Happy updates and photos from our past adopters.

Calvin McCrary (and Baby)

It was a whirlwind courtship and it looks like the new couple have settled in nicely. Mom and Dad couldn’t be happier :-)

Rona update!!!

An update from Rona’s foster mom 6.21.12:

1) First off, she is sort of a klepto and you’ll find odd things in her crate like: slippers, oven mitts, even my ankle weights (buff girl that she is:)).  She doesn’t destroy anything, she is just a “collector” of sorts.  So, if something’s missing, we know where to check first.

2) She loves lightning bugs (or fireflies).  She likes them so much in fact, that she usually begs to go outside around 8pm or so when it starts to get dark so she can admire them.  By admire, I mean, catch and eat as many as she can before I yell for her to come back in the house.  The massacre she can cause in 15-30 minutes is pretty incredible!

3) As usual in KC yards I’m sure, we have chipmunks that like to dig holes that provide a tunnel that exit in other areas of the yard.  For a while, Rona thought she “cornered” one in a hole she chased one into.  Probably for a good week, every time we would let her out she would charge/run to the hole to guard it…and she’d stay at the hole, waiting ever so patiently for the chipmunk to come out that she know was trapped in there.

4) She’s really into tennis balls.  My dog O’Malley likes tennis balls.  He likes to “peel” them and will catch/retrieve them when thrown, only rarely gives them back.  Rona on the other hand, will reliably catch, retrieve, and repeatedly give the ball back to continue the game.  I’m currently going through Physical Therapy where they’ve created a massager of sorts with a sock and 2 tennis balls to rub the knots out of my shoulders.  Guess who keeps “finding” my high tech PT apparatus, chewing a hole through the sock and claiming the balls as her toys?  Yeah, my sore shoulders do not find it funny!

Update on Calvin

Read about Calvin’s progress !!!

Matilda joins the family of Yoda!

Matilda, now Molly, had the great fortune of being adopted by local celebrity Tom Kane and his family. Tom is best known as the voice of Yoda on Star Wars: The Clone Wars and has also been the voice of The Oscars numerous times as well as countless cartoon characters. Tom has been a long-time pit bull advocate, having grown up with a pit bull, and has given his support to MABBR for every Charity Bingo even we’ve had at Hamburger Mary’s. Molly is living the high life with Tom, his wife Cindy, and their 9 kids! Talk about socialization, this kid is getting it! We look forward to watching Molly grow with her new family. She’s already begun obedience training at a young 9 weeks and is doing great! She’s acclimated to the noise of teenagers and toddlers and can sleep through just about anything!

A St. Patty’s update on Sienna, now known as Clover!

When I happened upon this lonely little four-leaf Clover,
She was wilted, trampled on, stomped over by life.
A life she didn’t deserve. A life that left scars.

But I picked her. I picked her because I knew she was special.
I planted her in my home and nourished her with plenty of love.

And then, an amazing thing happened: she began to blossom!

She grew into the most beautiful good luck charm.

At times a lovely, delicate flower …

… but will all the sass of a fiery Irish redhead!

 

 

If you don’t know Clover’s story, ask me sometime …

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Clover … and Snuggles, too! 

Bluebird (Chloe) adoption update

Hello!

I just wanted to send a quick update on Chloe. So far she is doing great and has adjusted very well. We’ve had a few routine visits with the vet including one today. Her blood was rechecked and shows her anemia has improved significantly in the past week. We will now start to taper her Prednisone and recheck again next week.

Her coat looks really good. There are a few thin spots but nothing serious. We are not actively treating the demodex right now since her coat looks good.

Health issues aside she is a perfect dog. Chloe hardly ever barks. Her activity level is normal and she loves going on walks. She is still getting used to some house rules but we’ll keep working on that. She is so loving and loved just as much in return.

I can’t thank you enough for letting me bring her home and for taking good care of her over the years. I attached a few pictures of her. I will keep you updated on how she’s doing and feel free to contact me if you want to check in on her.

Candice Allen

 

 

More about Bluebird…

Bluebird has been with us so long but she’s still as happy and optimistic as ever. Take a look at what her foster dad has to say about her: Bluebird update

Sienna update

After a few weeks Sienna is fitting well, what I mean is she is spoiled rotten! She is a great dog and we love her to death. She gets to sleep with the kids at night, they have to take turns with her. Sienna and the kids have destroyed the tug rope you made, we’ll have to figure out how to get another one. Here are a few pics for you and as you can see she sure has it rough. When we are outside playing bball she wants to play along, she takes the kids to school in the morning, chases the sunlight around the living room to lay in it and in the evening she loves to relax. Thanks for the opportunity to adopt her.

Cliff and Angela Stein

Boomer update

Hello,

I apologize for sending more than one email. Yahoo seems to be picky when it comes to sending both pictures, and videos. Pffft!

Last night, while playing on my husband’s laptop, I found where he saved Brent’s story about how we adopted Boomer in his web browser. He saves it, because he loves to tell people Boomer’s story Forever Home.

And with every story, especially Boomer’s, I thought a few more pages needed to be “written” for the Boomer fans out there.

It’s been a year and a half since Boomer went on his 12 day “camping trip” last year. He disappeared last June when something startled him and he bolted out our front door while my husband was trying to get our Bassetts leashed to go outside. Let me tell you, those were the worst 12 days ever. He and I both felt horrible, because we had just adopted Boomer in April, and now he gets away from us in June. Add to that, as you know, Boomer is very “special” in the sense of his PTSD…so not only was he lost in a foreign area to himself, but having no sense of being able to defend himself, scared of every noise, every leaf that blow in the wind, and every tree branch that moves – we were beside ourselves.

Long story short, we were able to find him, and if it wasn’t for the determination and help of yourselves, and a bunch of Boomer family, friends, and fans, we may never have found him. Since he’s been home, I have seen some really great changes in him.

We’ve had to make a few changes ourselves.

I have to be cautious of our flag that hangs on our porch. Not because Boomer is un-patriotic, but because it hangs higher than the level of his head, and the slightest breeze makes it move. This makes him very, very nervous. BUT – After introducing it to him, and putting it down on his level where he can sniff and investigate, and us humans walking outside ahead of him (on a leash, of course) – he is now used to it and doesn’t duck for cover as soon as he sees it when the front door opens.

The dog leashes hang on a shelf against our wall. As long as we “talk” to him and tell him that he is ok, and he knows they aren’t going to fall off the wall and get him somehow…he sleeps more comfortably in his kennel. He is now aware that the ceiling fan in the living room isn’t going to jump out and get him, either.

Along the way, we have discovered that Boomer eats best if he can eat in his kennel, with the door closed. This eases his “flight” fear (I don’t think he has the “fight” mechanism in him at all) and he doesn’t worry about my two Bassetts stealing his dinner. They’ve done it before, ever so politely, and he just let them have it.

So we had to make an alternate plan. My Bassetts are hogs. ;-)

He has become more adventerous around the house as well. Primarily, Boomer never leaves our front room or dining area. We have a 3 bedroom house, but he won’t go in any of those rooms unless the Bassetts, and the humans are in there. And that takes some serious coaxing. In the living room, he can park himself up against a wall, and see everyone coming from any angle. Or, he likes to loaf in the recliner with my husband and either watch football or NASCAR. (“Man time.”)

He still does not like going outside, because of being “open and exposed.” BUT – I am sooooo glad to say that over the last few weeks, he has proactively gone up to the front door with the Bassetts to go outside. This is stunning and I am so excited about this! He only does it when he really, really needs to go outside, and still stands there and shakes, but he swallows his fear and stands at the door.

In fact, over the past three months or so, Boomer has started to actually GREET PEOPLE who come to visit at our front door! But it’s only a select few, such as myself, my husband, and my mother…who is a huge Boomer fan and loves hearing about his adaptations and “improvements” in her grand-dog. (Plus, it never hurts that “Nana” brings cookies when she comes to visit…Ha ha ha.)

Boomer has also grown when it comes to going for walks outside. In one video, he has actually started to ease up in his defensiveness…and will actually wag his tail a bit when we’re outside.

He has even proactively approached a few fenced-in neighbor dogs on a few occasions when we’re out, too. And wags his tail when he does it.

My husband has been gone since June for school with the Air Force, and just got back two weeks ago. I was so worried and afraid that Boomer was going to go in reverse in acclimating to him being home again. Instead, he has surprised me, and warmed back up to my husband. I am so thankful that my husband is a patient, understanding man with Boomer and his PTSD.

Boomer is exceptionally special to us with his condition. I say this because several of our close friends are Air Force and Marine Vets who have PTSD as well. Whenever THEY come over to visit, they ALWAYS ask how Boomer is doing. They have shared with me things about their conditions, which in turn helps Gordon and I work with Boomer through his.

Humans and animals with PTSD usually have very similiar symptoms…which is why Vets usually do so much better with PTSD service dogs. So, I got to thinking one night…why not figure out how to become Boomer’s “Service Humans?” We’re trying our best.

Anyone who comes to my house knows Boomer before they even walk in our door. They know about his personality, and are heartbroke by his startings in life. They know that they need to get down on his level and let him proactively approach them. They know that when he comes outside to join us on the front porch in the summer evenings, that when Gordon or I open the front door, everyone needs to be still and give him a chance to acclimate and get comfortable on a lap somewhere.

If we need to have someone come by and let our dogs out for us, we give them a complete run down on how to approach him and keep his leash tight when letting him back in the house…otherwise, he panics and will try to go crashing through it. They’re given a complete lesson in the ‘World of Boomer.’

Oh! And I’ve been working on getting him to “speak” for meal time. I wanted him to learn to bark to communicate. He has learned exceptionally fast, and can *almost* do it entirely without being asked to. Sometimes, he’d just prefer to “sing” for it instead. ;-) And I’m ok with that…cause it’s one of the most awesome songs in the world.

Hatch has a foster home!

Our super handsome and special boy has finally found a foster home!  He just spent the first two nights of his life in a real home. We are so happy for this boy. Such a simple thing and so long over due for him.  He’s adjusting quite well and you’d think he’d had the luxury of knowing what it was like to be an actual pet before. It is hard for us to think about the fact that he’s spent his whole life never having the opportunity so far to be a cherished family companion,  or to sleep in his own cushy bed inside of a home.  This precious boy was content and happy just moving into the step up of boarding life. It warms our hearts to be able to show him what the rest of his days are going to be like! Loved, adored, and well cared for.
He is so deserving and such a sweet boy.  Whoever ends up adopting this boy, is truly getting a treasure.

Update from his first night from his foster dad:

First few hours in new foster home:

He’s doing pretty well. Scouted out the apartment, every room, multiple times. 
 
WE had a bath. Only escaped the tub twice (once with shampoo, once without). After that, he was a little nervous, and ran to his safe place.   I left the door open and did some work in the living room, and he periodically would come out, run to some random room, and run right back to the crate. Small steps I guess :-).
 
I set him up with the essentials, but he hasn’t shown interest. We went on a nice 0.5 mi walk and he had a great time . . . really nice outside with lots of leaves and squirrels. I think I’ll make this a daily thing in the evenings at dusk after I get home from work. When we got back, I gave him a HUGE Nylabone (one of the edible ones), and he ate the whole thing :-)!
 
After a couple of hours, he loosened up and was more curious about the rest of his new home
 
I can’t even imaging how MIND-BLOWING this must be for him. Truly a life-changing time.
 
Best,
Nate & Hatch
 

Discovering the TV

First Morning in new foster home:

 
Hatch slept soundly, and didn’t want to come out until he saw it was breakfast time!!  He also sprints across the place when he gets out. :-) Freedom. He just goes from room to room, without stopping. I don’t mind, but on account of the neighbors downstairs, we’ll have to see.
 
Day Two: (He’s getting it all figured out ;)
We are working on using our indoor walk. I find that if I don’t walk quickly someplace, that he won’t either. He’s totally in tune to my pace.  I can now trust him to have accidents inside if he’s been taken out. He’s picked it up very quickly. 

Loves his Blue Buffalo Lamb and Brown Rice. . . 1 cup in the morning and evening: eats it right up every time!

 
Last night I bought a new vacuum because my old one was literally a hand-me-down hoover from the 70’s. Hatch helped me unpack it, as he was very curious about the box contents :-) Now that he feels comfortable, his new thing is walking around looking for things to bring with him to his crate. . . even though he has a handful of toys. Mats out of the bathroom, clean towels out of the basket. . . he also does this thing where I’ll be in the same room, and he’ll slowly put his mouth around something that he’s not supposed to while watching me out of the corner of his eye, like “is THIS okay to chew on?” It’s cute. . . I just remind him that he has some fabulous toys to chew on.
He’s responding excellent to “sit” (indoors and outdoors), and we’re working on “down” and “stay” and “slow” (for when he’s getting excited and running). Hasn’t discovered that the furniture is something he COULD get up on if he wanted to. :-)
 
More updates to follow soon!  We are very proud of our boy for coming so far, so fast.  He’s going to make some lucky person/family an incredible companion.