The Veterinarian Dog Bore
Dog Bore: Stephanie
Dogs: Tembo & Laika
Pitbull xCatahoula leopard dog mixes
How did you meet your canine companion?
Tembo is my first dog. I knew I wanted to adopt an adult dog, but didn't know much more than that. I found a local shelter on Petfinder and went to take a look. It turns out Tembo had been in the shelter for 7 months, being passed over and over again. I took him home and he could not be more perfect. Sensitive, kind, great with all creatures. Everyone who meets him says they want to adopt a dog just like him!
For Laika, once I saw her face, I knew she was the one. She had been pulled off of NY ACC's euthanasia list (for kennel cough!) by a local rescue called For Our Friends. She lived with a nice couple and their 16 year old pitbull. When we went to meet her (and left with her of course!), they said she was the best foster they had ever had. Laika makes us laugh every. single. day.
What’s the story behind your dog’s name?
Tembo means elephant in Swahili. I took a trip to Kenya in college and received the nickname Twiga, which means giraffe (I'm 6ft tall!). When I got Tembo, I knew I wanted him to have a Swahili name too.
Laika is named after the first dog in space. A mutt in Russia taken off the street and trained for the task. Laika means "barker" in Russian. She is a space cadet!
How has your life changed since you have had your dog?
My life is amazing with these two! I am a veterinarian, but Tembo was my first dog at 23 years old. He is my heart and so amazing, he encourages other people to adopt their bets friend. Laika keeps us on our toes! She's funny and a lovable brat.
Which 3 words best describe your dog’s personality?
Tembo - sweet, sensitive, thoughtful.
Laika- funny, energetic, loving.
Who’s your dog’s favourite person?
Tembo & I have an inseparable bond.
Laika is a Daddy's girl.
What’s your dog’s superpower?
Tembo has the power to melt hearts. He's unbelievable soft and sensitive, and he has these sad looking eyes. Now that he rides around in a stroller, people cannot resist him.
Laika has the power to make people smile. She really is a goofball and will kiss anyone who lets her.
If your dog had a job, what would it be?
Tembo would be a therapist, because he is a good listener, caring, and helpful.
Laika would be a nurse, putting a smile on people's faces while helping people.
What’s your dog’s most unappealing / most embarrassing habit?
Laika sometimes scoots her butt across the carpet.
Tembo doesn't always know he's going to poop, until its already happening (because of slipped discs in his back). We call is surprise poop!
Where can we find you hanging out with your dog?
We enjoy snuggling on the couch, but we also take a walk everyday- to the park or around the neighborhood.
Finish this sentence "a dog walks into a bar….”
….and says "bar," I thought you said "bark."