Happy Dog Adoption Day, Bentley!

Happy Birthday Dog Adoption Day, Bentley!

We’ve adopted our furkid three years ago, today, through a Wags and Walk’s pop-up event at The Grove. Read that post here. Although we don’t know his actual birthday, Wayne and I like to celebrate on his adoption day. We always look at him and ask, “How old are you, really?!?” Depending on the length of his hair, he can go from looking like a 10-month old puppy to old grandpa with furrowed eyebrows.

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Pets // Who Rescued Who? One-Year Recap of Dog Adoption

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Happy Adoption Anniversary, Bentley! Now, how old are you, REALLY?

Crazy to believe it’s already been over a year since we rescued our furkid through Wags and Walk’s pop-up event at The Grove. Read that post here. Wayne and I were both first-time dog owners and weren’t exactly sure what to expect, except that we both share the love of furry friends, wanted to adopt and were ready to be responsible dog owners.

Who Rescued Who? When we thought we were rescuing Bentley through adoption, it turns out it is he who rescued us.

Be social and meet new friends: Bentley has a social life worthy of a Kardashian (minus the drama + selfies). We are normally reserved individuals and keep to ourselves, but we are now more social with others in the community because Bentley insists on saying hello to every person and dog we pass by. He encouraged us to talk to other dog owners and (surprise!) we’ve met a handful of people that we genuinely like and hang out with.

He’s Just Like Us! Some say dogs take after their owners and Bentley’s personality mirrors ours. He’s calm, yet alluring. Friendly, yet selective. Brilliant and Behaved. Loyal and Lovable. Helps others and believes in the best in people. He’s the type of dog that if you tell once to not jump on the bed or couch, he won’t do it again. When the 6am alarm goes off, he quietly walks over and waits for us to wake up for his sunrise walk. There are times he’s already wide awake before 6am, just staring at us, waiting patiently for us to wake up.

#neighborhoodwatch: Bentley walks at least three miles a day—sunrise, afternoon and night. We’re more aware of our surroundings in the community and alert security if anything is out of the ordinary. We joke that we’re the unofficial neighborhood watch, but it’s true. We also appreciate the beautiful weather that Southern California offers. Love our city.

Patience + Trust + Faith: Bentley taught us about life and basic human interactions–patience, trust, faith. When we first got Bentley, he was reactive to other dogs and may have been traumatized. After weeks of reading about shelter dogs and YouTubing the Dog Whisperer dog-training videos, we implemented what we learned. But what worked most was having pure patience and truly trusting him. With time he realized we’re his home and won’t abandon him. Trust and Faith go hand in hand. In order to trust, you have to have faith he’ll do the right thing. In order to have faith, you have to trust in the unseen and let go. Not knowing what to expect he’d do without a watchful eye, the first week we crated him while we were at work. We soon realized this dog is special–he’s understanding, obedient and smart. We took that leap of faith, trusted in him  and let him roam freely around (without supervision!) Guess what, he didn’t destroy our home! To this day, he remains crate-free in our home.

Responsibility: Caring for Bentley is a big commitment. Beyond his 3-mile a day walks and feeding him on time, we brush his teeth + fur, wash him weekly, doctor visits, bake him healthy treats, plan our events and travels around his care and carve out time in our day to play fetch and have cuddle time. It’s because we want him to live a fulfilled and comfortable life. He’s our four-legged kid. Despite all the responsibilities that come with pet ownership, he also brings us immense joy.

Unconditional Love: No matter how long the workday is or challenges faced it’s always wonderful to come home to this delightful ball of fur. Just look at his smile and expressive eyes. He is always happy to see us and I’m surprised his tail hasn’t fallen off from wagging it so furiously. He always runs to us when we come through the door, follows us around from room to room, falls asleep everywhere wherever we are, waits patiently as we cook in the kitchen, senses our emotions and pleases in every way he can.

Bentley’s Purpose in Life: We’re convinced his purpose in life is to be a therapy dog and volunteer at children’s hospitals and convalescent homes. His has a calming demeanor, smart, uses his barks wisely and brings joy to all those who meet him.

He captured our hearts.

We’ve been truly lucky to have met this gentle creature through adoption. Much like humans, every animal has a story and just wants to love and be loved. Although we don’t know Bentley’s history, how old he is (vet thinks he’s six) or what he’s been through, we love him. What’s the secret? To have faith, patience, good intention, love and trust on your side.

It was love at first sight. We followed our hearts to want to save this pup and turns out he’s the one that saved us.

Cheers to many more years of learning, living and loving.

About Wags & Walks

Wags and Walks is a non-profit animal rescue organization based in Los Angeles. We’ve gotten to know founder, Lesley, and her team, and Wags and Walk is a wonderful organization serving with a purpose. Lesley’s passion for animals is undeniable and as a daughter of a vet, she left a comfortable, successful career to start this organization because so many animals are euthanized due to overpopulation in the shelters. Their mission and core values: choosing good, family-friendly dogs based on temperament rather than breed. Get involved. Adopt, foster, or donate. Together we can change the world, one dog at a time…

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meet lesley + bentley

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{ recipe } 3-ingredient pumpkin + peanut butter dog treats

3-Ingredient whole wheat peanut butter pumpkin dog cookies via itsjoulife blog - http://itsjoulife.wordpress.com/2014/08/30/recipe-3-ingre…ter-dog-treats/ ‎My pup is just like me. We love to snack and eat delectable treats. When it comes to food for Bentley, I always try to look for delicious, wholesome and healthy ingredients. It’s three simple ingredients–just whole wheat flour, pumpkin and peanut butter. These dog-friendly treats already have Bentley’s paw of approval! (I even had a cookie or two) My friend gifted me these dapper Fred’s Munchstaches cookie cutters.

3-Ingredient Pumpkin Peanut Butter Dog Treats

Ingredients

1/2 cup Natural Peanut Butter

1 cup 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree, canned

1 3/4 cups whole wheat flour

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. I use a Silpat and it works perfectly.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together peanut butter and pumpkin. Stir in the flour 1/4 cup at a time just until dough is no longer sticky.
  3. Roll the dough out to 1/4″ thick. Tip: I align two chopsticks, one on each side of the flattened dough (in parallel) as a guide. A chopstick’s diameter is about 1/4″. Use a cookie cutter to cut out the dough, then place on the prepared pan.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 8-10 minutes. Let cool completely. Store in an airtight container or freeze for up to 3 months.

Recipe from kevin {&} amanda blog.

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meet bentley (our new furkid) !

We’ve added a new member to the Jou family! It’s been my lifelong dream to have a dog and Wayne helped me make it happen. We adopted a 3 year-old cocker spaniel + poodle mix from the wonderful organization, Wags and Walks. He’s been a wonderful furball of joy! We named him Bentley (the street name of our old apartment). Doesn’t he remind you of the dragon from the Neverending Story dragon, Falkor?

He’s so sweet, gentle, loving, well-trained and adorable! He loves people, walks well on leash, the occasional fetch, belly rubs and (dog) socially awkward. He tends to go nuts when he sees other dogs. He shows intense playful interest by wagging his tail and gets down close to the floor, but as the dog approaches he panics by lunging with the occasional growl. (We think he was bullied or attacked by other dogs in the past). We plan to take him to training school so we can learn from each other and he can get to know dogs of all sizes. Let me know if you have any good articles to read or recommended trainers/training schools.

We’ve only had him for a few weeks and look forward to seeing his personality grow as he gets used to us and his new home!

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