One Year with Aurora

This was the very first photo I saw of Aurora (previously Zora), posted on Petfinder. She was listed as a sweet girl who loved fetch. While she was located in Texas, I couldn't keep away from her profile, and kept clicking on it. Finally, I reached out to her rescue, Save Our Strays, to inquire. 

On December 10, 2016, Aurora arrived in the Vancouver airport! Her flight arrived at 9pm on Saturday night. After some long delays with customs, we finally brought her home at 1am, where she proceeded to get zoomies in the apartment and cuddle with Mike, the perfect Daddy's Girl.

The first month was a whirlwind, and we quickly learned what a energetic little bug Aurora was, and how intelligent she was. On her first food puzzle (which was rated difficult), Aurora found all of the hiding spots in 2 minutes! 

We learned a ton from Shelagh of Dizine Canine in the Life Skills - Basic Manners class. 

We celebrated Aurora's 5th birthday in February. Whenever we meet strangers on our walks, we have to clarify that we do mean 5 years, not 5 months... they never believe us with Aurora's super wiggly bum!

For Easter, we set up an egg hunt for Aurora, and she did great! Around this time we also took fun nosework classes with Erin of Pawsitive Connection.

One of Aurora's first public outings was at the "Bark at the Bird" Whitecaps FC2 event. We didn't watch much of the game, but Aurora sure had fun barking at the bird!

We welcomed springtime at the Abbotsford Tulip Festival.

After practicing for 6 months, Aurora was able to leave an armful of cookies until given the cue to go ahead!

Aurora got a taste of the working life. She spent the day extremely busy gathering treats and pats.

In the summer, Aurora learned to swim! She spent a few afternoons at Spanish Banks during low tide, and had a pool party with her friends.

In September, we went to the BC SPCA Paws for a Cause walk to fight animal cruelty. Despite the hustle and bustle of the many dogs in attendance, Aurora behaved very well (other than stealing a stamp from one of the booths, but who can resist a yummy stamp next to all the delicious treats?).

In October, Aurora and her buddies went back to Abbotsford to explore a corn maze... and for the photo ops, of course.

Aurora also graduated from an official Level 1 nosework class with Rich of Doggone Smart Nosework. We're looking forward to Level 2 in the new year!

For Halloween, Aurora dressed up as a bumblebee to go trick-or-treating around the neighbourhood, and got lots of yummy snacks!

She also went to a party where she dressed up as Supergirl.

In November, Aurora partied with her friend Lexy the Elderbull in celebration of Lexy's one year free from cancer. They dressed up as the princesses they are and had a blast! Rumour is they will be on The Dodo!

Aurora continues to go to daycare three times a week and hangs out with all her friends there.

Happy Gotcha Day, Aurora! We love having this lovebug in our lives, and we look forward to many more happy years together!

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