Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Perfect Match!

Tiki found the perfect match! Team Training is more than halfway over now and from what I can see, it couldn't be going any better!

She's been matched with a young man and will be helping him in a variety of ways. He's already contacted me to thank us for raising his "best friend" and we couldn't be happier with where Tiki's ended up! She'll be helping him as he raises funds for Muscular Dystrophy and we already couldn't be prouder of her or her new partner!

I will share more if I get permission from her partner but know, this is amazing!
Go forth, Tiki and Adam! You will do amazing things together!

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March 12, 2013

March 12th couldn't have been a better day (okay, it could have if I'd gotten a job and had family to watch Blake while I worked!) because not only did we find out Tiki is in team training but it was also released that the Wildlife Safari got a new elephant!!! They've been working on getting a new cow to be with Alice and George since Tiki (the elephant) died in October, 2010. To read that not only did they find the perfect girl but she was donated absolutely brought me to tears. I remember 7 years ago the fundraising and stress and heartache that went into trying to purchase a new elephant for the park and to know that the elephant barn's fundraising efforts now get to go towards a new habitat for the elephants instead of buying a new one, wow.

Tava sounds like a perfect match and I hope to meet her this week. I may get a special meeting with her because I have a working interview at the Safari on Saturday!! It's not with the elephants but it is working with animals and children! If I get the job I'd be working with the education department helping run day camps and overnight camps this summer as well as school tours and taking care of animals and arts and crafts. I hope it works out. It is a bit of a double-edged sword, though. I don't want to leave Blake but I know the easiest way for me to do so is to be somewhere I love and the park is "home". I hope it works out and I hope we find the perfect sitter for Blake.

Okay, really, I promise Blake's 1 year post is coming but right now I need to contact some sitters! :-D

Tuesday, March 12, 2013


After 10 Long months we finally have a solid idea of Tiki's future, well we will soon! Team training starts next Monday (the 18th) and Tiki-girl is (hopefully) one of the six dogs that will be placed! I'm so excited for my girl! I'm a little sad for Alex, though. He was really hoping she'd get to come home and be his dog, it's hard for him to have 3 dogs in the house who are all my dogs but I'm sure he'll be happy for her handler and her next week.

Unless I'm mistaken (it's hard to see with the lighting) Tiki is the black lab on the far left, still a silly girl

P.S. Blake's ONE YEAR post coming soon!