Charlie Bear was up for adoption. Now he lives with us.
But he was not without “issues” as we learned when we read his profile online. The site stated: “Poor guy spent his impressionable months fending for himself on the streets with an owner who didn’t care for him. As a result, he developed some ‘issues’ – resource guarding, being sensitive to touch, and throwing tantrums. He starts to chase his tail when he is nervous, over-excited or unable to do what he wants to do. However, when he settles into his daily routine and feels secure and relaxed, he turns into a Charlie Bear…the sweetest, affectionate, cuddle bear.”
It went on to stay that he’s very focused, smart, eager to learn and to please and that he was currently living at a foster home with 2 other dogs, one big and one small. That was important to us because we have a Golden Lab, Rex.
There were hundreds of dogs in our area (thousands all over the place) that needed homes. Why did this one stand out for us? What about his “issues?” We wondered if we should take on a dog that would need so much from us. Then I asked myself, “Why not?” He deserved a home, just like others. He’d been through so much. Yes, he’d need behavior training reinforced (but don’t they all?), and he’d need patience (what dog doesn’t, especially when they are young?). He’d also need love, lots and lots of love.
I went through behavior training classes with Rex (who almost flunked!) when he was a puppy, but I sure don’t know it all. And, I hate to admit it, I’m ten years older! This old brain needed to be jump-started. There’s a great book out that I’m reading: Good Habits for Great Dogs. Here’s the Amazon link: http://amzn.to/9DKwUy What I like is that it’s appropriate for dogs of all ages. I’m also looking into a group class where Charlie Bear and I can bond and learn together.
Now that you know Charlie Bear’s “issues,” I’d like him to tell you all about them. Maybe we can figure out why some dogs do what they do, and in the end have more patience and understanding. Charlie Bear’s Chat called Something to Chew On will begin soon. Stay tuned.
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FEATURED PET PHOTO:
These handsome dogs are three of the puppies Kimi raised for Canine Companions for Independence. That’s Titian, Emilio, and Lieb (left to right). As a volunteer puppy raiser, Kimi devotes almost 18 months to raising each dog, bringing them as much socialization and training as she can. Then she turns them over for advanced training to CCI. Canine Companions for Independence® provides highly-trained assistance dogs for children and adults with disabilities, free of charge. To learn more about what Kimi does, or about CCI, click here: www.caninecompanions.org.
Thanks, Kimi, for sharing your special friends with us.
Stay tuned for more favorite pet photos in blogs to come.