Throwback Thursday – Family Art Night!

It’s another Throwback Thursday! This week I want to share with you more stuff we did when my Auntie was here!

Did you know that my humom’s whole family is really artistic? My humom’s mom loves to watercolor and recently she has been painting more.

I guess that really inspired my Auntie because she wanted to do a family art night during her visit! They got out all their art paper and watercolor paints and started setting up. My humom’s dad didn’t join us though. He wanted to play his ookaleelee.

I tried to help! Actually no, that’s a lie, I just wanted to sit on Auntie’s lap.

Then I went over to see what my humom’s mom was up to.

I wanted to see what she was painting but I wasn’t allowed to jump on her lap. Hmph.

I’m bored….Nymeria play with me!

 

My humom had been working on a pencil sketch for Wilhelmina’s humom so she decided to continue with that project.

Do you see all those beautiful color pencils in the background? Apparently they are really expensive and my humom couldn’t afford to buy them so my humom’s mom bought them for her birthday! Her birthday was at the end of March, right when Auntie came to visit! It was perfect timing!

We were getting bored and wanted to play on the couch but we weren’t allowed. Dogs aren’t allowed on the furniture at my humom’s parents’ house. What kind of ridiculous rule is that!

Whaddaya mean we’re not allowed on the couch??

Mom! Wanna take a break and give us a treat because we’re so adorable??? Heehee…

How can you resist these eyes???

Our humom finally got the hint and stuffed us with treats and we took a nap while everyone was working on their art.

It started to get late so my humom packed up her stuff and we were ready to go home. She wasn’t able to finish her sketch but she made some good progress!

This is what her mom painted! She was practicing how to draw trees and leaves for her next painting project.

My Auntie finished her watercolor and it looked amazing! She painted her boyfriend’s dog Gnocchi. He’s a really tiny white Chihuahua. Isn’t he cute?

I hope on their next art night someone will paint a picture of ME!

Do you have any paintings or sketches of yourself? Do you have any favorite artwork?

Mia

Throwback Thursday – Nymeria is making progress!

Today marks exactly 6 months since Nymeria has been here and she’s made a lot of progress! She is still very weary of strangers, especially men but she loves all the humans at her daycare and she is slowly warming up to Uncle Erik and Wilhelmina’s hudad.

Back in March when my Auntie was visiting, Nymeria made a huge breakthrough with her! She let my Auntie pet her and give her treats but the biggest thing of all was…She started playing with her! My Auntie was so happy and so were we!

It was a shame that Auntie didn’t visit for very long, she was only here for a week. Nymeria warmed up to her the last day before Auntie went back to Boston.

Hopefully when Auntie comes back in the summer time Nymeria will remember back to this visit and warm up to her again!

 

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World Sleep Day!

Hey Everyone! Apologies again, we have been missing in action…again…I have been dealing with some issues with my leg and we had to go back to the vet.

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We got some x-rays done and my humom will be getting a call from the vet today or tomorrow. I guess for the next couple of weeks we will be laying low. I won’t be able to do the things I love for a while…like running on the beach, exploring the forest or my favorite: playing fetch!

I guess it’s fitting that today is World Sleep Day! It’s time to sleep and recover! Happy sleeping everyone!

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Pee S. Thank you everyone for the well wishes from my last post. I was really sick and it definitely sped up my recovery!

 

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Wordy Wednesday – Sister Comforts

We’re joining our pawddies over at Blog Paws for Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop! Click on the image to join the hop!

Hey guys! Sorry we’ve been missing in action these past few days. I got really sick over the weekend and my fursister Nymeria tried to comfort me.

I’m feeling a lot better today so we’ll be back to our regular scheduled programming in no time!

 

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Día Del Galgo – World Galgo Day

Hi Everyone! Nymeria here.

I’m taking over the blog today to talk about a very special day today. It’s Día Del Galgo or World Galgo Day! Though Galgos (and Podencos) need help all year round, February 1 was chosen as the day to unite people to help bring awareness to our plight. This is the official website if you would like more information: www.diadelgalgo.com

The galgo is an ancient breed, originally brought to Spain by noblepersons and was held in high esteem.  After years and years of theft and breeding by the lower class, the galgo became viewed as a “trash dog” and only owned by the lower classes. The galgo was bred for hunting (hare) and coursing. They spend their lives in damp, tiny dirty holes or windowless shacks until they are needed to hunt. They are typically fed only water and bread, it is believed that they hunt better when starving. They are deprived of any human affection because it is believed to harm their hunting abilities. Unfortunately, once the hunting season is over, the Galgueros (galgo handlers) deem the galgos worthless or too costly to maintain. It is cheaper for them to buy new dogs than to feed the old ones.  Many are killed in a variety of inhuman ways. The “lucky ones” are dumped at the shelter while others are shot, poisoned, drowned, hanged or even burned to death.

It’s been an ongoing fight to stop the hunting in Spain and unfortunately thousands of Galgos and Podencos are still being killed, tortured and abandoned every year. The number is estimated to be 150,000.

Rescues like Scooby Medina, Galgo Del Sol, Ibizan Hound Rescue, Galgos en Familia and many others are filling up with thousands of puppies, adults and seniors, all trying to find them forever homes. They are always in need of donations and foster homes.

My fellow galga Avalon and myself have been fortunate enough to find loving homes here in Canada. Avalon was rescued by the lovely people of Ibizan Hound Rescue.

Isn’t she the cutest puppy you have ever seen?? Just look at that sweet face! You never know it just by looking at her but she’s a very mischievous little girl!

I was rescued by Scooby Medina.

I was found with a male black Galgo named Timon. They’re not sure if he was my dad but we were very attached to one another. We both had very bad skin when we first arrived in the shelter. They gave me a tennis ball to help burn off my energy! All I wanted to do was play play play! Timon was very shy and weary of people. Eventually I was moved into another paddock with other puppies my age. Sadly he is still at the shelter. He has not been adopted yet 😦

 

I was a really tiny puppy! I’m definitely not that small anymore! BOL!

My humom thinks that I am a mix of a wired haired Podenco and a Galgo. I have the ears and hair of a Podenco but the brindle of a Galgo. Let’s not forget my long tail of mine! It’s measured at 22 inches!

Watching the sunset with my buddy Duffy

Watching the airplanes fly by

I couldn’t have imagined living such a great life with my new family and having such great friends!

Mia and I got off to a rocky start but we’re really bonding now!

We both share a dislike for picture taking when we are trying to nap!

We both love a good run in the forest and a post powernap in the car!

Gobby face! Following in my sister’s footsteps! You’re not having enough fun until you’ve got gob all over your face! BOL!

We’re on the lookout!

Did I mention all the toys I get to play with?? This one is my favorite…it’s actually Mia’s but I stole it!

I’ll even put up with being dressed up! Mia doesn’t look too pleased. BOL! This was for Wilhelmina’s humoms birthday!

I really hope that one day all this terrible hunting will be banned in Spain and that all my galgo and podenco friends will be all free and living in wonderful loving forever homes. We have to keep fighting the fight and help all these rescues in any way we can!

A special thank you goes out to those who helped me and my family bring me here to Vancouver, BC. I am so thankful and appreciative to have such generous, caring people and dogs in my life!

~Nymeria~

New Toys and Friday Forest Fun!

Hi Friends! It’s finally Friday! How was everyone’s week?

We’re so happy that it’s FRI-YAY! That means our weekend adventures are about to start! We haven’t had the opportunity to show you all the Christmas loot we got this year (WE GOT A LOT!) but definitely our FAVORITE gifts was…

…NEW CHUCK-IT BALLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mom, stop taking pictures and throw the ball already! Look how nicely we are sitting and patiently waiting!

Wilhelmina’s Humom bought them for me! She knows how much I love to play fetch. And because I’m such a nice sister, I shared them with Nymeria too. (I should get some extra treats for that!)

My humom was very thankful for Wilhelmina’s humom for buying me these balls because I like to chew on them. Tennis balls aren’t very safe for pups like me because we can ingest those tiny yellow fibers and it’s not good for our tummies!

I love you, little blue ball. You are my best friend (after Wilhelmina of course!)

Nymeria is a very quick study. She’s already learned that she has to sit before our humom throws the ball. (In my case she makes me lie down because sometimes I get impatient and I jump up to grab it. That is a BIG no-no…humom gets super angry when we do that). Nymeria is also figuring out that she has to bring the ball back before the next one gets thrown.  She’s not always consistent but for 2 months being here, I’d say she’s doing really well!

Here’s a video!

Do you remember in my last post I mentioned that Nymeria was really fast? In fact, sometimes TOO fast for me? Well, when it comes to chasing balls, she’s got nothing on me! Sometimes I’ll give her a chance and let her have the ball 😉

Nymeria is trying to get the ball from my mouth! But I caught it first!

We’re ready for the next throw!

Just when we thought the fun was over, our Humom took us to the forest!!!!! We thought we were going home but nope, our humom thought we could run around in the forest a bit! I was soooooooooooo so so so EXCITED!!!!!

We haven’t been able to go to the forest as often as we used to because my humom is still working on Nymeria’s recall. Since she is still a little nervous with strangers, we tend to go to off leash areas during non-peak times. Today was one of those times so Nymeria got to explore off leash on the less busier trails! She was SO HAPPY! She was really good too, she stuck close to me and Humom and when she saw other strangers walking by she would just hide behind a tree and watch them go by and then come back out.

Certain areas my humom will put her on leash because she doesn’t want Nymeria to get startled and run off deep into the forest where we can’t find her. It’s hard to find a time when the forest isn’t busy because it’s a very popular place, I mean, who wouldn’t want to take a stroll in a beautiful forest surrounded by trees, birds and water?? So any time we do go into the forest, it’s a real treat!

We had so much fun exploring together! We got super wet and muddy! It was great!

Unfortunately…the muddier the adventure, the higher change of a….BATH!!!!

Hurry! Give your best puppy dog eyes Nymeria! This is our last chance to change her mind!

Telling by how dirty our collars were…chances were slim of getting out of a bath…

In the end, it was all worth it! Boy are we pooped!!! Time to rest up for our next adventure tomorrow!!!

Good night friends! Hope you have a great weekend!

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Sister Bonding and some Mischief…

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

We’re off to a lazy start this year…It’s already been over a week into the new year and this is our first post! BOL! So far the year has been off to a good start. Some good sister bonding and a little bit of mischief 😉

It’s time to play!

And we’re off!

Taking a break from all that running! I hate to admit it..but Nymeria is too fast!

What? We’re just innocently sniffing here!

Nymeria may be faster than me but I can hold my own when we wrestle!

Aaaaannnnddd….What’s Monday without a bit of mischief?? 😉

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We hope everyone had a great holiday, we sure did! We’ll share some of our holiday moments with you all soon!

 

 

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