The Best In The Midwest

Wisconsin, Wisconsin, Wisconsin…

WOW! You sure do live up to your name! YOU TRULY BLEW ME OUT OF THE WATER.

I truly did not know exactly what the state of Wisconsin was going to be like, let along what it was going to look like.
I imagined Wisconsin to be completely different than what it turned out to be, and boy, am I glad that my imagination downplayed the beauty of Wisconsin, because I was SHOCKED at how beautiful it was once I had arrived.

Wisconsin is an oasis, with lakes at every exit of the highway!
There was a surplus of lakes and lush greenery, and it was truly breathtaking.
Summers in Wisconsin are the definition of bliss.
The scenery within the state of Wisconsin is stunning! I would have to agree that it is truly the best in the Midwest.IMG_3224IMG_3202IMG_3201IMG_3200IMG_3199IMG_3198IMG_3197IMG_3196IMG_3114IMG_3113IMG_3112

Being so close to any water, whether it be a lake, river, etc., is a concept that is completely unfamiliar to me, as I grew up in the landlocked state of Colorado. I never grew up around water, so playing by and playing on the water was something that was extremely exciting for me.

While “lake life” in Wisconsin can not be beat, neither can the sunsets.
During my short-but-sweet stay in Wisconsin,  I saw a handful of breathtaking sunsets that literally had my jaw all the way to the floor.
Most of my time was spent in Occonomowac, Wisconsin on Lac La Belle, and watching the sunsets from the lake was one of the most incredible things I have witnessed!
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I even had multiple opportunities to watch the fireworks of the lake, which was another gorgeous site and one that should not have been missed!
Due to the fireban that extends throughout Colorado, I will not be able to experience an AMAZING firework show, and normally, do not get the opportunity to watch them.
Every night, there always seemed to be at least one firework show happening in the distance. I finally got to see a REAL FIREWORK SHOW at least once a day.

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I clearly had no idea what I was missing out on!

Lac La Belle was gorgeous, if you could not already tell, and a great place to cool off for the Summer.
I spent A SURPLUS of time in the lake, as this was my first time spending significant amounts of time by the water.
My irrational fear of deep water, even though I can swim and participated in swim team, subsided, as the calm and serenity of the lake overtook my irrational fear.
I spent as many hours as possible swimming in the lake, tanning by the lake, tanning on the water, jet skiing, on boat rides, and even paddle boarding.
These are all activities that I cannot normally do in Boulder, Colorado, so I found them especially exciting.
I also finally got to wear and use my numerous bathing suits for reasons other than tanning, or not actually going in the water. Some of my bathing suits saw more action than they have in years, and their entire existence!

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It took 23 years for me to finally get to know the water on a more deeper level, but I definitely do not regret it for a second.

Lake culture is super exciting and it was a pleasure getting to know all the rules of the lake. Ironically, or not so ironically, the number one rule of the lake is the golden rule, which is treat people how you want to be treated.
People were extremely friendly on the lake, if that was any consolation that the world still does have good, friendly people around.

The toys that people had for the lake were GREAT, and so much fun to play with. I had never seen so many paddle boards, jet skies, boats, floaties of all shapes, sizes, and species, etc. I just wanted to play with them all!
The most challenging part of the trip was making sure to allocate my time appropriately, so I could get acquainted with every lake toy that I had access to.

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To say that I had fun is an understatement, because this one of my favorite trips that I have ever been on in a while! I honestly did not expect to have this fun, or rather did not know that I could have this much fun!!
I was a little bit out of my comfort zone, however, that was exactly what I was looking for.

Wisconsin allowed me the power to mentally, emotionally, and physically take a vacation from my current reality in Boulder, Colorado, which had been stressing me out.
My goal of my vacation time in Wisconsin was simply to leave my worries, anxieties, and circumstances at home, and do exactly what one is to do on vacation, which is to relax, have fun, and to forget that you have any worries.
It will forever hold a special place in my heart and I will never forget it.
I am looking for some more vacations to Wisconsin, especially in the Summer and by any lake for that matter!

My favorite part about Wisconsin, minus the beautiful scenery and landscape and the lake, was the custard that could be found everywhere! Growing up in Boulder, I did not get to indulge in much custard, but Wisconsin allows ample opportunities to get a taste of the good life.

Wisconsin has a certain kind of beauty and charm that captivated me and made me fall in love with the state!
Who would have thought that admist all the corn fields and flat horizons of the Midwest that it would contain such a beautiful place? I most certainly did not.

Wisconsin, your lakes, your beaches, your forestry, your sunsets and your custard will most certainly be missed!
I already miss waking up to a view of the blue waters of the lake.

I will be back to Wisconsin very soon, but I had to leave because the mountains (my job) were calling me back.

I would call Wisconsin a Summer’s paradise, and I would consider one of my favorite places to spend my Summers.
Where do you enjoy spending your Summers?

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

 

Trippin’ Road

Monday, June 25, 2018, marks the first day of a very eventful and highly anticipated road trip. I will be making the journey from Boulder, Colorado to Milwaukee, Wisconsin with one of my dearest friends, Bria Schlossmann.

While our main mission is to drive her Jeep back to Milwaukee, we decided to use it as an excuse to spend time together, adventure, and finally execute a trip that we had always entertained for five years. This year it finally became a reality!

Bria is from Wisconsin, however, I am a Boulder native, who has left the Boulder bubble, but not enough. I figured if I could figure out arraignments for my obligations that I could experience the world just a little more. The world contains so many magical, all natural gifts and treasures that are begging to be recognized, admired, uncovered, and shared.

Our first day was quite eventful, as we crossed the Colorado border into Nebraska.

We also made a pit stop at Fort Morgan, Colorado. Fort Morgan is a fairly small farm town and it seemed fairly traditional! There is something about those small towns that are charming, because they contain their own local gems that give the town a personality.

Of course, as we were leaving Colorado and entering Nebraska, we could not help but grab a picture at the “Welcome to Colorful Colorado.” This ended up being a little more of an obstacle for us, as I forced Bria to get off at the nearest exit and go in the opposite direction that we were supposed to be driving in JUST TO GET THIS PICTURE.

We did not skip a beat, proceeding to grab pictures at the “Welcome to Nebraska” sign, just because we can.

Staring at endless fields of corn, wheat, grass, etc. has always been fairly soothing for me to look at. Man, these fields sure do make the Earth seem like it could possibly be flat, but only part-time. The landscape is beautiful in its own unique way, and truly depends on perspective. Colorado and Nebraska had a surplus of endless fields, and luckily these fields looked far from dry, but very green and lush! This made me very happy and grateful for the rain that our nation has been receiving.

The sky was what was up!! The clouds were so breathtaking to look at, as they seemed to be just as endless as the fields, as you could see them for miles. The clouds also seemed friendlier than usual, appearing to hang lower and closer to the ground than normal. The sky was captivating to be around

On our second day, we made our way through Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois, and finally made it to Wisconsin.

The entire time we found ourselves chasing a storm, and at some points, the rain was so heavy that we could not see the roads.

I saw lots of wind farms….

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and lots of beauty!

I also found a new appreciation for the sky and the clouds.

My two day road trip excursion was extremely exciting, full of laughs, good memories, and good conversation.

My vacation is only beginning, however. I will be spending some time with Bria and her family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as well as Elk Point, Wisconsin. I am looking forward to be spending time with them, and exploring Wisconsin in all of its’ glory.

What Summer trips do you have planned?

Drive safe, but trip road often!!

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Gallery | The Ruff Life

The ruff life is not the life for me, or these beautiful dogs. That is something that we can both agree on!

This last week at work was one that was especially rewarding and full of love, happiness and joy. For those who may not know, I work at a doggy day care and boarding facility that can sometimes be holding over 160 dogs within the facility.

This facility and career opportunity allows me to interact and come in contact with 300+ dogs in and around the area! To say that I have met a lot of dogs is an understatement – sometimes, I think I may have more dog friends than human friends.

For some reason, I am totally okay with this. I may as well be friends with as many of “man’s best friends” as possible, as they are exceptional company and great entertainment.

Their companionship is something that is like none other, because their love is unconditional. The things they do to get your attention, receive love from you, or even receive praise from you is condemnable, as they go to great lengths to show off to you how far they are willing to go to be friends with you. Their friendship and companionship is also lifelong, no matter what. At this point, marrying another human being sounds quite unappealing, as human beings just cannot be compared to dogs and human beings just cannot fulfill other human beings’ needs, especially in the love and affection department, like a dog can.

Their smiles and unique faces, along with their facial expressions, are unbeatable, and better than humans. Perhaps it is because of my job, but I find observing dogs facial expressions quite often and their faces speak louder than their barks sometimes. Since we are unable to communicate via language, one way to communicate with them is by observing their facial expressions and reactions, in order to figure out what they may be attempting to convey to you.

This week at Camp Bow Wow Boulder was extremely special for me, as I mentioned above.

For the first time in one month and three weeks, I was able to reunite with one of my favorite dogs, August West, as he came into Camp Bow Wow for a full-day of day care. Auggie, or August West, is the dog who I consider to be my lifelong boyfriend, husband, etc. He is four years old, and is a German Shepherd and Australian Shepherd mix. This combination of dog breeds resulted in the magical, beautiful, handsome, majestic, and always smiling Auggie, whose fur coat is more beautiful than some of the fur you see on fur coats on runway shows at New York Fashion Week. He is very impressive!

While his beauty cannot be ignored and is clearly undeniable, I also am a sucker for his personality, which many would describe as an acquired taste. August and I have a truly strong bond that cannot be broken, and he is truly loyal to me. His personality lights up my world, or my dog yard, because of his unique and sassy personality. While many have not seen Auggie when he’s truly in his element and feeling good, I have had the chance to do so! And, man, Auggie is funny and playful! His sassy side comes out a lot, as he is not the biggest fan of other dogs, especially other dogs who violate his personal bubble space.

Auggie and I are much more similar than most people expect, or even realize. I can relate to Auggie’s need to want to be left alone by others, as I often enjoy spending time alone being undisturbed. Disruption results in a salty reaction from me, as well. In addition, Auggie is hesitant to form friendships and relationships with just anyone, which is something that I find in myself. Auggie correlates to my introverted, more guarded side, as I protect my heart very closely. Similarly, Auggie’s insatiable need to constantly nap, in order to prevent his outbreaks, and irritation, is something that I can truly relate to. Naps are necessary in order to maintain a level head, and to stay beautiful.

August West, will you take my hand in marriage?

Nordy Knapp, the lankiest fellow that you will ever come across, is my other favorite dog. He is still a puppy and just turned one! Nordy has looks to make any dog drop their bone. While his rather slim figure may give people the wrong impression that he is delicate, Nordy is far from delicate. He does not steer very far from me, which I love, and he is excellent at showing me how much he loves me!

Nordy is my son, hypothetically. But, I see a lot of myself in Nordy, as he is rather rumbonxious, anxious, always barking (or talking), and a little bit all over the place. Nordy is always trying to have a good time and play, even when he is tired and no one wants to play.

Nordy and I act on our anxiety in similar ways, and because of our surplus of energy and our short attention spans, we both are all over the place. It may be hard to stand us from time to time, as trying to keep up with either of us may seem more like a chore than anything.

Nordy and I’s biggest downfall is our curiosity, as it often gets us in the most trouble. Neither of us ever intend to get in trouble or cause a disturbance, however, this tends to result from our curiosity.

Nordy and Auggie are dogs that resemble different aspects of my personality. I see myself, and my personality traits, within them. Our similarities bring us together, no matter how unique. Having common personality traits with anyone, or any animal, allow you to understand and react with compassion, empathy, and patience towards that person, or that animal, that any other person may not have. This only creates a stronger bond and a greater relationship that will guarantee rock your world.

Who is your soulmate and your best friend?

Spend time with more people who celebrate you in all your existence. Appreciate them and uplift them.

Witnessing a dog reenacting your reactions, whether it be a good one, a bad one, a regular one, or a rare one, also serves as a benefit, because it is not every day that you are able to watch a version of yourself living life and reacting to life right in front of you. It really allows you to truly reflect on yourself, and hopefully form opinions about ways you could either improve, keep, or eliminate personality or behavioral traits or reactions that you may find appealing, or unappealing.

Keep good company – always. Learn from your good company.

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Campin’ Chronicles | Camp Dick, Colorado

On June 22, 2018, two of my coworkers, plus their dogs, and I made our way up to the mountains, in order to engage in some all natural therapy for several days.
Camping in the Summer is an activity that is supremely popular in Colorado, so we decided to jump on the bangwagon and get campin’.

I have not been camping in a little bit, so this camping trip served as an excellent way to dip my toes back in the water.

As a kid, my parents took my brother and I camping pretty regularly. But, as I grew older, the camping trips became much more of a rare occassion.
Throughout my high school and collegiate careers, I went camping at least once or twice a year, but still it did not compare to the number of camping trips that I went on as a child. Plus, these camping trips tended to get more *wild,* as they were unsupervised, only consisting of a group of high school-aged kids, or college kids, who did everything but be responsible.
Let us just say that those camping trips consisted of a surplus of low-grade vodka, usually Burnetts, UV, or McCormicks, and a bunch of 30-racks of Rolling Rock or Natty Ice.
But, what better place to celebrate being reckless, or engage in underage drinking, than in the wild, with views that extend 360 degrees? Might as well be irresponsible, in nature, where the views are endless and breathtaking. Plus, the sudden rise in elevation guaranteed that at least one person would end up either peeing themselves, “blacked out,” or passed out somewhere in the woods, or in someone’s car.

This camping trip was the first one of the Summer! My friends, their dogs, and myself made our way to Peaceful Valley, Colorado, to a campsite named “Camp Dick.” The campsite was completely full and occupied with eager campers and families.

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Our campsite was located in the middle of Camp Dick, so we had some pretty great views! The campsite was located in a valley that was completely covered in green, lush trees, almost making it seem as if we were in a forest!
While Sunday, June, 24, was a fairly cloudy and rainy day, Friday and Saturday were some of the sunniest and warmest days ever! Even in the middle of the mountains, where the temperatures are supposedly cooler than in Boulder, Colorado, I found myself sweating and complaining about being “too hot,” or “way too warm.”
Camp Dick had a lot more to offer than we even expected, including a beautiful creek, or river, that ran through the entire campsite! Beyond the creek, one could find infinite amounts of trees and forestry until the eye could extend.
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The main source of entertainment, minus spending time in nature, attempting to start a camp fire, and making friends with 5-years-olds, was definitely the dogs that decided to accompany us on our trip!
My coworkers have own of the cutest dogs, or best friends, ever!!
Seeing them in the wild, or in their element outside of doggy day care, was extremely comical and AWESOME.
This weekend solidified my place as reigning godmother to both of these beautiful, eccentric dogs who continue to fill my life with love, happiness, and barking.
Harlee Jo, a red heeler australian cattle dog puppy, is currently five months old, and is one of my favorite playmates ever! She is the definition of a puppy and still does have a lot to learn, however, she is the most fun puppy ever known to man! Not to mention, she is one of the most unique and breathtaking puppies I have ever set eyes on. Harlee is seriously one of the prettiest cattle dogs that I have ever layed eyes on and I am completely obsessed with her. There is never a dull moment with Harlee Jo!
Minnie, a chiwuini, is a little over one-years-old, but do not let her extremely small body fool you! She has the biggest personality ever known to man and a very expressive soul, existence, and face! Minnie resembles a character from a Disney/Pixar movie, and I think that she is so incredibly animated. She is one of the most loving and sassy girls I know!

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How have you been spending your Summer nights? Have you gone camping this summer?

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Life Hack #33 – Patience & Persistence, My Friends!

Words that start with the letter “p” are generally quite silly, like poop, party, play, penis, and pajamas, but two words that start with the letter “p” that are far from silly, include patience and persistence.

Patience and persistence are two qualities that are not only important to learn, acknowledge, and practice in life, but are the keys to success, eternal happiness, and fufillment.

When I think of success, patience and persistence are the two words that follow the idea behind success.
In a utopian world, success would be something that was much more attainable and accessible to all, allowing people to achieve success without even having to endure hardship, hardwork or failure. Success could be attained in a blink of an eye, without having to master the qualities of patience and persistence.

It does not matter how long I have lived, or been around the block, patience and persistence are genuinely rare qualities to find in people, as many people do not initially possess the qualities of patience and persistence. I do not believe that these qualities are innate, but rather are learned, practiced, and acknowledged over a period of time.
Sometimes, I truly believe that individuals have no idea what being patient even means, let along persistent. Patience and persistence take years, sometimes even a lifetime, to truly master, or to truly engage in regularly.

In a society that prioritizes the ideal of success, I am here to tell you that success comes to those who truly are patient and persistence in their art. Change, or even desireable results, do not happen overnight. In fact, it takes weeks, months, and even years of persistence and patience to often produce the favorable, successful results that you yearn for so bad. Even then, you may never see the favorable results that you were always expecting and dreaming of.

While the answer to achieving success does not ONLY involve patience and persistence, these two qualities are some of the major factors that play into the level of success that you can achieve.
Patience is necessary, because as I mentioned above, growing success, or success, does not happen overnight. Sometimes, success can come to you all at once, allowing for an enormous amount of growth and successful results, however, a constant rate of growth and success is just not possible. At some point, the progress may seemingly come to a halt, as the amount of success that you just experienced is something of the past and the results that you work so hard for are just not cutting it. You may feel like you hit a plateau, as you find yourself stuck with the same, or similar, underwhelming results day-in-and-day-out.
Hardship, or times that seem unfavorable, are necessary for individuals to learn the quality of patience. You need to experience struggle, frustration, anger, or some emotions, about a situation, a business, a statistic, etc., in order to fully grasp the concept of being patient, or else you are not doing it right.
The idea of patience is that no matter how frustrating, difficult, or uncomfortable things may get, or may seem, that you are able to keep trying and keep working hard every day, understanding that you will not experience the benefits of your hardwork immediately, despite the fact that you may be frustrated, uncomfortable, and emotional about the way that things are turning out. Patience truly tests you, as the idea of patience encompasses maintaining consistent reactions to both good results and bad results.
Instead of immediately giving up on my blog when I did not see the results that I wished for, only after three weeks of creating it, I learned that with patience I could slowly begin working towards more favorable results, by continuing to post regularly, or iregularly, and simply giving it time.
As we all know, Rome was not built overnight.
Patience combats the idea behind satisfying your ego immediately, and instead forces individuals to work and to wait for the satisfication. In a society that thrives on immediate gratification of one’s ego, patience is often forgotten, not practiced, and not understood by the majority of the population. This is ironic, as life is all about learning to patient, with situations, with people, with life, with education, etc.
Patience can be applied to every aspect of your life, from health, to careers, to success, to learning, to education, to relationships, to friendships, to pain, to hardship, etc. It should be applied to as many aspects of your life as possible!

Perserverance is another very strong “p” word that resonates very highly with my soul. Perserverance is the act of keeping pushing on, despite any bumps, dips, or potholes in the road. Despite what life may throw you, deciding to keep trying is the definition of perserverance. I describe perserverance as “fighting the good fight.”
Perserverance is SO important to learn, practice, and acknowledge in your lifetime, as it can be applied to every aspect of your life.
Life is infamous for throwing people curveballs that come from left-field, and while we cannot always prepare for the worst and prepare for battle, learning to practice the act of perserverance is a very important lifeskill that you do not want to miss out on.
Perserverance, while similar to the idea behind patience, is different than patience, in the sense that perserverance encompasses the idea of “continuing to take stabs at something,” no matter what the circumstances may be. Patience more focuses on maintaining a sense of calm, without complaints, or loss of temper, despite how outside forces may be erupting or affecting your life, your mood, or patience.

While patience is more closely associated with maintaining a cool temper and overall demeanor, especially during times that seemingly make you want to completely want to give up, and perserverance is more closely associated with acting persistently, despite any hardships, difficulties, etc., patience and perserverance sometimes seem like they could be the same thing! I believe that these terms are so closely associated with each other that you can not be patient without persistent, and you can not be persistent without any patience. They truly go hand-in-hand, especially when expediting the journey to success! With patience and persistence, an individual can truly reach their potential, and then some, as these two traits are the fundamentals for achieving success, or even simply achieving a goal.

It sometimes may seem like throwing in the towel, or otherwise getting upset, irritated, and losing your temper, may be the answer, or the easier answer. But, easy does not get you very far in life and produces results that are less fufilling than results that one has perservered and been patient for.
The phrase, “Finally, all the hardwork paid off,” comes from a lifetime, or maybe less, of engaging in perserverance and patient behavior.

Practicing patience and practicing perserverance is not easy by any means, and for someone who has been told that I am patient and a fighter, I even know that I could be A LOT more patient and perservere through so much more than people give me credit for. Personally, patience and perserverance have been some of the most difficult qualities to emulate, because it requires a lifelong commitment and lifelong practice.

Even the most patient and persistent people find themselves engaging in inpatient and inpersistent behavior, during times of hardship, struggle, and discomfort.
While we are all not perfect and will fall victim of throwing in the towel, I encourage you to actively and genuinely make an effort to practice these two values! They will serve as beneficial in the long-run, and you will not regret it!

P A T I E N C E  &  P E R S E R V E R A N C E  A R E  M Y  V I R T U E S .
What are your virtues that you like to go out of your way to practice and embody?

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

Woof, Woof!

Dogs, dogs, dogs…it seems like dogs are the only things I talk about these days! But, in my eyes, better than talking about other people, especially negatively.

My facisnation for these creatures grow, as I continue to immerse my life in dogs to the fullest degree.

Life at Boulder’s Camp Bow Wow has been semi-chaotic, as I often forget that just like every other institution, or business, there are aspects to the job that are completely dysfunctional. Unfortunately, the chaos behind closed doors has begun seeping into the dog yards, creating even more chaos and dysfunction than usual.

The chaos, stress, emotions, anger, frustration, etc., have been picked up by the 130+ dogs that our company takes care of. Dogs are very sensitive creatures and smarter than they appear, and they continue to amaze me, by showing me time-and-time again how sensitive and delicate they are.

As a result of this tension and semi-chaotic time, the dogs, who rely on us humans to provide them love, happiness, and health, are finding themselves lost in the chaos, stress, anxiety, anger, etc., and reacting to our lack of presence, both mentally, physically, and emotionally, in the dog yard, by falling into aggressive, chaotic, and stressed out behaviors, as a result of our mood. Our moods, energy and intentions all carry over into the dog yards, and the dogs are the ones that can sense it the most.

While I take pride in being present and mindful when I am on the clock, I have found myself distracted, stressed, frustrated, and vulnerable in the dog yards, rather than excited, calm, patient, and loving. Instead of leaving the baggage at the door, I have allowed it to affect my work and my job duties, as this job truly requires individuals to be present, to be aware, and to be mindful. Laziness is just not an option in this job!

Many dog fights have occurred, especially more frequently during this time of change and chaos, and a handful of these altercations have occurred in my own dog yards. While many of the fights were easily broken up, with little injuries, I recently experienced a semi-severe dog fight, which resulted in a dog bleeding from the injuries of the dog fight.

These incidents do not feel good, as controlling your dog yards is the main duty that my job requires. Similarly, dogs, just like humans, do not like fighting each other, or getting in altercations. In addition, being apart of a dog fight can truly traumatize a dog, resulting in behavioral changes in even the most friendliest of dogs.

This last week one of my favorite dogs, Nitro, was attacked by a much larger dog, who often struggled with engaging in aggressive behavior at day care. While Lilu, the other dog, is not really a bad or aggressive dog in general, day care for many, if not all these dogs, is extremely stressful. When dogs are thrown into very stressful and very stimulated situations, their reactions truly differ and it is truly difficult to predict when a dog may snap.

Nitro is one of our best dogs (at least, he is in my mind). In addition, Nitro is one of the only dogs that truly loves doggy day care, does not engage in any aggressive behavior, plays extremely well with other dogs, brings an amazing energy to day care, and gets along with a variety of dogs. He is one of the sweetest dogs to both humans and to dogs! Nitro is just one of those dogs that you WANT in your dog yard, as he does not do any wrong. This dog fight came from nowhere, and left Nitro very shaken, as I was informed that post-fight he was shaking.
The day after the dog fight, Nitro attended daycare, and while I did notice some very subtle behavioral changes, I did not think much of it. As the day began to progress and the dog yards slowly began to grow in number, I slowly began witnessing Nitro engaging in protective and semi-aggressive behavior when other dogs got too close to him, or acted too abruptly around him. Nitro never barked at other dogs and Nitro also never isolated himself from the other dogs in the dog yard. All these small behavioral changes became more exasperated with the growing number of dogs in my dog yard. These behavioral changes are reactions that Nitro naturally developed after experiencing a traumatic event with another dog, and it was made very clear to me that Nitro seriously needed some love on Friday and some extra attention. A dog that was once carefree, worry-free, so friendly, and full of love, fun, and charismatic energy now has become a guarded, full of worries, and is now very easily triggered by other dogs that may get too close to him, or behave in any ways that he associates with the dog fight. I almost did not recognize the dog that was in my dog yard on Friday, as it was very evident that this dog fight truly took a toll on him.

These last few shifts at work have truly been eye-opening for me, as I truly realize the damage that can unfold before my eyes if I am not present, in a good mindset, and ready to love all 130+ dogs that I am responsible of taking care of. My bad attitude, my lack of patience, my inability to bring a good energy into the yards, and my ability to show compassion, love, etc., puts the lives, as well as the livelihood of these precious dogs, in jeopardy, which is not what my job duties ask me to do. Similarly, it is extremely important that when I am in one of our six dog yards that I continue to utilize my knowledge of the dogs in my dog yard, and the dogs in the other dog yards, to make calculated and smart decisions about trading dogs from other dog yards, knowing when to put a dog in time-out, etc., in order to keep my dog yard calm, cool, collected, happy, and healthy.

One aspect about this job that I often forget is the general importance of truly getting to know all the dogs that come into our daycare. I definitely know about 400+ dogs in around the Boulder County area, however, I have formed strong relationships with only about a quarter of the dogs that attend our daycare. While I may have general knowledge about the other dogs, I have yet to form a true relationship, based on trust, time spent together, and comfortability, with every single dog that attends our daycare. I would idealistically love to have a strong, unique, and inpenetrable relationship with every single dog that has ever attended Camp Bow Wow Boulder EVER. That would be incredible!

While I am still working on getting to know every single four-legged freak, the number of strong, unique bonds with the dogs of Camp Bow Wow Boulder has only increased with every month that I continue to work there. Sometimes, you do not even realize how excited some dogs get to see you. Sometimes, you may even wonder why a dog even gets that excited to see you, because you did not think, or even recall, becoming friends with particular dogs.

These last few shifts I have also found myself spending an excessive amount of time with the smaller dogs that attend our doggy day care. While the majority of my time spent at work I am interacting and taking care of the needs of the bigger dogs, I have found myself spending more time with them than usual, both because I did not have a choice and because I wanted to. Many of the big dogs that attend daycare are there for reasons, such as to be socialized, to get exercise, or to have an outlet to get their energy out. The small dogs that attend daycare are generally there to be coddled, loved, and spoiled, as many of the smaller dogs are definitively companion dogs that are meant to be cuddled with. It is important to spend time with these dogs, as I find that loving them, showing them affection, and suffocating them with love is extremely therapeutic. Instead of spending time worrying about whether or not a dog is going to end up hurting another dog, or if two dogs are playing too aggressively, you are able to focus completely on giving love and affection with the small dogs. While the small dog yard can be extremely overwhelming, with 30+ dogs trying to climb into your lap to receive love, attention, and pets, these dogs are some of the easiest dogs to make connections with. I am so estatic about my new relationships and friendships with some of these smaller dogs, and genuinely enjoy spending time in the small dog yard, as the small dogs love to give and receive love, creating a loving and caring energy that continues to encompass the small dogs. Their needs are quite simple and you could end up with multiple companions just after 10 minutes of hanging around the small dog yard. While many people do not enjoy the company of small dogs, their existence and their company is so important and vital to this world. You can never ignore small dogs, because they exist and they will bark at you until you willingly, or unwillingly, acknowledge their presence. Their huge personalities and their loud barks make up for their small bodies!

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Despite the chaos that is occuring outside of the dog yards, the dogs continue to remind me that they may just very well be the only good things left in this world. The other day I found myself gazing into the eyes of a dog, reaffirming how special they were and that they were the only “good” left in this universe.
While I cannot say the same for human beings, I know for a fact that I never have to doubt a dog, as I have found myself struggling to be patient with some individuals in my life. In addition, while human beings lack consistency with their behavior, emotions, personality, and life, dogs are the definition of consistent and continue to restore faith in me that though human beings are far from consistent that they are not ALL BAD. I crave the consistency that dogs display in my life, in fact, consistency is something that every human beings deserves to experience at least once in their lives. Beyond this, the dogs have inspired me to display more consistency within my life and have learned to begin teaching me how important and beneficial consistency is! I have always been an inconsistent person, and while I am still far from perfect, I have learned that dogs, as well as people and myself, enjoy consistency, as consistency makes it easier for people, dogs, and yourself to trust yourself, for people, dogs, and yourself, to rely on yourself, and for people, dogs, and yourself to enjoy your presence and love your presence. Similarly, consistency is a quality that can bring one lots of happiness, love, and success.

These dogs consistency remind me to smile often and that you should always be proud to show off your tongue! Suns out, tongues out!

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We all have flaws, or bad weeks, or bad days, or bad moods, or bad SOMETHINGS, and this is okay and simply only naturally. Humans were created to be flawed and to make mistakes. These mistakes, or flaws, that we exhibit while only natural, are the things that create chaos, unhappiness, and inconsistency within our behavior, and we should try to help ourselves out as much as possible. I strive to grow, expand, and learn every day in life, even when things are embarrassing, difficult, tough, stressful, smooth, good, or bad. There are always things that I can improve on, in order to be the best possible version of myself and live my best life. Working on things, recognizing things, becoming aware of things, learning to navigate through your flaws, and legitimately working on these flaws, behaviors, etc. that are ugly, is much easier said than done. Learn to be patient with your personal growth and realize that NO ONE, including your idol or the prettiest girl that you know, is perfect, or even close to being perfect.

Understand that even though you may actively be engaging in self-growth and improving yourself that not every day is going to bring the results that you may be hoping for, and that even in these moments, you can very well find yourself engaging in these flawed behaviors, or you may find yourself frustrated that these changes that you have made may not have produced results that are particularly noticeable, or even produced results that you are proud of.

Be kind, expect little, but reward often!

xo,

Aichan Tewahade