Monday, March 1, 2010
You may not hear from me as much anymore because now I am busy with the important responsibility of taking care of my new family. I have a new human brother, who is 2 years old. He is teaching me all about which toys are his, and which are mine. Sometimes he even shares his lunch with me by dropping little pieces on the ground. I feel like the luckiest pit bull on the planet! Yesterday I got a brand new collar, leash and new toys. Oh boy! Life is great! They started calling me Moto Moto, which is a huge compliment. Moto Moto is the character in the movie Madagascar 2. He is a big handsome hippo, a ladies man. I am honored to be named after him. :-)
Thank you all for following my blog! I promise to check in every now and then and let you know all about my new life. Boy do I feel lucky. It's been a whirlwind couple of months. I cannot believe the adventures I took. It was all worth it now that I have found my new family, my forever home.
Bye for now!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
I seemed to have lost my boy parts somewhere (its the weirdest thing! One minute I was in a vet office and the next thing I know I'm waking up.... and they were missing!!!). But, its all good. I can finally get my mind off of marking my territory and also off of all the pretty ladies in town! Its much more relaxing. To all my fellow boy dogs out there who haven't gone through it yet, don't be afriad, trust me, you will finally be able to think straight.
The last little dilemma I am facing is my sore paws. I've heard the Doc say its yeast. I have no idea what yeast is, but I am ready for it to go away! Its all good though, I am still happy as a clam! My foster mom loves it when I smile. It makes her happy too, she told me so. Check out my happy photo above!
Monday, February 15, 2010
Hi there! This is Huckleberry, taking over the key board! My foster mom hasn't written in a little while because she was busy teaching me the alphabet and also how to type. Its pretty exciting to be able to tell you all what its like to be me! In that bottom picture, I was really really happy. I got a new squishy, fluffy, snuggly dog bed AND a new kong AND my own squeaky toy! It was really awesome. The weather was sooooo nice this weekend and I got to go on walks, go to "pit bull education" class, and sunbathe a ton. As you can see, my foster siblings (Sydney and Toby) and I love to curl up together and bake in the sun. My foster mom calls us "sun gods" and sprays this really annoying sunscreen stuff all over us when we sunbathe. I like to roll around a rub my face all over the covers when she puts that stuff on me. It tickles!!!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Let's just say that I think Huck's thyroid meds are finally kicking in! (Thanks Dr. Schwach!)
This is Huck's once a day zoomies fun fun fun!!!! Binky loooooves when Huck gets in his play mood! Take a peak... (Thank goodness the camera was around!) Check out Huck's super cute play bows!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Friday, January 22, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Crate training is a very essential element to multi-dog homes. Huck came with a little baggage and we weren't sure how well he would take to his new crate. He had a bad past experience where he busted out of a crate and made a nice huge mess for his last foster home. We set up a tie-down in our home for him, but ideally want him comfortable in a crate in the future. With lots of treats, we are slowly reaching our goal.
Good news! Just last night, Huck made the decision to go into a comfy bedded crate, rather than hang out outside the crate on a dog bed loose in the room. He made this decision on his own without any treats, commands or coaxing from me. YAY! I take this as a sign that he is slowly getting over his crate angst.
Huck got his neuter stitches out today and is doing well. His thyroid levels are increasing, which means that his meds are working. I look forward to him coming out of his shell a little and showing us his true colors. He is so mellow and sweet.
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
To help out a dog in need is such an amazing and empowering experience. The first few days with a new foster should be quiet and comfortable for them, to let them get accustomed to their new surroundings. As a foster parent, it is important to make sure everyone in your household is comfortable with their new house guest, including resident canines. The first few days I am always looking for signs between dogs to see if a new friendship can be made. Huck sure is a mellow fellow, allowing the senior residents of the home sniff him from a distance. In this photo to the left, Sydney curiously admires Huck. She is showing all the good signs of being ready to meet Huck fairly soon. She is play bowing in front of his crate, then showing him her rump. Looks like Huck and Sydney may have a good relationship in no time!
Huck really has a been a great house guest so far. He is quiet, sweet, and very mellow. His big paws are a little sore from yeast and he is still healing from a recent neuter surgery. But, we will get him in good shape and soon his first few days here will feel like a distant memory. I was worried that he would have a little trouble being crated in the beginning, but he has settled in nicely, without a peep. He seems to really appreciate a comfy bed! When let out of his crate, the first thing he does is bulldoze for the comfiest dog bed in the house, rubbing his face and burrowing under cozy covers. Check out this photo at the top! He sure loves a cozy bed.
His needs seem very little at this point. I am just waiting to see what tricks he may have up his sleeve.... He has a reputation of enjoying the art of chewing things like shoes and maybe furniture, so I better puppy-proof my house to avoid any unnecessary loss of couch cushions or pillows and such. And, with that said, it is my responsibility to set him up for success and give him appropriate things to chew, such as kongs or hurley toys. I've never known any dog who didn't like a good chew toy, Huck included.
Training also starts immediately for Huck. The sooner he has a good routine and good manners, the sooner he will be ready for his future forever home. He already knows his basic commands, including sit, down, and "look" (eye contact) from his first temporary foster home. Everyday we will take this a step further. Along with learning basic commands, he will learn how to politely live a home. Its all the little things, like not chewing furniture, not begging for food, greeting guests politely, potty training, and learning how to be crated quietly which will set him up for success down the road.
Huck is such a ham! Thanks for reading! Time to go walk the dogs!