The guiding force behind DogTipper (and our pet freelance writing) is definitely Irie and Tiki. Their adoption in 2008 inspired us to change careers, and we continue to learn from them every single day.
Irie was adopted in February 2008; she was six months old at the time (and had demodectic mange). She was adopted from the Bulverde Humane Society. Irie’s named for a Jamaican patois word that means “all’s good.” Although she was an extremely shy dog when we first adopted her, Irie has really blossomed. She will never be as outgoing as Tiki, but she now loves traveling with us and meeting new people. Irie’s DNA test say she’s a mix of lab, coonhound, and German Shorthaired Pointer. Irie’s favorite things are treats and chews, taking long hikes, and playing in the water, whether that’s on the beach, in our creek, or at the lake.
We adopted Tiki in August 2008 from what is now Texas Humane Heroes. Like Irie, Tiki had also been a stray dog. Since Irie is a shy dog, we went to the shelter looking for a very outgoing, happy dog that summer — and we found it in Tiki. Tiki absolutely loves to meet new people and new dogs. She loves traveling, eating at outdoor restaurants, and visiting new indoor locations, whether a store or a home. Tiki’s DNA test says she’s mostly Poodle and Doberman, with lesser amounts Bulldog and Sheltie!
Tiki and Irie share their home with three cats: Coco, Inca, and Lucky. You can read more about our cat crew over on CatTipper’s About page!