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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Penny Update

It's really hard to believe it's been 2 months since this wonderful little lady entered my life. I will never forget the day they arrived. Stan met us at 7-11 and he loaded the girls in to crates in my truck. We drove home and after settling our boys in the house I went outside to bring the girls in. Penny came out of the crate like a bat out of hell. Thank goodness she had a chain attached or she would have been gone. Then it was 5 minutes of allowing her to crocodile death roll, trying to get away from me, the leash, the collar, everything. In to the yard and then in one leap she was over the safety fence and a second later the perimeter fence. I panicked, ran out and fortunatly Willow started to cry so Penny decide to come back. I finally got her calm, upstairs and stuffed back in the safety of another crate. I sat down and cried!

Over the next few days I wondered if I had bit off more then I could chew. Should I send one or both of them back? Did I have the time, the ability, the strength to work these girls to adoption? I decided YES! A month later Willow headed home and I was beaming from ear to ear. I couldn't have been happier to see my little girl go from life on a chain in the bush to a family where she attends doggie daycare, obedience and is the center of her mom's world!

A foster placement was attempted with Penny and she came back for her high energy and anxieties after leaving me. When she came back I vowed it was time for Penny's next step in training. No longer was she the timid dog who had been brought to me. She was outgoing, loving, a cuddle bug and in need of some basic obedience. Almost 3 weeks have past since I made this promise to myself and Penny. I haven't had much time to work with her, but I have been consistant and done my best. Penny is now enjoying life off leash! She heals, comes, runs and plays! Again she is a different dog from 4 weeks ago!

These dogs can accomplish so much! They are so smart, so loving, so trusting and so forgiving! I'm very excited to be able to video Penny playing and working off leash and hope to have it posted shortly for everyone to see!

She is no longer the timid girl who arrived but a well adjusted, well behaved, loyal companion!

Leia WBBR/Idaho Update

Hi Chantelle,

I thought I would send you an email to give you an update on Leia. She has really been settling in well. We moved last week to our new house and we can't believe she is the same timid little dog that came into our home almost 5 months ago.

We have been working with a personal trainer with her and she is really coming along. There is still some work to be done but eventually we will get there. She loves her brother Luke and they get along wonderfully. They now have a big yard to play and run around in. Her favourite thing to do is to run around in circles through the house with a squeaky toy in her mouth right after she finishes eating her food. She likes to entice Luke to chase her. Luke only chased her a few times and figured out that if he stayed in one spot she will eventually run by him and he can get her then. They love to play tug of war with the fluffy toys. We have had a few fatalities, but its nothing that a needle and thread can't fix! (the toys that is!)

The Christmas tree is up and the dogs have written their letters to Santa. I think the tree is going to be full of presents just for Luke & Leia this year as they have been such good puppies!

Hope you have a wonderful Christmas and we wish you luck, joy & love in the new year.

Jen, Matt, Luke & Leia

Saturday, December 8, 2007


I'm very excited to say my Willow girl came home to visit yesterday! I can't believe it's been a month since she left, it honestly feels like yesterday! At first she was a little timid as the dogs all started their barking etc. but in no time she was running around. Penny was so excited to see her and the two of them wrestled and played like they had never been apart. It was wonderful to see just how much Willow has bonded with her new momma. She looks so good and is only getting better!!!! She's such a lucky girl to have found such a wonderful family!

Penny Update

Hi Everyone!

Penny wanted me to thank everyone who has been watching her blog and keeping up to date with her progress. She's greatful for everyone who has helped her along her path and now would really like to ask peoples help to find her a home for Christmas. She says it's all she wants, she won't ask for anything else, just a family to call her own!

Penny is progressing very well and today we started working on Sit. She's so eager to please and tries very hard to complete all tasks that are asked of her. With her training program she is now working off leash outside in the cul de sac and is allowed in the yard (under supervision). Off leash she is working on heal, come and an area command and doing very well. She loves to play and tonight our friend's brought their Boston Terrier over for a play date. Penny doesn't care what size the dog is, as long as they will play with her they are her new best friend. She would love a home with another canine companion (who loves to play, run and wrestle)! She is a very sweet dog who loves to cuddle at my feet but at the same time is high energy and needs mental and physical activities to tire her out. We would be happy to talk to prospective adopters in regards to her current training program. It does not take much to mentally tire Penny out but it does have to be a mental challenge or it will not stimulate her. Physically if you love to walk, hike, bike (once she learns to run with a bike), roller blade etc. this is the girl for you! She would also love dog sports, agility, Rally O etc.

Penny is very bonded to me and at this time I am doing independance work with her to help her with some of the anxieties that will come with her leaving us. We are looking for a patient, caring, loving, energetic, fun loving family who is looking for an active, sweet, cuddle bug!!!!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Penny Update

SNOW, SNOW, SNOW!!!! I wish my camera was working because Penny had such a blast today out in the snow. She loved to just run laps of the yard, around and around and around she would go. She would stop quickly to take a mouthful of snow and then off she would go again! She is such a happy girl, she's so smart and so eager to please. We would love to see her continue in her training program.

Although she is doing so well here with us we have our fingers crossed that she can spend her first Christmas with her very own family!