Scarlett went to Doggy Beach for the first time ever two weeks ago. And though it was her first time on a public beach, the greatest first was much bigger: it was Scarlett’s first time in public since adopting her over a year ago. Scarlett did wonderfully; no barking at strangers and lots of good sniffing and playing with other beach doggies.
We took her again yesterday and she had a blast; romping with pups and being fed treats from kids. Though it took over a year to get to this place, we couldn’t be prouder of our sweet mama.
Our new foster dog, DJ, has made enormous strides in the week and a half he’s been with us! Another MDAS shelter pup, DJ had lots of issues when he first arrived at our house. —-> Catch up here.
DJ is now an honorary pack member, interacting wonderfully with all of our dogs. He doesn’t have to be locked in the other room or in his crate when our dogs are out. He’s right there playing tug-o-war with Chelsea, licking faces with Scarlett and trying to figure out just who the heck Harley thinks he is. DJ wants to run the house but is quickly realizing he can only be second in command, after Harley, The 7 lb. General.
We’re training him the same way as we trained Scarlett when she first arrived. At first, we separated the dogs completely; DJ was in the office when our pack was out and vice versa. Daily, we took DJ outside on leash with Chelsea, our most submissive, tolerant dog. When they got more comfortable, we took the leash off and let them interact. Anytime things escalated too quickly or got too rough, the leash went back on and DJ went inside. We also started putting him in the crate in our living room; DJ could watch how our pack interacted and see the lay of the land. Within days, we were taking him out, on leash, to interact with everyone. DJ was finally getting the hang of how to play. Soon, we let him be off leash with Scarlett and last, with Harley. Things went well and when we let them all interact off-leash together, they were great! Since arriving a week and a half ago, DJ’s also learned to sit, give paw and not pull on his leash.
We’re continuing positive-reinforcement training with DJ and he also has a great trainer working to help him. Though we’re looking for adopters or local rescues for DJ, he is still being considered for the transport program. Miami Dogs on the Move is a great program two volunteers started that places MDAS shelter dogs in no-kill rescues in the north. DJ was supposed to go on the last transport but could not go due to his issues. He is learning and improving so fast, we think he may be ready to go on the next one!
This dog was doomed to be killed two weeks ago. When his aggression issues were discovered, his life was on the line again. There was a time I was so scared of him I didn’t think we could keep fostering. But we did…and look at this dog now! He was misunderstood, failed by humans and not taught anything. I wish more dogs with “issues” would be given a chance. DJ has showed me that lots of love and a little bit of time can do anything.
Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in adopting DJ! He is located in Miami, FL and available for adoption through Miami-Dade Animal Services, but can be arranged to be transported anywhere. He’s an extremely smart high-energy lovebug who will make one family extremely happy!
————-> Also keep in mind, our sweet foster puppy, Bethany is now in New Jersey, at Pick Your Paw Animal Rescue and she is looking for her forever home! Contact email@example.com if you are interested in adopting her 🙂