Rocky (formerly Maddux) wanted me to drop everyone at Dog & Kitty City a line to let you know how happy he is in his new home (and how happy we are to have him!). He loves playing games with all his new toys, and chasing squirrels and birds out of his back yard. He did have to teach his parents to keep their shoes in the closet so he wouldn't have to teach them a lesson by chewing them up ;o). He has been warmly received by the neighborhood (look at the sign a neighbor had made and put in the front yard). And, he thinks he looks really cool in his "doggles". We all want to thank everyone at Dog & Kitty City for taking such good care of him at the shelter until we all found each other!
I can’t resist giving you updates on my little guy. It’s been a slow process, but he’s really come out of his shell the past couple of months. I think his eyesight has improved a little bit, too, which may be part of the reason for his newly found confidence and playfulness (neither of which show in these pictures – haha). He is so darn cute, innocent, and well-behaved, I can melt just looking at him.
Here are recent pictures during a visit from my niece. Thanks again for blessing me with this little doll. I appreciate all that you and everyone at the DHS do for these precious animals!
Charlie is really doing well. He slept the entire night and never cried or anything. I have a nice open-type crate with a pillow and blanket in it, and I had him facing Scooter's bed. He slept like a baby. He's been napping a lot today as well. It's nice and quiet in the house. Sometimes I play soft music, other times we have the TV on quietly. He lays on the chairs or in Steve's lap. He loves Steve. Scooter has been having a good time with him too. Charlie jumps like a gazelle when he's out in the yard. We don't leave him and Scooter out there. We stay outside with them. The pool made us nervous when Scooter accidentally bumped him in. And then he bumped Scooter in the hot tub. My son was in the pool and jumped over to grab Charlie and help guide him to the stairs. He was a little panicked. But he goes right back to the stop and sits in the pool. So we are watching both of them closely.
Today I went to Pets Mart and got a little charm made to put on his collar. I bought him a halter for walking and some chew toys. My neighbor gave me a feeding bowl set. Scooter also lets him go to her bowl and eat without getting upset. That amazed us.
He's had two walks already and a third one now this evening, when the sun quits beating down on us. He did very well. Sometimes he would stop and I'd have to coax him to continue walking. It's like he thought I was going to take him somewhere he didn't want to go. Soon he'll realize this is fun time for him and Scooter.
He didn't like my neighbor's dog when we were all sitting out front on their lawn. My neighbor put her little collie on leash and I had Charlie on leash. But Charlie went after Lacy. She's such a timid dog. So we decided to leave it alone. Soon he'll hear Lacy barking and see her more often from the gate, and maybe he will be friendly to Lacy. Scooter goes over their all the time to play with Lacy. I think little Charlie just has so much to absorb. We have to introduce things little by little to him. We're patient.
We are really enjoying Charlie a lot! I'm so glad you chose us for Charlie!
I am writing today to give an update on Lester aka "Jagger" (Shepherd/Labrador Mix puppy adopted on July 1st). Jagger has been such a blessing! In the short time since Jagger has lived with us he has been able to master the doggy door, walk on a leash and obey simple commands. He even likes his crate! He has had his post adoption vet visit and he is as healthy as they come. He is already up 4 lbs since his adoption. His last round of shots are scheduled in three weeks and then the neuter.
I have attached some of the photos we have taken of Jagger. It's almost embarrassing to see how many pictures we have taken of him so far haha! We are so happy to have this little guy in our lives. We will send updates as he gets older!