puppy closeup

So we thought it would be a good idea to get a new puppy! Our 12 year old Airedale Terrier passed away last Fall, and ever since, the house felt empty. We missed the companionship and our walks. Given that we fell in love with the breed, we decided to get the same type of dog. So we found a breeder; they interviewed us and we interviewed them. Before we knew it, we were placing a deposit for a puppy in the next litter; we had a 5 month wait. Meantime, as we waited impatiently, we tried to find a name that everyone in the family liked equally. We thought of Diesel, Hemmie, Bronco, Hunter, Tucker and Raptor. It took about 2 weeks to decide! Can you guess what we named him?


Our last Airedale, was mature, obedient and balanced. So we had a dreamy idea in mind that our next Airedale would be the same. Wrong. Adoption day came, we brought him home and the fury started. Normal for a puppy to be energetic, mouthy and playful, but this guy wouldn’t stop. Mister dominant with his razor sharp teeth wouldn’t let up and was even drawing blood. Of course try explaining to a puppy ‘no biting’ or ‘leave it’ and all he hears is blaghbla blagh. I guess we forgot the puppy stage: the biting, the crazy energy, the separation anxiety thing (resulting from taking him away from his mom and siblings), oh and of course potty training, teaching him to stay off furniture and all that fun stuff. It was like having a newborn baby. Every day we thought to ourselves: “what were we thinking?!”

running airedael

Airedale puppies are very rambunctious and bite everything in their path. They won’t bite in anger or aggression, they are either doing it to play or it soothes their teeth (teething). We thought though that after a little while, he would start to understand that biting hands, ankles, furniture, digging holes to China, and ripping out the perennials was not cool. Mr. Dominant didn’t get it. Whenever he got too spazzy (aka psychotic), we would help him self-regulate by putting him in his crate (so glad we decided to crate train him). Crate training is very effective, it helps doggy enjoy his special place (they think it’s their den), prevents him from getting ‘distructo’ on everything, and helps us stay sane and of course get some sleep at night.


So we took it one week at a time. But with his ‘bityness’ and ‘spazzyness’, we questioned whether we should keep him or return him. We started nicknaming him Raptor and Broncosaurus, and questioning whether he was a dum-dum, a psychopath or just a puppy.


Airedales are an extremely intelligent breed. Finally, now after 3 months, he’s understanding that being gentle is way more cool. Sure he’s still a baby and has his spazzy moments, but with training, brisk walks, socializing, $100 worth of dog toys dispersed all over the floor, as well as the upcoming puppy obedience classes and proper guidance and instructions, he will become the most amazing devoted companion ever.


Do you think that being patient during the puppy phase is worth it?

Do you think we should have called him Raptor instead?

The evolution of the job application process


I have worked my whole life and recently was out of a job – a very unnatural state for me. I got my first job at the age of 13 – you guessed it – delivering newspapers! That was back in the 80’s. I had two paper routes with the Montreal Gazette and made $100 a month. I got the job through my brother who also had a paper route and who introduced me to the route supervisor. When I turned 16, I wanted to get a job that paid more – at least minimum wage. Back then, the best way to find a job was to hit the pavement. Just like a game of hopscotch, I hopped from door to door of the businesses on my street filling out application forms, whether they had “help wanted” signs or not. I got my first job at the store I visited regularly as a customer – only because they knew me as a customer did they hire me (I had no relevant experience). Looking for a job back in the 80’s was a lot of leg work – in the literal meaning. Going door to door on foot, by bus, by metro and presenting yourself in person trying to act professional.

The job seeking process has evolved indeed where all this “leg work” can now be done from the comforts of your desk or palms of your hands thanks to computers and mobile devices using social media. Application forms today can be filled out & sent out quickly making it easier to apply to a multitude of jobs every day. Networking has always existed – like when my brother introduced me to the paper route supervisor and when the owner hired me based on simply knowing me as one of his customers. In this day and age, networking can be done so efficiently and presented professionally via social networks like LinkedIn or Facebook – hence permitting an exponential amount of contacts and references and I think upping your chances of getting a job. Or maybe not. Is it just me or is the competition fierce? The personal touch of applying for jobs in person has disappeared. Do you think presenting yourself in person – the old fashioned way – makes a greater impact compared to presenting an electronic profile to market yourself? It certainly increases the amount of applications employers receive hence increases the competition.


But I have to admit, today’s job search process is so much broader – there are so may more possibilities now. When you consider the extent of use of social media, it’s amazing what it has to offer: you can apply from anywhere anytime, work from any city, prepare for an interview by watching YouTube or reading blogs, interview over video like Skype, and more.


Do you think there’s more “leg work” involved in “selling yourself” by applying for jobs the old fashioned way or in today’s social media world?