Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Courtney will be in town from Thursday through Saturday for a Friday night concert at the Fox. We'll be meeting at City Garden Saturday morning since she's staying downtown. I am so excited! Joe is with his Dad this weekend but I requested his presence because I think he helps me and the dog with these adoption meet and greets.
She has a beautiful, fenced in back yard, she feeds Jackson high quality food, she currently has a young and playful Cocker Spaniel and she knows the breed. Wow - doesn't this sound perfect?? The only drawback is that she's out of state and I have to admit it can be scary to let a foster go hundreds of miles away. But in those cases I always make sure to contact references and tell them over and over again the dog will need to come back to our group. When I called her vet reference and told them her name, they immediately knew she was Jackson's human. That is such a good sign to me.
Let's everyone wish the best for Leon, Jackson and Courtney. I will rreeally miss Leon - he's such a fun little nut. But his possible home sounds like a dream come true for this once unwanted boy.
Today was a really rough day at work ... I got called into the office and got to listen to a list of mistakes I made on a loan. I knew it was going to be a crap day as soon as I read my emails at 7:30 this morning. I even printed one out and had my friend read it. She tried to reassure me but I knew what was to come. ::sigh:: The sucky thing is I still don't think I did anything wrong ... it was a matter of interpreting our policies and I'm proud to say I stuck up for myself. By the end of the meeting I did get a couple of positive comments from two of my bosses and they realized I wasn't being a total irresponsible slacker but it still really really sucked big time.
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
This is the first time I've taught a dog to do anything!! I am super proud of myself and Leon. There's a young woman in our group, Lindsay, who is amazing at training her foster dogs and her own dog. She's even trained her cutie pie Remy to lie down when she points her finger and makes a bang sound. :) Remy is a great, great dog - he's so amazing even TRex loves him. He was one of her foster puppies that had a horrible case of mange. Do you know a vet suggested he should be put to sleep? How stupid!! But she gave Remy a chance and he's turned into one of the coolest dogs in the world. I've emailed her a couple of times asking for advice. At first, when I was teaching Leon the sit command he was doing great. But then I noticed he was only doing it in the spot of the yard where I first taught him. Lindsay pointed out that I should take him to different areas - in the yard and outside the yard to teach him. I did that last night and tonight. Tonight I was wanting to get a good pic of Leon and I decided to take my chances - that's when I discovered he was sitting easily. yay yay yay
It's actually very simple (well when you're watching someone else) teach a dog to sit. You use a slip lead and keep the leash tight so you can keep the dog near you. You then take the treat, hold it above their nose and push it toward their nose until they're forced to sit on their butt. (Because they can't back up anymore) By holding the leash tightly, they can't just back up and go wherever they want. Then, once they do that you loosen the leash and pull the dog toward you and start again. I was told you should only do it a few times each training session. I've been taking Leon outside to teach him because he can't be around the 50 other dogs I have or he'd get too distracted. That's why I originally taught him out in my back yard.
I am so proud of myself and Leon. I'm excited to try and learn more and help Leon become the best dog he can be. My next goal will be "Down" and then the magic one is "Leave It." Professional Lindsay might need to take Leon for a few days to teach him that one. He's a great dog, but he definitely needs to learn some manners. And by me, quite the novice, being able to teach Leon "sit" bodes extremely well for this intelligent young pup.
Leon has definitely calmed down - he's still doing some puppyish things but he's doing a lot better. It might help that he's been getting regular walks and getting plenty of "running around like a nut outside" time. I can't wait until Leon's perfect family comes along - they're going to be so lucky. I had a woman interested in Leon last week and when I received the email forwarded by our director, I responded to this woman with a little bit about Leon and asked her to fill out an application. I then proceeded to receive one of the nastiest emails I've ever seen from someone and she decided to accuse me of "bait and switch," being terse and pretty much forcing her to drive 50 miles to go buy a dog. I was so mad it's the first time I've ever responded to someone immediately without giving myself time to calm down. I wasn't rude, but I did let her know that she should be ashamed of herself for being so rude to me when I'm an unpaid volunteer trying to help out a few dogs. People like that definitely have no clue what adopting a rescue dog is all about and definitely have no business trying to get this sweet boy. The NOIVE! ;)
Saturday, March 19, 2011
TRex slowly became more and more "normal". He slept on the floor next to my bed for the longest time. I kept a big, thick blanket there and would literally cocoon himself into it. I would occasionally pick him up and let him get in my bed, but he was so beside himself with joy and excitement about being in my bed that I couldn't get any sleep. He was insane. One day I took a nap, and I was so tired I was able to fall asleep quickly and get TRex to calm down too. Success! But I still didn't want to share my bed with him because he still got wound up. I would sleep with him on occasion and then one day he learned how to jump on the bed. There was no going back from that day.
Sunday, March 13, 2011
Today I was sitting on the couch watching "Behind the Music" about Nelly ... who can resist BTM?? I had a couple of dogs around me and Leon showed up, chomping on something. No big deal - that's pretty standard for this puppy boy. But when I bothered to glance over I noticed he had one of my work shoes in his mouth. UGH These are "dress up" Crocs which are not cheap shoes. ugh ugh ugh I think they might be ok to keep around as dress down shoes, but they definitely can not see the inside of the office building in Westport anymore. Here's the end result of Leon's work.
Friday, March 11, 2011
Natsumi is still traumatized by her combination bath and impromptu hair clipping episode tonight. Doesn't she look pitiful all wet? It also takes her forever to dry off since she's got such thick hair. I gave her a bath over two hours ago and she's still wet1 She hates her baths - I even cuddle her up in the bed afterward but she just shakes and shakes and shakes. I think that's really common with a dog that didn't have a home and didn't have the experience of receiving baths. I'm not saying that dogs from loving homes enjoy baths, but there's this absolute terror that seems to come in dogs that are really unsure of the experience. It probably doesn't help that she can't see. My little Nachee was quite dramatic this evening. I added a new picture of her on Petfinder tonight as well as a different profile .... fingers crossed. This picture was taken by a group member for Mardi Gras and I love it - she said Natsumi reminded her of a muppet. I bet she's jealous she didn't get to sing with Cee Lo Green. ;)
I had to email the gentleman the other day that's interested in Leon and let him know that Leon has been acting quite puppyish lately since he'd be coming from Paducah, KY. Considering he's a single, older man I just knew Leon wouldn't last 2 days in his house and then we'd have to go through the ordeal of getting Leon back. Of course, I got an almost immediate email back ... thanks, but no thanks. :)
So tonight I changed Leon's profile on Petfinder - I'm hoping that'll do the trick to get his patootie adopted. I hadn't been able to update it and I've changed it to include his active lifestyle. Any runners or joggers out there? Here's a dog that might help you train for a marathon without wearing out. Please?? Really? Sure you don't know someone??? haha I don't know how much longer JTK, myself and our 50 dogs can handle the furry, canine tornado known as Leon. :)
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
|Whut? Hoo? Me? No, seriously. ME?|
Leon went to his first adoption event on Sunday and he was beside himself with wanting the other dogs to pay attention to him and play. Nobody was really interested in playing, though, so Leon proceeded to do this horrible high/shrieky bark for the majority of our time there. I knew I would only be there a short time and am I ever relieved. egads He's a sweet dog but he seriously needs some training. One woman who met him pointed out that he'd be an excellent agility dog. Now that's my goal for Leon's future - for someone to take the time to train him and focus all his energy and excitement.
After the fiasco of yesterday I figured I would start crating Leon. I let my dogs have the run of the house because they don't tear stuff up and they're pretty laid back. But I am not up for coming home to a new and exciting HUGE mess every day so Leon will be crated. Unfortunately, I could not get my patootie out of bed and was running to late to get it set up. Lesson learned!