“The Buddy System” is an online community created for dog parents who are looking for a safe and welcoming community where they can share information, doubts, or tips regarding their best friends.
Hey. I’m Leyla, and this is my dog and best friend Phillip.
Tell us a little about yourself
I’m a 24 year old hotelier from Baku, Azerbaijan, who is passionate about all-things animal related. While Phillip is my first dog, I have always been surrounded by animals. I’ve had a Turtle and fish in the past and have volunteered to help animal shelters and street animals since I was a teenager.
Talk to us about your dog
Phillip is a Bichon Maltese. He’s 3 years old and has been with me since he was 2 and a half months old. I adopted him in Barcelona, so he technically is Spanish. He really, really loves food.
What’s your favourite thing about him?
His personality. The way he behaves is different than any other dog I’ve ever met before. He is cunning, adorable, and knows how to use his charm to get what he wants.
What’s the biggest struggle you had with him?
His love for food. He’ll spend all his efforts to try to sneak away snacks whenever he can and does not have a sense of fulfilment when it comes to it. As a result, I have to constantly watch out to make sure he’s not on another food heist. As you can imagine, bottom shelves are no longer used in our household.
Why did you decide to become a mentor in “The Buddy System”?
When I first became a dog parent, I always had questions about my new pup, but didn’t necessarily have someone who had been through similar experiences who could help me out. As a result, I put in a lot of time and effort into doing research on everything that is good and bad for our pups, and now have an extensive knowledge base that I would like to use to help fellow pet owners out there.
What do you expect to take from this experience?
Build connections with fellow pet-parents going through similar experiences, help them out as best I can, and also learn along the way.
What’s your favourite thing about BOWMOOD?
BOWMOOD puts us and our pets first. It brings together people from different backgrounds who have one thing in common: our love for our pets. Thus, there is a sense of team spirit that is hard to come by. Often being a pet parent can be stressful sometimes, especially if you’re handling it alone, so having a community like this is immeasurably valuable.
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