By Aspen ~
My brother Porter is the sweetest guy, but when he decides he needs to protect us from something, he starts barking and he just won’t stop! Mom and dad finally decided he needed a bark collar to teach him that his behavior was just not okay. Oh boy, next thing I knew, the citronella bark collar arrived.
We are very lucky dogs because, in general, we have very moderate weather here in Oregon. Mommy and daddy make sure we are always nice and comfortable all year around. This last week, however, the weather turned just crazy! I have to say I loved it. Being a lab, I have super thick double coats and am cozy almost all of the time. Porter, unfortunately, has some thin hair on his belly and legs and gets cold pretty easily so he was not as happy to see the white stuff as I was.
One year ago, my mom & dad made me the happiest dog in the world when they adopted my sister Aspen! I was SO very lonely being home alone every day, even though mom and dad tried to make my life wonderful with a dog door and 2 acres to roam. I know I didn’t act like a very good dog, but I just got bored and lonely when they were gone to work. Aspen is the sweetest girl I have ever known! She is just happy all the time, and I guess that is why everyone loves Labradors so much. Damn, that girl is happy no matter what. Even when dad walks us to the gate each morning during the week, even though we KNOW it means they’ll be gone all day, Aspen is wagging her tail and thrilled just go for a short walk with daddy and for the “gate treat” we get when they leave.
By – Aspen
The Pongo Fund is one of our favorite charities! As Oregon’s only dog food charity, the Pongo Fund has contributed over 5 million meals to over 50,000 dogs in the state. It all began in 2009 when Larry Chusid, Pongo’s founder, came across Jackson and Jewels, two adorable mutts living on the streets with their people. When he asked their people if they needed anything they replied no, but it would be nice to have some quality dog food for their dogs. Hence, the beginning of The Pongo Fund.
Our mom told us that what Larry found out was that there were thousands of humans who had a hard time feeding themselves as well as their beloved pets and so, instead of doing what lots of people seem to do which is just talk about how sad that is, he decided to take action. The Pet Food Bank is the heart of Pongo. Now, everyone knows that, while Porter is a bit of a particular eater, I like my kibbles and when I heard mom talking about all those hungry dogs in our own area I was pretty upset. I hate to be hungry and did not want them to suffer either!
They also help out with other things. It was really super cold this month for quite a few days and mom said that she donated some money because the people at Pongo Fund were delivering blankets and sleeping bags to the homeless pets and their people. We spent most of our time in the house, all warm and cozy, and can’t imagine how terrible it was for them out on the streets so I was very glad to hear they were being helped.
There are many great resources for pets and their people here in the Portland area, but make sure to check out the Pongo Fund to see all of the great work they do.
Aspen – ****
Porter – ****
The Pongo Fund
PO Box 8244
Portland, OR 97207
Phone: (503) 939-7555
By Aspen & Porter –
During these days of cold, damp days and long, cold nights, we are dreaming of our summer days camping at the lake. Mom and dad promised we are going camping at the beach this coming weekend so at least we can run and play. But when is it going to be summer again???!!!
By Aspen –
Usually when mommy is stroking me, she calls me “her beauty”, but today she called me labradorable. I am not exactly sure what this means, but daddy seemed to think it was quite appropriate and they laughed so it must mean something good. My auntie Wendy said I was quite photogenic, so maybe it has something to do with liking having my picture taken. I figure, hey, if I’m so cute I should post some of my favorite pictures.
I think Porter is super handsome, but in a very refined way, so I’m sure he’ll be posting his own favorite pictures soon!
By Aspen & Porter –
We have four cousin dogs, and love to spend the day playing with them. We recently spent an afternoon at Grandma and Grandpa’s with three of them, Jenny, Lexi and Winston.
By Aspen –
Yesterday mom and dad took Porter and I to get my first Christmas tree as a Delameter dog. Soon they tell me it’s going to be my birthday, which will mean I have lived with my forever family for one whole year! Boy, time sure does fly when you are living a wonderful life. Like Porter, I don’t really remember much about my life before mom and dad found me at the Marion County Animal Shelter in Salem. I think that is because something traumatic happened to have me leave my old home and end up at the animal shelter.
By Porter & Aspen
A Dog’s Purpose is one of our mom’s very favorite books because it is written from a dog’s perspective, just like this website! Mom just nominated our picture as an entry for that websites dog of the week. Please go online and vote for us!
By Porter –
Now, no dog ever wants to have to go to the vet at all, and we SURE don’t want to go to an emergency vet! But, things do happen and when they do, it’s great to know they exist. So far, Aspen and I have been healthy and we just go to the vet for our dreaded shots each year. She takes it all in stride but I hate it, the shots are bad enought but THEN they stick this thing up my bottom! I think it’s completely uncalled for and unnecessary, but mom and dad seem to think they need to know if I am running a temperature. Whatever.