Posted in About the Dogs, tagged Shelly, Tommy, training on November 29, 2008|
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I just wanted to let everydoggie know that Tommy is arriving at his new fur-ever home on Monday! Pop is going to go and pick him up in West Virginia since it’s half-way between where he is now. I can’t wait to finally meet him. He’s all I heard about for the past two weeks. Tommy this, and Tommy that. Today I brushed up on my Kleenex stealing/shredding skills. I hadn’t done that in a LONG time but I figured I’d better give it a try today so I can teach Tommy the correct way to do it.
Oh. I’m still practicing my homework everyday and this week I’m learning how to “lay”. I have to admit that this one was the hardest to learn yet. Today was the first day that I actually did it correctly and now I can’t stop myself from laying down! I’m also learning “leave it” and I mastered that in about 5 minutes so it wasn’t hard at all.
Well, gotta get some sleep before Tommy comes, so I’ll smell ya later 🙂
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Posted in About the Dogs, tagged dog, English Toy Spaniel, Pop, puppy mill, Scarlett, Shelly, Simon, Tommy, toy, training, treats on November 21, 2008|
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Hi ya pups! You don’t know me (yet) but as many of you have guessed, I’m going to be Shelly’s new little brother!! My name is Tommy and I’m a 1 1/2 year old King Charles Spaniel or English Toy Spaniel. Some people refer to us as “Charlies” or “E.T.’s” but I don’t think we look anything like that little critter.
Here’s some information on my breed. Historians believe that we were first bred in Japan or China (hence the smooshed face) and made our way to Europe as presents to Royalty. We are extremely loyal to our owners and it is said that Mary Queen of Scots’ English Toy refused to leave her even while she was “on the chopping block”. We were a favorite of King Charles I and that’s where we got our name. Our colors were origianlly Black and Tan like me but other colors like Black, White and Tan (Prince Charles), Red (Ruby Spaniel), and Red & White (Blenheim) emerged much later. We are toy dogs so we range from 8-14 lbs when fully grown.
Now let me tell you a little about me! While my ancestors grew up in the lap of luxury in Royal families, I didn’t quite have those surroundings. You see, I’m a puppy mill rescue. In fact, I was rescued along with 900 other canine friends from one puppy mill in West Virginia in late August. It was one of the largest animal rescues in American history and the largest in WV. Luckily, the great folks at English Toy Spaniel Rescue came and snatched me and 32 of my Charlie brothers and sisters and placed us in foster homes all over the country. Right now I’m living in Indianapolis, IN with my foster mom and her family and a whole bunch of other dogs and cats and birds. I have never been loved before now but I’m adjusting pretty well. My foster mom potty trained me in one day and gives me lots of treats and toys to play with. The doctor has looked me over and has given me a clean bill of health and was amazed that I was in such good shape coming from my dismal surroundings. I’m going to turn it over to Pop now because I’m exhausted. I can’t wait to meet everydoggie!
From the Pop: As some of you may know, Judy and I had been kicking around the idea of adopting another rescue dog for a little while. Since the passing of Simon and Scarlett, our house just didn’t feel complete without the noise and mess of multiple dogs! We have gone back and forth quite a few times if whether or not we were again ready for the responsibility. As luck would have it, we enrolled Shelly in Family Manners class and we met “William Henry”. You all know him. He’s the dreamy Cavalier King Charles. Last week Judy asked William’s mom where she found him and she agreed to give us some info about the rescue group she went through. After this weeks class, we went home and immediately went on-line to check out Lucky Star Cavalier Rescue website. We “ooh-ed and ahh-ed” over the photos for a while and as I clicked through the pages, I found a link to the ETSR site. Again, we browsed the “adoptable” page and there he was. It was love at first sight. We wanted him. No we needed him so badly. The next morning Judy filled out the extensive adoption evaluation form and sent it in with great anticipation. Would we be turned down? God I hoped not.
We waited all day and heard nothing. No phone call. No email. We were on pins and needles and could barely function. We sat down to the diner table, said a prayer that we’d hear something soon and tried to eat. Judy asked if I thought they would call and I said “well, it’s already 8:30 so I doubt it”. Not two minutes later, the phone rang. I looked at the caller ID and saw it was a number from out of state. My heart raced as I picked up the phone.
“Hi Jason? I’m Candi. I’m with English Toy Spaniel Rescue and I’m fostering Tommy” was the voice on the other end of the line.
What a rush it was. I talked to her for 30-40 minutes as she filled me in on how they received Tommy and in what condition. She told me that they had received numerous inquires about Tommy but had turned them all down – except ours. She felt we would be perfect for him! She let us know that Tommy is in remarkable condition. No physical injuries, his teeth are in great shape (she said most puppy mill dogs loose their teeth by the time she gets them), heartworm free, his knees and joints show no sign of damage or disease, and he has been neutered. He is extremely shy and a little frightened of people right now but is getting better every day. He loves to be held and play with the other dogs and his FM house trained him in one day! So he’s pretty smart.
We don’t have Tommy yet as he’s still in Indianapolis. We are waiting to hear back from them to work out the transportation details. They have volunteers that will transport some distance, so we’ll probably try to meet them half way. Please say a prayer for us that this all works out and it doesn’t fall through for some reason.
Impatiently waiting. . .
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I’ve been having the best time lately. I love my family manners training and can’t wait for class tomorrow night. We’ve been doing my homework everyday and I’m learning so fast that I’m making it harder and harder for my pawrents. I’m supposed to be practicing “sit”, but every time we begin our lessons, I sit before they can ask me! They barely have enough time to say the command so they try to trick me by making me walk around the house with me in tow on my leash and asking me to sit when I least expect it. I’m catching on to their scheme though. :beauty:
My favorite lesson by far is “come”. We started out by again, having me on my leash and Pop would all of a sudden backpedal while calling my name and saying “come”! Then I chase him and when I catch up, I get my treat. That was fun for a while, but Pop’s just too slow running backwards. So now Mom and Pop stand on opposite ends of the house and take turns calling me. I get to run as fast as I can down the hallway and when I reach them, I come to a sliding sit at their feet eagerly awaiting my Salmon snack. I could do this all day!
When I’m not practicing, I’ve been playing with my big, red smiley face that Ben sent to me. It has become one of my favorite toys. :-))
I love my pressie from Ben
Squeak, squeak, squeak!
Red Smiley Face rocks!
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