Happy Tails – Bender and Shelby

Today’s Happy Tails feature is another pair of fur siblings, Bender and Shelby. I interviewed their parents, Kyle and April, to find out more about these two sweet dogs.

Please introduce readers to your dogs. What is their names, breeds (or best guess) and ages?

We have two dogs, Bender and Shelby. Bender is 12 years old, Border Collie mix and Shelby is 2 years old, Sheppard/Cattle Dog Mix.

Cuddles beside dad.

When did you adopt Bender and Shelby?

We adopted Bender way back in 2006 when he was just 2 months old.  Shelby is a recent addition to our household, we adopted Shelby in May of this year.

Where did you adopt Bender and Shelby from?

Bender was adopted from the Edmonton Humane Society, Shelby from Alberta Animal Rescue Crew Society.

Why did you choose to adopt?

Lots of animals have unfortunate pasts of abuse and/or neglect, to no fault of there own, and end up with out a home. Which breaks our hearts.  We absolutely feel they deserve a loving safe home, although we would love to save them all, we do what we can.  So even if we can only bring one or two into our home its worth it. We lost our girl Echo last year and noticed a difference as Bender wasn’t the same; they were very very close. We knew Bender needed a companion so Shelby was brought in and it has helped him a ton.

What was the biggest challenge you faced after you adopted Bender and Shelby?

Bender was a teeny tiny puppy when we adopted him, so those early years were riddled with a lot of ridiculous puppy antics.  He ate a lot of stuff, the ottoman, non-toxic blue gel from a night light, my most expensive shoes, lights of the Christmas tree, and he even ripped out the battery from our cordless phone, I honestly though he was going to die because of what he ate.  We learned very quickly that we had to kennel train. Although that did not stop him completely.

Shelby was a bit different in that she had a life before us, we don’t what kind of life, but just by observing her we think it was a very tough life.   We had figure each other out, it is different than having a puppy.  Shelby is really scared of new places which makes it challenging to take her anywhere, she is also very uncomfortable around other dogs (but loves Bender for some reason) and very leash aggressive especially towards larger dogs.  We have enlisted a trainer to help us and there is lots of work to do, but we know it takes time and patience.

Such a happy girl.

Do Bender and Shelby have any funny nick names?

Bender has been around a few years and has lots of names, surprisingly he responds to them all.  Mr. B, Beezer, Beezy Wheezy, Mister Bister, Bender Bot, and Monkey, just to name a few.

Shelby right now only has a couple Shel or Shelby Welby.  We are still working on recall, so we are trying not to give her too many nick names.

What are Bender and Shelby’s favourite toys?

Shelby; anything with a squeak. She is very gentle with the toys. She never destroys the toy, she just likes to squeak it.

Bender, hands down, a ball. He loves fetch and even at 12 years old, he has energy for days!

So happy!

What are Bender and Shelby’s favourite treats?

Both love treats; I am not sure they have a favorite, as anytime you say treat or cookie they both just gobble up whatever you have. Bender likes more of a meat treat, as he sometimes just drops biscuits on the floor and walks away.

Where do Bender and Shelby sleep at night?

Bender starts the night in bed with us then migrates to the couch or chair.  Shelby likes to sleep on the floor at the foot of our bed, or the couch/chair. Yes, we let them on the couch and in our bed we would not have it any other way.  I love snuggling with them.

What’s been the best part of adopting Bender and Shelby?

They have taught us so much.  We have learned patience, compassion, gratitude, forgiveness, love and much more.   They are always happy to see us and want to spend time with us.  They both bring us so much joy. They definitely show us that the simple things bring the most joy to life.

Please share any funny stories you have about Bender and Shelby.

I really can’t recall any funny stories, but maybe I can share some funny quirks each has.

Bender we call the grumpy senior, I have never met a dog that moans and groans so much.  Plus, he constantly squeaks/whines especially when your petting him, its very bizarre.   He loves to sleep in and you know when he has a satisfying meal as he rubs himself all over our bed or our living room carpet, its quite the spectacle; you can’t laugh or talk, otherwise he stops and stares at you.

Shelby is super sweet, and her personality is just starting to bloom.  She loves dirt.  She likes to dig a giant hole and just hang out in it.  I had to put barricades all around my garden this spring. She also is just learning how to play with toys, she is like a giant cat, she tends to pounce on everything and then take it back to her bed.  If you are looking for a dog toy its most likely in her bed. She also can’t control her back end when she is super excited and almost wiggles so much she falls over.

How can you not love these faces?

What would you tell someone who is thinking of adopting an animal?

I encourage anyone looking for an animal companion to consider adoption.  Adopting can have some challenges but the rewards, love and companionship you get outweigh it all.  Every animal adopted has their own story and a unique personality it gives you an opportunity to learn from each other.  Its truly an amazing thing and you never regret it. There are so many dogs and cats out there that need homes.

Do you have a social media account that people can follow?

People can follow our store Social Media Accounts, Bender and Shelby pop up on there from time to time:


Instagram @theboneandbiscuitgriesbach 

Happy Tails – Angel and Lacey

Today’s Happy Tails feature is one of my favourite accounts on Instagram, Angel and Lacey. I had a opportunity to interview their lovely mom, Kiana to find out more about them.

Please introduce readers to your dogs. What are their names, breeds (or best guess) and ages?

Angel is a German Shepherd and is 7 years old. Lacey is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and is 6 years old.

The most fashionable girls I know.

When did you adopt Angel and Lacey?

I adopted Lacey on October 30th, and Angel November 20th, 2017.

Just a little cuddle time together.

Where did you adopt Angel and Lacey from?

Lacey I found through a Global Pet Foods I was working at. A lady retired her from breeding and had no use for her anymore. Angel I adopted from WHARF (20/10 don’t recommend).

Why did you choose to adopt?

I love seeing their progression and knew my life style at the time needed an older dog and I wanted one that needed me. I have the time, patience and love that the harder cases need. The harder I have to work to gain their trust the better I feel when they finally trust me. Why not give an older dog the best life ever especially if they didn’t have the best life in the beginning?

Living the life she deserves.

What was the biggest challenge you faced after you adopted Angel and Lacey?

For Angel, a lot of her problems stemmed from never being handled and never trusting anyone. Being a Shepherd they have their “person” and the transition from being the person who took her from her “person” to becoming her “person” was a challenge due to the bond she had with her foster mom who first showed her love; though she was only in foster care for two weeks the bond was very prominent.  She is naturally very head strong, prefers to do her own thing and test the limits, so training was difficult at first. I was only able to take her for 15 minute walks because of how atrophied and emancipated she was but her body still had the Shepherd energy. Slowly through more walks and bonding time her resource guarding and stubbornness melted away as we bonded and now we are inseparable. If I go somewhere she expects to go with and not to mention how well she does taking care of her three younger sisters.

Walk time with mom.

For Lacey, her biggest challenge and still to this day is how timid she is being handled. When I got her you could barely touch her let alone comfort her for about three months. She much prefers dog over human companionship and I doubt that will ever change. Just recently this past month she has started to trust more and is getting used to being pet and even going as far as asking for pets from me (it makes me cry of happiness every time)! Another struggle is her not being able to hear. That with her mix of not wanting to be handled makes training a bit challenging but she mostly follows Angels lead which is super helpful at off leash parks.

The happy family.

Do Angel and Lacey have any funny nick names?

Angel’s are Angel Baby and fun police. Lacey’s are squish, squishy, smush, lace.

How could you not love this face?

What is Angel and Lacey’s favourite toy?

Neither of the girls have shown a liking to toys (try as I might) we often end up donating them or giving them away. Angel will take a toy and go and put it in her bed and come prancing back like “look mom I did it” so I can’t help but praise her because of how proud she is!

What are Angel and Lacey’s favourite treats?

They absolutely love the cookies with carob icing and dehydrated beef liver from Muttmunch.

Where does Angel and Lacey sleep at night?

Depending on the temperature depends where they sleep. If it’s hot they will come hang out in my room for a bit but then go and sleep by the AC unit to stay cool (well Angel will and Lacey follows) but most often they will sleep together on their bed in my room. sometimes I can convince them to sleep with me on my bed; I cherish the moments they do.

What’s been the best part of adopting Angel and Lacey?

The best part would be seeing their progression and they undying love for each other and myself grow. The smallest things like Angel facing fears for me (because different floors can be so scary but to get to mom she will do almost anything) or Lacey finally letting more people pet her make my heart melt!

This sweet little face!

Please share any funny stories you have about Angel and Lacey.

Lacey really likes to embarrass me. We were walking down Whyte Avenue and she decided she really needed to go, like right now, so in the middle of the cross walk… you can guess the rest. Angel will act up when she wants attention so the most embarrassing things she does is pretend not to know basic commands so when she finally does them, the praise is better. She is one smart cookie.

What would you tell someone who is thinking of adopting an animal?

“Borrow” your friends dogs for an afternoon, see the good, bad, and ugly. They are going to make mistakes and are going to get on your nerves but you have to see the bad parts to really enjoy the good parts. If you have a weak stomach you have to think about if the dog has an accident in their kennel… and then rolls in it… that mess doesn’t clean itself! (True story and how I have a stomach of steel now). Also make sure you are ready for the financial responsibility to properly vaccinate your dog for your area. Also, fit the dog to YOUR lifestyle. Not the other way around, think about energy level and how much time or money you are willing to spend to keep them properly exercised; that is half the battle with “trouble” dog. No matter what all shapes and sizes will still give you unconditional love and you can give them the best life! Yes, a puppy is nice but they are so much work. I’m not even sure I could take on a puppy at this point in time!

Such a pretty girl.

Do you have a social media account that people can follow?

Instagram: @angelandlacey  and @ _kiana09

Such happy girls.


Happy Tails – Ruby

For Today’s Happy Tails feature, I interview Ruby’s mom and learn all about this adorable girl.

Please introduce readers to your dog(s). What is their name, breed (or best guess) and age?

Ruby is a 65 pound mixed breed that I affectionately call an ‘Alberta Special’. Her adoption papers list her as a collie cross, but as a little puppy she resembled a husky. I did have her DNA tested and it came back as a mix of St Bernard, German Shorthaired Pointer, Rottweiler, Doberman, German Shephard, and Rat Terrier. She just turned 2 this past June!

That nose!

When did you adopt Ruby?

I brought Ruby home on August 20th, 2016, but I actually met her July 30! She was only 6 weeks old so I had to wait until she was 10 weeks to bring her home.

Baby Ruby

Where did you adopt Ruby from?

I adopted Ruby through SCARS. She was from a litter of 6 who’s mom died when they were 3 weeks old, so the lovely team at SCARS took them in. Their mom plus a bunch of dogs in the vicinity had died from Distemper, so they were in quarantine for a bit but all were fine. Fun fact, she actually goes to the same daycare as one of her brothers!

Why did you choose to adopt?

I knew I wanted a dog, I wasn’t super choosy about the breed. I started to research dog adoption and different agencies and it just seemed like such a good thing.

What was the biggest challenge you faced after you adopted Ruby?

She was (and still is) an escape artist extraordinaire! I had it in my mind that during my short days at work she could stay in her pen with a bed and pee pad. Ya, she figured out how to crawl out of there within a day. I put a top on it, lattice held down with 10 bungee cords, she got threw there. So I started using zipties, and it took 69 total to keep her in. When she was stuck in there she would move the pen around the house until she got stuck behind some furniture. I also got a 5 foot tall baby gate and left her there for 10 minutes to see what would happen, and somehow she opened the latch.

Does Ruby have any funny nick names?

Ruby Roo, Ruberino, Princess, Boo Boo, RuRu.

Ready for a night time walk (or a rave).

What is Ruby’s favourite toy?

Her bacon flavoured Benebone! She’s on her second one. She also has a peanut butter one but bacon is life.

What is Ruby’s favourite treat?

She is not picky by any means, but she loves Chicken. She goes crazy when it’s on the BBQ rotisserie.

Where does Ruby sleep at night?

Typically she sleeps on my bed, but she is a super bed hog. She also has a dog bed in my room she sometimes go to if she’s too hot.

What’s been the best part of adopting Ruby?

She’s taught be a lot of patience, but mostly she’s given me someone to look forward to seeing everyday. There is nothing better than coming home from work and having her greet me with kisses and a wagging tail.

Please share any funny stories you have about Ruby.

She loves to jump on tables. She exclusively hangs out on tables at her daycare, and loves to sit on mine outside and stare at the neighbours. We’ve been out for walks and people have said ‘oh I know you! I’ve seen you on the table!’

Who needs a chair when you have a table?

She also likes stealing food, specifically from her grandparents (easy targets). We were having cake one day and Ruby was sitting in front of her grandpa, being super cute. Then she made eye contact, stood up with her tail wagging like mad, then swiftly stole the cherry off the top of his cake. It was definitely pre-meditated.

What would you tell someone who is thinking of adopting an animal?

That it’s probably going to be more work than they imagine, but it is so worth it. And don’t give up when it gets hard! Ruby went through some tough phases during her teenage months, and I felt like a failure as a dog mom. But luckily I had lots of support and we were able to work through it. Now seeing her back to her sweet and confident self it was all worth it.

Do you have a social media account that people can follow?

On Instagram: @missrubyruu

It’s hard work being this adorable.

Happy Tails – Scooter

For today’s Happy Tails feature, I interviewed Lindsey so she can talk all about her adorable dog, Scooter.

Please introduce readers to your dog(s). What is their name, breed (or best guess) and age?

Scooter is a Beagle-Corgi mix (Beagi) and he is 3 ½ years old. His birthday is Nov. 30th.

That face!

When did you adopt Scooter?

July 23, 2016

Such a happy boy.

Where did you adopt Scooter from?

Scooter came from Alabama Chained Rescue Dogs (http://www.alabamachaineddogs.org/) in Alabaster, AL. They’re a wonderful organization that builds kennels for dogs who are chained up outside so they no longer have to be chained up or they try to find homes for those dogs. I was told from the rescue that Scooter was with a family who had a situation that forced them to make Scooter an outside dog so the rescue stepped in and tried to find him a home.

Being the perfect model.

Why did you choose to adopt?

My fiancé and I LOVE dogs. We were constantly talking about dogs and talking about wanting to get a dog. I am always looking on the Facebook pages of local rescues to see what dogs are available for adoption (and I still do because I wish I could afford to adopt them all!) and we’d constantly talk about going to the shelters to look at a dog to possibly adopt. We both love corgis so I started looking at rescues and shelters for corgis up for adoption. The breed didn’t really matter but it was very important to me that we adopt. I believe there are so many dogs out there who need a home so it’s my personal belief to adopt and pay the adoption fee that will help other homeless pets at that organization rather than pay a fee to a breeder. I don’t judge those who do go to a breeder but it’s my personal belief that adopting rather than shopping is the best option. Shelter dogs need us! Anyway, so one day I was looking on the website rescueme.org and I selected corgis just to see if there were any corgi rescue organizations near me but there were no corgis or corgi mixes in Louisiana so I expanded to other states out of curiosity. Then I got to Alabama’s list of corgis and when I saw his picture I instantly knew he was our dog. I can’t really explain it. I just had this overwhelming feeling that he was meant to be ours. I showed his picture to my fiancé and he felt the same. We didn’t really have a conversation to discuss what this would mean, really. It was just “Look at this dog!” and that turned into “How do we get him?” I contacted the rescue that posted about him and then two weeks later he was transported to our home in New Orleans.

Patriotic AF

What was the biggest challenge you faced after you adopted Scooter?

Hmmm, I’m not sure about this being a challenge- He is an escape artist, and slipped away from the person who brought him to us but luckily we caught him and he was safe. To be honest, there weren’t any challenges per se. He fit in perfectly with us… but he’s still an escape artist.

Does Scooter have any funny nick names?

Scooter goes by “Scoots” “Mr. Scoots” “Scooter Pooter” and “Scoots McGoots”.

So cool

What is Scooter’s favourite toy?

Scooter loves his nylabones, tennis balls, and a “bob-a-lot” which is an interactive treat dispensing toy because he’s a little treat monster. He also loves his rubber chicken that is REALLY LOUD when squeezed. It’s so annoying, basically a dog’s version of an air horn but he loves it so we tolerate it.

What is Scooter’s favourite treat?

Scooter doesn’t discriminate when it comes to food. He’ll eat anything but he especially loves jerky and carrots. And he tries to eat the cat’s poop too.

Where does Scooter sleep at night?

Scooter sleeps in his kennel. He loves his kennel.

Sleepy little boy.

What’s been the best part of adopting Scooter?

I’d have to say how much he’s brought joy to our lives. Not a day goes by where we don’t laugh at something silly he’s done. He’s so smart and so funny and so very loveable. He loves people so much.

What a goof!

Please share any funny stories you have about Scooter.

I have many but here are a few: One weekend we boarded scooter- (he loves our local Camp Bow Wow in Mid-City, New Orleans and they LOVE him too so we never have to worry about letting him stay overnight)- You can watch the dogs play during the day on their webcam. We noticed on that particular day that he wandered into a room alone and went to the bathroom in the middle of the floor. Keep in mind that he is house trained and well behaved at home- no accidents! We were crying laughing so hard from seeing him do that and then he just walked back to join the rest of the dogs in the other room as if nothing happened. Scooter loves the water (except bath time!) and loves to swim. There are bone-shaped pools for the dogs at the park we go to and he loves jumping in and getting wet and then finding dirt to roll around and make mud. He also likes human-sized pools! We have a friend who has a pool that Scooter decided to jump in recently but since he’s bottom heavy, he sinks a little. I think not being able to touch the bottom freaked him out a little and I had to pull him out of the pool. It doesn’t stop him though. He loves the water.  Scooter also loves our clothes. Doesn’t matter what article of clothing. He will take clothes out of my laundry basket and then run with it under our bed and just lay on them. And anytime he gets the “zoomies”, it’s so funny to watch him.

Hello world!

What would you tell someone who is thinking of adopting an animal?

DO IT! I try to convince those who don’t have pets to adopt all the time. It’s such a rewarding experience to gain another member of your family while also helping an animal in need. If there is a specific breed you like, consider doing what I did and find a breed specific rescue. There are rescues for almost any breed you can think of. If your hesitation is because you don’t want a mix breed, there are plenty of purebred homeless pets too. If you can’t afford to adopt right now, consider fostering an animal in need. If you can’t foster, consider volunteering to a local rescue. If you can’t volunteer, consider donating money, gift cards, toys, old towels, etc. If you can’t afford to donate, find a local rescue or shelter and share their posts on social media. Any action can make a difference in saving an animal’s life.

He has the most kissable face!

Do you have a social media account that people can follow?

I am Lindsey and you can follow me on Instagram at @leminohp and Scooter is @scootermintz he also has a Facebook page you can find by searching his name Scooter Mintz.

The happy family.

Shop For The Love Of Animal Rescue

I have a very exciting announcement to make: I have started an online shop. The first item available on our shop is a coffee mug with our logo on it.

The logo is also on both sides so it won’t matter if you are right or left handed.

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The reason for starting to sell items online is because I wanted a way to give back to animal rescue that goes beyond simply providing free information to help potential adopters. For every mug sold, 10% will be donated back to an animal rescue organization every month.

The first animal rescue organization I have chosen to donate to is Zoe’s Animal Rescue Society. I have a personal connection to Zoe’s as they are who I adopted Dolly through and I also volunteer with.


Interested in purchasing a mug and enjoying your coffee while helping animals in need? Then click HERE. Currently I can only accept orders from people in Canada and the United States, but will expand if there is enough interest internationally.

Please note if you live in Edmonton and want to purchase a mug, send me a message on  Instagram and I can make arrangements for you so you don’t have to pay for shipping. Plus, you might even even get meet my dogs.

I can happily say that this is just the start as I am currently working on getting t-shirts and some other fun products made. For all of those, 10% will be donated to an animal rescue charity as well. Stay tuned!