Thursday, April 24

May Session Puppy Class!

Did you miss our last session?  Now is your chance to get your puppy in school! Don't delay (we've been selling out quick) sign up today for the next session of Bark & Clark's Puppy Obedience Class!  We are continuing on in our  Wednesday nights slot.  Each class will be @ 7:30pm at the DTLA Vets facility (333 S. Spring St)!  Class is back in session on May 28th.  

The Puppy Obedience Class is one of my favorite classes to teach for the primary reason that I get the opportunity to help launch you and your pup into a healthy, productive and REWARDING relationship!

This is a 5 week class that will cover all the basics of obedience (sit, down, stay, come), work on walking on a leash and address all those puppy behaviors (play biting, chewing, potty training, etc.) that most puppy owners need help with.    

At the beginning of every class there is a play session for all the puppies to start training on socialization with other dogs.  I also dedicate a good amount of time to educating on how to socialize your puppy to the rest of the world, manners and how to keep them safe.

This class is always a great mix of fun and learning.  It is hard not to smile the whole time and laugh with all the silly pups running around during play time or just watching them learn.  It is sure to be rewarding to both you and your pup.

So don't delay, pups are already signing up and I take a limited number.  Give us a bark today and get your spot reserved! 

Class starts Wednesday, May 28th @ 7:30 PM, this is a 5 week course for $150 per pup.

For more information or to sign up today, give us a BARK!

Thursday, April 3

Goodbye To Our Sweet Zoe

Zoe was not only the dog of one of my best human friends, she was my dog's best friend and holds such and amazingly special part of my heart.  It doesn't seem possible that she is gone.  It happened too fast and she was too young, we just didn't get to have her for enough time.  Those are the feelings I am left with.  But then another side comes to the surface and I realize that I got the opportunity to have her in my life for about 4 of her 8 years.  In that time she gave me so much love, happiness, comfort, education and of course, friendship.

One of my fondest memories of Zoe, is also my first memory of her, it is how we met.  I had met her owner a little while before I met Zoe, she helped out with my training mentor.  On this particular night, Zoe was going for her K-9 Good Citizenship, I was one of the "crowd".  I also was helping with registration.  So I came walking down a set of stairs to give her owner some forms to complete.  Zoe and her owner were on a stage in a type of small amphitheater, outside the testing area.  It was twilight, if not a little darker.  So as I moved toward them, Zoe preceded to bark at me in a way that I thought I was going to loose my life.  I still remember her owner yelling "STOP MOVING".  So I did.  Then we all calmed down and in the next few minutes she became the sweetest girl.  From that moment on, we were friends.

Over the years, she taught me about dogs, she taught me about aggression, she taught me how to take life a little less serious and she taught me about the relationship a dog and human can have.  But she did more than just teach me, she taught my dog.  When I got Neville, Zoe was there to teach him how to fetch or at least go after the ball and how to go into the water... both the ocean and a pool!

Zoe and Neville have had so many adventures together, hiking, beaches, parks, and even snow.  They had sleep overs and dates to all sorts of places.  All the while, we humans got to just enjoy.

Zoe was also an amazing friend to me.  She listened to many of my woes and licked a few tears away.  She endured my singing and even pretended to enjoy my "Zo-Zo-Zo" song.  She would smile at my voice and say I love you with her eyes and her whole body would wag with her tail.  Her greatest joy was her tennis ball and one of my greatest joys was throwing it for her just to watch her happiness.

Today marks one week since she left this earth.  The week leading up to her death was a difficult and tragic week, the cancer came in and took over very quickly.  To think that just 2 weeks prior I was walking around her neighborhood with her and we had no idea she was sick.  I was honored with the opportunity to be present for her passing.  Though it was sad, I was happy I was there with her and especially her owner.  I got to give her one last hug and one last kiss and sing my "Zo-Zo-Zo" song.  Not having her here is so very sad, but I am so profoundly grateful that she was there at all.

Our Sweet Zoe, I will miss you, we all will.  We love you sweet girl, Rest In Peace.