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Meet my tribe of four-legged friends and their #dogbore humans, sharing stories that will make you laugh, cry and most importantly want to hug your dog.

The DIY Dog Mom Dog Bore

The DIY Dog Mom Dog Bore

Dog Bore: Alicia, Chicago, IL with my husband and three rescued dogs. 
Job: I own and operate The DIY Dog Mom and an event planning company, so Blogger and Event Planner
Dogs: Izzy (8 years old), Hudson (7 years old) Mylah (6 years old in January)
Izzy & Hudson (lab mixes), Mylah (American Staffordshire Terrier mix)
They are all rescued from various places! Izzy adopted from a kennel she was living at as a pup, Hudson came from a puppy mill and Mylah was from animal control brought there with her mom and siblings after being confiscated from a dog fighting operation.

How did you meet your canine companion?
Well, I met all three in very different ways! I adopted Izzy after college. I was on a mad search for a dog and went to many shelters and nothing worked out for various reasons. I went to a local kennel and they had two puppies needing homes, a golden pup and black pup. The second Izzy came into the room I knew she was the one. I picked her up (didn't even look at the other pup) and said she is the one, I am taking her. I knew the owner of the kennel and he let me adopt her free of charge because he knew I would be a great home. We walked out of the kennel together and our amazing journey started 8 years ago in October!

About two years later I met Hudson. We met while working at the animal shelter I ran (where I was working when I rescued Mylah, too). One of the vets who shared a building with us asked me to come to her office because some of her family members wanted to give him up or euthanize their newly purchased puppy who was being "aggressive." I walked over to the vet thinking there is no way I am taking an aggressive dog right now into our shelter program. Right when I walked into the lobby I was greeted by the vet, a crying couple and their black lab mix who wasn't over 5 months old. The dog walked over to me with a full wagging tail and wiggly butt. I asked him to sit and he did. He looked right up at me with these gorgeous brown eyes, looking for direction. I had the owners sign the relinquishment papers, give me his vet records, purchase papers and belongings. The last thing they did was hand me over the leash to Hudson. I will never forget when they handed over his leash: he got up from his seat (literally 2 feet from me) and wiggled and inched his way right next to me, looked in my eyes and sat back down. I set him up in one of the kennels and the staff started to get to know him and understand his behavior. I went back with Jeff and his parents the next day to show them the facility because they had never been there and I brought Hudson out. When I brought Hudson out to meet them, he couldn't have been more of a love bug and I sat on the ground and he immediately gave me a big bear hug. I looked at Jeff and said, "I think this guy is something special. He might be our next foster." Monday came around and Hudson came home with us as our next foster. He never left.                                                                                                  
Mylah was adopted about a year after Hudson. When I was running the animal shelter and rehab center, one day in February I was pulling dogs from Chicago Animal Care & Control to take back to the shelter. We had loaded up the van with seven dogs, and as I was about to leave one of the shelter workers told me she had a mother and puppies who had been confiscated that day. She was going to have to euthanize them all unless they were rescued. Being in those situations is one of the worst feelings ever, but there was no way I wasn't going to at least look at what this mom and her pups needed. I walked back to the pavilion which houses dogs who are part of court cases for cruelty, confiscation, and other legal reasons. This mom and pups had just become property of the city after being confiscated from their "owner" for running an illegal dogfighting breeding operation. The mom was being bred to produce puppies who would be used for dog fighting. There were eight skinny, worm-filled, four-week-old puppies roaming around an emaciated pint-sized mom who looked like a puppy herself. After evaluating the mom, I told my co-worker to help me load them all in the van. The pups stayed at the vet with their mom until they were healthy and vaccinated so they could go to adoption events. I picked them all up for their first adoption event on a Saturday. I hadn't seen them since they were these sick little pups and they looked amazing. During the adoption show, I completely fell in love with the runt of the litter. After the event, I took the puppies to their new home at the shelter and got them settled in, but decided to take the runt home with me as a foster. Needless to say, she never left my home and I named her Mylah

Whatโ€™s the story behind your dogโ€™s name?
Izzy- I loved the name Isabelle and so that is her formal name but we call her Izzy for short. Hudson - he came with his name and it fits him perfectly. Mylah - I just loved that name! It actually is a name derived from the word soldier and Mylah we call our little fighter for everything she has endured in her life.

How has your life changed since you have had your dog?
I am a full on Dog Mom. My life pretty much revolves around my three dogs. They are all very special and unique. Mylah has special medical needs to it is like caring for a toddler. We need a babysitter for her if we leave for too long, she wears a diaper usually and is just a sensitive little thing. Her full story is here:

Which 3 words best describe your dogโ€™s personality?
Izzy - adventurer, fun loving, soulful
Hudson - loyal, protective, trusting
Mylah - loving, sweet, bossy

Whoโ€™s your dogโ€™s favourite person?
Their Dog Mom and Dad, of course!

Whatโ€™s your dogโ€™s superpower?
Oh, my husband and I have discussed this at length.
Izzy - she can turn into a fish and swim oceans
Hudson - invisibility
Mylah - she can fly

If your dog had a job, what would it be?
Also, have discussed this at length.
Izzy - A famous actress
Hudson - stay at home Dad
Mylah - Head of a police station so she can boss everyone around

Whatโ€™s your dogโ€™s most unappealing / most embarrassing habit?
They are barkers when they want to be! But what dog isn't?

Where can we find you hanging out with your dog?
At home, in our backyard, on a lake, pretty much everywhere!

Finish this sentence "a dog walks into a barโ€ฆ.โ€
...looks for her dog friends and orders shots for the entire place. That is what Izzy would do at least ;)


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