Happy Tails

BellNowHarriet

Amy Gowertz - Monday, March 09, 2020
A quick update on Miss Harriet (formerly Bell). She has been such an amazing addition to our family! She has become best buds with our other dog Huey, she follows him everywhere! She is so good on walks now, she comes when called (getting treats of course) and has regular off leash walks at a park daily. She doesn’t stray far from myself or Huey but wants to greet each person and dog that she meets.
Harriet LOVES my 3 children! Everyone is greeted each morning with a face full of kisses and her little tail wags so fast.
She has had a few accidents in the house but few and far between.

We absolutely love her to bits! I know she needs a haircut but I can’t bring myself to cut those eyebrows!😍
Thank you to Little Mutts, we feel very lucky to have Harriet in our lives.



Jakey

Amy Gowertz - Sunday, March 01, 2020
It was a year January 19th that we adopted Jakey who was Tadpole (also now known as Mr. Sweet Face, Mister Man, Little Boy, Buddy).

When I first brought him home he was so scared and skittish of everything from the dishwasher changing cycles, taking pots out of a cupboard, any loud noises and especially the winter weather and wind and rain.

He has come a long way, none of those things bother him anymore, but he still doesn't like wind and rain. He has no problem going outside in the cold now but it took some time. I used to have to walk him to get him to go to the bathroom. Now he goes straight outside and does his business.

Jakey was in desperate need of a dental cleaning and grooming which we arranged right away. Luckily he just needed his teeth cleaned (such bad breath and plaque covered teeth) and no extractions  were required. We now brush regularly to keep his pearly whites sparkling. He was also extremely under weight but has gained about 5 pounds which he needed.

Jakey knew absolutely no commands. We have since taught him to sit, lay down, shake a paw and the other paw and are still working on other tricks. He has such a happy personality. He is ALWAYS happy and his tail is wagging constantly. He loves to cuddle up on your lap or beside you.

He is still a super picky eater. I think he was used to canned food (thus the reason he doesn't like harder foods and is so picky and had such bad teeth). We have found a couple dog foods he likes from the Pet store with pumpkin (which he loves). He doesn't like most home-made treats from the pet store and hard bones. I have never seen that before with all the dogs I've owned. He does like people food which he gets from time to time. I found a pumpkin/oatmeal recipe online for cookies so he's happy with those and one or two treats that are softer from the Pet store.

He LOVES to go for walks. As soon as the leash comes out he gets so excited. We're trying to work on that to calm him before we leave. He bites his leash at first because he's so happy to go for walks. He is skittish around big dogs we meet, but still has come a long way. He likes the car now where before he would just shake and whine. He loves to play fetch with his many toys. A really funny quirk he has is he has to have his paws crossed when laying down. Such a little Gentleman. hahaha

My sister also adopted a dog from Little Mutts prior to us adopting Jakey. Jakey wants to play with (Mia) her but she is not a playful type of dog and can get snappy with him (again, who knows that they came from), so they just sort of ignore each other, but walk together well when we meet up for walks. I think he would love a puppy or small playful dog to play with. He loves kids and is fine with cats when I had him over to my friend's place who has two. They sat by side with no problems.

We are so happy we adopted him. It has taken patience and kindness to get him to where he is now, one wonders what they came from and I wish he could talk for even a half hour to get his little story out of what he came from.

Thanks for your service and so happy I kept searching for the perfect dog for us and feel we found him.

Chico 3

Amy Gowertz - Monday, December 09, 2019

Chico has been a joy to have in the house.  He has an adorable personality that goes with being an adorable little dog.  His background must have included some really good training because he is good at following commands when he wants to and there are treats involved. 

 

We love this little fellow and don’t mind too much that he barks a lot, will bite people who come in the house, and tries to attack dogs outside no matter what the breed.  Quite a little character.  But we love him to bits.  He is so affectionate with us and gets lots of affection back.

 

We feel very fortunate that we found this little fellow and wouldn’t trade little Chico for anything!  He may not be a dog for everyone but he sure is a dog for us!

 

Bridge

Vivienne

Amy Gowertz - Monday, December 09, 2019
Vivienne is thriving with our family. She is a very active little lady who absolutely loves her big brother Scamp (your Happy) that we adopted a few years back. Her and our new kitten run through the house chasing each other all day. She sleeps with me (under the covers) and loves to go for car rides. 

Her very thick coat has filled in and she looks like a tiny fluffy princess. We cannot be happier with her. 


Blanca 2

Amy Gowertz - Monday, December 09, 2019
Blanca came into our lives on Feb. 2, 2019. Her small heart and body probably went through a lot by the time I met her. She was cautious at first and did not quite trust me. It took her some time to warm up to Sebastian, my existing Dachshund, I had adopted early in 2016. I had never looked after a Chihuahua and my impression was that they were loud, squeaky, rebellious creatures.  But I also trusted that love and patience conquers all. So we began our journey together. Having arrived from California to Calgary in the middle of winter must have already been a shock to her system. 

She was scared of any kind of long sticks, such as my walking stick or my "reachy-grabby stick" and it took her a while to trust I was not going to hurt her in anyway, physically or emotionally. We slowly got into a daily routine and she watched her brother intently, learning that they had to go to the bathroom outside - she followed him into the snowy cold yard and did her business to great applause from me. She only had a few accidents in the beginning. I did have a training pad laid out for her near the door, especially for night time. I imagined if she had to go and it was very dark, that she might be scared. She learned that food is available consistently and in her own bowl. She learned we do not beg at dinner time because mom (me) will feed them first. 

As it warmed up, we started going for walks. She was fantastic, not pulling, walking alongside while listening to my stories. I would talk to them about the grass and the leaves and the cars etc etc. I talk to the babies a lot and they listen. Still waiting to hear them say MA MA. Blanca decided that she will sleep with me at all times in the beginning. Might have been the fear of abandonment. I do not leave the house a lot and if I did, I tried and took her with me if it was possible. We were getting to know each other and she was very clingy at that point.

When the time came for a spa day, my daughter took Blanca, Sebastian and her dog to the doggy hair dresser and I went to pick them up. She was very happy to see me, but then would not talk to me. She sulked for and entire evening, if I picked her up  - she would jump out of my arms, not even look at me or show any affection. I think she was mortified that she would be sent away again... But little by little trust was built and now, 10 months later, she feel that this is her home and is secretly the "boss" while allowing the alpha Dachshund to think he is.

She is so very playful and pesters her brother endlessly for play time. In the beginning he was reluctant to - whether because she was so tiny or whether he thought it was below his status to allow such frivolity. Now he does engage in vigorous play with her, when she endlessly bites his ears and he pretends to bite her leg - it is such fun to watch them play together. She is still not into toys, although I do buy some periodically, hopping that they would spark her interest, One of her favourite things to do is hide a treat or a piece of food somewhere in the day bed or in my blankets. She works so hard at it I wonder why she does not have rug burns! When Sebastian has enough roughhousing he goes and finds a spot where he can hide his head and rests. In the back yard he found his best spot: sausaged in between the coffee table top and bottom.

During the summer and autumn we went daily into the back yard, where she inspected everything carefully. She gave me a reason to go outside and spend time in fresh air. She also gave me a reason to cook delicious protein and vegetable food. We became a tight knit family making sure no one is left out of hugs and pets. I love observing the two dogs interact and respect each other. In September a large dog moved in next door (bull mastiff 10 month old, the size of a small horse) and Sebastian is not accepting him at all - when he is not around Blanca does not mind the large dog, but the minute Sebastian is there - she is on his side and growls ferociously as well. 

Now, Blanca has regained trust and is a full fledged member of the family. NO ONE greets me with such fervor like she does. She jumps up on two legs while I slowly make my way up the stairs and then gives me a milliard kisses. You can feel the joy vibrating in her. She makes going to bed a gift of warmth and affection. She can clean my hands with determination, making sure both sides are to her specifications as well as in between the fingers!  She snuggles with me and watched a movie. If I feel ill she is right there to lay where it hurts and warm me up - I can feel her love and affection all the time.


Fernando

Amy Gowertz - Monday, December 09, 2019
We adopted Fernando the middle of March. We liked him as soon as we met him but he has become such an important part of our family in such a short time — it’s hard to imagine life without him! 

Fernando loves to play — especially chase and tug— he’s happy just to have you sit on the floor— his level!—and pay attention to him.  When we first got him he wasn’t too sure about taking walks— he was very timid and would often just stop, sit down on the sidewalk, look behind him, and refuse to move!  After a few weeks of encouragement and repeated efforts, going for a walk became one of his favourite activities!  He also loves to patrol our back yard making sure all is as it should be!  He has taken ownership and is totally comfortable in his space!

Fernando has a very sweet personality and a gentle way of dealing with people.  He is very social and just wants to be wherever you are!  We love him to pieces and are very thankful that LMR was able to help us find him! 
Cathy

Ellie Mae

Amy Gowertz - Monday, November 04, 2019
Hello to the amazing Little Mutts Rescue Team!! 

Just wanted to give you an update on little Miss Ellie Mae aka Miyoko who we adopted October 18th, 2018. 

Ellie Mae has been with us for just over one year and has settled into her new fur-ever home very well.  She knows this is her turf and protects it when necessary – all 7 lbs of her.  Ellie is such a cuddle bug and loves to watch tv with me or get under the covers when we go to bed.  From the start she had great puppy manners and we have both figured out the signs to let her outside to do her business. She enjoys her walks and treats like; cucumbers, cauliflower, carrots, apples, cheese and just about anything that falls on the floor.  We have been trying to encourage her to play with the numerous toys she has but she would rather just cuddle up and sleep.  I certainly don't mind. 

Thank you again for your patience in finding me the perfect match – Ellie Mae.  She continues to bring me joy, laughter, love and lots of kisses. 




Carmine

Amy Gowertz - Saturday, November 02, 2019
Everything is going great with Carmine (now Frankie!). He was a pretty nervous little pup when I got him but he has calmed down and settled in. I mostly had him tethered for the first few weeks but I have start letting him off the past few days and he seems to be doing great. He has had a few 'accidents' inside but otherwise he is doing well and is enjoying exploring the house! He is also getting use to walking on a leash and is less scared when we come across other people on our walks.
I also took him in for his first vet appointment and everything went well. He is scheduled for his first hair cut in about two weeks from now so he will get a nice trim and his nails cut.
I had my mom's dog over for about a week (dog sitting) and they got along really well. By the end of the week they were cuddling up on their dog bed together!

All is well and I am totally in love with him. He is such a sweet little boy :) I have included a few pictures so you can see how he's doing!


Bruce previously Armstrong

Amy Gowertz - Saturday, November 02, 2019
Bruce, previously Armstrong and I are absolutely obsessed with each other! That may even be an understatement!!  The first day was a little bit of an adjustment he had to get comfortable in a new house and with his new sister Stache, who is rather terrifying when shes running laps around playing with her toys! However,  I'm happy to report back that these two are really becoming best friends. Bruce went camping this year and loved it, he loves being outside and exploring with us. New places are still a little scary but every new visit becomes less scary. His favorite is snuggling in under the covers at bed time and playing ball in the yard. I love him so much and so thankful LMR was able to connect us.

Pennie Now Mina

Amy Gowertz - Saturday, November 02, 2019

A walk with Pennie/Mina

My California girl keeps me on my toes and I have learnt so much from her.  It has taken both patience and determination to earn her trust.  And it has frequently been a source of both pride and humility.  I am a truly a better person for having her in my life.

At heart Mina is a serene cuddle bug and loves to bask in love and approval.  Seeing her blossom and become secure in the fact that she is loved and wanted is one of the most rewarding things I have ever experienced.  And she returns that love tenfold.

I thank Little Mutts for this precious girl and the journey that we are on together.