Meet My Little Luna

When I was growing up, my family had German Shepherds as family dogs. They’re my absolute favourite breed because they’re smart, fiercely loyal and great companions. I’ve always wanted to have a little curious German Shepherd puppy of my own but I knew in my heart, the right thing to do was adopt a shelter dog… since these gentle souls need some love too.

Meet Luna.

She’s a 3-year old purebred German Shepherd, found on the streets of Toronto in the fall of 2013. It’s been 7 months since I adopted her and it’s been quite the journey so far. Every day noises were completely foreign to her from microwave beeps to the clanging of TTC streetcars. But she’s a fast learner, and her intelligence/desire to learn never surprises me.

Me and Luna at Centre Island.

Me and Luna at Centre Island.

She has a few fear-based behaviour issues (people and large trucks). After a lot of research, I decided to enlist the help of the talented Andre Yeu of When Hounds Fly. Together, we are using positive, humane and science-based training that has been strengthening our bond but most importantly, counterconditioning her fears. So far, there has been a huge improvement and I know that one day, this will be a thing in the past for her.

Luna is pretty small for a German Shepherd so picking her up is no problem!

Luna is pretty small for a German Shepherd so picking her up is no problem!

Luna has taught me so much about money/time management, patience and understanding, and unconditional love. And I hope in the end, I would have taught her how to trust, love and enjoy life again.

My silly girl.

My silly girl.

A big thank you to Andre of When Hounds Fly for the guidance and confidence I needed to set Luna up for success. And a big thank you to Toronto Animal Services for picking up Luna and other helpless animals.

If you enjoyed my story, please consider volunteering with or donating to Toronto Animal Services here. If you’re thinking about having an addition to your family, please consider adopting from Toronto Animal Services and other rescue groups and shelters.

[Photos by Jessica Hoang]

09. July 2014 by hoangj
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BANKS – Drowning

Deep song, beautiful video.

04. June 2014 by hoangj
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David A Smith – Sign Artist

David A Smith – Sign Artist from Danny Cooke on Vimeo.

This 15-minute mini documentary is about David A Smith and the craft of sign writing on glass and mirrors. David reveals techniques/skills that are a crucial part of creating these beautiful pieces.

Now take a look and be inspired.

06. May 2014 by hoangj
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Grace Chon

Babies are cute. Dogs are super cute. So what happens when you put babies and dogs together? You get a bundle of cuteness, oohs and awwwww’s.

Grace Chon - Dog and kid wearing same furry hat.

Photographer Grace Chon creates beautiful lifestyle portraits of both people and animals. In this set, Grace photographed her baby with her rescue dog wearing the same outfits. How adorable!

Grace Chon - Dog and kid wearing same knitted hat.

I love that she donates her photographic skills to dog rescue groups and photographs homeless dogs looking for their forever home. It’s very touching and makes me want to hug my little Luna right now.

Grace Chon - Dog and kid wearing same party hat.

[Images by: Grace Chon]

24. April 2014 by hoangj
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Monday Voyages

Ah yes, spring has finally made it’s way to Toronto. I can’t wait to spend more and more time outdoors. I might as well just pitch a tent in a local park :)

Happy week!

Sunset in the country. Kent, England.

Near Graveney, Kent, England. [Image: AlexandraH1960]

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Bridge in Central Park, New York, USA.

New York City, New York, USA. [Image: S. Nirza]

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Fungi in The Rocks, Cairns, Australia.

The Rocks, Cairns, Australia. [Image: Ray Palmer]

21. April 2014 by hoangj
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Monday Voyages

I love winter. I really do… but it’s suppose to be spring right now. I can’t believe there is snow in the forecast this week but I also can’t say I’m not surprised.

Oh well, I definitely made the most out of spring this past weekend. I spent a lot of time outdoors and I know by the end of it, Luna was pooped (as was I).

Happy week friends!

Farmington, Utah, USA. [Image: Tim Knight]

Farmington, Utah, USA. [Image: Tim Knight]

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Dubai Marina, UAE. [Image: Damien Borel]

Dubai Marina, UAE. [Image: Damien Borel]

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Japan. [Image: enoshiman]

Japan. [Image: enoshiman]

14. April 2014 by hoangj
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THE GAP by Ira Glass

THE GAP by Ira Glass from frohlocke on Vimeo.

Incredible.

I could never understand why I felt the way I did about my early design career but this beautiful video sums it up nicely… It’s a wonderful reminder why I still continue to push myself in my career.

10. April 2014 by hoangj
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Studio Songs

I’ve been listening to one song for the last two months but it’s helpful because now I know the song inside and out. :)

I’ll be able to listen to new songs soon enough… and can’t wait to use these ones in the studio.

02. April 2014 by hoangj
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The little signs of spring

With the little sparrows chirping, squirrels running amok and the mounds of snow melting away, I think it’s safe to say that spring is finally here in Toronto.

Luna at Trinity Bellwoods Park, Toronto.

Yes, that’s my little Luna at Trinity Bellwoods Park from this morning. She’s still wary of streetcars, loud traffic and crowds but I feel like she’s slowly improving. I look forward to the day where her fears do not control her life and she can live a carefree, happy life.

[Photo by Jessica Hoang]

30. March 2014 by hoangj
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