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Pawparazzi Return

I can’t believe how long I was away. It’s also good to know being a pawparazza is like riding a bike – you never forget how.

Before we get to the great dogs I met Wednesday, I wanted to promote the Rescue PAWlooza being held at Pet Supplies Plus at 3074 Wake Forest Road, Raleigh, NC this Saturday, May 31st and Sunday, June 1st. The Wake County Animal Center (WCAC) will be there with many of there adoptable cuddle bugs as well as other rescue groups. There are also going to be some great raffles to enter. Hope to see you there.

Now for the dogs …

Cubby (WCAC ID: 103142)

Cubby is another fun loving dog. Just look at that smile. He knows sit and was a superstar during his photo shoot.

Charlie (WCAC ID: 47235)

Charlie is a WCAC alum who has found himself back at the Center through no fault of his own. His family could no longer care for him even though you can tell by the pounds he has packed on that they took good care of him while they could. He was a real sweetie and such a happy guy.

Zeus (WCAC ID: 102025)

Zeus has a lot of energy, but he was very sweet and good during his photo shoot. I’m thinking the fabulous S had taken him for a good walk that morning before I got there. He would definitely love an active furever family.

Lowery (WCAC ID: 103381)

I love Lowrey. Okay, I love all these guys, but his spotted ear, how gently he took treats and his small size made me just want to hang out and cuddle him all day.

Sasha (WCAC ID: 60851)

Sasha has such a unique look. She’s even cuter in person with all her gangly movements. She’s a WCAC alum who was on stray hold when I took this pic. She’s gone from the website so I’m thinking this sweetie’s family came for her. Hooray!

Please check out these and all the other great companion animals available for adoption through the WCAC. You can see them online by clicking here for the Adoption Gallery. Or better yet, stop by Pet Supplies Plus on Wake Forest Road in Raleigh, NC Saturday or Sunday afternoon and you may just meet one of these guys in person – and who can resist that!

Puparazzi Wordless Wednesday

Bryn (WCAC ID: 97551)

Franklin (WCAC ID: 99138)

Reggie (WCAC ID: 99151)

Barnum (WCAC ID: 99694)

Comet (WCAC ID: 99713)

Adonis (WCAC ID: 99778)

These sweeties are available for adoption through the Wake County Animal Center. Click here to check them and all the other wonderful animals out.

Passed Over

The Wake County Animal Center (WCAC) takes in 75-100 dogs a week, on average. Between owner reclaims and adoptions, 55-60% of these animals find themselves with family but this also means that some sweet dogs find themselves spending more than just a few days waiting for their new life. As I revamp the afureverfamily website I plan on highlighting some of these “long timers.”

THIS IS BUMPY!
THIS IS BUMPY!

Bumpy is a reddish-brown and white American Pit Bull. This little guy is a little over two years old and weighs around 45 lbs. – a nice size. His WCAC ID number is 90645.

He’s been living at the shelter since early July – that’s 122 days and counting! Time enough for him to become a volunteer and staff favorite. The Fido Fitness Crew tell me that he walks very nicely on a leash. He’s treat motivated, which will make training much easier. He already knows “sit” and would love to learn to work his brain doing tricks. Also, Bumpy asked that I be sure and tell you that he knows how to take those treats very gently.

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Bumpy has been able to take advantage of the Dogs Playing for Life program at the WCAC. This has given us some more insight into the kind of lifestyle he would do best in. He’s quite the “teenage boy” and plays best with the girl dogs. Letting him loose in a dog park is not for him because he’s a dog who needs his canine playmates selected for him by his human and slow introductions is another key to his success.

Bumpy is one of those great “split personality” dogs – he loves to cuddle and hang out with people – a suspected couch potato. But he also really, really loves the outdoors whether he’s romping in the fall leaves or going on hikes around the lake.

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If you’re looking for a hiking partner who wants to hang on the couch with you after a fun day enjoying nature, stop by the WCAC any day of the week between noon and 6 p.m. to meet this sweetheart.

Bumpy (WCAC ID: 90645)
Bumpy (WCAC ID: 90645)

I Box You Now!

Charlie is convinced that if Bubba Rex spoke English rather than Dog this would be his signature phrase.

He definitely likes to get on his hind legs and throw those big paws at you. It’s taken some time and trial and error to figure out how to break him of this habit. He’s getting it – sometimes the joy of seeing me at the end of the day is too much to contain and that’s when you have to remember to step into him and continue on about your business.

Initially we went with the “take away your attention” technique. We’d turn our back on him or walk out of the room, but he’d continue to jump on our back or bite our ankles. He was especially bad about me when I came home from work each night. It was really stressing out Charlie ‘cause he’d act pretty good with him throughout the day.

One night on our walk we ran into Erin (Hoof and Paws Pet Care) who is now a dog trainer with K9 Solutions. We stood on the street corner talking for most of an hour and her recommendation was to not give up “space” to Rex. Rather, we needed to step into him when he jumps on us, and if he bites at our ankles we need to push back into him … it’s all about us “owning the space”. Confidence and leadership. [Yep, spent three hours last night being re-trained – me that is.]

As my friend R said the next weekend, each dog has a different personality and therefore it takes knowing more than one technique to be the leader of your pack.

Bubba Rex (a.k.a. Dexter 66007)

I have no photos of us boxing. Instead a photo of  he before he got all buffed out from training as a boxer. Click our email address afureverfamily@yahoo.com and we’ll set up a time to meet!

Pride & Joy

As much as we have those normal puppy pack leader issues there are times when I just about bust I’m so proud of Bubba Rex – like when Diadra commented on a past blog about how well behaved Rex was during a recent “soothing bath” appointment – all kinds of people around and he very politely stood in the tub while they let the medicated shampoo soak those itchies away.

He’s been getting better and better on our walks ignoring people and a toned down craziness when we come across other dogs. He’s even learned to ignore squirrels and birds with just a well placed “leave it”.

Bubba Rex (a.k.a. Dexter 66007)

It always brings a smile to my face to see him so politely wait for his breakfast and dinner. And although he’s still quite a pest while we’re eating he no longer barks at me demanding some of what I’m eating – and the last few evenings he’s settled in on his dog bed part way through our meal – yea!

So, yes, I’m proud of our little foster dog he’s learning manners and looks oh so beautiful when he gets it right.

You’ll have to come back soon and hear about my big night at Sadlack’s! Foster dad’s music, lots of interesting people and a crazily cute puppy.

Who’s Exercising Who Here?

Bubba Rex is the first dog I’ve had where I have the potential to get some real exercise. Sugar and I were just sibling couch potatoes; going outside was only for going to the bathroom. And poor Snips. By the time I was ready to walk on a regular basis his age had caught up with him. Tippi just needed to stop and pee so often because of her condition that during a “30 minute” walk we might have spent only seven minutes actually walking.

Bubba Rex (aka Dexter 66007)
Bubba Rex (aka Dexter 66007)

Rex needs regular walks to burn off that energy – that energy that manifests itself in chewing and general mischief making. And I’m realizing these walks need to be at a pretty good clip and travel some distance to really burn off the perfect amount of energy.

Just a light trot ...

My legs have been hurting the last week – a good thing. Now if I can just get myself up in the mornings and do this thing twice a day I might even lose a few pounds.

Halti collar make walks better for Foster Momma

So my neighbor and I had been looking to participate in the SPCA K9-3K walk and we found a team this weekend – our talented neighbor, Erin, who is Hoof and Paws Pet Care. That being said, I’m going to see if Rex and I can work hard enough this week that he can join me for the walk … I know, a little crazy, but what the heck. My K9-3K page.

For those chilly mornings ...
If you are interested, he is available for adoption through the Wake County Animal Center. For more information, or to arrange a meet and greet, email Foster Momma Suze at afureverfamily@yahoo.com.

Struggling

I’m struggling with what to write about my crazy little foster tonight. Maybe that’s the problem; he’s been unruly with me lately – like a rebellious teenager –and only gets cuddly when he’s not feeling well – like this weekend after getting into a big bag of treats and eating nearly half of them. I know some of his unruliness is my fault – you wrestle a few times and now he thinks we can do that every time he gets bored or wired. I also realize that I’ve been really tired lately, which means I have neither the patience nor the calm energy that I need to have with him.

How do you keep on track when you have a wired pup and you just want a little down time?

We used the new Halti Head Collar easy lead a couple of times. He wasn’t crazy about it – duh – but he didn’t pull and I was able to distract him from birds, squirrels, and humans. Jack Russell Terriers who charge us on our morning walk — that’s a different story. It worked well enough, but I need to tweak the fit of it.

Oh heck, let’s just say it – I didn’t read the directions or watch the DVD until now. Our walk this evening was much better as I understand how it supposed to fit. Even so, I needed to tighten it up more when we finished. The DVD was right … it is really tight, but man does it work!

Bubba Rex (a.k.a. Dexter 66007)
Bubba Rex (a.k.a. Dexter 66007) is available for adoption through the Wake County Animal Center. For more information, or to arrange a meet and greet, email Foster Momma Suze at afureverfamily@yahoo.com.

A Whirling Dervish

Look at this cuddly face.

Bubba Rex (a.k.a. Dexter (ID: 66007)

Do you believe that this past Sunday afternoon he did a jig and a twirl and popped the plastic clasp on his harness?

How I felt during the incident ...

Luckily he did not get loose and the clasp wasn’t broken so I was able to get it back on him. But we did cut our walk short as there were just too many dogs out and about.

A little closer to how it was ...

I did come away with several observations …

Getting and keeping his attention on a walk is tough.

String cheese works pretty well, but meaty dried chicken treats are not high enough value. (Going to try dried hot dogs next.)

Carrying a poo bag while trying to hold this leash, train him to walk nicely and treat his good behavior does not work.

Birds and squirrels are much more interesting than me or the treats I dispense.

People get him barking.

People walking calm dogs gets him pulling on the leash.

And jacked-up dogs who bark at him get him crazy with barking, whining, lunging, twisting and twirling around on his hind legs.

Bubba Rex at play.
 
Bubba Rex (a.k.a. Dexter 66007) is available for adoption through the Wake County Animal Center. For more information, or to arrange a meet and greet, email Foster Momma Suze at afureverfamily@yahoo.com.

Boxing, Wrestling, and Tug-o-War

Rex’s More Physical Playtime Favorites

More than the point on the top of his head, it’s our observation that all exuberant greetings and play involves Rex throwing those front paws up in the air and at you. We’re working on it and he’s good with strangers and guests, but sometimes the excited puppy just bursts out and paws start flying.

Bubba Rex (a.k.a. Dexter #66007)

He can also be a noisy boy when he’s in his rough and tumble boy mode. His deep bark is accompanied by a rumbly growl that to those who don’t know him might give the impression he wants to tear somebody apart. He doesn’t. It’s all play. I’m not completely sure why I know this, but I do. Is it instinct or does it have to do with a million little pieces of information (body language, eye contact, tone, etc.) coming from Rex? I wish I could pinpoint them so that I could point them out to Charlie. He trusts me that I know what I’m doing, but I know the noises Rex makes concern him sometimes. And in this respect Rex is stereotypically all boy … at least stereotypically human boy – rough and tumble, loud, looking to mix it up just for the fun of it and to burn off some energy.

Run that energy off Bubba Rex, run it off!

Rex and I have epic tug games. I prefer tug as I find there is less chance of me getting bopped or nipped accidentally. Plus, I’m pretty strong for a girl and even when he puts his feet on my chest for leverage I still win. With him feeling better and being more comfortable in our little pack, we have to go back and work on not starting a rowdy game if Foster Momma or Pop says no. As I mentioned in a previous post, I think a good part of this comes about when the walks are insufficient and he’s bored.

Tired or Bored???

I’m very proud of him for settling down quickly when he’s accidentally grabbed my arm or I’ve told him to “settle.” Recently I’ve also been ending our wrestling/tag games by hugging him in close to me. Again, I’m very proud of him for immediately understanding that the game is over — he pretty patiently waits for me to release him.

Settled and waiting ... for Pop to throw the ball!

I know we still have to work on toning this down. I also know it has to do with my energy and the consistency with which we do this. Of course this week consistency is right out the door as the electricians started rewiring the house on Monday – strangers and furniture being moved and rearranged daily – and last night Rex decided to help Foster Pop pull up the some of the old carpeting in the office. Gonna have to keep an eye on him as he will probably try to be an over achiever in that role.

Is that my furever family I hear calling my name?

He’s Not Just Running – He’s Zooming

Rex is feeling more confident and comfortable every day.

He likes to chase around the dining room when we get home and after dinner. Ball chasing and boxing are two of his favorite activities. So, last weekend we asked our neighbor if he’d let us play ball with Rex in his back yard – see, we have a corner lot and I have yet to figure out how to effectively fence the yard in a cost effective manner. Well, we grabbed a tube of old tennis balls my camera and headed across the street.

 

Please throw it
Throw it, throw it, throw it ...
Wheeeeee

Rex had a good time chasing after the ball as Charlie threw it for him, but I especially enjoyed Rex getting a case of the zoomies. I’d heard about it and have tried to watch a few videos on different Pittie blogs. I think these stills give you a little taste, but nothing beats being there.

Rex is definitely going to need a family that will keep him busy with long walks and lots of activities. He gets to be just a little too much when he’s bored.