Today marks Heal to Howl's 5-year anniversary! It's been an incredible journey. The dog in this picture, Barnaby, was a dog I photographed at a rural county shelter in 2012. He had been at the shelter a long time, and I was so sure the beautiful photographs I took of him would help him finally find his forever home. Not long after I took his photos, before I was even able to post them on PetFinder, Barnaby passed away in his kennel from what was believed to be a seizure given his medical history. With a broken heart, I vowed to do more to help animals like Barnaby live the best possible lives, because no one deserves to die alone and unloved. At the time, I was just a few months shy of graduating with my degree in journalism with dreams of a lavish career as a photographer. But in July 2012, I found myself with a job as a veterinary assistant and a completely different set of goals and dreams. Heal to Howl was born in July 2014 and has evolved greatly over the years and will continue to do so. I appreciate the support I've received over the years so much that it brings tears to my eyes. I'm so thrilled to continue this journey and can't wait to share with you what I have planned for Heal to Howl over the next five years.
This beautiful creature joined me and my friend, @thenatureofanimals, on a wonderful stroll in the park. I admit, I've always been uneasy about bugs being on me. But a commitment to being kind to animals must extend to ALL animals. So, I let the dragonfly hang out on my shoulder while we walked, and they politely flew away when they were ready. ✌ #bekindtoanimals
June the #bullterrier says, If you didn't get a little dirt on your nose, did you even have fun? ▪︎ June is a member of our @grandviewk9care family in Western New York. Be sure to follow them for pictures of dogs having all kinds of fun!
It can be a lot of work trying to prevent our animals from experiencing fear, anxiety or stress, especially on days like July 4th. But seeing my pets resting peacefully together next to me on the couch is one of the many reasons why all of the time and effort is worth it for me. What makes it worth it for you?
We hope everyone has as #fearfree of a 4th of July as possible today! We're dreaming of the day when we humans celebrate this holiday in a way that all other animals (both pets and wildlife) feel safe. #happy4th
You might have heard me talk about petting consent tests before. Consent matters to baby goats, too! Here's how to pet a baby goat: 1. Let baby goat come to you. 2. Pet baby goat for a few seconds. 3. Pause and wait for baby goat to say, More, please. 4. Let your heart be melted by cuteness. 5. Repeat steps 2-4. ❤
I never fully appreciated how wonderfully social and sweet goats can be until I met @takingwingconsulting's crew. Getting to connect with other species is so rewarding!
Early this month, my friend Jamie of @trainingwheelsllc came to visit from Colorado. We spent a beautiful afternoon with @takingwingconsulting cuddling baby goats and hanging out with chickens. We had a great time!
I received my certificate today for completing the applied animal behavior program through @uofwa. It wasn't easy to juggle this program as well as the rigorous @theacademyfordogtrainers, so this is an accomplishment I'm proud of. Commitment to continuing education and a passion for learning is so important when working with animals, both human and nonhuman. I'm excited to now hone in on the in-depth education the Academy offers, take additional @fearfreepets courses and to attend @chattcon in a few short weeks. #neverstoplearning
Happy #TongueOutTuesday from Dozer the #bulldog! While I apologize for the lack of posts lately, a lot of great things have happened these last few weeks that I'm looking forward to sharing with you. We especially enjoyed spending time with our family in Western New York, and I was excited to finally meet Dozer, my dad's bulldog puppy. He's bravely trying watermelon for the first time here 😊
I had such an amazing weekend at the @bcspca's Animal Behavior Science Symposium. I not only met and spent time with so many wonderful grads and students of @theacademyfordogtrainers, I also finally met my incredible mentor, Jean Donaldson, in person. Jean was the keynote speaker and spoke about an important topic: standards of care in dog training. I also learned a lot from the other brilliant speakers such as @chrispachel, @yaletowndogtraining, @dmartinrvt and more! I'm already looking forward to next year! #abss19
We hope you all have had a relaxing, beautiful long weekend thus far. You deserve it!