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About Tikvah and Stormlight

  • Tikvah is a 2 year, 11 mo. old Cat in Somerville, MA
  • Stormlight is a 4 year, 3 mo. old Australian Shepherd, Boxer & Mixed in Somerville, MA

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About Tikvah

I adopted Tikvah a year and a bit ago, when she was between a year and a year and a half. She was found in Georgia with one kitten, taken to a shelter, and after three months transferred with her kitten and a group of others to a shelter in MA. I found her a week later. You wouldn't know that Tikvah had a rough start from how she acys: she is outgoing and highly affectionate, playful, cute, and easygoing. She's one of the most well adjusted cats I have ever met. She also has an amazing purr! Tikvah had an adopted older brother for almost 11 months, a frisky 4-5 year old grey beauty who just melted around kittens and doted on her. We lost him in November 2017 to complications of his known and treated severe congenital heart disease. I make sure to play with her extra and find ways to keep her engaged; nothing could possibly replace her brother Flicka in either of our hearts (nor should it) but I feel strongly that she should get similar levels of play and attention and exercise to what she used to between me and him and add some to my day to make up for it. She LOVES anything dangling, is terrible at remembering to retract her claws when playing (she isn't aggressive at all but is forgetful with claws when plauing), and likes to make you work for it when watching a human offer a dangly toy. Overall Tikvah is extremely easy and very engaging and people-oriented. She is healthy and up to date on all her shots. Tikvah is very strictly an indoor cat but has her collar with tags on amd also is microchipped, both just in case.

  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 2 years, 11 mo. old
  • Weight: 10lbs
  • Breed: Cat
  • Tracking Chip: Yes
  • Spayed: Yes
  • House Trained: Yes
  • Gets along with children: Unknown
  • Gets along with other dogs: Unknown
  • Gets along with cats: Yes

About Stormlight

Stormlight, also known as Storm, is an incredible dog adopted Feb. 10 through a rescue group. She is immensely charismatic and is sweet, intelligent, friendly, calm, companionable, intuitive, and kind. She wiggles her whole butt in excitement and likes to give face kisses when permitted. Storm is the type who is equally happy to snuggle on the bed all day with a few potty breaks or to be out and about accompanying you on adventures the whole time, which is fantastic. We are working on leash manners and basic cues (she's doing very well). She has a lot of trouble with "down" and the usual luring techniques rarely work for her, but she responds beautifully to the luring under a leg or other height-limiting area to elicit "down" and enjoys all these games as part of her day. She is eager to please and highly intelligent and does learn a little differently from your typical less bounced around young puppy would, and the things she does that you didn't realize she had noticed and figured out are numerous and heartwarming. She gets VERY excited and hyperfocused on people in skateboards; she may jump and try to chase (we're working on this actively and there's absolutely an improvement already). She has a similar but less intense reaction to motorcycles and has been calming down with proactive distractions from me about bicycles, but it's still a very exciting and distracting thing for her to see. She also will pull towards other dogs on occasion, another thing we are working on. All of this seems to be worse with people other than me, based on reports from Storm's besotted grandparents when they take her on a solo walk sometimes. Storm's age is a guess, we have less than a year of history for her before she got to me, but we do know from personal experience and her foster mom that she adores kids and is very nurturing; loves other dogs of all sizes and just wants to play with them (and is actually great with little dogs as well as more suitable size matches); and thinks cats are new best friends and playmates. She does try to eat the cat litter, which is not allowed and will make her sick, so keep an eye on that if it comes up. We did a DNA test and Storm is free of genetic disease markers they tested for, which was the big news and a wonderful thing to see. It also gave her breed mix as: 50% Boxer 36.4% German Shepherd Dog 13.6% Siberian Husky She's clearly got a lot of boxer at first glance: she has the huge boxer chest, a boxer butt, adorably big boxer paws, the little stub of a tail. She's got that tendency to grab and bat at things with her front paws, it's precious! She also has the general friendliness and eagerness and love of play I've been told are typical of a Boxer. I believe she got her intelligence more from the GSD genes. She's HIGHLY intelligent, motivated, and picks up on tasks and cues very well. She's quick to skirt the rules of the "game" (training) and sees the easiest route to her reward before I've communicated what is being asked but is eager to please and once she understands the end goal listens incredibly well. She also has the intensity and focus of a GSD, and the near-constant awareness I imagine also comes from that breed. She is intensely loyal and though she does enjoy making new friends and does so easily, she attaches most strongly to a single person and always has an eye out for her human. I know how incredibly lucky I am to have had this amazing dog choose me as her human; she's my partner and best friend. Finally, Storm has a splash of Siberian Husky (about an eighth of her breed makeup, so perhaps a great-grandparent?). She has the stunning blue eyes some of her husky ancestors gave her, which are the first thing many passers-by notice (and comment on)--they're surprising in a golden-brown dog with boxer/shepherd/general adorable mutt features. She also honestly sounds more like a husky than anything else when she's going crazy at a skateboard (the primary time she barks) or chatting happily at another dog in play. I didn't realize this until a husky owner we met pointed it out, and then heard it for myself when Storm met a small, vocal Siberian Husky puppy! I also suspect she got some traits of her coat from the husky... she is somewhat water-resistant and absolutely loves snow. She'll often make a point of walking on icy snow rather than anything else when there's a partially cleared path. She can run, bounding joyfully, through snow that's already higher than the bottom of her chest and should, one might assume, make such an activity hard, but she loves it and was home in time for a blizzard in our first few weeks together (we spent three hours outside, going up Winter Hill and around the neighborhood and playing in a park too snowy to have anyone else there, just me and storm and an 8 ft leash for her to run a little extra). She got a very solid, strong, muscular build from all of them, I think, and can show off an impressive turn of speed when she's excited and running in a yard off leash! Storm is a bit gangly looking despite this and sometimes seems to have more paws than she knows what to do with (it's adorable). She has a dusting of white around the top of her nose, as well as on her paws and the splash of it on her chest. She is very comfortable making and holding eye contact. She ones have a very intense-seeming gaze even when she's just watching calmly, which can unnerve people or make them nervous. To end this over-written ode to Storm, I'm sharing a quick story that I find is the easiest way to explain her exceptional gentleness. It was only the second day I had Storm and she was just doing so well that we went into the local dog-friendly book store, Porter Square Books -- I wanted to bring her with me on as many errands as possible to maximize our time together, but was not ready to declare her a service dog in training and put that behavioral burden on her after less than 48 hours (though I did so very quickly, realizing she had exceptional manners especially inside stores) -- anyway. We were in Porter Square Books and a toddler wanted to say hello. I agreed, as did his mother, and the mother and I both crouched down to mind our charges. He patted her head and got a lick on his hand, and it was all very sweet, and then suddenly the little boy stuck his hand in her mouth, pushing down on her tongue and lower jaw. We think he liked how her tongue felt? He was so young he didn't understand and moved very quickly. The mother and I both look with some horror and I start calling Storm's name, hoping she'll turn her head away, but we were too late. Storm handled things without us! She moved her tongue to lick the hand and promptly moved her head away, mouth still open, away from the hand, not closing until she had cleared it. He was very lucky, it turned out, that he'd done that with this particular dog. Storm adores and knows children and is so actively kind and gentle that she didn't bite or even close her mouth on a hand pressing on her jaw, which must have been suppressing a very natural reaction/reflex, when a toddler made a mistake. It was a situation that I hope never happens again but since it did, I'm glad to know more about Storm's reactions and incredible tolerance when in a bad situation (and, I might add, in a brand-new environment and as we found out about twelve hours later, in real pain, as she had severe inflammation in her colon and it was hurting and bleeding). Stormlight is my service dog in training; she's gifted and remarkable and deeply kind and intuitive. I adore her.

  • Sex: Female
  • Age: 4 years, 3 mo. old
  • Weight: 55lbs
  • Breed: Australian Shepherd, Boxer & Mixed
  • Tracking Chip: Yes
  • Spayed: Yes
  • House Trained: Yes
    Storm has had a UTI lately which is messing things up, but is housetrained if you pay attention to when she asks to go out--she's still very new here!
  • Gets along with children: Yes
    LOVES children and is very gentle with them
  • Gets along with other dogs: Yes
  • Gets along with cats: Yes