Sunday, January 29, 2012

My Best Friends: Nana & Kaiser

A tribute to my best friends: a Border Collie named Nana and a Bengal cat named Kaiser.
Nana and Kaiser make me smile and laugh on a daily basis, and I cherish every moment that I have with them.

Nana absolutely loves having fun, and she has an amazing talent for making people laugh. She lives every day to the fullest with a huge smile on her face. Nana is not just a dog; she is a true member of the family who I love beyond description.

Kaiser loves to be the center of attention. He is a little ball of energy who loves tricks, fetch and tug-of-war, and pouncing water in the bath tub or in his water bowl. Kaiser especially enjoys exploring the world around him. I absolutely love everything about Kaiser, and his hilarious, confident personality is like no other.

In this video, I have included some old and new videos of these two, including puppy and kitten footage, and ultimately videos of them being their goofy selves. The Australian Shepherd shown in this video was a friend's foster dog who loved playing with Nana.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Introducing: Paris and Viggo

I have been asked by a few people about these two recently on our latest YouTube videos, and I decided it would be best to give you all a formal introduction on them.

Meet Paris the rat and Viggo the ferret!

Paris is a six-month-old dumbo rat who loves being the center of attention.  She absolutely adores Nana, and will sometimes climb onto her back to eat her treats.  She is very photogenic; it is amazing how much she resembles a little model when she poses for the camera, especially while she is wearing one of her cute little outfits.

Paris has been learning several tricks since I have had her with the iClick - she is absolutely brilliant.  Many people are unaware of just how intelligent rats are.  She already has learned some advanced behaviours in such a short time, and she is such a blast to work with.

Viggo (pronounced "VEE-go") is a three-year-old sable ferret I adopted last week from a rescue.  Viggo is such a sweetheart, and he has been settling in extremely well.  When he was first brought to the rescue he was very sick and evidently neglected, but with much TLC, proper nutrition, and lots of much needed attention, he was nursed back to health.  It breaks my heart to know that some people treat animals with such disrespect, not giving them the love that they need.  I am so glad to have been the one to adopt Viggo; he is such an incredible little guy.

Viggo is the sweetest and most mellow ferret I have ever met.  He loves to cuddle and lick, and he is very gentle with everyone he meets.  He will sometimes fall right asleep while I am holding him. :)

Viggo and Kaiser have really grown to like each other.  The two of them spend hours chasing each other around the house, and of course, Nana will always go running after them to join in on the action.  He is such a clown; the hilarious things he does makes me laugh every day.

Stay tuned for more from Paris and Viggo!

Also, if you are interested in adding a new member to your family, please remember to visit your local rescue first.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Nana's Balancing Tricks

A short video of Nana demonstrating her amazing balancing skills.  All of Nana's training is done through the use of clicker training and positive reinforcement.