Stacy has lived in the East Kildonan area since 2009 and wants to share with you, how she discovered Kilcona Park - after acquiring her two pups through foster failure! When she first visited Kilcona Park (without the dogs) to check it out, it was a vast mystery. How far back does it go? If I walk too far, will I make it back? Is it fenced back there? How will my dogs not run away? Everyone at the park looked very calm and happy so I started talking to people to get some ideas and quash my fears. And that’s how it began. : )
Our first pup was Siri (pronounced Seer-ee). Stacy and her husband, John, volunteered at the Winnipeg Humane Society in the Foster and Receiving Departments and brought home a terrified, shy and gentle girl who had been found running the streets of Winnipeg at 4 months of age, wearing a choke collar. It took her quite some time to trust us but our love and patience brought her a long way. After officially adopting Siri (Seer-ee), we wanted her to make some friends! She was a regular at Woofs n Wags Doggie Day Care, where they took special care of her and helped to bring her out of her shell. It turned out that she was a bit of a firecracker when she was comfortable with her surroundings and had the right outlets! She loves playing with her paws - pouncing forth, then does a twirl and hip check, a professional deflector! Obedience classes also went a long way in helping Siri becoming more confident. Still today, she won’t go near people that she doesn’t know (she doesn’t ever want to get caught again!), so she loves the freedom of Kilcona Dog Park and her other wonderful place, Sprockett’s Doggie Day Camp. Her DNA analysis revealed – Husky, Boston Terrier, Poodle, Chow.
Our second pup was Miles. After finishing up at the Humane Society and getting Siri on track (she was now a year old), Stacy and John decided to try fostering again, this time through Winnipeg Animal Services. They had a year old male who had a lot of potential but kept getting passed over because he was so big and barked so much. He had also been found roaming the streets of Winnipeg. We were a wee bit hesitant but met with the staff and Miles, and they showed how good his disposition and manners were when not in the kennel area. He and Siri got along right away. He was so happy to finally get some good solid sleep - his bloodshot eyes became normal again, he put on some weight and was now quite content. Now that he and Siri were pals, we didn’t want to break their bond (and we had also become a little bit attached), and so we adopted Miles. Miles also went to obedience classes which he aced. When treats are involved, he listens extremely well. Walking for Miles is just ‘ok’, he really loves to run. His long legs could run forever it seems, so he also absolutely loves the park. He also loves the water so it was a bit of a challenge to get him to stay out of the ditches and ponds but not impossible! And he is much healthier for it, bad stuff in those ponds. His DNA analysis revealed – Rottweiler, Norwegian Elkhound, Brittany Spaniel, Beagle.