Hey humans, how are you doin? A lot has been going on here, with adoptions and obedience classes, so I thought I would update you about the goings-on. Our humans have started obedience classes for some of us shelter dogs… I already know a lot of commands, so I’m more advanced than other dogs in class. Big news… Elvis has left the building! He found a great home with a human he accompanies to work everyday. Remy went to a new home, too, and Gandalf. I’m happy for them, but also glad some of my competition is gone, so the spotlight can be on me a bit, right where it should be! Now I can go back to having the title as the smartest dog in the kennel without any competition (Porter and Dixie, I know you’re both in Canine Good Citizens Classes at The Dog’s Spot, but I still think I’m the smartest).
Christine has been working with me quite a bit over the past few months with things I suppose I’m supposed to tolerate better, like being brushed and vaccinations, and having humans check me out. I really don’t understand what the big deal is, but I guess I feel better without all of that extra fur… it is summer and warm outside. I loathe admitting this, but I’m a little bit like Rufus (formerly Leroy), and Porter. Until we came here, we lived on chains, so some things– like baths, brushing, and vetting– I don’t really like and don’t mind letting you know I’m soooo not a fan. Christine knows how much I like food and treats, so she throws treats or food down for me to “find” while she tries to brush me. Some days I’m more tolerant than others… since she insists I learn to tolerate brushing, I’m not always going to make it easy for her because it’s fun. I think other dogs are more comfortable with this kind of attention, and since I’m not always a fan this is why I shouldn’t be in a home with small humans… I don’t think I’d like having my tail pulled or being “hugged” which is something I’ve heard small humans enjoy. Ick… I prefer long walks, learning new things, and hanging out with adult humans. I’d take treats, a Kong, or a yummy bone over hugs and tail pulling any day.
Yesterday Christine and Pete decided to teach me some new stuff. A group of Eagle Scouts built us some agility equipment, so I tried some of it out. I wasn’t totally sure of my balance on the Dog Walk or the A-Frame because I am a big guy, but I tried… Pete and Christine had some really, really yummy treats, and I try to make them happy. I did like the Hoop Jump and did great after a couple of tries! They both made such a big deal (and I had an audience with Alex, Gina, and Renee… so I really had to impress them). I love learning new stuff, so I had fun and Christine made such a big deal when I jumped through the hoop telling me how smart and wonderful I am (I know this already, but I still love hearing it), so I hope I can do some more of this agility stuff again soon. Pete knows how to do all kinds of stuff with agility and wants to teach some of our humans and dogs how to do agility exercises. He knows if we learn how to do agility exercises, this will help us build our confidence (I have plenty of that), and provide us opportunities to do different things, and we will have an even better quality of life while we’re here.
My breakfast is ready, so bye for now!