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Help Support My Mission Trip to Honduras

As many of you may already know, I have the privilege of doing another 6 month mission trip in January-June of 2018, this time to Honduras (I went to the Democratic Republic of Congo last year from September to March). In Honduras, I will be an Elementary teacher at the Campos Blancos School. This is a Adventist bilingual Elementary school located on the VIDA Internacional mission compound about 90 minutes from Tegucigulpa, the capital city of Honduras.

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You can help support this venture in the following ways:

  1. Give a monetary donation: I need to raise a total of $2,525 to cover travel, room, board, and other expenses. You can give a donation in the following ways:
    1. For a tax deductible donation: Make your check payable to Countryside Christian Center, 1970 15th St NE, Sauk Rapids, MN 56379-9576 and put Local Mission Teams in the memo line. This must be done by December 20th, 2017 in order for me to get the funds.
    2. Write a check to me personally: This allows me to access the funds a little more quickly. Make your check out to Sarah Brown, c/o Discover Bible School, PO Box 966, Cokato, MN 55321-4001. This must be done before the end of December, 2017 in order for me to get the funds.
    3. Donate onlineGo to https://www.gofundme.com/teacherinhonduras
  2. Spread the word: Share this flyer at your church or with a friend, or share the link to my GoFundMe campaign on your social media page (Facebook, twitter, blog, etc.).
  3. Pray: Please keep me and the other missionaries in Honduras in your prayers. Honduras is not the safest place in the world, but I believe that the safest place to be is where God has led you.

I am so excited to have the opportunity to teach at Campos Blancos School, where I am looking forward to helping the children learn English, learn more about this wonderful world God has created, and, most of all, learn about their best Friend, Jesus. Thank you for your support of this venture!

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Reduced Adoption Fee for Wilbur

We have reduced Wilbur’s adoption fee to $900. I really want him to go to a good home before I leave for Honduras (read more about my upcoming 6 month mission trip here).

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If I could describe Wilbur in two words, it would be energetic and loving. Why two? Well, because he’s kind of got two sides to his personality. There’s the definite mischievous puppy side, full of energy and wiggles and fun. This side of Wilbur LOVES going for walks, will give the most adorable howl of excitement when he sees you, and will run around “terrorizing” our cats (who actually like the attention). But he’s also got such sweet, submissive, loving side. He wants so much to please those he loves. This is the side of him that looks up at you with the most adoring eyes, will immediately cuddle close if you sit down, and wants to be as obedient as he can.

Please Contact Us today if you can give Wilbur a loving, active home. Thank you!

New Pictures/Video of Wilbur!!!

Hey everyone! Wilbur is still available for adoption! You can find out more about him here. Check out the updated pictures I took of him last night:

What a cutey!

Not only that, but I thought you might like getting to see a video of him. You can’t fully tell a dog’s personality from pictures, but a video…. check out this silly bundle of energy in the video on our Facebook page, here.

Please Contact Us right away if you are still interested in adopting Wilbur! We’d love to have you come out and meet him in person!

Bad News; Good News

The Bad News

We are sad to announce that Nikki is not pregnant! Litter 2017 just wasn’t meant to be! Not only that, but we are not planning on having any more puppies in the future.

The Good News

Those of you who are looking to adopt an older dog, we now have two available! I have decided to take a volunteer teaching position in Honduras this winter, so I have decided to find new homes for Nikki and Wilbur.

WilburWilbur is a second generation Cavachon (Cavachon x Cavachon hybrid) with both Sable and Tri-coloring in his background. He is pretty stinkin’ cute, with his downy-soft fur and Blenheim coloring, not to mention his adorable underbite, but what we love about him the most is his personality! So sweet, affectionate, and willing to please! Wilbur loves to be cuddled and petted, but also loves a good romp or walk with the big dogs. He has such expressive eyes, he can basically talk to you with them. Wilbur is almost 1 year old, has had initial manners and potty training, and is up-to-date on all his shots. He would be the perfect fit for an energetic individual or family with children. Please Contact Us for more details.

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Nikki is a first-generation female Cavachon (Cavalier x Bichon hybrid). She is mostly white in color, with peach-colored ears and a couple small peach-colored spots on her back. Nikki is feisty, hearty, and very loyal. At 8 years old, she is getting a little slower, but still enjoys her daily walk. She is completely trained and potty-trained, and even knows quite a few tricks like sit up, roll over, shake, speak, and dance! Nikki would be the perfect dog for an older couple who want to give her a relaxing retirement home. Please Contact Us for more details.

Training Tip for the Time-Deprived

I’m back in the training stage again, now that Wilbur’s joined the clan!

The other day I was sitting on the lawn trying to read a book while Wilbur wiggled and squirmed his way under the book into my lap (and by no means did he sit still once he got there), Shasta started giving me kisses from the one side, and Nikki sat begging for me to pet her from the other side. I looked over at my mom and said, “Is this what it’s like to have children?” ;-P

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The only problem is that I don’t have the time that I used to have now that I’m done with college (isn’t that strange that I actually had MORE time when I was in school fulltime and working part-time than I do now that I’m just working???). How in the world am I going to train this bundle of energy properly?

Well, just in case there’s anyone else out there wondering the same thing, here’s my “Training Tip for the Time-Depraved”: Make training a part of every-day life, rather than trying to schedule in an exclusive training session each day. 

That means that, when I feed the dogs in the morning, I teach/practice the commands “Sit” and “Wait” with them. I put the food in their bowls, and they have to wait patiently until I say, “OK,” before they can jump in and eat.

It means that, when I take my daily walk each day, I work on the “heal” command with Shasta and do some leash training.

It means that, when I go outside to get the mail, and Wilbur wants to jump all over me with muddy paws, I take a few moments to work on some manners training–that he needs to sit before he gets petted.

It means that, when I’m out working in the garden, I practice the “Stay” command with Nikki, making sure that she stays at the garden’s edge and doesn’t come into the garden (which is off-limits).

And it means that, when I’m doing the dishes after breakfast, I bring one of the dogs into the kitchen with me for some exclusive bonding time where I just talk to him/her, maybe randomly say, “Lie Down,” to see if he/she remembers the latest command we’re working on, and give him/her lots of praise and attention.

It’s all about the little moments, all day, every day.  

And for those of you who haven’t done any training before, I highly recommend Dog Training in 10 Minutes.* Not only does this book offer an easy, only-10-minutes-a-day approach to training, but it’s also written in simple, fun language and illustrated with lots of cute, colorful cartoons, making it very appealing to junior-aged children. It’s a great way to get your kids involved (or even completely handling) your dog’s training.

What ways have you found to work training into your busy schedule? Please share!

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Another Update

The more updates I post, the more updates I get! 😀 #NewStrategy I just got another one from Rio down in Florida. He looks so much like his mama, just more white. His family has him groomed so handsomely. His owners say that Rio “loves to cuddle and watch tv!  He loves to take long walks and smell everything in his path while protecting his mom! He is a great watch dog and enjoys playing fetch with us!”

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That last pic… #TooCute

Two New Updates!

We were pleasantly surprised to recently (ok, it maybe was last month, but I’ve been super busy!) receive two updates from people who had gotten puppies from us! As you all know, we LOVE to hear about how our puppies are doing!

First update was from the two sisters in Wisconsin who adopted Danny from Litter 2013. They say, “Hi Sarah, thought we would finally send a picture of Danny who will soon be 4. He is not a cuddler, but LOVES belly rubs!  Life is pretty much on Danny’s terms – he will take a long walk once in awhile but his main goal is to stop and smell everything in his path and sometimes he just sits down and won’t go any further. He has a wonderful disposition, has a great sense of humor and is loved by many, many people.”

Danny @ 6 weeks:

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Danny @ 4 years:

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The next update was the lady from Iowa who adopted Kia from Litter 2016. She said that Kia “has kept a light apricot coloring with darker ears, muzzle, and tail.  She is a cuddle bug and had her first pet visit to a nursing home last Wednesday.  Don’t know what we did without her!”

Here is Kia @ 5 weeks old:

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And again @ 1 year old:

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Thank you so much, ladies, for the updates!