nedelja, 24. marec 2019

Can I get a puppy from Orca?

nedelja, 24. marec 2019

Can I get a puppy from Orca?

Orca is very sweet and cute. Everyone loves her and I get it. If I saw her on the street I would really be interested in her too. Because she is for one a Toller pup and there are not many Tollers out here and two she is a really freakishly cute small beast. That is why I get asked a lot.
"Will you have puppies with her?"

I didn't get her for breeding. That is a fact. Orca is my adventure freak, travel buddy, training companion, my bundle of joy. Her character is beyond words and it is really hard and really fun to train her to be like I want her to be. But when I was thinking of getting her, it was for all the things she is, not necessarily for breeding. And that is why having puppies with her is on the back of my mind still. 

I've done a lot of research and I think I know my fair share of Toller genetics, since last two months I've done nothing smart in school, but do my research. It is not because I want puppies, but because one day if I want pups I want to be educated on it. And I don't want to do retrieving because one day I want puppies, but because I want to do retrieving. 


What does breeding mean to me?
It doesn't mean me wanting puppies. It is hard to explain that one. I don't want to be selfish in this case and breed Orca because I wanted mini Orcas. And trust me I want mini Orcas. A hundred Orcas would not be enough, she is this perfect. That is why it is hard to explain, why I never want to be selfish when I explain what breeding is to me. No matter how perfect Orca is to me and to my friends and strangers I meet, I would only breed Orca if she fits the standards, if it would improve the breed, and that itself only. I want to do it right. And now she is still just a pup. My little young lady. I want to work on making Tollers even greater, not breed because ''I want pups''. 

And I know the perfect place to get more Orcas, and they know even more than me and they want the same things. 

And if I think about it, it would be so hard to let go of puppies. I can't imagine what it must be like to give them away to their new home, I would probably cry a lot and end up keeping more than I should. And finding a perfect home sounds so hard. Because all I want for all the dogs in the world is to get a perfect spot in the family and live the carefree days and be treated like the legends that they are! Dogs don't deserve humans, and that is why they just deserve to be loved and treated right. 

The problem is that I could write all day about this, but the point is I am not there yet. I wanted to write this down for everyone asking me and share how I feel. Orca is so young and we have a whole lifetime ahead. I keep it in mind, guys, but right now, we are focusing on adventures, fun and cuddles, summer swimming, camping, retrieving, training and just living life to the fullest! In the end, Orca always comes first.
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torek, 19. marec 2019

I'm rich in love with you!

torek, 19. marec 2019

I'm rich in love with you!

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I watched my fair share of Skins and if I got something great out of it, it is definitely that it is never about the destination. Sometimes when I stop and think where life is going for me I just remember all the great days and memories come rushing over my mind and I stop to really let it sink in... I am here and I am happy and I am alive and I lived to see so much already. There are so many great things ahead.

And I don't know how to say this, but Thor really saved me and pulled me through the worst bits of my life. He is the kind of dog that doesn't mind being on the bed with me all day and listening to my complaining or cuddling when life gets a bit harder. When we were little we used to spend Summer evenings outside and watch stars, we were dead silent, but somehow it made all a difference. When I felt alone, I never really was. He was always just there with me. When I got sick, he just looked at me and it was enough. It was worth trying and it was worth risking everything, because if for nothing, it was all for him. I remember my first thought was ''If I am going to be in hospitals a lot, I need to make him a support animal, so I never have to be alone again" and he was always there with me when I thrived. I wonder if I would even see half the things I did if there wasn't for him. And I remember he probably wouldn't see half of things if it weren't for me, so being together is exactly right. I could tell you about a million situations when he literally saved me or at least made life so much easier for me. Even now when I get sad, it is him that I go to first. The greatest thing about dogs is that they never judge your decision and they are always happy and how can you be sad when your dog is happy. It is impossible to be sad if you own a dog. Or at least it is impossible to be sad if you have Thor.

Dogs don't really live that long if you think about it. Thor will be 11 soon and I feel like he has been with me my whole life and at the same time I think our story is just beginning. He was there before I found the love of my life, before I got my first job, he moved from apartment to apartment with me and woke up at 2 am for our road trips or at 11 am when I was sick, he was there through my break ups and when I fought with my siblings and friends. And I just love him so much and I try to say it as much as I can because even if I say it a million times it is still not going to be enough.

"When things ain't right
Don't sigh, don't sigh,

We always get through
When the money runs tight

It's alright, alright
I'm rich in love with you
When tears run down your face

It's alright, I'll take care of you
Things change so fast, so fast
We gotta slow down
Breathe in! breathe out!"

Then there was a time when I was just so confused and I was kinda stuck in the moment. I will never forget that day when I first saw Orca. I don't think I ever told this to anyone before. I got into the biggest fight of my life and I knew that was the moment that it was enough for me, that life doesn't have to be painful and stressful. And I was sitting at the doctor's office, waiting. I just dislocated my arthritis finger for the 20th time and I was literally sitting there and crying. Not because of the pain but because everything just changed in a moment and I don't think I was sad but more like angry relieved (weird emotion, I know) and I just lost my dream puppy because of that fight and I was sobbing and looking at Thor photos on my Instagram, when the doctor said my name. I got some good news and he fixed my dislocation and I had to wait for my papers outside. I said to myself okay enough, no more of this bullshit and I kept telling myself what is meant to be will be and if I don't get a puppy it is okay in that exact moment I saw a picture of Orca. I didn't see any other picture but of Orca and her one sister (Evy) and I was just sold. I think I checked Lina's puppies around 100 times a day for a week and waiting for updates before I contacted her to just let her know that I LOOVE her puppies. I was just all over the place and couldn't even dare to dream to ever get a puppy from her. I showed the puppies to my family and everyone literally annoyed me to write her all the time until I just did it. I was so scared and I kept refreshing every second to see if she would respond. And she said one girl was available. I think I cried a little when she sent me the questionnaire. It sounds dramatic, but I wanted that puppy so much and I had the worst Summer and it just felt like it was meant to be. Haha, I just remember that I wanted to write so much down on that questionnaire but I didn't want to send it to her too late so I typed on my computer crazy fast and I forgot to tell her so many things, but afterwards she invited me to see the puppies. I went from a wreck to the happiest person in a matter of seconds and I had a "sleepover" at Nejc's that night and I couldn't sleep at all. I was just so excited and I didn't even get the puppy but I just was so excited. And then I met the puppies and it was everything. I didn't want to bother them too much but I was just so wow-ed. Funny how just one (two actually, because Matej is also the nicest) person can change your life forever. I didn't pick Orca, I just always thought she was the coolest, but I thought that Lina should pick homes for them, because she knew them the best and I trusted her 1000 %, I just wanted to ''steal'' her name because it was perfect. I had a name picked (Summer), but after such a horrible Summer, it didn't feel right and Orca felt right. And I remember how Lina asked me and Nejc to think about it and let her know if we wanted a puppy from her. And I just said... ''there is nothing to think about''. And I started selling my stuff to get some more money for the puppy and puppy stuff (crates, harnesses, toys, food...) but I had some money saved because I had a puppy fund and I worked all Summer. And after annoying Lina so much (I am forever sorry) she sent us all emails about which puppy is coming to us. And this will sound so weird but I was on the toilet when I got the email and Nejc was downstairs and I just ran down and said ''NEJC GUESS WHICH PUPPY SHE PICKED FOR US!?'' and he just said Orca (she was his secret favourite as well - and I say secret because I didn't really want to pick favourites because I thought they were all crazy cool but had my eye on her but still didn't want to put pressure on Lina because we wanted her to really pick the one SHE thought was the best for us) and my mom was there and everyone was so happy. And then we visited the puppies again with my whole family because they were just so anxious to meet Orca they couldn't wait and from that moment on I just knew I couldn't love anything more than I love her. Oh how she gave hell for the first week haha, I thought I will never sleep again in my life. Nejc started sleeping in his own house at certain days so he could get at least some sleep, that bastard haha. But I don't think there ever even was a more perfect puppy for me. I am so rich in love with her! You have no idea how many times I thank god that I had the worst Summer, so me and Orca could meet. And I am so grateful that Orca has such a wonderful first family, in the end it is the one thing that matters the most!


The thing is Thor saved me and Orca changed me and I will try my whole life to give them everything they deserve and that is a promise.
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četrtek, 14. marec 2019

Family Adventure Plan

četrtek, 14. marec 2019

Family Adventure Plan


Summer. Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy. Don't get me too excited. We made plans, that are so badass and fun I will explode from excitement. I don't think there was ever the time I was so organised to plan my Summer, because for the longest of time I worked through Summer to pay my cost for the next school year. Which I will still have to do, but I decided I don't just want to spend my days working, this year I am not returning to my old job, but I am actually going to find a photography job. And I just got my first photography internship! Huurrraayy! I am so excited for that as well.

But lets start at the beginning. Let me tell you about my plans.

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This is definitely the biggest challenge for me, but I am actually willing to do retrieving with Orca, because I think lately I haven't done enough of my 'yes' moments. And I would actually like to turn my 'YES-es' into 'I'M WILLING TO TRY/LEARN'. And I would like to pass a retrieving tests with her, because it is what she is good at and she enjoys it. If for nothing, it is for her.



We are going camping this year. Our plan is to rent a tent from my parents and grab some badass dog gear and just go hiking the mountains. Orca will be old enough that she will easily hike the mountains without me concerning for her health and our two main goals are definitely:
▲ KRN
䷹ Krnsko jezero
Other destinations are still left unplanned and it is really exciting because I never camped before in my life. In my garden with Thor I did, but never for real. And I've heard it is really cold at night in Bovec (where we are going to camp), so it is going to be a challenge for me. But I am excited for that the most.


This is probably my favourite thing to do in Summer time. Thor, despite his unexplained fear for water, loves supping. And I can't wait to bring Orca with us this year. Will have to consider buying a life jacket for her as well and I am actually thinking about buying her a shark funny one from some cheap site because that cracks me up and it works just as good as I've heard. Ruffwear doesn't fit Thor well because he is a boxer. And I plan to take more GoPro shots this year, because I just let it sit at home and I would like to change that.

That are my ''firm'' plans for this Summer. I am sure they are not the only things we will do, because believe me, we are going to sea side this year. And we are spending May and July on the beach anyway.
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sobota, 09. marec 2019

Never Give Up

sobota, 09. marec 2019

Never Give Up

I've been getting bad news/rejections, one after another, this week and I am feeling fine. I am happy actually. I mean, yes, I've been stressing (I haven't bite my nails in a few months now - proud - but just today I lost two soldiers due to my stressing. Not my proudest moment!) but I think everything happens for a reason.

And I can't say it enough - EVERYTHING REALLY HAPPENS FOR A REASON.
When I was at my worst my mom kept telling me that no matter how bad things are, they need to be happening to me right now, because they will always lead me to something better and it is something I carry with me all the time. 

The point is, my life is me writing emails, promoting, working for free and just stressing about content. And I am not getting the results I was hoping for. Which surprisingly feels great. It makes me even more determined and driven to do more. Just today I was feeling really happy about the fact that I am not thriving (might be the psycho talking in me) but I just did more today than I ever did. And I learned more than any other day. And I love today already, even if its filled with rejections.

My hair is super weird, but I am actually just a head full of curls and I started owning it and I don't care what you think, shutup, I am getting a cut soon, okay!
 But if you get beaten down, always get back up. Listen to me right now: If you don't get anything else from my writing, get this - never give up on your dreams. Sounds cliché, but trust me if you want it enough it will happen for you. I can't wait to see how my life turns up in 3 years.

But I strongly believe that without a doubt, there are hardworking days ahead of me, full of rejections and I can't wait for them to happen. Life is too short to take it seriously. Just make sure you put yourself out there. Yes, even if you are introverted, you can do it, you got this, I believe in you, you go! 

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nedelja, 03. marec 2019

Collars, harnesses and a mistake I made

nedelja, 03. marec 2019

Collars, harnesses and a mistake I made


When "we" got Thor he became mine in 0.01 second. I was only barely 12 and I never owned a dog before. Living on a farm I was in contact with so many animals and even my grandparent's dog Max. But I was probably born with the wish of owning a dog. I was nagging my mom. The only books I got in the library were dog books. About how to train them, how to take care of them, about different breeds and I actually saved National Geographic pictures of dogs and put them in an album and on the wall. I never wished for Barbie dolls, I wanted a dog.

Long story short when I got Thor I felt like I knew everything about dogs. When we would go to the vets and pet stores I would correct them and I would annoy everybody. But I did make a mistake I regret a lot. Consider this a mistake number 1 of many I probably did and the problem was I didn't read about it in any book, because no body would write about it at the time.


I would always use a collar on puppy Thor, never a harness, because at the time collars were the "IT" thing and harnesses were mostly used in specific dog sports and for car transporting. So the first harness we actually used was the original one for transporting. It came in a set with a seat belt. But I used a collar all the time. You read it right. All the time. That means when he was outside, inside, when he was sleeping on my bed or in his crate. All the time. I don't think I put any thought into this at that time. He probably had his collar on 9/10 of the time. To me it kinda felt practical, I really don't know. I was 12 and I probably had him wear a nylon collar all the time for 2 - 3 years. When I look back at it I feel so stupid. But he has a permanent line on his neck. He never had it too tight, that was never the case and he was always able to free roam, he was never EVER chained or anything. We had a really big fenced garden and he was trained not to bark and he was a really well behaved dog so when I would be in school, he was able to go outside if he wanted to. And he almost always choose to be outside until I'd get home from primary school. It was 'convenient' for my family for him to wear a collar I guess.


The fact that it was nylon collar didn't help at all, but ever since I could remember I hated every other collar material but light flat nylon/fabric (now padded). I hate chains so much, they remind me of the times when every house would have a chained dog and I would never ever want to own a chained one and I personally don't prefer leather, because it is leather and I don't like to pick products made of animals. And only when I was around 15 and 16 I would started to buy and use harnesses all the time. When the damage was done Thor was forever marked with my stupidity I would rarely put one on him, only if we went for a walk.

That is why you would never spot my dogs having a harness or a collar on when we are not outside. I used only Agility leash for Thor for quite some time too. When I grew up a little I kinda realised it how crazy it was of me, it never clicked in my head before. Now I just like to keep the place ''naked'' or sometimes put a cute bandana on him. But it is something I regret deeply. And if for nothing, I hope people don't make the same mistake as I did.


It is not visible on photos, only if you check it out closely, because it is better than it was when he was younger. If you ever wondered why all my photos are with Thor practically wearing a harness this is why.

Harnesses I use & recommend:

  • Ruffwear Front Range (Thor has it in Green, Orca has it in Violet)
  • Red Dingo (Thor has it in Blue Spots Brown)
  • Hurtta Casual Harness (Orca has it in Yellow) but I recommend using a Y types.

Collars I use & recommend:

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