Lloyd was adopted from the Calgary Humane Society just over five years ago. It was evident that he had unfortunately come from a rather rough upbringing in his early years. He desperately needed a home to provide him with structure, patience, and of course unconditional love.
Fast forward to present time, Lloyd has really come into his own, after years of hard-work. For those of you who are familiar with Lloyd, he is surely a one of a kind little fella physically, socially, and emotionally. He looks like a Heinz 57 mix, being the perfect combination of sassy and grumpy. To know Lloyd is to love Lloyd. He has been our travel companion, being able to go on various adventures with us, loving any opportunity to enjoy the simple joys of life. Lloyd was one of the lucky dogs to be provided with a supported second chance. And we know that this is not the case for everyone. Because of this, if there was any way we could help to support other animals in these types of situations, we knew we had to jump on the opportunity.
Lloyd is usually a man of leisure, but he is ALWAYS down for a walk. Our family unit looks forward to the weekends when we can have a nice long extended walk with one another. And of course during quarantine, it truly became our favourite time together. When we found out that this was the second year of CHS's Dog Jog going virtual, we thought this was an excellent occasion for our lone wolf to help spread awareness surrounding animal cruelty and the need for corresponding vital resources. Because of Lloyd's little legs, his "jog" will more than likely look like a brisk "jaunt", but his feisty determination and perseverance will be there (along with his willingness to stop and smell any and all the flowers/long blades of grass that may cross his path).
As mentioned earlier, bringing public awareness to animal cruelty and its aftermath is something we are very passionate about. We were fortunate enough to be able to participate in the Reactive Rovers dog class through the CHS when we adopted Lloyd, to help him build up some foundational skills he was previously lacking. We again want other dogs (and animals) to be able to have this same great opportunity. We feel blessed to be able to bring light to this subject matter by supporting the society in which we received one of the greatest gifts from. Lloyd has made the biggest impact on our lives and we hope that we can raise money to put towards another family feeling even just an inkling of what we have.
Lloyd's fur-cousin (a French bulldog named Emmylou) has graciously donated eight 'dog lover' necklaces that we will personally deliver to the first eight donors of $25.00 and above! We know we are surrounded by such an incredible community of dog/animal lovers. Yet, we do recognize that this pandemic has been extremely hard on so many people in a multitude of ways. Any little bit helps, even if you just read this write-up and then go and do your own research of how to help combat animal cruelty, making sure there is public awareness of how prevalent of an issue this sadly is. We truly want to be a part of helping to create a brighter future for all the vulnerable animals out there. Your help would be a bonus!