Happy Tails

Cookie formerly Lucy

Amy Gowertz - Sunday, November 13, 2016

It’s been about 5 months since we adopted her, we couldn’t have asked for a more loving puppy, every day that passes we’re so happy we found her through your organization. 

As you may remember, she was a special case because she came from a hoarding situation, and she was always very timid, quiet, and had shown very little signs of opening up to others and having playful behaviour, like other puppies do. However, with lots of patience, love and affection, she’s opened up a lot with us. She’s still a little jumpy from time to time if she hears a loud noise, but she loves to cuddle and have her belly rubbed – sleeping belly up is her favourite! 

Whenever my husband and I come home now, she receives us like all loving puppies do, she’s super excited, wagging her tail and jumping up and down to greet us. She loves napping throughout the day, and she likes it when we chase her around the tree in our back yard. She’s still a little timid around strangers but she’s come a long way from when we first adopted her, she’s had a lot of progress for the 5 months that we’ve had her, I’d say that giving her a hair cut really helped her come out of her shell because she could finally see everything around her! 

One thing we have noticed about her is that she really likes to get active at nights, once all the lights are off, that’s when she gets the most playful, but I guess it’s all just part of her pup-personality. We’re definitely having fun getting to know her as she opens up more with us.

Cookie is a perfect example about how loving puppies can be if they’re given the chance at a loving home. Adopting her has been one of the best decisions we’ve made.

Lulu and Bandit

Amy Gowertz - Monday, November 07, 2016
I just wanted to touch base and give you a year update on the two beautiful babies we adopted last year one is Lulu ( Rocket) and the second is Bandit ( Kevin) they are doing amazing and have settled in perfect. Bandit sometimes still has some issues with men but is doing much better then he was they both enjoy going for walks they was for around 4 hours a day, little Lulu wants everyone's attention and seems to always manage to get her way, Lulu had her knee surgery last year and this year had to have surgery to remove the pin but healed very well and Bandit is very healthy, they have had a road trip to BC we take them everywhere with us we love them dearly, we have attached a few pictures for you. Thank you for the beautiful babies they are amazing.

Cali formerly Mazy

Amy Gowertz - Monday, November 07, 2016
Our first rescue, Cali (formerly Mazy), joined our family in June. It quickly became evident that she had been hurt and neglected. 

Through careful conditioning and patience, Cali now enjoys many of the things she once feared including, quick movements, loud noises and hand-held objects. Undaunted by small rooms, closets, the dryer and the TV she is an invincible, brave, little dog!

I was surprised to find that Cali didn’t know basic commands. But it didn't take more than a day or two; she can now “sit”, “stay”, “come”, “lay-down” and “roll over” (among others) on command. She is an angel when the doorbell rings.

House-training a rescue was really no different than house-training a puppy. And I am pleased to announce, Cali is now bell-trained, ringing a bell when she wants us to let her outside!

Accustomed to balmy, dry California weather, Cali did not like our chilly, damp summer and fall. But the snow?? She (surprisingly and thankfully) loves the snow!!

A former Calgary Stampeders fan, Cali enjoys playing outside, chewing up toys, barking and the Edmonton Eskimos!

We’re still working on her loose-leash walking and leash reactivity but Cali has come such a long way and worked incredibly hard. She is a part of the family and well on her way to becoming the perfect dog.