Dog Day Care (my thoughts)

Do you have a dog and are thinking about sending them to day care? Do you work all day and leave your dog at home wondering if they get lonely. Well I’m going to tell you what I think of Dog or Doggie Day Care.

My thoughts on Dog Day Care is this, I think it is awesome. It’s the best thing I could’ve done for my dog. I have a 8 year old Golden Retriever, named Abigail,who is a very timid dog. So I didn’t think she would do well at Day Care. But I decided to give it a try. The place I take my dog said she had to pass the evaluation before she could start going to day care. The evaluation is a couple of hours spent at the day care without the owner around so they can see how your dog is around other dogs without you there. Guess what? Abigail passed her evaluation! I was really nervous that she wouldn’t just because she does get anxious around other dogs. But the owners of the day care said she did great and that she passed.

I started noticing a difference in Abigail in just a couple of weeks of taking her there. I started out taking her only half a day and I noticed a big difference when we have her around other dogs. Even one of the girls who works at the day care noticed that she was getting more comfortable walking in. I felt like a proud mom when she said that. After a couple of weeks of going to day care we decided to take her to the dog park. Abigail was great with the other dogs at the park. She even ran around playing with one of the dogs there. I truly feel like taking her to day care has helped her so much with her anxiety and that it will continue to help.

So my review on dog day care is that I highly suggest every dog owner to take their dog to one. Especially if you work all day, your best friend doesn’t have to wait at home all day for you. They can go have a play date with their new dog friends at the day care. It will also make you feel better knowing that your dog is with their friends and with great people taking care of them. I think if you have a puppy that it’s awesome if you decide to take them to day care, when they are ready to interact with other dogs of course. That way they get socialized when they are little and are used to being around other dogs.IMG_6888DSC_1311

Spring

Spring is amazing. Spring is so beautiful. Everything in nature comes to life during spring. Spring has the perfect weather. I feel the most inspired during Spring. I love to take photos of the flowers blooming and of the rivers when they are full. Spring is full of inspiration. Just look around you, everything is coming to life and has color. IMG_4107

I love taking my dog for walks in the Spring, she loves it too. Where I live we have a beautiful park that the river runs through. My dog just loves to stop in the shade and look at the water. I do too, rivers are just so peaceful. I know she wishes she could go in but sadly the current there is too strong. But don’t worry we have a little pool we fill up at home and she goes in as soon as we get home.

Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy summer too. But I am not a hot weather type of person. I enjoy going to the beach. But I can’t just lay in the sand all day trying to get a tan. Which I never get a tan because I am very fair. I’d much rather go on a hike or a nature walk with my fur baby. But it gets way to hot during the summer to go. That’s why I enjoy Spring so much more. The weather is perfect during Spring, usually 70 to 80 degrees. It’s cool enough to enjoy the outdoors and everything is beautiful during the Spring. There is so much color during Spring time, whereas in the summer the heat just drains all of the beautiful colors out of nature.

But I would love to know what your favorite season is. Why is it your favorite season? Do you have any favorite memories from that season?

Why I stopped attending Community College

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. Did you do anything exciting this weekend? I would love to hear what you did in the comments. Me? Well I didn’t do much, we went to the “big city” near me. But other then that I didn’t do much. But I did have a great Monday and Tuesday. I got to play with puppies when I went to volunteer. That always makes my day.

But lets get started on why I stopped going to Community College. Let me just say that college is great. Even Community College is awesome if you’re not ready for University. I went to a Community College for a year and majored in Business. But I soon realized that college wasn’t for me. My dad wanted me to major in Business because he thought it would help me in the career I wanted to work in. Which was helping animals in any way I can. I did agree that it would probably help me in my career.

But I was not enjoying college at all. My anxiety got the best of me and I hated attending class. I would always sit in the back corner hoping no one would talk to me and that the instructor would not call on me. I was like that all throughout high school and I was hoping by moving to a different state and not knowing anyone at college would help my anxiety.

Boy was I so wrong. If it did anything at all it made my anxiety worse. I never wanted to leave the house. When I got home my parents could tell something wasn’t right. So we decided that I would take a year off school to focus on my health. Which we did but it went a little…over a year. I did everything I could to not have to go back to college. I finally convinced my parents to allow me to go to an online school for something that I would really enjoy.

So that’s exactly what I’m doing. This has been the first time I actually can’t wait to start school. Because this time it’s for something I’m passionate about and that I absolutely love. Plus it’s online so I don’t have to go to class with a bunch of random people I don’t know. But I still get social interaction because my classes will require some form of it online.

Don’t get me wrong, I think college is awesome. I think if it’s something you want to do then do it and do let anyone tell you that you won’t make it. Because you can absolutely make it. But for someone who has major social anxiety..college just isn’t the best.

I hope you enjoyed my college experience. Please leave any college experiences that you have in the comments. I would love to hear your stories. I also have a set schedule now. So I will post every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 5pm.

-Brooke

Volunteer

So I started volunteering at my local Humane Society a couple of months ago and I absolutely LOVE it. It makes me get out of the house, which can be hard for someone that has anxiety. But not only that it changes my mood almost instantly when I get there. The animals get so happy when they see you and that makes me happy.

How did I get into volunteering? Well I NEEDED something that would get me out of the house. My home is my comfort zone and my anxiety made it so hard to go out and do things(especially by myself). But being stuck at home by myself was not good for my health either. Volunteering was a huge step for me because it meant that I would have to get in my car and drive to some where by myself. But my whole life I knew what my passion was…animals and helping them. So my dad suggested that I go to a shelters volunteer orientation and just see, I said ok.

I knew I wanted to help animals but I also knew that volunteering at an Animal Shelter could be really hard and that I would want to take all of the animals home. But actually it really isn’t that bad. If I’m not in a great mood that day but I decided to go volunteer when I come out my mood is completely changed. I’m in such a great mood when I leave because I know that I made the animals I have played with a little more comfortable and happy. They really do make my day and I think we make their day a little better too.

It is though very hard to not get attached to the animals you play with. And it is so hard leaving them at the end of the day and you never know if they will be there the next day because they could get adopted by then. Which is amazing for them! I always smile when I go on Facebook and see the dog that I’ve been hanging out with going to a new home.

I will never forget the first dog I got to hang out with on my first day (and for a couple of weeks after). She was a little Chihuahua named Sierra. She was so sweet and loving and yes it was hard when I saw that she got adopted because we bonded so much. But there was also so much joy in my heart for her knowing that she was going to a new home who will love her so much and take good care of her.

I now volunteer at not only my local Humane Society but also at my local Animal Shelter. I just loved the feeling I got when I knew that I gave the animals joy and some peace of mind that I wanted to help more animals. So I would totally recommend anyone to volunteer. But volunteer some where that has the same passion as you. It doesn’t have  to be at your local shelter. Anywhere that makes you happy and change your mood when you leave will be awesome.

I hope you have enjoyed reading my volunteering journey. Volunteering has truly changed me for the better. Please comment if you volunteer anywhere or if you want to start volunteering. I would love to hear your stories.

-Brooke

Hello!- new blogger :)

Hi everyone! I recently have gotten into blogging. I feel like it’s a safe place where I can write how I am feeling instead of trying to find the words to tell someone how I’m feeling.

So here’s a little bit of information about me. I’m a 20 year old girl who LOVES animals and I’m actually going to school to be certified Animal Trainer. Animals have always been a passion of mine. I’m so excited to start school in March. So I thought maybe throughout my schooling I can come on here and share what I have been learning.

I also started volunteering at local animal shelters near me and I absolutely love it. I love making all the animals there feel a little more comfortable and I little more happy.

But I also really enjoy photography. I am still learning about photography, but the more and more I learn about it the more excited I get to capture more memories and cool photos. So I thought I would also share some of the cool moments that I capture throughout my journey on here.

So I hope you learned a little something about me. This is my very first post on here so there will be more to come. Thank you for stopping by and reading. I hope you all had a wonderful day.

-Brooke