Showing posts with label dog. Show all posts
Showing posts with label dog. Show all posts

05 August 2018

CPK: Pizza with a Purpose

Hi guys! Captain Hastings and I would like to invite you to join Life Animal Rescue in Thousand Oaks this week for a Pizza with a Purpose fundraiser at California Pizza Kitchen. 20% of your bill will go towards helping rescue dogs and cats find a warm and loving home. #AdoptDontShop

24 July 2018

Being Adopted

On 24 July 1984 I arrived in Los Angeles by way of Seoul, South Korea, and Seattle, Washington to meet my adopted forever family. On 4 February 2017 I brought my baby boy, Captain Hastings Alyosha, home from Life Animal Rescue and understood just a wee bit of the joy and wholeness that comes to a parent's heart when connected with their baby. I will forever be grateful and full of joy knowing I was chosen by the King of kings, my family and my baby boy.

Here are just a few of my favorite quotes about adoption.


19 November 2017

Thanksgiving AND Pets

Hi guys! Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Wowsers. Where did time go? Three years ago I was horribly sick and mum flew out to London on Thanksgiving Day to bring me home. Where does time go?

Because of the holidays, I know we furry pet parents are concerned what is allowed for our babies o eat... so I did some research and here is what I found:

Fox News: 10 Thanksgiving Foods You Should Never Feed To Your Pets
here are a couple of the ones to surprise me...
Onions: "No matter what form they’re in (dry, raw, cooked, powder, or within other foods), onions are some of the absolute worst foods you could possibly give your pup (it’s poisonous for dogs, and it’s even worse for cats)," Sadie Cornelius, Marketing Director for Canine Journal told Reader’s Digest.
Salty Foods: While us humans can never get enough of potato chips, pretzels and popcorn, these salty treats can lead to “excessive thirst and urination, or even sodium ion poisoning” in our favorite dogs and cats, according to the ASPCA. 
CareThanksgiving Pet Safety: Can Our Pets Eat Our Favorite Thanksgiving Foods? 
here are a couple of the ones to surprise me...
Corn: Loose corn is fine, but avoid corn on the cob.
Mashed PotatoesVerdict: Depends on how it's prepared.If the potatoes are plain and bland, with minimal fat and salt, mashed potatoes can be slipped under the table. But if you go all out like most people and add butter and heavy cream galore, it makes the potatoes less ideal for your pet -- and your waistline. "Fatty foods can cause GI upset and pancreatitis, which can be life-threatening," warns Dr. Collins.

If you are not sure about something, always best to look online or ask the vet! Have a great Thanksgiving and be safe.

15 November 2017

PHOTO: Santa HQ (Pets Version)

Happy Wednesday!
It is another beautiful day here in Southern California and I have a treat for you all. Here is a first look at  tonight's Pets Night at Santa HQ (@ Thousand Oaks Mall), sponsored by HGTV.

Three more Pets Nights (5pm-8pm) are coming soon so don't miss out on the fun and memories.
November 29 || December 6 || December 13
Remember that on pet nights there will also be children and families in attendance eager to see Santa too. So stay considerate of your pets' needs and the needs and hustle bustle around you of the shoppers and fellow Santa fans. Also the best way inside for your pets will be through the parking structure entrance near the food court.

Giving Back:
Shoppers are invited to bring an unwrapped toy for Help Through Holiday Giving. The Oaks will be donating these toys to the Children's Services Auxiliary of Ventura County.

Photo Special:
Early bird photo packages are available starting at $39.99 and as an added bonus guests who pre-purchase a photo package can make a reservation with the Big Man at www.santa-hq.com.


And presenting my REVIEW...


xoxo
Joy
p.s. thank you The Oaks and Vet's Here for spoiling my doggy for his first *real* Christmas season in America after all the horrors he faced in Thailand.

09 November 2017

Trivia with Hastings: His Name


Ever wonder where Hastings got his name? Well sit down and find out! xo

Trivia with Hastings #3


08 November 2017

Dogs are NOT Accessories!

This makes me so mad/sad. A precious rescue, Raylito (golden retriever/poodle mix, 7-8 years old), was adopted in September and RETURNED :(
Raylito (C) Life Animal Rescue.
You just don't do that!! Dogs are NOT accessories you can return to the store if you change your mind. They have feelings, hearts and needs. Yes, some dogs like Raylito need some extra loving TLC. [He has kidney disease and needs a special diet and regular fluids.] But that's no excuse for "Returning" a dog like you would a purse you don't fancy anymore. Being a dog parent is tuff work so deal with it.
Hastings Alyosha on his 1st Day with us. (c) The Joyous Living.
When we adopted Hastings Alyosha in February, we were told according to the records from the San Diego Humane Society that his problems were all fixed. WRONG. We must have spent $$$ on vet visits, trying different food options, and more vet visits. Not to mention tears and feelings of incompetence. Our little boy was such a damaged boy skin and bones, crying (still does!) being picked up, having nightmares, not wanting to cuddle/hug, and scampering under chairs for a good hiding/safe place. But my parents were real heroes in my book and paid the vet bills, loved on Hastings Alyosha, and talked with Jeffrey Beri who had rescued Hastings in Thailand and was able to finally offer an eating suggestion that worked (thanks Jeffrey!).

Trust me, it was no fun time having the poor baby screaming whenever he had a bowel movement, seeing him have rectal prolapses on a constant basis, rushing him to the vet hospital at night, etc... But we loved on him and he got better thanks to all involved at the vet, Jeffrey and my amazing parents. He's still not all there but with love, we're making progress one step at a time, maybe a few backward steps but always staying positive and hopeful with love.

All this to say... we had no idea what we were getting into when we adopted Hastings Alyosha who had a clean bill of health but that doesn't mean we returned him and said 'thanks a lot folks'. No, we buckled down and did what had to be done. He was our furry baby and we were his forever home. He had been through hell and back and needed us more than ever.
Raylito. (c) Life Animal Rescue.
So my heart breaks to hear poor Raylito's story. To have had a sweet taste of freedom and a forever home only to have it taken away. Please, please, visit his page on PetFinder and consider offering him a forever home where he'll know love and comfort and safety. Amazingly, Life Animal Rescue is even offering to pay for his food and medical care for the rest of his life!! So please, can someone offer him a home??

04 November 2017

Santa is Coming!!!!

Santa HQ 2016 (c) the Joyous Living
Yep, it's that time of year. Santa is heading down from the North Pole to say hi to all the good little children in the Conejo Valley and he's even taking time to see the good dogs and cats too!
Remember how much fun my friend A and I had last November (a year ago today in fact) with Santa who handed out medical wisdom when I told him I wanted good health for Christmas? Hehe. Well, he is coming back! And so is the awesome high tech HGTV Santa HQ from last year that was a hit with kids and adults alike featuring the Naughty or Nice Meter and the Control Center?
Santa HQ - Control Center 2016. (c) The Joyous Living
Santa lands at the Thousand Oaks' Oaks Mall on November 10th for Grandparents' Night (5pm-8pm) and a special "Santa's Arrival" celebration on November 11th from 10am-12pm.

But not to be forgotten are our favorite furry friends and loved ones! As with last year, Santa will be inviting pets to visit on 4 Wednesdays from 5pm-8pm.
November 15 || November 29 || December 6 || December 13
Remember that these nights there will also be children and families in attendance eager to see Santa too. So stay considerate of your pets' needs and the needs and hustle bustle around you of the shoppers and fellow Santa fans. Also the best way inside for your pets will be through the parking structure entrance near the food court.
A and Yours Truly with Santa 2016. (c) The Joyous Living
Since last year I had the pleasure of bringing you a review of Santa HQ from an adult's POV, I am excited to share that A and I will be back on 11/15 but this time with our dogs - Hastings Alyosha and Tigo (the little guy had a name change)!! Look for our photos and their review in a couple weeks' time!!

Cheers,
Joy x

Santa's Visiting Dates: 
November 10-December 15

  • Monday-Thursday (10am-8pm) // Friday-Saturday (10am-9pm) // Sunday (11am-7pm)
  • November 22 (10am-6pm)
  • November 23 (Closed)

December 16-24

  • Monday - Sunday (9am-9pm)
  • Christmas Eve (8am-6pm)

Where:
The Oaks, Center Court near JCPenney
350 West Hillcrest Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Special Dates:
Grandparents Night - 11/10 (5pm-8pm)
Santa's Arrival - 11/11 (10am-12pm)
Holiday PJ Night - 11/17, 12/8 (5pm-8pm)

Giving Back:
Shoppers are invited to bring an unwrapped toy for Help Through Holiday Giving. The Oaks will be donating these toys to the Children's Services Auxiliary of Ventura County.

Photo Special:
Early bird photo packages are available starting at $39.99 and as an added bonus guests who pre-purchase a photo package can make a reservation with the Big Man at www.santa-hq.com.

03 November 2017

Trivia with Hastings #2

Who enjoyed Hastings Alyosha's first trivia video the other day? Well today we have an equally adorable video of Hastings showing off his favorite "game"/"pastime". What do your furry friends enjoy doing?

Enjoy x
p.s. don't forget to see Trivia with Hastings #1 if you haven't already seen the adorableness :)

01 November 2017

Trivia with Hastings!

It is a brand new month and in giving thanks for my precious furry cuddle bug, Capt. Hastings Alyosha, I wanted to share with y'all a short series on TRIVIA with HASTINGS! Enjoy xo

p.s. who saw Hastings' first Halloween video yesterday? I was so impressed with his trick or treat greeting skills. Top rate.


22 September 2017

Chronic Illness: Feeling Low?

HI folks. If you are like me, you probably have terrible bouts of loneliness and depression. Not fun. But the good news is that there is always something worth smiling about and worth looking forward to. But we just have to remember, right? That's the tough part.

So hopefully this short video will be encouraging and so will these quotes I have found for you tonight.
YOU ARE NOT ALONE.








xo Joy


09 August 2017

Come Support LIFE ANIMAL RESCUE!

Remember my recent VLOG about Life Animal Rescue? Well now is your chance (if you live locally) to support this great non-profit while at the same time filling your bellies with yummy pizza, salad, bread and wine. <3
If you live near Westlake Village, California, please print this flyer and bring it in on either the 16th or 17th of August so that 20% of your bill will go to help Life Animal Rescue!! Thanks so much for Hastings Alyosha and Me!




07 August 2017

Vlog: Hastings and LIFE ANIMAL RESCUE

Hi Guys!
Been ages, I know, but what a crazy health month (more about that in my next post)...
BUT... I had a chance to film a short vlog this weekend featuring my wonderful Captain Hastings Alyosha and to brag about the great ladies at Life Animal Rescue in Agoura Hills/Westlake, California. So take a peek, please, subscribe, and say hi!
Enjoy!! <3
6 months later!! :)
Last but not least... if you have a strong stomach and want to see a little of what Captain Hastings Alyosha looked like right after being rescued, visit this video...
Until Next Time...

22 April 2016

S: Shadow

T.G.I.F.! Have you been following my A to Z Challenge story this month? What a journey! I have been studying and trying to give a voice for child abuse and sexual assault awareness this month.

Today, I am excited to introduce: SHADOW.

21 January 2016

Show Some Doggie Love!


Do you love your furry friends? Do you want to spoil them? If you answer yes to either of those two questions, then this is a post for you! Read on...

06 August 2015

Star Wars Comes to PetSmart

Star Wars Episode VII is coming this winter and the stores are filled with Star Wars merchandise. As a dog lover and fan of the pet and human friendly store, PetSmart, I was thrilled to see them come out with Platinum Pets' gorgeous and Eco-friendly sapphire blue stainless steel dog bowl.