What’s your special treat?
I’m Pink Floyd from Rescuzilla!
I love other dogs and spending a lovely afternoon snoozing on the couch. I have a silly personality (to match my ears) and I like to play, but I’m more of a calm clutz than a hyper puppy (even better, right? I know!)
I get along with everyone – dogs, kids, cats, adults, I’ve lived with them all – but sometimes I’m a little excited when first meeting dog friends so I’m working on that with my foster mama. I would rather not admit it, but I look pretty silly when I chomp on treats – I dare you not to laugh when we’re together!
I need a family that will appreciate my goofy affections and let me snuggle up with them for a nap. Please contact email@example.com and tell them you want to meet me, Floyd!
January’s BarkBox was full of old reliables: things that we know make our pups very happy. So, we were very happy to get more of them!
From Jax and Bones, we got this awesome Elton the Octopus toy! Lucy has always loved rope toys, but she tends to destroy them pretty quickly. When she saw this guy, she got very excited!
One of the two (count ’em, two!) bags of treats we got were Nootie‘s Yumzies Peanut Butter flavored treats. Peanut butter is always a winner in my household, and these treats are the perfect size for training larger breed dogs like my pitties. They’ll do just about anything I ask of them if I’ve got one of these in my hand.
From Barkworthies, we got a spiral bully stick, which Bully Project adoptable, Andrew, very much enjoyed! These types of treats upset Lucy’s tummy, but Andrew handled it just fine, and spent quite a while chowing down on this one. Treats and toys that keep the dogs busy are great things in my household!
And finally, our second bag of treats are Superior Farms‘ All Natural Lamb Toasters. More great treats for training, but also just a simple treat I can give randomly and not have to worry about nasty allergic reactions, bad nutritional value, and other stuff. Just simple, 100% lamb – good stuff.
Thanks BarkBox for another great month of stuff! If you want to get in on the fun, you can register on BarkBox’s website. Be sure to use the code below for $10 off your subscription and to have another $10 donated to Bully Project!
Over the holiday break, there were quite a few interesting animal related news stories in our area. But none quite caught my attention as much as this one did. The long and the short of it is: a family was out buying groceries to cook their Christmas meal. They brought their Cavalier King Charles spaniel out with them for the errand, and upon arriving at the grocery store, tethered the dog outside the store while they finished their shopping, leaving the dog entirely unsupervised.
The dog was stolen.
Of course, my immediate response was to feel pity for the family. I would be devastated if I ever lost Lucy. But after thinking more about this whole situation, I kept getting more and more irritated. Wouldn’t the dog never have been stolen if they had simply left it at home while running their errands? Would their “7 yr old little girl” avoided heartbreak if Mom or Dad had just waited outside with the dog? Most likely.
Tethering dogs outside stores and coffee shops is rampant in New York City. We, as New Yorkers, try to multitask as much as we can. Many of us lead very busy lives, and have a lot to accomplish on any given day. If we can do two or more of those things at once, we’ll all almost take that opportunity. But is efficiency worth risking the safety and welfare of one of your beloved family members? Or, worse yet, risking the safety and welfare of the other people and animals in your community?
By tethering a dog unattended outside, not only are you putting that dog in harm’s way, as we’ve seen from this story, but that dog could become so stressed out and upset by seemingly being abandoned, that it could uncharacteristically lash out at passers-by.
The Cavalier was eventually returned, after what we’re sure was a very harrowing journey for the small pup. We hope that this family learned a valuable holiday lesson this year, and wont make the same mistake twice. For their sake and their dog’s sake. But we wish that New Yorkers would take the morale of this fable very much to heart.
Frankie was found by an FDNY fighter wandering around Grand Concourse in the Tremont section of the Bronx. The firefighter who found her, due to his work schedule/on call nature, could not take care of her, and she eventually found her way to Bully Project.
She is sweet, affectionate, and has not displayed any resource or food guarding. She is great around other dogs and small children. Our best guess is she is anywhere from 18-24 months and weighs about 50 pounds. She is already up to date on her vaccinations and will be spayed and microchipped prior to adoption.
She’s housebroken, and not at all destructive, and working on her crate training skills. She doesn’t mind being in the crate at all, but she mostly she just wants to be next to her humans, get a lot of exercise and come home and lay at your feet (or across your body!).
She still needs some more experience walking on a leash as she does like to pull, but judging by her aptitude and intelligence, leash training wouldn’t take too long or be that arduous a process. In fact, just putting her in an easy walk harness has helped immensely.
All in all, she’s a pretty exceptional canine – and have you noticed her Zorro mask?! If you would like to adopt Frankie, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Fred was trying to fit in with everyone – the terriers, the skinny old minpin, the hairless one-eyed kitty and all the folks at the park! He was really a saint!
But after 10 wonderful (and tiring) days of trying to integrate Fred into my family, it was my little terrier, Goose, who made the decision for us. See, although Fred was polite and was a great walking and dog run buddy, Goose camped out in the foyer for 10 days straight unless Fred was behind a closed door. And, since Fred wasn’t thrilled with being crated, integration was challenging. Bird, on the other hand, was sleeping ON him within days. Yes, Bird had a boyfriend.
Fred was my perfect pittie! I had such plans for us…he was going to be a therapy dog. Fred was going to change minds being part of my family. But, I had to think of my entire four-legged family. The day I realized Fred was not going to be mine was devastating but I did learn some lessons:
1. Bird can live with a large big male and LIKE it!
2. Goose really needs to be part of the decision making process.
3. Crate-able will be an important factor in the next dog I foster-to-adopt.
4. I will most likely foster -to-adopt a “helper” dog. Fred had the best dog greeting skills.
5. I will try this again.
Of course Fred had a great ending, but that’s for the next post!