon learns to be happy and playful again and soon finds her forever home.  Based on the true story of Cinnamon, this tale addresses the reality of puppy mills while keeping the story light, warm, and accessible to young readers.”

 

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The above images are courtesy of Linda Greiner.

You can view a trailer of the book, Sahsi and the Puppy Mill Girl, here.

 

ASPCA: 150 Days of Rescue

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) is celebrating its 150th anniversary this month.  In honor of this important milestone, the ASPCA is launching 150 Days of Rescue, a nationwide action campaign that seeks to unite the country in making a difference in the lives of homeless and abused animals.

Animal lovers are encouraged to visit the ASPCA and pledge their time between April 10 and September 7, 2016, to help animals in need, with the goal of reaching 150,000 positive actions for animals in 150 days.  Ways to participate include volunteering at a  local shelter, donating, fostering, adopting a shelter pet, etc.  Animal lovers who log their good deed will also be given the opportunity to nominate their favorite animal shelter to receive a grant prize of $150,000!

You can watch the video below featuring celebrities (Martha Stewart; Kesha; 50 Cent; Edie Falco; Nathan Lane; Julie Bowen; Krysten Ritter; Jason Schwartzman, and others) who are speaking on behalf of vulnerable animals in humorous ways.

 

 

 

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Tips: Welcoming and preparing for your new rescue pup!

My friend is adopting a rescue puppy (and hopefully, our Biscuit and Victory had something to do with this) and she asked me to put a list of questions together that she needed to follow-up with the rescue along with a list of items to purchase to get ready for her rescue puppy.  I thought I would share this information on the blog, and I hope that you find it helpful!

Below are questions to ask the rescue organization prior to taking home your rescue puppy; and a list of items one should have ready at home for the arrival of his/her new rescue puppy!

*Please note that every dog is different; and these lists, shown below, are not exhaustive.

Questions to ask the rescue organization:

  1. Vet Records: Ask to receive copies of all vet records.  This way, when you go to your first appointment with your vet, you will have the applicable records to share your rescue puppy’s medical history, which also helps determine any outstanding treatment, vaccinations, etc., that needs to be addressed.
  1. Microchip: Ask whether the rescue puppy comes microchipped.  If not, your vet can complete this simple procedure at your rescue puppy’s first appointment for a nominal fee.
  1. Tags: Make sure that the rescue provides appropriate tags evidencing vaccinations.
  1. Food and Feedings: Inquire about the type of food; amount of food; the number and typical times of daily feedings.  This way, you can have the puppy’s food on hand and you can then decide to keep the puppy on his/her current food or wean him/her off the food.  It is also good to know his/her feeding schedule to help with transitioning your rescue puppy to your new home.
  1. House Broken or Potty Training:  Ask whether the dog is house broken or is still in the process of potty training so that you have potty pads ready, a dog walker, etc., if needed.
  1. Ask what you need to bring when you pick up your new rescue puppy:  It is good to ask the rescue organization what you need to bring with you when pick up your rescue puppy.  This will facilitate a smooth pick up for everyone.

Getting Ready for your new rescue puppy:

  1. Vet Appointment: Make a vet appointment within a week or so of the arrival of your rescue puppy.  Most rescue organizations require that you see a vet within a specific period of time.  Be sure to do your due diligence and check with friends and family, including checking reviews such as Yelp, Google reviews, etc.  You want a vet to work with whom you feel comfortable with his/her knowledge, abilities, and bedside manner, etc.  It is also important that the vet interacts well with your rescue puppy.  Always trust your instincts.  If something feels off, then it is always best to follow one’s intuition and seek another vet for a better fit.  Finding a vet is a similar process to finding a doctor for a human.
  1. License: Make sure you research your local jurisdiction, i.e., city, town, county, etc., and have the paper work printed out and ready to complete simultaneously with the arrival of your rescue puppy.  Most jurisdictions require a yearly pet license for a nominal fee.
  1. I.D. Tag: It is prudent to have an identification tag for your rescue puppy that includes the puppy’s name; address; and telephone number.  This is for safe measure in addition to the microchipping.  We like these I.D. Tags.
  1. Collar: It is good to have a collar on hand if you know your rescue puppy’s collar size;  If not, you can measure and purchase a collar soon after your rescue puppy arrives.  We like the Premier martingale collar.
  1. Leash:  It is good to get a leash.  We avoid the retractable leashes.  We like this leash, which has held up well.
  1. Monthly Flea and Tick/Monthly Heartworm Prevention:  If you know your dog’s weight, you can order flea and tick prevention; and when you go to the vet, you can get a script for heartworm prevention.
  1. Food:  It is good to have a small bag of the rescue puppy’s current food.  Then, you can talk to your vet and decide whether another dog food is more appropriate and, if so, you can wean your rescue puppy off of his/her current food.  A high quality diet is always recommended.  We  like Fromm wet and dry dog food.
  1. Treats: It is good to have treats on hand.  Your rescue puppy is going through a transition, and having treats will help him/her feel more comfortable for being rewarded for the smallest things to help build confidence.  Plus, most dogs like treats!  We like these training treats.
  1. Feeder: Depending upon your rescue puppy’s size, it is good to get a feeder that is the right height for your rescue puppy so he/she is not bending over too far to eat.  We like this feeder and this custom feeder mat.
  1. Toothpaste/Toothbrush:  Brushing your rescue puppy’s teeth daily helps greatly to promote good oral hygiene.  We like this toothpaste and this toothbrush.
  1. Brush/Comb: It is a good idea to brush/comb your rescue puppy’s fur at least once a week, preventing matted fur.  We like this brush and this comb.
  1. Baby Powder:  Baby powder can come in handy to freshen up your rescue puppy, especially behind the ears, especially if he/she has longer fur.  We like this baby powder.
  1. Shampoo/Conditioner: If you decide to bathe your rescue puppy versus going to the groomer, it is a good idea to have dog shampoo and conditioner on hand for bathing.  We really like this shampoo and this conditioner.  If your dog has skin issues, it is best to speak to the vet for the appropriate shampoo and conditioner, etc.
  1. Nail Trimming: If you are going to trim your dog’s nails on a monthly basis, this is a good nail trimmer to use.  Otherwise, if you do not feel comfortable trimming your rescue puppy’s nails, you can have a groomer or your vet’s office take care of your rescue puppy’s nail trimming.
  1. Crate: Depending upon your rescue puppy, he/she might need a crate.  Some dogs need them, while others do not.  We really like this crate.
  1. Dog Bed: Most dogs like to lay on a dog bed, especially if it is not too hot.  We like these dog beds, as they are very durable and comfortable.  We also love this monogrammed dog pillow.
  1. Toys/Chew Toys: Most dogs like to have their own toys, especially if your rescue puppy is a chewer!  We really like these toys.
  1. Apparel: Depending upon your rescue puppy and the season, it is a good idea for your dog’s comfort to have a rain coat, sweater, fleece, or jacket.  We really like these coats.
  1. Poop and Pee Pads: Some rescue puppies are some house broken just yet.  These poop and pee pads come in handy for those accidents in the house.
  1. Poop Bags:  All dogs need poop bags!  We really like these poop bags.

Hopefully this list helps you get started in welcoming and getting your rescue puppy settled into his/her furever home!

Happy Wednesday!

 

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Victory: 18 Months In

During Victory’s first year with us, I documented her monthly milestones along with a weekly photography project, which I continue to document.  It is difficult to believe that she has been with us for eighteen months as of yesterday, April 12, 2015!  The time goes by so quickly.  Victory is my teacher, and life with Victory is so much sweeter!  Our fur girl has made great strides since we adopted her on October 12, 2013.  Her fur coat has grown and it continues to come in; she is more confident and animated; she loves her chew toys and puzzles; and she loves ‘night-night’!  Below are some thoughts about our fur girl, Victory!

-We receive endless love from Victory.  She loves us and we love her!  Doug especially has a real soft spot for his fur girl, Victory!

-She loves her routine and it keeps us on a schedule with some structure with regards to Victory!

-Victory loves to come into the kitchen when Doug cooks and bakes!  She loves getting a few nibbles of our food.  It turns out, she loves Doug’s buttermilk pancakes among other things — she is not too discriminating when it comes to food!  On the weekends, she loves getting some vanilla yogurt while we eat our breakfast Doug prepared!

-We are convinced that bedtime, ‘night-night,’ is her favorite time of day, when her ‘pack’ is all together!  Victory now plays for a good half an hour once we all get into bed as she runs up and down the bed and interacts with us with her paws and mouth — she even makes some noises now when she plays, but still no barking!  She has even trained us to get her water in the bed before going to sleep and during the night.  Thankfully, Victory mostly wakes Doug up (and not me) by bouncing on his legs at the end of the bed and Doug gets up and gets her water most nights!  I know, it is crazy how this fur girl has trained us!  We tried putting water on the bathroom floor right off our bedroom, and it never worked — she apparently does not like to leave the bed once she is in for the night!  So, she lives like a princess and is quite content with this arrangement!

-Before bed every night, without fail, Victory gives me a partial face wash and Doug an entire face wash.  Doug usually falls asleep before me as I usually read before bed, and Victory sometimes keeps going with her washing of Doug’s face even after Doug has fallen asleep!  Sometimes, I have to tell her to stop!

-I (we) love going to bed with Victory above my head.  She takes turns sleeping on our pillows during the night.  She likes to lay against the head-board.  Most mornings, when I get up, Victory is above my head or by my side and she gives me kisses when I get up most mornings.  She is not a morning pup, and some mornings she looks a little drowsy!  Fortunately, she lets us sleep in on the weekends without a problem.  It is quite nice on the weekends when we stay up later not having to worry that she will wake us up at the crack of dawn!  In fact, we are the ones always to get her out of bed!

-We love traveling with Victory!  It would not be the same without her.  Hopefully, soon, legislation will be passed so that dogs are permitted on trains, which would provide us with more modes of transpiration and options!

-We love taking Victory on outings with us.  She loves the car and she loves coming home — her favorite part of her outing!  The garage has a special meaning for her — she loves the garage and she can spot our neighborhood a mile away and she gets so excited!

-We love taking Victory around the neighborhood in her Hound About!  She loves it and she loves poking her head through the top.  We are currently working on Victory walking more continuously via her training.  At home, while we are out for walks, she likes to stop frequently because she hears noises, sees construction trucks, and sees people, etc., which frightens her.  Victory is so keenly aware of everything all the time.  So, if we want to walk at a decent pace, we have to put her in the Hound About!  When she wants to, she is very agile and swift on her feet!

-Victory loves the recently finished deck — it turned out really nice!  In fact, last night, when we were sitting outside, Victory fell asleep in her outdoor Orvis bed — this is a first!  Last year, she really did not want anything to do with being outside on the deck and she was also not interested in the outdoor bed!

-I love having Victory, my furry companion, at my feet while I am working at my desk/computer.  It makes getting work done easier!  I love how Victory is always with us.

There are many reasons why we love Victory!  Below, to date, is one of my favorite images of Victory!  She looks so confident and regal.

 

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In the images below, it is evident how much Victory has physically changed and blossomed over the past eighteen months.  (The the top left image was taken by Victory’s foster mom, taken just prior to adopting Victory in the fall of 2013.)  Victory is a happy puppy!  We love her and I hope that her story will encourage others to consider dog rescue!

 

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Happy Monday!