Sunday, February 19, 2017

Things Lately

Hola blog-world! Here are some things we have been up to lately in photos. What have YOU been up to? Do share!

(I apologize in advance that the majority are dog photos...)

We are crazy dog parents and got a dog-cam. The app sends up images when there is movement; this one is by FAR the best image I have seen on it. Chucho might be on to us...

His first bath.

I am not a morning person, but I have been semi-enjoying the sunrises while taking Chucho out before I go to work. My step count has majorly increased since getting him!

Heart shaped pizza from Boston Pizza for Valentines Day. The best tradition. We actually ordered it as take out from the BP near our house and walked (with Chucho!) to pick it up. Then we ate it on the couch in our pj's. It was a great evening!

One of our better selfies

A family selfie in our new spot on the floor. Who needs a couch when you sit on the ground with the dog to watch tv?!

I attended a bridal shower for my coworker, Nazia. Her wedding is in March at the UBC Boathouse - which was a close contender for our wedding! Can't wait!

My sister & Nenad were in town for about 8 hours on Friday evening (overnight!) but we managed to get together for some appy's before they flew home. Edwin & I also had some family over on Saturday night and I made this spinach dip for both evenings. It's so easy and so delicious! Just sour cream, mayo, spinach, and soup mix. Easy peasy.

I haven't been drinking coffee lately (not often, anyways!) but I do love Roll up the Rim season at Timmy's. I won a donut on Friday!

Odie came for a visit to our house recently. The dogs get along well which is great! 

This was our blood donation crew on Friday evening. Unfortunately, my iron was too low to donate, so hopefully I will have better luck next time...

Edwin & I attended a cooking class at Well Seasoned in Langley. It was a pizza demonstration with chef Carl Sawatsky, whom I went to high school with! (I knew this when signing up for the class) He is super talented in his cooking skills, and his pizza dough was amazing. He showed us how to make 2 doughs, 4 pizza sauces, 3 types of pizza, and some focaccia bread with the leftover dough. I am excited to try making the dough with the recipe we got! In this picture, he is throwing the pizza dough up in the air! (look carefully - you can see the dough just barely!)

The margherita pizza. One of my faves, a classic.

Edwin & I with Carl. He is currently the chef at Beatniks Bistro in Fort Langley; we will have to go check it out!

Chucho getting way too much attention from my mom & aunty Coralee :)

We did the 4k loop at Tynehead today! Next weekend we may try the off leash dog park.... it makes me a bit nervous but I really do think Chucho will be fine. (I just worry about him running off or losing him!)

Lastly, a dog funny! I thought this was quite cute ;) 

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Chucho

As you may know by now, we got a dog! We've named him Chucho and he is an awesome dog so far. Here is some quick history on him and lots of photos:

We have been talking about getting a dog for a while, but just in the new year decided to start actively looking for one from a rescue company. It turns out that the rescue companies are all very hard to get a hold of! I get that they are all run by volunteers and don't have a lot of resources, but we sent (long!) applications to multiple places and didn't get much back from them. It was a bit discouraging! Then, we went in person to the SPCA. Did you know that the one in Surrey doesn't actually have dogs there?! Nor did we! They sent us to the Surrey Animal Resource Centre, where we ended up meeting Mr. Chucho there.

Now, we had thought we wanted a small to medium size dog that shed minimally. We basically figured an Odie look alike would be perfect!

Odie - from the photos taken by my cousin Gina to put into a book for my mom for Christmas. They are awesome pictures!! (and Odie is pretty darn cute)
Then, we walked into the dog part of the shelter and there was only one dog up for adoption, "Charming" was his name. There were other dogs there but they were not up for adoption yet; they  were waiting their allotted time after being picked up to hopefully be reunited with their owners.

Charming came right up to the door of his kennel and shoved his whole body as much as he could against it so we could pet him. Then he'd switch sides. This went on for quite some time; he clearly was so lovely and just wanted to be petted!!


After doing this for a while, we were sold! We took him out to the yard for a bit, played, and the girls told us more about him. We then filled out a form and were approved to adopt "Charming!" (the shelter had named him) He had been picked up in South Surrey about two weeks ago wandering the streets. They think he is about 2 or 3 years old, and is a cattle breed cross with maybe some German shepherd. They scheduled an appointment for him to get neutered the next day, and then we could pick him up the following Wednesday! (which we did, and we also went to visit him on Tuesday night at the shelter)

In the car right before leaving the shelter to go home
We renamed him Chucho, which is a Guatemalan/Spanish slang word for dog. He has been insanely good since we brought him home. He is clearly house trained and has not had any accidents inside. He knows how to sit, lay down, shake a paw, and go to his bed. And the best part is that he is just so loving! He always wants to be petted, loves to get his belly rubbed, and gives us kissed on the face all the time. He has gotten along with everyone we met at our house and during our walks, and so far seems fine with other dogs.

Chucho with his "grandma & grandpa" - hahaha :)

Chucho & Uncle Pants (Pants is getting some kisses here)

It is amazing how easily it is to fall in love with a dog once you meet it in person. This is how we ended up with a 55 pound shedding dog! (definitely not an Odie duplicate)

This is where he sleeps at night. We clearly underestimated his size and need to get him a bigger bed!!



Neighbourhood watch. Although, we have only heard him bark a handful of times.
I'm sure you will be seeing many more Chucho pictures in the near future ;) Also, if you are interested in adopting a pet, the shelter has many types of animals: cats, bunnies, guinea pigs, etc. You should check them out!!