Shadovar & Gaelic

Yesterday, I dropped in on my first paid client. Full disclosure, they are friends of mine. I have yet to provide services to people I’ve never met, but I still think that this is a milestone for Anibal Den and I’m very excited about it.

I haven’t hung out with these guys in quite a while. Work and life kept me busy so I never really had much time to socialize. That’s one of the biggest reasons why I wanted to create my own business so that I can make time for friends and family. I have a lot of good friends that I don’t get to see too often. I’m hoping that will change now that I’m working for myself.

Funny story, my friend Brandi was talking to another mutual friend, Kat, right around the time I left my job with the State and started my own business. Brandi and Kat were talking about their pets and Brandi mentions that she needed to find someone who would drop in on her dogs, Shadovar and Gaelic. Brandi then tells Kat that she wished that I would start my own business taking care of dogs. Kat laughed because she knew that I had already done just that. Long story short, Brandi gave me a call almost immediately and we set up a time to discuss her needs. That was a few weeks ago and yesterday was the first of what I hope to be many drop-in visits.

Brandi has two dogs. They are both bully mixes, powerful, but super sweet. They are such sweeties and working with them was such a treat. I had a great time getting them to chase balls and sticks and giving them tons of affection. They both ate it up and I couldn’t be happier.

img_3527Shadovar is such a sweetie. Just look at her. Her smile is contagious and you can’t help but fall in love with her. She LOVES to play fetch to the point of exhaustion. I had to be careful because she could go ’till she drops. The tenacity of terriers is uncanny. Working with her was surprising. She’s such a strong dog. I mean, look at that mouth. She’s like an alligator. Her jawline is so intimidating. I can understand why people are so afraid of bully breeds. Luckily, I understand dogs better than the average person. I know the difference between an aggressive bark and an announcement bark. All she wanted to do was play and be a dog. She also did amazing on the leash and she was more than happy to submit to my leadership. Perfect dog, very puppy like. I love her.

img_3525Gaelic was a little different. Don’t get me wrong, he is also a great dog. He is full of love and just wants to lick you and please you. He is so eager to please that he can’t wait to do it. Gaelic is full of energy. For that reason, next time we meet I will be putting him on a treadmill to burn off some of that energy. A tired dog is a good dog.

Gaelic’s energy is so high, that I had to approach him a little differently than Shadovar. To give you a frame of reference, I took a billion pictures of Shadovar, but Gaelic never stood still for me to take a decent picture. I did get a couple, but I wish I could have gotten a few close-ups. He would just run away when I got close. It’s a dog game.

As high energy as Gaelic was, I’m happy to say that he did take to my leadership and I think I gained his respect towards the end. So by the end of our engagement, he was no longer trying to pull me or trying to lead me anywhere. Instead, he submitted to me completely and let me lead him back into the house. I wish that I could take them out for walks. Unfortunately, the pups don’t live in that great of a neighborhood. Brandi tells me that there are dogs off leash and some of them have even attacked Gaelic and Shadovar in the past. I might suggest to take them to a trail or someplace else. Baby steps.

I had a great time with these two pups. I wish I could introduce them to people who are afraid of pit-bull-type breeds because they really are so sweet. I can’t wait to work with them again.

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