Hi there! Thanks for stopping by my blog! My name is Alix, and I am the blogger behind the blog. I’m a veterinary technician by day (but I don’t work at a veterinary hospital – I work exclusively with explosive detection dogs), and I’ve been in the veterinary industry for 3+ years. Fetch for Me, Human started in 2013 when my dog, Buster, began battling extensive allergy problems. Despite working in the veterinary field, I wasn’t happy with the answers I was getting, and I was disappointed in the lack of information available to research on the topic. I began my blog in hopes that I could create a community and become a resource where pet owners could come together to gain knowledge to better the lives of their pets. That is still my ultimate goal with this blog, but my focus has been extended from just allergy issues to include more information on positive reinforcement training, better nutrition, natural pet products, and enhancing the human-animal bond.
Buster (sometimes lovingly referred to as my “allergy monster”) is, of course, the inspiration behind my blog, and well, the inspiration behind a lot of the things I do. I have loved animals my entire life. In college, I studied biology with a focus in animal welfare. I always knew I wanted to work with animals and be able to make a difference in their lives; I want to be their voice that they don’t have. Owning Buster and living with the challenges that every day brings us has been eye opening. In fall of 2013, he was attacked by a dog and became a reactive dog (but, he is also part Shar Pei, so I absolutely believe he is genetically predisposed to reactivity). After that incident, we began extensive training. We are constantly working on reactivity training as well as general obedience training, and we’ve recently added in Nosework and trick training. I have hopes that one day he will be a Canine Good Citizen. He has really brought to light my passions in life, which in turn, are the focus of this blog.
If you want to learn more about me, read on! If not, here are some posts I think you’ll enjoy to get you started at Fetch for Me, Human:
Buster got a job! This post is all about Nosework.
A recipe for easy training treats.
A pick-me-up post if you are feeling defeated or frustrated with your dog’s reactivity.
Are you expecting too much from your dog? Make sure you have realistic expectations.
Do you know the regulations behind your pet’s food? Read this before the next time you buy food!
You take your pet to the vet, right? Learn more about vet techs here.
Make sure you always have a pet first aid kit. You can read what to put in it here.
So, you wanted to learn more about me, right? Well here you go! This is probably way more information than you ever wanted to know.
- I live in the mountains in Virginia, and I couldn’t be happier. I am the happiest tucked away in the mountains away from people with beautiful views and fresh air.
- I hate cities. I live within driving distance to Washington D.C. (about 50 miles), but I go there maybe once every three years.
- Buster is the complete opposite of what I was looking for. I was looking at 70+lb, deaf, Pitbull mixes. I also never thought in ten million years I’d own a brachycephalic dog. Yet, I ended up with my 32lb brachycephalic English Bulldog/Shar Pei/Heinz 57, and he is the best thing ever. I’m
pretty surepositive he’s my soul dog.
- My husband got Kudo before he even met me; Kudo was about 2 years old when I came into the picture. He is a typical Siberian Husky. He basically acts more like a cat. He is stubborn, nuts, anxious, and sometimes as dumb as a box of rocks yet at other times ridiculously smart. But, he is an incredibly patient and sweet dog. He tolerates Buster way more than I could ever ask for.
- My husband has also always loved animals, but I may
or may nothave turned him into a crazy animal person like myself. He completely cooperates with all of my ridiculous requests. I’ve also seen him stand up for Buster when people are bad-mouthing him for being a “bad dog” for being reactive, and I think that’s the best thing ever.
- Working in the veterinary industry has made me realize my ethics and morals mean more to me than keeping a job. I will absolutely not work with someone I can’t support or agree with.
- I’ve never broken a bone. That may
or may notbe because I was a goody two-shoes as a kid and very cautious.
- I am a self-proclaimed nerd and totally embrace it. I love reading and researching.
- Despite my self-proclaimed nerdiness, I really don’t like school. I think it has to do with the structure. I like to learn and read and ask questions on my own time. I hate feeling pressured.
- I often call myself a 90 year old on the inside, and I’m okay with that. I am obsessed with I Love Lucy and Golden Girls (and yes, I’ve seen all the episodes of both). I also watch shows like Matlock, All in the Family, Mama’s Family, etc. I go to sleep early and wake up early. I like antique-style things. I met my husband early in life. I’ve never been one for “partying.” I just have an old soul, and I’m fine with it.
- When I was in middle school, my mom packed me a pickle for lunch every single day. I still love pickles. On any given day, my fridge will have 2-3 jars of pickles in it.
- My favorite foods are mac and cheese and my mom’s pasta salad. I’d be in heaven if I could eat those every single day.
- I was a vegetarian for 6 months in middle school. I do eat meat now (mainly because the husband loves meat), but it’s mostly chicken and the occasional burger or steak. I try to limit meat in our meals to 3-4 times a week, and the rest are usually vegetarian (or sometimes cereal, because life gets hectic).
- I could never give up seafood. I love going to the beach for vacation but instead of thinking “Yay, sun and sand and relaxing!” I think “Yay! Delicious seafood I can eat every single night that I don’t have access to anywhere else!”
- I call myself a “hippie dippie.” I use a lot of essential oils. I prefer natural remedies. I refuse to clean with chemicals; I have never once purchased bleach in my life. I’m in the process of trying to finding a naturopath, and I want to try acupuncture for my migraines. Seeing a chiropractor is one of the best things I have ever done to take care of myself. I shop at local farmer’s markets and meat markets. I refuse to buy meat from a grocery store. I prioritize buying local and fresh and humanely raised products over organic.
- I’ve recently learned to knit, and I would like to get better at photography.
- I’ve been training dogs professionally since the summer of 2015, and it is a huge passion in my life. I work a full-time job and train in the evenings or weekend, but it never feels like work to me. I love it.
- This is weird, but I really don’t like to travel. I like going on vacations to the beach (and our honeymoon to Puerto Rico was amazing, and that is one place we WILL absolutely go back to), but I’m really a homebody. Traveling stresses me out. No matter how much I pack and how I unpack and put things away when we get to our destination, I feel so unsettled, and I hate that feeling.
Now, on to the age old question, why did I call this blog “Fetch for Me, Human”? Again, that is inspired purely by Buster. Fetch is his favorite game, and when he was learning it as a young pup, he made me do all the work sometimes! I would throw balls and have to go get them. He would just sit and stare at the ball but not budge. Now I like to think that I “fetch” information and compile it into a useful database of knowledge here.
Have a look around, and I hope you enjoy your stay!