Dogs, Puppies, & Muts – Oh My!

Puppers, doggies, dogs, “good boys,” “good girls,” sweet boy, sweetest girl, etc. are some of the different ways that I refer and call these good friends of mine.

I have began investing more time towards attempting to make each dog, or “camper” as we call them, as comfortable as possible, so that they can be their best, truest, and most comfortable self.

Most of these incredible four-legged friends of mine have the greatest, cutest, and biggest smiles that I have ever witnessed in my entire life. Their smiles melt my heart, soul and existence away quicker than the Summer sun melts ice cream.

Their lives are so full of purpose, happiness, joy, and love that they are more than willing to share with the world, which is such a selfless act.
They work so hard to keep us happy, get our attention, and make us proud – it is basically their full-time job, as they truly are “man’s best friends.”
They do what I could call “The Lord’s Work,” and they do not even realize it.

It truly is incredible to realize how appreciative and loving these kids are, just in general. Just by simply petting them, or calling their name, results in them showing off their widest tails.
They attempt to repay our kindness and act of love by attempting to make us proud by doing even the littlest of things, such as sitting even though you may not have a treat, playing well with other dogs, doing something correct, etc.
If I have learned anything about dogs, it is that they truly will go to any length to just make people, or other dogs, happy. And, they are not afraid to show it.

Seeing these dogs smile is one of the most fufilling things I experience on a daily basis. There is nothing more sweeter, cuter, and heartwarming than seeing a dog smile, because they cannot seem to contain their joy.

This past week I learned that I simply need to smile more.
I spend a lot of my time frowning, or just simply not making any facial expressions.
The number of smiles I see on a daily basis from my best friend’s is well over 100, as they always find something to smile about.
They smile more than average humans breathe, which is saying a lot.

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Dogs have such unique and wonderful personalities, and sometimes, I have the ability to capture some of their greatest candid moments that show off their personalities.
The joy that dogs have for humans in simply unmatched, and humans should truly step up their game.

We truly do not deserve this kind of love, happiness, kindness, and companionship from such wonderful creatures.
Find more reasons to smile and to be grateful – if dogs can, humans can attempt to try to.

Take less for granted, and attempt to show the excitement, the appreciation, and the love you have for others, materials, opportunities, life, etc. more often.

Find more reasons to smile!
What are some of your favorite reasons to smile?

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

 

 

Gallery | Totally Pawsome Dogs

There is no better way to be welcomed back from a leave of absence, such as vacation, with wagging tails, wiggling hips, and jumping dogs that cannot seem to contain their excitement about your return.

My vacation occurred over the course of 13 days, which meant that I was apart from my four-legged buddies for an extensive period of time. It did not actually feel like 13 days. In fact, it felt much shorter than 13 days.

I thought about my four-legged friends often during my vacation, as I found myself missing them, and wondering if they were thinking about me while they were getting pet and receiving love from people other than me.
This sounds ridiculous, but it is only natural for animals to miss their friends, regardless if they are a human, or a dog.
I wondered that within the time that I was away on vacation if they were going to forget about me, or if they would not like me as much as they did before I left on vacation, or if they had plans to replace me. I also wondered how they were holding up.
It is truly unforunate that dogs do not have the ability to use iPhones, otherwise I would have been Facetiming them the entire vacation.

While I was well aware that my first day back was going to be fine, I was a little anxious and a little nervous to see the way that the dogs reacted to my return. I wondered if they were even going to remember me, or if they resented me. I also wondered if they would be excited to see me, or if they would be completely unamused.
It took me a little bit to get back into the groove of things and realize that everything was exactly the way I left it, and my best friends were still my best friends.

My welcome back was more than I imagined it would be, and then some. All my best friends exuded extra excitement, as they all jumped over eachother, causing chaos, just to greet me. The amount of wagging tails, full-blown smiles, and jumping bodies warmed my soul and reminded me why I enjoy what I do so much.
They had missed me just as much as I had missed them; maybe even more!
My heart and soul were full.
There is truly no better welcome than a group of 62 eager, cheerful, and sweet dogs, who appreciate your existence more than you even know.
Even the dogs that I did not think would even be ecstatic to see me were over the moon about my return, which caught me off-guard and truly made me so happy.
These dogs that I did not realize appreciated my presence, despite assuming that I had developed a strong, or memorable, relationship with them, humbled me by exuding such excitement and raw joy to me.
“I barely even pet it [the dog] that much. I do not know why it [the dog] even likes me, because I do not even think that we are even that good of friends,” I thought to myself.
I decided to embrace their love, their appreciation, and their joy!
These furry friends reminded me how incredible and how simply good “man’s best friends” are; they truly appreciate every person and every good thing that comes their way. They are truly so simple and so affectionate!
I was gently reminded how important it is to treat these kind, gentle creatures with the utmost kindness, respect, and love that I can conjure up every day, in an attempt to repay these angelic creatures for the love and the happiness they bring onto the Earth.
I have made it a priority to truly attempt to spend time with as many of these dogs, forming relationships and showering them with love, because they truly do deserve it.
Every dog is truly a gift and blessing wrapped into one – it is important to actively acknowledge this and act upon appreciating this blessing!

Reconnecting with my furry friends has been exciting and wonderful, as I truly did miss seeing them on a daily basis and being surrounded completely by “man’s best friends.” I forgot how much purpose, joy, and perspective these wonderful friends of mine give me and continue to give me.

Each dog has their own unique personality, and getting to spend more quality one-on-one time with each seperate dog allows me to connect and to create a unique friendship and relationship with each furry friend that I come across.
Catching up and reminicsing with as many of my goodest friends continues to be a treat, and a unique and personal experience that I never get sick of.

Their company brings me so much happiness and so much humor, as time spent with my best friends is never dull.
Watching them in action, attempting to navigate their dog social world, is one of the most entertaining things to witness and to experience.


Below, I have captured some of our most precious, joyful, charismatic, and affectionate dogs in their element.


Meet Walter!
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A precious gem with a gentle, kind soul! She has a great, fun, and playful personality.
She is also such a loyal girl, always sticking by your side no matter what.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
She is also great in front of the camera!
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Meet Odie!Processed with VSCO with c1 presetThis was my first time meeting Odie, and he was such a pleasure to hang out with. He was much more of a people’s dog than a dog’s dog, if you know what I mean.
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Meet Bella!Processed with VSCO with c1 presetBella was not the biggest fan of the camera in front of her face, as you can tell. But, Bella, similar to the others, is a lover. While she generally surrounded by younger individiuals, Bella most times can be found keeping to herself. She is not mean, but she does not go out of her way to engage with dogs that are energized.
Bella is an older woman, with such a loving soul, burried under what appears at first glace as a mean, cold-shouldered individual.
She is a lover, but she is also cautious and careful with who she shares her love and affection with, just in case she could get hurt.


Meet Camdem!Processed with VSCO with c1 presetHis personality is just as big as his smile! You can almost feel his energetic, fun energy radiating from this picture. Camdem loves to love, and will love on you whether you are a human being or another dog.
He is just truly such a good sport!


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She is sweeter than her button nose! She is always ready to have fun and loves to smile ūüôā She is such a happy camper!
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Wyatt is such a handsome, young cattle dog. He is gorgeous and visually stimulating to the eye, because his coat is so unique.
Wyatt is truly unique, with a one-of-a-kind personality.
He mostly keeps to himself, though he is quite friendly and polite to most, but since investing more time hanging out with him, I have been able to witness his true colors come through.
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Meet Olive!Processed with VSCO with c1 presetHer beautiful and unique look are not only the captivating things about Olive.
Her loving, yet high-energy personality is another captivating thing about Olive.
While her size might make you think that Olive may be a delicate creature, Olive is one of the big boys and can hold on her own, which is one of my favorite things about Olive.
She is not afraid to brake some behavioral rules, in order to show you how much she loves you. If it means, climbing onto your back and licking the back of your head in order to show you how much she loves you, she is willing to go that extra mile. Processed with VSCO with c1 preset


Meet Scout! Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
Scout is fairly new to doggy day care, but I immediately took a liking into Scout. While he is still learning right from wrong, and socially acceptable behaviors and socially unacceptable behaviors, his soul is so precious and innocent.
Scout is very selective with the dogs that he wants to spend his time playing with, which is not a bad thing, except when the dog just does not want to play with him.
For a puppy, he is very determined and tends to think that he knows what he wants.
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Meet Bowie! Processed with VSCO with c1 preset
A sweetheart and handsome fellow all wrapped into one. Bowie just wants to be loved, and while he may look intimidating, or otherwise mean, Bowie is the furthest thing from intimidating, or mean. In fact, Bowie is the quickest to run for help when he senses danger, or a dog plays too hard with him, or a dog snaps at him.
The sweetest labrador and pitbull mix ever placed on this Earth is Bowie.
Though he weighs more than your average lap dog, Bowie is still committed to being a full-time lap dog.


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My sweet-loving, adventure-seeking Nitro warms my soul and my spirit! He can literally light up your world with his playful energy, which is naturally contagious. He is so fun and always down to get a little down and dirty. Nitro loves playing with everyone, and gets along with all! He would never hurt and fly, let along another dog.
He loves to adventure and is definitely a thrill seeker!
Nitro also gives the best hugs, as he always runs up to me and wraps his arms around my hips with the best of his ability.
His loyalty and general excitement for life is incredible! He always makes the best out of all situations, and is non-stop fun!


Meet Jerry!
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Jerry is a derpy boy, who is always causing mischief on accident. His intentions are never to do anything wrong or apply any harm, but sometimes his fun-nature gets him in trouble.
Jerry LOVES to have fun and is willing to push the boundaries to have some fun. He loves getting others involved, and generally, loves to get himself in a little bit of trouble. He truly cannot help it!
But, his genuinely purely gold and loving nature contrats his semi-outrageous side, and balances his personality out. His outrageous side is awesome to witness, because he truly does know how to get the party going.


Meet Mac!

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Mac is a hard one to figure out, let along pet. At first glance, Mac seems a little rude and standoff-ish, as he always seems to be running his mouth.
But, he is quite anxious, deep down, and he also is such a sweetheart, once you dedicate enough time towards getting to know him one-on-one.
I can relate to Mac’s louder mouth, as I feel like he sometimes feels like he has to yell, or bark loudly, in order to get his point across, or even be heard. This is what I call the case of “small person’s syndome,” where you attempt to make up for your size with bigger and louder everything, including bigger and louder voices, bigger and louder barks, bigger and louder personalities, etc.Processed with VSCO with c1 preset



One of the best homecoming gifts was the opportunity to reunite with Auggie, my husband, my everything, and one of my most favorite dogs.
His smile melts my heart…Not to mention, he is gorgeous!
After weeks of being apart, our reunion was much needed and I spent my entire shift suffocating and spoiling him with so much love, pets, and cuddles.

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Piper was another one of the greater homecoming gifts that I was able to come back to. Piper was the first dog that I bonded with, and essentially deemed “one of my favorites.” Her soul, her spirit, her energy, and her personality are so pure and full of genuine love, happiness, and affection.
Reuniting with Piper is always such a treat. She loves showing how affectionate she is by licking your face until my face begins to hurt from her tongue, by jumping for joy whenever you are near, or even far, following you wherever you go, smiling and wiggling her hips just out of pure excitement to see me, cuddling with me, and sitting on my lap.
She is such a gentle soul, with such excitement, love, and affection within her! I am truly lucky to have such a gal pal like her, who radiates such love and joy for me.

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These smiling faces and amazing souls have brought so much good and positivity in my life. Beyond this, they have all made a large imprint in my life, as they have become more to me than just dogs. They are truly my friends!

How lucky I am to keep such great and good-looking company!

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

 

Gallery: Who Let The Dogs Out?

114 shifts later, and approximately¬†five months of employment at Camp Bow Wow Boulder, I have found an undying love, appreciation, understanding, and awareness for the incredible four-legged animals who have been deemed “Man’s Best Friend.” Some may call me obsessed, and others may not even understand my enthusiasm for these creatures, but every day I find myself more and more humbled by dogs. Big or small, lazy or crazy, I love them all – I do not discriminate against dogs! It does not matter their breed or their age; they all have infinite amounts of love, among other many gifts, to contribute to this world.

As I have mentioned time and time again, working at Camp Bow Wow Boulder, as a Camp Counselor, has quite literally changed my world in so many ways, in the best way possible. My job as a “Camp Counselor” includes job duties that require direct interaction and direct involvement with the campers, or dogs, that are either boarding or are attending day-care. My job sounds simplistic and can be boiled down to “taking care of the dogs by keeping them happy, preventing any dog fights, picking up the dog poop, and keeping all them healthy.” The concept is quite simple, but in reality, managing the 30-40 dogs in your 200 square foot play yards, including both the outside play yard and indoor play yard, is much difficult than one would imagine. It is incredibly important to be overtly observant and be knowledgeable about all the dogs in your play yard, no matter how many dogs are occupying your play yard. So much can happen, especially with such sensitive, emotional, and joyous creatures, and many situations require that you are quick on your feet, or a quick reaction time. In a blink of a second, two dogs, or even more dogs, can go from playing roughly to engaging in a full-out dog fight. While most of these “bad situations” are generally preventable, as we can put dogs into a “time-out,” not every bad situation can be prevented. As a result, it is incredibly for the person mandating and overlooking their play yard to be aware of their surroundings, to be knowledgeable on how to react the most efficiently and most effectively, the dogs they are dealing with, the personalities of the dogs, and to be fully attentive when in taking care of these gentle and friendly creatures. When “bad situations” occur, it is incredibly important that one reacts to the best of the ability, all while taking into account the best way to react in order to ensure the safety of the other dogs and to ensure that they react in a way that also ensures the safety of yourself.

While my job is a dream and I love it more than I could ever put into words, the job is hazardous and working with so many dogs of different sizes, weights, personalities, etc., is a quick way to collect bruises, injuries, scars, and stitches. In such a playful and unpredictable environment, it is impossible to avoid injuries. In fact, if I can leave work with only 4-6 bruises, it is a good day, or a rather safe day. On the more exciting days, I expect to be covered from head-to-toe in bruises, quite literally. Last week, my fellow friends wanted to show me some love and could not seem to contain their excitement, which led to a very bruised face. My first bruise was across the bridge of my nose, as Leah and I miscommunicated how we were going to great each other, and as I slowly lowered my head down towards her face, she seemingly decided to jump up to greet me. Instead of moving my head away from her face, I naturally moved it towards her face, in which I felt and the force of her 140 lb. body, and then some, make a very loud sound when she made contact with the bridge of my nose. before my coworker could even ask if I was okay, the bridge of my nose immediately bruised without question. I answered honestly, stating that I was not okay, as tears began pouring out of my left eye without my own consent. Later that day, I was graced with another serious bruise on my chin for the very same reason, but instead of further hurting my nose, my chin decided to take the beating. At this point, I do not remember which dog gave me that specific bruise, but I can say that it hurt for certain and that the dog was fairly large. The bruise on my chin was very colorful, turning into shades of dark blue and dark purple. The dark purple part of the bruise was located perfectly in middle of the otherwise blue bruise, and my chin stayed this color two weeks later.
My face hurt so bad, I could not even sniffle with my nose or place my hand under my chin without shedding a fairly small tear.

Despite the bruises and scratches, I still am able to overlook these miscommunications, as I know that these physical injuries are not of malicious intent and they seemingly hurt far less than any emotional hurt that I have endured.

There is never a shortage of four-legged friends in my life lately and I just cannot get enough.

Every day that I continue to live, I find myself filling the voids in my life with the best kind of love and affection that I can find in and around the Boulder County area.
Having incurred a lot of loss, pain, and suffering, as a result of being lost and unsure of myself, I have a lot of “black holes” that I could not seem to fill up no matter what I tried, but this kind of pure, raw, and genuine love that these animals exude has slowly, or rather quickly, managed to patch up the voids that I have been attempting to mask with more hate than love, which has allowed to me to incur a healing process that is completely unique, and most importantly, a healing process that is completely based on love.

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After being employed by Camp Bow Wow Boulder for only five months, I have met over 500 dogs in and around the Boulder County area. Every single one of these dogs that I have had the pleasure of meeting and getting to know, even if it is on an acquaintance basis, has taught me something and has allowed me to heal, a concept that was unfamiliar to me. In fact, the concept of healing, or attempting to alleviate certain symptoms I experience, as a result of my own diagnoses, seemed like a completely impossible task five months ago. Some of my symptoms were so horrifying and excruciatingly painful to endure, and while I did not quit or give up, I spent a lot of time frustrated, questioning myself, self-medicating, engaging in negative coping mechanism skills, experimenting with coping mechanisms, engaging in positive coping mechanism skills, and most importantly, pretending like I was ok. Pretending like I was not struggling was surprisingly much more tiresome and much more difficult to execute. It was extremely stressful, and I have the veins on the sides of my temples to prove it. I had many days that I was able to successfully fool everyone around me, but I also had a handful of days where I was not able to successfully execute my one mission of my daily routines, which was to outwardly appear as though I was not completely lost, completely confused, completely in pain, etc.

These dogs have taught me that you can run and you can hide, but one day, “they,” whether it be your anxiety, your personality, your genuine self, or the truth, will come find you. Instead of prolonging the process, expose your true self. Or, I have even learned that placing more importance on embracing yourself, including your mood, your personality, etc. rather than placing more importance on attempting to be “liked,” or “mold into the person that you feel as though people will respond the best to,” has actually been far more productive and healthier than attempting to mask yourself completely. People, and even dogs, respond better to you when you are simply honest, in every sense of the word. While humans are extremely receptive creatures, it is outstanding to witness how receptive dogs are to you, even if you may be a complete stranger to them. It is equally outstanding to witness how simple of creatures dogs are, and how much joy a simple action, such as petting them, letting them lick your face, or even calling their name, brings them. As a human, or even as a Camp Counselor, these actions are fairly basic things and we barely think much of them, as petting the dogs and knowing all the dogs names in your dog yard are all part of your job requirement, but to these creatures, these small actions could make their day, or be the reason why they are shaking their hips, wagging their tails, and smiling at you.

Taking care of animals has allowed me to allow the power of love to assist in my lengthy healing process. Beyond this, I have not felt this much gratification from a job before.
The best feeling in the world is seeing a dog return to their owner, or the “Pet Parent,” happy, healthy, and with no worries in the world. It is equally as gratifying to know how appreciative the “Pet Parents” are for our service, in which they often bring us food, treats, and snacks. They even will send us holiday and “Thank You” cards!
I love my job for more than the money, and this kind of feeling is extremely amazing.

‚ÄĘ I CANNOT QUIT DOGS AND I WILL NEVER QUIT DOGS¬†‚ÄĘ
Sometimes, I truly believe that dogs continue to perform LOVE’s work through them, as they continue to grace our tainted world with the things that our world seemingly seems to lack.
While humans continue to fight, with no concrete purpose, which only divides our world from each other, dogs continue to provide our world with the virtues and morals that we pretend to uphold, which continues to unify humans beings, whether we realize it or not.

The definition of dog in the dictionary should be as follows, “everything good, and then some more.” The “some more” part of their existence is often not even asked of them, but they continue to perform good simply because it is in their nature and they simply cannot help it.

My biggest heroes and my biggest role models are mostly of the dog variety, and I am not afraid to say that.

Besides their love, affection, and pure genuine nature, my favorite quality about dogs is their loyalty to people. It is incredible to witness their loyalty to their people, and the amount of effort and energy they exert in order to simply make you happy and to simply attempt to protect you. They have simply restored faith in me that there is still good left in the world, even if I cannot be the “good” within the world.

The only question that I cannot seem to answer is WHO LET THE DOGS OUT?!
Can someone please tell me WHO LET THE DOGS OUT? I will not be upset. I just need to know. Let me know in the comments below!



xo,

Aichan Tewahade



P.S. As Summer approaches closely behind the scorching warm weather, my photo galleries of the dogs will showcase our “dog pools,” which we have so that the dogs can stay cool despite the weather, as well as provide a fun entertainment for them.
Many of the dogs are not sure what these pools are, as many of them are either too scared to get in, hate water, think that it is an oversized water bowl, etc. Thus far, the Golden Retrievers all collectively have found JOY IN A “POOL-Y” PLACE.

Stay tuned for more galleries of some of my favorite furry friends!



 

Gallery: Kodak Moments (Feat. Dogs)

How can I ever stop posting galleries of my favorite campers, otherwise known as the dogs? They bring me so much joy and they have begun infiltrating my life in more ways than one.

There is not a day that goes by where I do not think about my furry friends, who I love and who I spend about 40 hours a week with.

It was only a matter of time before they became the primary focus of my energy, time, conversations, emotions, etc.
They continue to remind me, untintentionally, that there are many things that I must continue to work on and things that I need to focus on.
Being in an environment, in which every single soul depends on you for comfort and for safety, emotionally, mentally, and physically, places a lot of stress and responsibility upon you. I am also reminded that some of my very intuitive friends will not react towards certain situations, which we view as insignificant, the way that we expect, or even the way that you like.
This applies to everyone and my life outside of work, which has helped me attempt to achieve a softer, kinder, compassionate, and empathetic reaction towards myself, the people I surround myself with, and the forces and circumstances that are completely out of my control.

While this is not a trait that is easily attained, I am attempting to grasp the concept of “patience” and “being patient.”¬† Beyond grasping the concept, I am working towards implementing it into my life as much as possible, which has been much more difficult than one would imagine. I strive to practice patience all the time, but patience is not easily practiced. On a good day, patience is exuded out of me, especially when I do not consciously practice it, or intentionally set out to be patient and it just happens to exude out of me. These may not be my most gracious or comfortable moments, but learning to be patient with yourself, your life and your circumstances is all very important in learning to love youreslf. Patience, or possessing patience, is one of the greatest gifts that these furry friends of mine have taught me. This includes learning to be patient, even when I am completely uncomfortable, and learning to accept that there will be portions of my life that will be VERY UNCOMFORTABLE and make me want to crawl out of my own skin.
Prior to working at Camp Bow Wow and spending so much time with such genuine creatures, I did not realize how much patience can be practiced in many different ways than one and how being patient with things in which I act impulsively would assist me in growing and learning to love myself.

Last week, during my shift Friday, in which I was closing, I found myself feeling very vulnerable and VERY ANXIOUS. In fact, anxious is not even the word that I would use to describe how I was feeling. I found myself panicking, as I found myself feeling very uncomfortable and insecure. There are many situations that we can encounter in life and have to deal with that we cannot control, which is something that I am constantly reminded of. Whether I am happy with the fact that things will be out of my control is not anyone’s business, because I am often not very happy about it. When certain circumstances that you cannot control affect you negatively and apply stress onto your plate, most people complain or talk about it, but I choose to repress these feelings and thoughts until I hit a breaking point.
Friday afternoon and early evening was my breaking point, in which I acknowledged that certain aspects of my life are far from perfect and have started affecting me negatively. I try not blame anyone, anything, or life, instead I just realize that nothing in life is perfect and pray for this situation to make itself go away. I am not the biggest fan of appearing vulnerable outwardly, especially in professional settings, but this panic could not be masked. In addition to this, I hate making others feel uncomfortable while I am enduring a panic attack, as I would rather mask my anxiety attack and make it appear that I am calm as a cucumber when inside I am blowing up and far from calm. I normally am able to achieve an outward appearance that indicates that anxiety is not in my vocabulary, however, I finally showed my true colors.
My panic attack allowed me to be more open and communicate with my managers about my own mental diagnoses, and what I deal with. My work environment is incredible, as they continued to encourage honesty and open communication about my personal life and deeper things, so they could accomodate these aspects so I can continue to succeed at work. I hate feeling weak, and while it was uncomfortable for me to show emotions other than positive and happy, I cried my way through explainining what other circumstances I was enduring.
While my co-workers did not expect this kind of reaction, nor were they were aware of the extent of my “anxiety,” I did manage to make them concerned, worried, and a little fearful of what my anxiety and panic was capable of. My entire eight hour shift was full of apologies about how I was anxious and hoping that no one else would feel uncomfortable by my anxious presence. I even forgot how to breathe, which is the fundamental of living.
The greatest part about getting through this entire shift and being honest about the hardships I was oncurring was that I had to implement the act of patience, as I could not escape this obligation and I had no choice but to essentially “be.”
I had to push myself to just be patient with myself, which I could not seem to manage.
Who would have thought that just being yourself could be so uncomfortable?

This Friday reminded me why I do what I do and why I work with such gentle creatures, such as dogs. These very receptive and intelligent animals can pick up on emotions, moods, and energies, better than the average human, making it almost hard to even dislike a member of this species. Even while I felt so uncomfortable, felt so anxious, felt so panicky, felt sad, felt exhausted, felt insufficient, felt helpless, and felt vulnerable, these kind creatures managed to quite literally make their way into my arms and then into my heart, by strategically snuggling with me, carefully placing themselves into my arms and placing their bodies against my heart. Friday, if this was even possible, my campers displayed kindness, affection, joy, and empathy to an extent that I had never even imagined was possible. The way that they welcomed me and continued to show me affection made me realize how healing spending time with my campers is. It also made me think that I should be panicking more often, so I can receive that kind of treatment (LOL, JK). While I would never wish to endure that again, I can only guarantee that it will happen again, however, having a support system made of four-legged LOVERS continues to give me the hope and the courage to keep trying.
I also was able to witness first-hand what some of these campers endure, as not every camper enjoys doggy day care. Even if they do not enjoy it and are visibly exuding anxiety and panic, they seemingly have no choice but to endure the day at Camp Bow Wow, in one of the six dog yards that we have. Even if they are not trying to socialize with others or play, there is always someone who pushes you over the edge and causes you to snap. It takes so much courage and so much strength for these furry friends to get through an entire day, let along a half-day, of day care, as there are many aspects of Camp Bow Wow that are beyond your control.
Recently, I have found myself placing myself in some of these campers shoes, in which I had begun to realize how much I would HATE attending doggy day care, especially with all the factors that are out of your control. I imagined myself being an anxious wreck, acting like the most vulnerable versions of myself, and spending many days at camp in isolation, in the hopes that no one will bother me. I have formed bonds with many dogs, all of which expresss their anxiety and panic differently, whether it be aggressively or emotionally.

It takes so much strengh and courage for ALL CREATURES to put themselves out there, let along for them to socialize with others and put themselves out there.
It still continues to amaze me how strong and how much pain, anguish, and hurdles, these campers go through in order to simply accomodate their parents schedules, lifestyles, and decisions. In fact, attending doggy day care, as well as the length of time they spend there, is completely out of their control. Similarly, nothing about doggy day care is very consistent, minus what time breakfast, lunch, and dinner are initiated. The rest of the stressful factors that come with attending doggy day care, without their consent, are completely out of their control. The most consistency that these animals get are being in the same dog yard as a “Camp Counselor” that they are familiar with. I suppose the only consistent factor of Camp Bow Wow is the full-time staff, as it is not gauranteed that the same dogs will be in your dog yard, which often holds up to 35 dogs. Even the “Camp Counselors” are barely consistent, as we have a higher turnover rate than one would expect.

Not to be cliché, but every moment with these campers is a kodak moment. You cannot capture every single moment with these amazing creatures, as they are capable of doing things that you never thought were even possible, because they never fail to surprise me with a handful of hilarious moments. Sometimes, moments are too precious to even waste time capturing, so I choose to mentally store these visual memories into the kodak moments of my life, deep within my brain.

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Please feel free to share your favorite kodak moments with your favorite furry friends! There is nothing that brings me more joy than a photograph of a man’s best friend, doing what they do best. The only thing that beats a photograph is the ability to witness the cuteness in person.

#DOGSOVERDONGS – The latest hashtag that graced my life, obviously at work. Basically, this hashtag reinforces the idea that dogs are infinitely better than any male companion, or female companion. I appreciate this hashtag and life motto on a more personal level.

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

 

A Doggin’ Good Time

Woof, woof!

Another batch of photographs of my furry friends, showcasing their animated nature and huge smiles. Their joy and their smiles are contagious. It is easy to pick up on their personalities that they naturally exude, just by glancing at their photographs.

These dogs give me life and are the real reason that I wake up with a smile on my face every day. They truly give me a purpose and make me happy, regardless of my mood that day. How can you have a bad day when a dog is constantly smiling at you, to the point that it almost seems creepy?

I am very envious of how animated these creatures are, in addition to all of their many exceptional qualities. Their faces could light up an entire room.

Enjoy a gallery of my beautiful friends having a doggin’ good time¬†Paw Prints on Google Android 9.0 Preview

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A dog’s face and body language says everything about how they are feeling, all while showcasing their unique personalities. It is wonderful to be able to see their personalities come to life with the assistance of a camera. I must say that these furry friends are not camera shy, as they sure know their angles.

Their genuine emotions always shine through, as they truly have nothing but room for love in their hearts ♥

Paw Prints on Microsoft  A happy dog equals a happy life  Paw Prints on Microsoft

xo,

Aichan Tewahade

 

A Gallery Of Friendly Faces

My occupation is a dream job that allows me the opportunity to witness and enjoy many personable and friendly faces and facial expressions.
Camp Bow Wow Boulder is my sanctuary, where I am not only able to witness, but rarely, capture these emotional friends of mine, expressing themselves. While I have many photographs full of bursts and blurry photographs of these spectacular creatures, every once in a while my camera and my furry friend can manage a moment of focus.

Every moment with these magical creatures is a kodak moment. Watching these animated friends live their lives and express themselves in such a candid, almost overwhelming environment, is better than watching the best “Rotten Tomato” rated movie. This is true reality television!

Below includes a gallery of friendly faces from Camp Bow Wow! Enjoy some of these campers showing off their goods behind the camera. They are all very natural models – let’s just say it comes naturally for them!

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So many precious and smiley moments are shared at Camp Bow Wow, all compliments to our amazing campers (our dogs!)

I am so blessed and will never stop thanking the camper’s parents from allowing me the opportunity to love, cuddle, tussle, learn, cry, bark, and play with some of the best people in my life. These dogs have become more than just pets I need to take care of – they have actually become a huge part of me. In fact, I consider them some of my best friends.

I look forward every day to see familiar smiling faces, as well as unfamiliar smiling faces, when I walk into work.

The time I spend with these friendly faces has unconsciously made me smile more and laugh more, all which are important.

Stay close to your friendliest faces! Do not take them for granted.

xo,

Aichan Tewahade