Mozart and Magellan at Zilker Park

Mozart and Magellan at Zilker Park

I’ve been waiting to post this for a long time. Scratch that, I just haven’t done it. But I’m so excited to finally share some great pictures of our new pup Magellan playing at Zilker Park. We rescued Magellan back in January from a bad situation. He had a textbook flea infection which caused hair loss on the back half of his body. He had never had a chance to run around and play in his first 8 months of life, so he was weak and small for his age. But after treatment, socialization, and lots of love, his personality blossomed in just a few short weeks.

These photos were taken back at the end of January, after only having him for two weeks. It’s amazing for us to see the difference between how he looked when we got him and how he looked in these pictures. He could barely run and didn’t have the strength to jump and play, but you could tell that he was completely in love with his new life.

We didn’t think that we would adopt a new dog this close to losing Quinn (for those who don’t know, our eldest dog passed away in November), but Magellan needed a new home so badly and we realized that providing that loving home for him would be a great way to honor Quinn’s memory.

Mark and I keep looking at these photos over and over, ooh-ing and ahh-ing and giggling over how cute our dogs are. Mozart’s droopy face makes my dog mama self feel all lovey-dovey inside. And Magellan’s curiosity about the world around him is just so apparent in these photos.

Mozart has learned to be the quintessential big brother, while he used to be the annoying younger brother to Quinn. It’s quite amazing to see the difference. I think losing his big brother changed him in many ways. We have had to struggle with the loss of Quinn AND with the loss of Mozart’s former personality, but we’re relishing the new side of Mozart that we’re seeing now. That’s life, I guess. Change is the only constant.

Zilker Park is a huge lawn of over 350 acres on the river across from downtown. Many festivals are held here, including ACL Festival, the Kite Festival, Trail of Lights, and more. But the best thing about it is what it gives to the locals. There is a ton of space for pick-up games of ultimate frisbee, soccer, football, volleyball, plus more space for picnicking, flying kites, yoga, quiddich, and even just lounging around. Zilker is an off-leash park, so it’s a great place for dog-lovers and dogs of all shapes and sizes.

One day I’ll have a post just about Zilker Park and it’s amazingness, but for now, here are my amazing pups! ;) (The other dog is our friend’s dog, Scout, who we were babysitting at the time. We love her, too, and we get to babysit her so much that we refer to ourselves as her stepparents now! Haha.)

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Aren’t they the best?! I love my pups. But I find myself wishing that Magellan could have known Quinn. They would love each other!! (Quinn would be wary at first, of course, but he would warm up. Hehe!)

[All photos were taken in January 2015.]

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Exploring Honolulu With Your Dog

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Honolulu might be the perfect setting for riding waves, dancing at a luau, or snorkeling, but much more is available, even for those of you with furry friends. Honolulu is a great city for dog lovers. When on vacation with your pooch in Hawaii’s state capital, it’s important to know the places where dogs are welcomed, and better yet, the places that you and your dog can enjoy together.

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