Monthly Archives: February 2021

Charlie’s Behavior Rehabilitation And Training – Part I

Charlie, “Please turn the lights off. Thanks.”

Today, Saturday, Charlie has been with us 7 days.  In that time, we’ve figure out a few things about him:

-He has separation anxiety, very common in dogs coming from shelters, and he is improving little by little.

-He loves food, therefore we are teaching him that when a person/dog approaches he has to ignore it.

-Toys, he took a pair of my socks as a toy, and I asked him to leave it.  He did.

-He doesn’t know how to walk properly, but he is improving.

Charlie is very smart and we are surprised at how fast he is adapting to our schedule, food, and way of life, but one thing is for sure, our boy has no manners and this is something we are working very hard on from day one.

Abby, “I love my blanket mom!”

If you are able to foster or adopt a shelter dog, please do so.  Understand that many of them will be a handful at the beginning-their caretakers do the best that they can, but a shelter/kennel environment will always be stressful for a dog-but if you are committed to his rehabilitation, you will have a dog that will be a pleasure to have in the future. 

Regardless of whether you adopt, foster, or buy a dog, it is paramount that you get your canine companion rehabilitated by making sure that he gets behavior and training under his belt.  With behavior being the one that takes more time to accomplish, but we’ll get there.

We have a long road to go with our Charlie, but he’s worth it.  Stay safe!

And The Search Goes On For Our Next Canine Companion – Part II (Search Is Over)

Abby, “What? I got a new brother? I got to share my food and goodies with him? Fine!”

I thought that our search for a canine companion was going to be long, but I was wrong. Although, I did put an application months ago, but I never followed up on it, so that’s on me. This time, I put the application, but we did a few inquiries about it, and it paid off because we were fortunate enough to get a handsome Shepherd/Lab mix known as Lokie.

Charlie, “Hello. My family will be documenting my progress so please check in on me whenever you have a chance.”

We decided to rename him Charlie. He is a young dog, full of energy and very smart. Abby finally has a younger brother. By the way, they liked each other from the first time they met. Thanks a million to the SPCA of Anne Arundel County for taking care of Charlie and for making the process of adoption easy. Special thanks to Kristen, Nick, Jamie, and Gabby. You are the best!

And The Search Goes On For Our Next Canine Companion – Part I

Walter, a very handsome Australian Shepherd

I decided to document our search for our new addition to the family since it seems like others are going through the same thing. Anyway, I filled out the first application on August 2020; then in September 2020; and finally in January 2021; the applications were to foster and adopt a doggie.

When it comes to breed , I’d like a Pit Bull, Rottweiler, German Shepherd, Australian Shepherd or Dogo Argentino. Watch and see, we might end up with the smallest Chihuahua ever!

One thing I am really not looking for is to adopt a puppy. Puppies get adopted very fast while older dogs linger in shelters for a long time. I will write about senior dogs on another post. With that being said, I’d love to get a dog that is, at the youngest, 3 years old. Watch and see, we might end up with a rambunctious puppy. No!!

Well, let’s see what’s in store for us. Stay safe and warm.