Wednesday, November 16, 2011

November Favourites


First and foremost, my favourite thing this month and for the rest of their lives are my 2 kittens we adopted a couple weeks ago. Summer Rainn & Violet Ocean. I am the kind of person who craves animal companionship, and have been a little depressed lately because I miss Hampton and Chelsea so bad. Josh and I don't want to get a puppy until we have our own home with a fenced yard, but we decided to go check out the animal shelter to see if there were any kittens that we liked. As soon as we walked in the door we were drawn to 2 little grey kittens that were sitting politely in their cage and staring at us with huge sad eyes. I wanted them right away, but thought that 2 cats might be a little much for our small home. 5 minutes later the animal control officer had us convinced that 2 is way better than 1 because they keep each other company and wear each other out, so it's actually easier to get 2. Plus, they were sisters who grew up together and we didn't have the heart to separate them. They were raised by a vet and her 3 year old daughter, so they came litter trained, spayed, dewormed, vaccinated, and half price (in hopes that they wouldn't be split up). Done deal. 15 minutes later we were driving home with them in the backseat. They're such great animals. I'm not even the biggest cat fan but after my family adopted Mackie and Georgie 5 years ago there has been a soft spot in my heart for friendly cats. I couldn't be happier with Violet and Summer. They're hilarious and playful, but cuddly and sweet when I want them to be. So glad they're mine.

BlackBerry White Noise App; Josh 'accidentally' destroyed my fan one night because he hated how it was blowing cold air on him. But I am the lightest sleeper to ever exist, so I need my white noise. I downloaded the app because it was on sale for $1.99, and it's amazing! You can choose between Fan, Air Conditioner, Rain, Crickets, Beach, White Noise, Clock and Stream. Stream is my favourite. I sleep like a baby with this thing! I'm sure the iPhone has something similar to this too.


Sushi - There's this new restaurant in town that Josh and I obsessed with… Shan Hu. BEST sushi, and best Lo Mien I've ever had in my entire life. Very reasonable prices too. We can eat there and stuff our faces for $25 including the tip. Every time we go we're like the only people so the owner always brings us free stuff. Seriously love that place. I'm going there tonight actually for my sister-in-laws birthday! 

Nut Bread - My uncle is an amazing bread maker and he happens to live just down the road from our home. Yesterday he brought over a delectable loaf and I use it for grilled sandwiches with cheddar and feta cheese, avocado, tomato, green onion and cajun chicken. SO GOOD! If you want to try something similar (my uncle keeps his recipes a family secret) you can use any kind of nutty bread from the supermarket.

Songs on my "Fall 2011" Playlist that help me get through my 5km walk;

Lonely Boy- The Black Keys
Criminal - Britney Spears
It Will Rain - Bruno Mars
Falling Slowly - Glen Hansard
Big Wheels - Down With Webster
Crazy Girl - Eli Young Band
Ass Back Home - Gym Class Heroes
What Doesn't Kill You - Kelly Clarkson
Narcissistic Cannibal - Korn ft. Skrillex
Young Blood - The Naked and Famous
Sexy and I Know it - LMFAO
Titanium ft. Sia - David Guetta
Over When it's Over - Eric Church
Small Y'all - Kenny Chesney
My Body - Young The Giant
When We Stand Together - Nickelback
Lullaby - Nickelback (ps. Screw you. I like them :P)
Ever After - Marianas Trench
I Like How it Feels - Enrique Iglesias (I loved this at the AMAs)

Lastly, MY WEDDING PHOTOS! Joel did an amazing job on them. Check them out!

That's all for this month,

Taylor Rebecca

Monday, November 14, 2011

Golden Rescue

          You guys obviously know that I am completely in love with my two 10 year old golden retrievers, Chelsea & Hampton. I talk about them all the time, and now that I don't live with them anymore, I make a point to visit them as often as I can. Thankfully my parents live just 10 minutes down the road from Josh and I and I can get over there easily. 
          When Hampton was a puppy we bought him from a reputable breeder in Tilsonburg. From day 1 he was coddled and cared for and my family gave him the best life we could. We even let him sleep in our beds when he cried in his crate at night- Something that every puppy training book will tell you never to do. Woops! He was fed healthy food, taken for walks every day, had a big backyard to play in, and was given (a little too much) attention. 
          Chelsea, on the other hand, had a completely different experience. As a puppy she was given to a spoiled kid in Toronto who decided he didn't want her anymore after she grew out of her 'cute puppy looks'. The kid's parents, not knowing what to do, chained her to a 3 foot rope under a tarp in the backyard and that is where she stayed for the next 3 years of her life. Finally, the neighbours decided they needed to do something about the poor golden retriever being held prisoner in the yard next door. They called the police for animal brutality who referred them to Golden Rescue. 
          Golden Rescue is an non-profit organization who takes in stranded, abandoned, abused, and unhealthy golden retrievers, nurses them back to health, and sees to it that the dogs are being put back into safe and loving homes. 
          When Chelsea was rescued from her home in Toronto, the volunteers were mortified at what they found. Because of 3 years worth of being tied to a tiny rope and not being fed properly, her muscles were gone. She couldn't walk, she was covered in mud, and the pads on her feet were bleeding. It makes me sick thinking about this. How terrible of a human being are you to let this happen to an innocent animal? How can you just forget there is a living creature dying right in your backyard? 
          After intense muscle therapy sessions, a healthy diet, and the extra-loving attention her volunteer caregiver gave Chelsea, she was ready to be put up for adoption. This is where my family comes into play.
          We had just moved from Waterloo to our 120 acre farm near Sauble Beach. Hampton, thinking he was one of the kids, refused to act like a watchdog and bark when people drove up our laneway. My dad is a pilot so he is away often and my mom hated being alone at night without a dog who could protect the house. Her friend told her about Golden Rescue, so she decided to give it a try.
Chelsea a few months after her rescue.
   After going through an interview process to ensure we were a kind family who would give one of their rescue dogs the best life possible, Chelsea was recommended to us. I still remember mom's lecture to my sisters and I as we drove to our first meeting with Chelsea. Okay girls, I know you want another dog very badly, but  we have to go into this meeting knowing that Chelsea probably isn't the right dog for us. I don't want you to get attached to her when this most likely isn't going to work out... Literally, as soon as we walked into the house mom was on the ground hugging Chelsea and cooing things like "do you want to come live with us baby girl?" Niice mom. Sold. 
          A few weeks later, we brought Chelsea home to the farm. She was overweight, didn't know how to eat or drink properly and she had a terrible limp, but we all fell completely in love with her. Even my dad, which he would never admit. She and Hampton grew to adore each other, still unseperable to this day.
          Now Chelsea and Hampton are both ten years old. Chelsea is the picture of health and the perfect watchdog, to my mom's delight. We are so thankful to Golden Rescue for saving and letting us adopt this amazing girl. Life just wouldn't be the same without her. 
           If you are considering adopting a dog, I would highly, highly recommend Golden Rescue. Please check out their website. You'll be doing something good and I guarantee you'll be happy with the results. Chelsea changed our lives for the better and we owe it all to them.
          Ps. Any of my blog readers who decide to adopt from Golden Rescue in the future get a free photography session from me in Bruce County for the shoot of your choice (not including weddings). All you have to do is blog about your Golden Rescue experience and new dog, and send the link to me.
          Taylor Rebecca