I'm Lesley, 27 years old, and starting a new beginning. My husband and I just moved to Phoenix, AZ and recently got married. I work in a 10 doctor veterinary hospital as a Certified Veterinary Technician. I love my job, and of course I love my animals! I have 4 dogs and 4 cats, all who were, of course, rescued in some way or another. They are like our children since we aren't having kids, and my life is focused around them, just as any parent's lives should be with their children! I recently (beginning of December) started my new diet and exercise habits, and I am hoping I can keep the motivation and will power enough to continue to make these changes permanent. I have the support of my husband, he is also trying to eat healthier and have better exercise habits, as well as keeping me motivated to reach my own goals. He has been very encouraging and definitely picks me up when I'm feeling like falling back into my old routines. I'm so lucky to have such a wonderful, loving, and supportive husband! Here's a little tid-bit about our family:
~Penny is our oldest (born in 2006), she is an Aussie Cattle Dog mix who came from a county dog shelter's euthanasia list. Penny had little training and didn't like most men, but was incredibly smart and eager to learn, and had so much potential to be the best dog she could be. One of my passions in veterinary medicine is behavior and training, so Penny was my first test. Now, she loves everyone and is very well behaved! She also didn't like cats, but now Penny is our "mother hen" and loves puppies and kittens! She truly is a shelter success story!
~Onyx is our next oldest (born in May 2007), she is a brindle Boxer/Greyhound/Pit Bull/something-or-other mix. ;) She was just a puppy in a shelter when we found her. She was also on the euthanasia list for being so sick. After we adopted her, we discovered that all she had was a bad case of kennel cough and a raging intestinal parasite infection. A little dewormer, and some antibiotics did wonders. Now she is happy, healthy, loves to run and play, and she is our "ambassador" dog. She is the most well-behaved of our crew, and is extremely friendly with people and dogs/cats. She can be shy at first due to her very submissive personality, but once she warms up, she is such a delight!
~Layla was third into our crew. She was born in October 2007. Layla is a Cane Corso (Italian Mastiff). She came into my veterinary hospital with her owner carrying her limp body, she had a severe case of parvovirus. Her owners could not afford treatment, so they surrendered her to our hospital. My husband and I had been talking the night before about what breed of dog we wanted next, if we could choose, and we both decided on a Cane Corso. The next day she came in, so as soon as she was surrendered, I called him up and told him we got our mastiff, but of course, she had a chance of not making it through the virus since she was so sick. I took her home and started her on fluids and medication, and a couple days later she was jumping around like a 6 month old puppy should be! I was ecstatic when she survived parvo and became a healthy, happy, 50 pound puppy. I've done lots of training and socialization with her, and now she is one very loving, sweet, social butterfly of a mastiff. I feel like I saved her from certain near death, and she definitely has a very special place in my heart. After Layla, I had developed a passion for saving puppies affected with parvo. So anytime a parvo puppy comes in and is surrendered, I'm the first to say I'll try and treat them to give them a chance at life. I've never had a puppy not make it through, and I'm crossing my fingers that I will always have that good luck.
~Hugo is our fourth dog and the youngest (born April 2012). My husband and I really wanted a fourth dog and we decided on a Jack Russell Terrier. I contacted the local JRT rescue, and asked if they had any JRT's that had special needs or had been in the system for a long time and desperately needed a home (as I wouldn't want to adopt a puppy who would otherwise be adopted quickly.) The rescue emailed me back a sad story about a puppy who was 6 weeks old and had just been diagnosed as bilaterally deaf. She told me that deaf dogs are very hard to place because most people see them as a difficult challenge, as they can be, and he would probably be in the system for a long time. Of course, we said we would take him, so when he was old enough, we took him home. With my training experience, we easily trained him using American Sign Language, and now he knows more commands than all my dogs combined! He is so very intelligent, and such a social butterfly. He's never met a person, dog, or cat that he didn't like. He is such a joy to have in our pack, and I am very thankful to have had the wonderful experience of training a deaf dog. Because of him, I have formed a training class specifically for deaf dogs. We are working with him on becoming a Canine Good Citizen, which he will have no problem passing with flying colors. Because of him, I want to adopt more deaf dogs in the future!
~Our four cats are Percy - a black and white DLH born in May 2008; Gator - a DLH tabby born in December 2008; Timmy - a DSH orange tabby born in August 2009; and our most recent adoptee, Burton - a black DSH born in august 2012 who has cerebellar hypoplasia. Burton was born with a brain malformation, so he has poor depth perception and walks like he is drunk (poor motor skills). He will be this way his whole life, but he gets around fine, and is very happy and playful! Percy, Gator, and Timmy were all kittens that were dropped off outside our hospital and left in a box in the cold. Who can resist a kitten?!
So that is a small window into my family. I hope you enjoyed reading about our "children" as much as I love to talk about them. :) Any inspiring words are welcome!
I lost a lot of weight a few years ago, but I basically put it all back on and then some. I'd like to get back down to what I was back then, and be more healthy and active.
I was recently diagnosed with fibromyalgia. I have really painful joints and lots of other ailments, so working out isn't as easy for me as it was 10 years ago. Now I'm trying to do more light exercises, like walking my dogs daily. Anything more than that and my joints are very painful and swell up like balloons.
I currently reside in Phoenix, AZ.
| Pounds lost: 24.0
Hello Lesley. I'm Esther and pleased to meet you.
1207 days ago
Hey Lesley, just wanted to stop in and say "hi." HI! It looks like you're playing with P90X. How are you liking it?? I started it about a week and a half ago...and so far, I love it!
You've made such great progress! No feint of heart workouts for you, eh?
2228 days ago
Comment edited on: 4/19/2010 1:02:42 PM
Ahh yes p90x is great.
FInished that and insanity a while ago but have to take it easy on my foot right now so im doing some not so High impact but still getting my workouts in.
Glad your enjoying it:)
2273 days ago
Thanks:) i try to find something each day.
HOpe you have a great weekend.
2273 days ago
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2273 days ago