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My name is Lindsay, but my friends call me Ginger. I don't own a dog currently - actually until about a year ago I had very little interest in owning a dog. I've always liked dogs (I like all animals!) but my mom doesn't really like dogs ("they're too messy and too hard to take care of") so we had a cat when I was growing up, and I thought that was good enough. Boy was I wrong!

A few years ago, my fiance's aunt asked us to house/dog-sit while she and her husband went to a conference - their normal dogsitter had moved to Calgary and wasn't available. Blondo is a 10 year old Golden Retriever who suffers from epilepsy and requires medication 5 times a day so he does better in his own house than at a kennel. He's the easiest dog to take care of, even with the meds - his hips and legs are too bad for him to go for long walks and he'll do just about anything for any kind of food. He's also tricksy - he gets a treat when he goes outside to go pee or poop, and when there are new people (or someone he hasn't seen in a long time) he'll try to go out two or three times in a 10 minute period just to get a treat. Of course, everyone who knows him is wise to this trick, so it never works.

I started dog sitting Blondo regularly when they go went (about 2-3 times a year), and now I'm hooked. I now dog-sit regularly for another friend of mine (Albi, a 9 mon. GSD/Siberian husky cross), for Blondo when his people go out of town and can't take him with them (he goes to Vegas sometimes, in the winter), and I also volunteer several times a week at the local Humane Society.

Currently I am also looking after a 5 year-old Jack Russel Terrier, Piglet, who has been spoiled and pampered and basically ruled the roost for her entire life. This has resulted in several behavioural issues which are only now being addressed by her owner (its a long story). She's a sweet dog, has a TON of energy, is quite playful, loves to chew Nylabones, play soccer, and chase water shot from the hose or a water gun.

We want to adopt a dog, but we live in a condo so we're somewhat restricted by size and energy level, and so far we've been unsuccessful in all of our adoption attempts because we work during the day and live across the city from the shelter, so its difficult for us to get to the shelter during the week, and small-medium sized dogs don't stay long! Hopefully we'll be able to complete our home soon.

Anyway, that's an introduction to me and the dogs currently in my life. As I said, I've never really been a dog person until the last year or so, so I can use all the advice I can get.
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