365 Days And 1,460 Kisses

Jordy – Also known as: J-Man, My Foxy Little Man, Love Muffin, J, Lil’ J, J-Fresh, Buddy, Sweetpea, Mister, Jords, Monster, Little Monkey

I'm Watching You

His ears were pasted back on his head, his fur dull and coarse and tremendous fear reflected in his eyes. The photo I saw of Jordy on his adoption profile was accompanied with the label “high anxiety” and he had enormous emotional issues, mainly because he’d been re-homed a half-dozen times in only three short years. There was something about him that I couldn’t get out of my head, and I found myself visiting his online profile numerous times each day until I finally decided to bite the bullet and submit an application form for adoption.

"I could get used to this..."

The response e-mail I received informed me that several other applications for Jordy were pending, but that it wasn’t a first-come, first-served basis. Jordy would go to the person best suited for him, so I applied anyway. As luck would have it, the other applications were never fully processed and after nearly six weeks of filling out forms, reference checks, phone interviews and a home visit, I was finally invited to meet Jordy at his foster home in Duncan.

He was nothing more than a dark silhouette on a landing who refused to come downstairs when I walked in the home. He was the typical sad orphan in the corner who wasn’t playing or interacting with the other foster dogs and it broke my heart. However, after more than an hour spent together and a walk in the woods, Jordy warmed up to me considerably – and more than any other prospective adopting “parent” that had previously met him. I decided that I wanted to go through with the adoption and, one week later, returned with my mom and Rebecca to bring him home.

Jords

That was one year ago today and I can’t begin to tell you the difference a year makes. Back then he truly was the high anxiety dog he’d been labeled as, was constantly panting and breathing rapidly – even in his sleep. Though he was house-trained, it took close to four months to find a routine that stopped him from marking inside. Taking him to the dog park or asking him to shake a paw would elicit nothing more than a blank stare.

P.I.M.P.

Today he’s happy, bouncing, relaxed, sweet-mannered, loves to destroy his toys and his treats, interacts and plays with other dogs at the dog park, gets excited over having sleep-over vacations with my mom and aunt, knows more than his share of tricks and is as lazy as a teenager when it comes to sleeping. Seeing the progress this formerly neglected dog has made truly warms my heart a hundred times over every single day, even if just in the way he greets me with cuddles and kisses every time I walk through the front door.

Today we’re celebrating one year together, coinciding with his fourth birthday. I couldn’t imagine my days without him around.

True Love

If you’re considering bringing a dog into your home, please first consider the immense undertaking of time and potential expense involved. Second, I strongly encourage you to explore adoption options from either your area SPCA or a local adoption/rescue agency. Jordy was adopted from Furever After Small Dog Rescue in Qualicum Beach. Supporting pet stores and breeders will only contribute to a nation-wide pet population epidemic, while there are hundreds of dogs across BC that are amazing, wonderful and crave nothing more than a warm, loving home.

18 Comments on “365 Days And 1,460 Kisses

  1. Aww! Congrats you two! And happy birthday Jordy, hope your Mom spoils you rotten <3

    I can't wait to see how Sophie and I will be after a year.

  2. I woke up this morning and the first thing I did was check your blog to see what you would write for this great anniversary! Hooray & congrats Keira! :)

  3. OMG. TOO CUTE!!! I would suggest a play date with our part time dog [don’t ask too long of a story] Noodle, but she’s a bit antisocial when it comes to other dogs. But more than likely will want to play with you instead.

    YAY to you and Jordy! Cheers to a lifetime!

  4. You are to be commended for the love you’ve given to and the work you’ve done with Jordy. You two make a great couple and I’ve really enjoyed reading your adventures during the past year. Here’s to many more happy years together. :)

  5. It is because of you that Jordy is the dog he is today….happy, content, playful, affectionate and so trusting in his mama. I see the love in both you and Jordy! Congrats…and I can’t wait to see the both of you again soon. xo (Tyler…love the photo!)

  6. adorable! i feel the same way about my dogs. their personalities completely changed after i had each for about a month.

  7. He couldn’t have made it this far without your love, patience and support. That’s what family is all about! :)

  8. He’s just always looks so happy, what a lucky guy to have such a loving mama!

  9. I’m fairly certain I’ve witnessed 1,460 kisses in one afternoon so I’m sure it’s much higher than that. Jordy sure is a cute little munchkin and I am happy the two of you found each other. I am also happy that you included the photo of him wearing my sunglasses which also happens to be the time I acquired my sharty elbows.

  10. Jordy, you are a truly lucky canine and I wish you many more years of happiness with your best friend Keira.

    And Keira you have a heart of gold.

  11. Keira, good on you for choosing to adopt from a shelter. So many animals need our help!

    Jordy looks happy and healthy and has your kind heart and gentle soul to thank for that. May you have a long and happy life together as best friends. :-)

  12. PS – My company, Calli Co. Pet Services, will be sponsoring the BC SPCA Paws for a Cause next year! :-)

  13. I stumbled upon your website. I have 2 pomeranians-one is the spitting image of yours! His name is Kodi and he was born in Sooke in 2006. Keisha was also born there in 2007. I am going through a seperation and am looking for the perfect new owners of them. I am willing to wait as long as it takes to find the right owners and was wondering if you knew of anyone that might be interested. If you can help, I can email you pics of my 2 little ones. It breaks my heart to have to let them go..you seem to be a very caring person that may know what it takes to find the right people..
    hope to hear back from you soon
    Chrissie

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