Here’s our little daschund friend Maize May. Isn’t she super cute? She’s lives in Pennsylvania and apparently loves to play in the snow and take naps with her Pop. Some of her other hobbies include chewing most everything at wiener-dog height and playing with her toys. We’ll probably never get to sniff Maize’s tail, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be friends, right?
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Tommy on the blue blanket
It’s been almost 2 weeks since Tommy joined us in his furever home and we’re all still feeling each other out. As you all may, or may not know, Tommy is a rescue from the Parkersburg, WV puppy mill raid earlier this year. He’s two years old but probably wasn’t handled by anyone (at least in a loving manner) in all that time. So trust is a big issue with him. Luckily, he has absolutely zero aggression issues with people or other dogs (Shelly). He will let us pick him up and stick our faces on his soft little mug and play with his ears and feet and he will curl up in your lap if you place him there. His biggest obstacles are sudden movements or noises especially of hands and trusting us enough to venture around the house on his own. Right now, he has two safe places at which he spends his time. The sofa and the bed! He feels comfortable there so we aren’t going to deny him that.
We’ve been working with him everyday to get him used to his new surroundings and trying to show him that people are fun and not scary like the ones he encountered in the past. Already in just 2 short weeks, he no longer flinches or cowers every time we reach for him. And he’ll definitely eat treats out of our hands!
Tommy on the sofa
Tommy the towel head
Under the towel
Our short-time goal is for Tommy to eat out of his bowl without one of us having to sit with him. Judy has way better luck at this than me, but this morning he and I had a little break-through. After his morning run-about outside (he loves being outside), we came in to eat. He ran in and jumped right up into the sofa and plopped down in his safe place. So I placed his bowl on the floor about 4 feet from the sofa and went and sat quietly in my chair. He saw his bowl and desperately wanted to eat, but was apprehensive about having to actually stand on the floor and eat. He paced back and forth on the sofa and made little whining noises at me. I just sat in silence. After about 30 minutes, he jumped off the sofa then jumped right back up. Then he did it again. But this time he took a few steps toward the bowl. He turned and bolted back up to his safe place. Again he dared to leave the sofa and quickly shuffled to his food bowl, took a couple pieces out of it and bolted back to the sofa. He did this about 3 more times until the last time he stayed at his bowl and ate until it was all finished. Usually after he eats, it’s back to the sofa, but instead, he lingered around and checked out some furniture, found Shelly’s squeaky bone and just stood up tall while looking around.
I know it doesn’t sound like much of an accomplishment, but for him it was like landing on the moon. He has yet to explore the house and see and smell all the great things that we have to offer. Eventually curiosity is going to get the better of him and he’ll just HAVE to go exploring. We can see that he wants to, but it sure is scary when you leave the sofa!
In the meanwhile, I think somedoggie is anxious for Santa to come 🙂
Shelly on her bed
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Posted in About the Dogs, tagged bartlett pear, blondie, certificate of completion, cool names, little devil, manners, mobster, mr t, newness, nicknames, puppy, rotti, Scarlett, Shelly, tomato on December 10, 2008|
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There comes that time in every pups life, when one name just isn’t enough. Take for instance, our Angel Simon. Besides his Christian name, he was most often refered to as “Chuck” – as in “what’s up, Chuck?”. But he also went by “Morgan“, “Blondie“, “Pie“, “Nubbin’“, “Lumpy” and “Handsome“. He actually had more aliases but these were his favorite.
I think it’s only fair to name a few of Shelly and Angel Scarlett’s nicknames too so it doesn’t look like I’m playing favorites. Here are some of Scarlett’s: “Bartlett Pear“, “BP“, “Pug face puppy“, and “Pear“. Shelly has been a little harder to nickname and she’s still working on them but she has a few. My favorite is “She-ellyzebub” – ’cause she’s a little devil! She also responds to “Smelly Shelly“, “Sea Shells“, “Droopy Face“, and “Pretty Girl“.
Where is all of this taking us? Tommy of course! For the week leading up to his adoption, we discussed changing his name. We searched the internet for “English” sounding names but we couldn’t agree on any of them. I was pushing hard for “Oliver” but I couldn’t sway the jury Judy. But in retrospect, I’m glad we kept his name because it fits him perfectly. AND we’ve already come up with some cool names for him to TOTALLY confuse the little boy some more. Here they are in no particular order: “Tommy Tomato” (that’s his little mobster name), “Mr. T.“, “Little Ben” (named after Ben the Rotti because they kinda have the same markings), and “Sweet T“. I’m sure more will follow.
Shelly wanted everypup to know that last night was her final class of “Family Manners I” and she received her certificate of completion :-)) She did really well with her “sit, stay” and “walk politely on a leash” but about half way through class she seemed to loose interest so didn’t get to show off her “down”. Our instructor (and we agree) believes that Shelly might be a little stressed with all the newness going on around her so that is why she was in the dumps last night. She’s been unusually “clingy” with us this week and all she wants is to do is lay in our laps. So we’re giving her extra attention and hugs so she’ll be back to her normal self in no time.
Finally, I just want to say that I promise to post some new pics of Tommy and Shelly soon!
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