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Puppy Love!

9 Apr

So Bully Project has now had two puppies in our care since beginning to rescue. The first one was nearly a year ago: remember Eli? The über-adorable black & white pittie with the diamond marking on the top of his head?

Eli

Eli

Eli was pushy little boy who was removed from his litter too soon, so all those basic manners that puppies learn from being with their siblings: he had none of them. He was appropriate around other dogs all the time and because of this, was too challenging a case for any of our then-foster homes to handle. Thankfully, we were able to transfer him to Animal Farm Foundation where he got all of the training that he needed to become a great family pet. He now lives in New York City again with a friend of ours.

Then more recently, we took in Fiona, the beautiful silver & white pittie with charm out the wazoo. Her calm demeanor and playful attitude, and her penchant for picking up on training very quickly, made her an ace in our book. But we knew she still needed some work, too: all puppies do! So off she went into foster care with our friend, and professional trainer, Dot. She grew in leaps and bounds, physically and mentally, and every time we saw her after time apart, we were amazed  by her progress. Sort of the opposite of Eli!

But one thing these two had in common, of course, was: everyone wanted them. For both dogs, we got inquiries for adoption every single day that we had them listed online. From everywhere. From people in all kinds of families, with dogs, cats, children, senior citizens, living in cities, suburbs, rural areas. Well, with Fiona, we got over 20 applications for adoption, and we knew one thing: we had to find the perfect fit for her so that she could continue to grow up into the well-behaved dog we knew she would be. She had to have a new home who could afford (not just financially-speaking) to give her the kind of attention and training that every young dog needs. Well, we’ve found that home! Fiona is officially adopted!

Fiona Adopted

Her new mom Lisa has loads of experience with training dogs of all ages and before the adoption was even official, had registered Fiona, now named Jaya, for local puppy playgroups and training classes. She immediately seemed to understand that despite Fiona’s exemplary behavior on their first meet & greet that she wouldn’t stay that way without effort, time and energy on her part, and we were overjoyed.

Jaya with her new family

Jaya with her new family

And even better, Lisa has another canine companion in the home from whom Fiona could continue to learn. She would learn the ropes of what was appropriate in interacting with other dogs, and she would have a live-in snuggle buddy, too!

Jaya & Diesel

Jaya & Diesel

So best wishes Jaya! Congratulations on your beautiful new home and have the most wonderful life!

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Adoptable Pittie of the Week #2: Fiona

14 Mar

Fiona has been having a blast at her foster home, but is looking for her very own happily ever after. Will you be hers?

Photo thanks to Matt Varelas http://mattvarelas.com

Photo thanks to Matt Varelas http://mattvarelas.com

At three months old, she is almost fully house trained and does great in her crate. She knows how to sit, down, touch (hand target), and is working on her leave it and wait. Being that she is a young pup, she will need continued training and guidance to ensure she blossoms into the best she can be.

Photo thanks to Matt Varelas http://mattvarelas.com

Photo thanks to Matt Varelas http://mattvarelas.com

Fiona is dog and people friendly. At her foster home, she enjoys playing with her foster brother and is learning kitty etiquette.

Fiona and Harley

She enjoys snuggling, romping around, playing tug, fetch, chewing bones, unstuffing Kongs, and she LOVES food puzzles.

Fiona is always up for training, learning new things, and exploring the world. Now all she needs is you…sky’s the limit.

Fiona

Fiona is already vaccinated and microchipped, and as soon as she’s old enough, she will spayed. If you are interested in applying to adopt Fiona, please email us at bullyprojectnyc@gmail.com.

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