Did You Say 2 Foster Puppies? Part 2: Meet Bandit

On Monday I introduced everyone to the first of my two current foster puppies Gypsy. Today I am going to introduce you to my second and younger foster puppy Bandit.

Meet Bandit, a 9 week old 11lbs Black Labrador Retriever Mix. It’s he a cutie?

Bandit

Bandit

See my white markings on my chest (my two back paws have white on the toes too).

See my white markings on my chest (my two back paws have white on the toes too).

Bandit came to be fostered with me on a complete whim. He, along with his siblings were rescued out of a shelter just in the brink of time. Can you believe these guys were slated to be *gasp* put to sleep! The shelter was over crowded and unfortunately because they were all black puppies they were seen as being less adoptable and were put on the list. Ever heard of Black Dog Syndrome or Black Dog Bias? It’s a bias where black dogs (and cats) are often passed over for adoption in favor of their lighter colored shelter mates. It’s a very sad thing indeed.

How could someone not want to adopt me?

How could someone not want to adopt me?

Funny thing is, I'm not all black. Can you see the brown tint to my coat? It's very pretty in the sunlight!

Funny thing is, I’m not all black. Can you see the brown tint to my coat? It’s very pretty in the sunlight!

Anyway, now that Bandit has been scooped up and placed into a loving foster home, he is getting a great start on life. As like most puppies Bandit’s age, he is full of energy and constantly on the move. He loves playing with his foster sister Gypsy. If they aren’t playing together, they are napping together. At first foster mom & foster dad referred to him as a little “spitfire” cause when he was awake, he was just go-go-go! Now that he’s gotten used to the routine around the house and is kept on a fairly steady schedule, he has begun to calm down and get into the swing of things. Like Gypsy, he is also learning some of his basic life skills. He knows how to “sit” and target “touch” your hand and is currently learning how to “down.” He knows how to “sit” for his food and for attention too. Potty training is getting better every day. He has learned what the “potty door” is and when he needs to go out he will walk over to it and paw at it to be let out. Foster mom *knocks on wood* and dares to share that he hasn’t had any accidents in 2 days! Crate training is also taking place and he is doing fairly well with that.

Practicing "sit" with my foster sister Gypsy and older foster brother Brewer.

Practicing “sit” with my foster sister Gypsy and older foster brother Brewer.

All-in-all, Bandit is an all around adorable pup. He is very self confident and likes to adventure out and investigate new things. No holding back with this puppy, he will be a great companion to an active family who is willing to put his energy to good use.

If you are interested in adopting Bandit or his foster sister Gypsy,  please go to Mutts Matter Rescue and fill out an adoption application.

Bandit cuddling with his foster sister Gypsy

Bandit cuddling with his foster sister Gypsy

Say Hello to Harley!

Hi I’m Harley!

Last Thursday we got to pick up our 4th foster pup Harley. He came to Mutts Matter Rescue with his brother Marley & sister Carley (also up for adoption).

Me and my siblings Carley & Marley.

The vet thinks I am some sort of Lab mix… possibly with a Basset Hound since I have extra floppy ears, a longer body, and shorter legs than the average Lab pup. More and more everyday though, my foster mom believes I could even be mixed with a Standard Dachshund (doxie). I am a young pup although my age is questionable, when I was first brought in they thought I was a 10 week old pup weighing about 10lbs but the vet thinks my teeth show I might be a few weeks older than that 14, 16 or ever 18 weeks. Either way I am still a puppy and love to play!

It’s kind of hard to see but my body is a little longer than most Lab pups.

My foster mom say’s I’m super sweet. Although my name is Harley she keeps calling me Little’n (Little one) and her little Shadow. I love to follow her wherever she goes. It’s fun cause a lot of the times I hear this “click” sound and treats magically fall from the sky. Foster mom say’s those are special training sessions but sometimes she catches me off guard when I’m laying down quietly and treats still appear at my feet! I know how to “Sit” and do this thing called “Touch” where I touch my nose to my foster mom’s hand and get a click and treat. I’m also learning this thing called “Down” too. Foster mom say’s these things will help prepare me for my new home. I don’t mind cause I get yummy treats and lots of pets and loving when I do them!

I know how to “Sit”

So far my foster mom say’s I have been wonderful. So wonderful in fact that she keeps telling foster dad that if I don’t find my forever home soon it’s going to be really hard to let me go. I am also a GREAT snuggler! Whenever I am ready for a nap I will just crawl into your lap and go to sleep. If I can’t crawl into your lap I will lay on your feet to keep them warm or if foster mom picks me up and puts me on the couch, I like to curl up right next to her to help keep her warm.

Love to snuggle up with foster mom and take naps

Foster mom say’s that I’m great in the crate whatever that means?! I just like it cause when I get put in the crate I get this yummy cold red thing that tastes like peanut butter and when I’m done with it, I’m ready for a nice nap so I just quietly go to sleep. Apparently I take long naps cause sometimes I go to bed and it’s dark out and then when I wake up foster mom say’s good morning and the sun is out again! I’ve already started learning new things to. I really like my foster home but foster mom say’s that I have a forever family out their waiting just for me! Is that you? I promise to love you forever!

If you are interested in adopting Harley, his brother Marley, or his sister Carley, please go to Mutts Matter Rescue and fill out an adoption application.

3rd Times The Charm ~ Meet Sabrina!

Meet Sabrina!

Our 3rd official foster pup is Sabrina, a 3 and 1/2 month old mix breed puppy who is up for adoption through Mutts Matter Rescue. We’re not exactly sure what she’s mixed with but some people think she might be a Collie mix, or maybe even Saint Bernard mix. What we do know is that at 3 and 1/2 months and already 20+ lbs, she’s gonna be a big girl. No worries though, she is as sweet and gentle as can be.

I am always on the move!

Sabrina might have had a delayed start on puppy socialization but she is super lucky her foster mom is an OPERATION SOCIALIZATION Certified Trainer and knows just how to get this girl on the right track! Since day 1 Sabrina has been in training, learning a variety of things that are important to a puppy her age. She’s gotten the opportunity to meet several well mannered dogs & puppies as well as over a dozen or so new people of all ages, genders and races. She is also being introduced to new sounds and situations daily.

"I'm gonna be an Operation Socialization Certified Puppy!"

Along with good puppy socialization Sabrina is also doing very well with a couple other important puppy behaviors, potty training and crate training. In fact, Sabrina is so comfortable in her crate that you will often see her slip off into it on her own for a nap after a good round of play with her foster brothers.

Goofing around in the yard... Sabrina runs the show.

Nap time.

Sabrina is becoming a very Clicker Savvy pup. She has learned several great foundation behaviors so far such as “sit” and a nose target behavior “touch” and is in the process of learning “down.” One of foster mom’s main goals is to teach her to sit automatically while someone say’s “hi” (being greeted). Sabrina is going to be a big girl so it is very important that she learns early that jumping is not a good idea. She is doing GREAT! Sabrina almost automatically sits when she comes up for attention. If 4 paws are on the floor we are also rewarding for this and usually she sits the moment you reach down to pet her. Such a smart girl!

Foster mom say's I have a very lovely "sit"

Today we’ll be taking a mini trip for lunch to one of the nearby Operation Socialization Destinations to get some more real world experiences into her repertoire. Whoever is lucky enough to adopt this sweetheart won’t be disappointed, I promise!

If you are interested in adopting Sabrina or others like her,  just visit Mutts Matter Rescue and fill out an adoption application.

Here are some more pictures cause we all know you can’t get enough of puppy pictures!

Always on the move!

Hi there.

Don't you want to love me forever?

Photo Friday ~ ClickerExpo Manners

Last week we had the pleasure of attending the ever so awesome ClickerExpo to help expand our knowledge on animal behavior and of course clicker training! This weeks Photo Friday shares a couple pictures we took of some of the many well mannered pups we were lucky to of met while soaking up tons of information in presentations or training labs.

A great example of how "settle" on a mat can be useful in public.

Service-dog Julia in a relaxing down while her owner takes notes during a presentation.

Crate training is not just for the home environment. This dog is relaxed and comfortable in her pop up travel crate while another dog is demoing for a lab.