October 11th 2009 6:07 pm
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Hi Everyone. It’s been a while since my last update and a lot has changed since then. First of all, I got neutered and I’m in my 4th week of training. I’m a much happier dog now that I’m fixed. As for the training, that’s really helped me too. My foster mom is seeing that maybe I don’t dislike dogs after all. She’s not used to having big dogs, so I think sometimes she confuses my energy and excitement for aggression. But I’m really just curious and want to play. I am learning so many things with my dog trainer. He even swears that I’ve had training before since I learn so quickly. I’ve learned that my foster mom is in charge and not me. I have also learned that I am to let her lead when we are walking. Currently, I am practicing walking in and out of my “house” (crate) and staying there for short periods of time until I get used to it. I’ve never stayed in one before, so I’m practicing nice and slow until it doesn’t scare me. I enjoy staying in the bedroom when I can’t be supervised, but since I’m just a puppy (one year old) I sometimes mistake the sheets and other items in the room for toys. Because I sure do like to play with my toys! More than anything I really enjoy pleasing my foster parents. I aim to please. I wish my foster parents could keep me, but at this young and energetic age I’m just not a good match for their 7lb doggie. More than anything I need a forever family that has the time and energy to put in to me. To take me for long walks and to let me run in my own fenced-in yard and play ball with me. I’d love to have a family that spends more time at home instead of away. Let me know if you think you’re the right fit! Talk to you later!
September 15th 2009 5:27 pm
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Hi…Eli here….it’s been a while since I last updated you on how I’m doing here at my foster mom’s house. I’ve just been hanging out and going with the flow. My Doctor told me I have gained enough wait to be neutered now. I’m not so sure of this, but my foster mom tells me it’s best for me. I’m looking better every day thanks to the steady supply of food I’m now getting. Living on my own outside in the elements, unable to get food was awful!
I definitely love being the only dog in the house. That way I get all the attention and love! I am most definitely man’s best friend, instead of dog’s best friend. I just don’t like those rascals! Also, small children make me really nervous, so I need to make sure my new family has no small children or other animals. I’m just one year old, so I have lots of energy that I need to expend. I get so excited when my foster mom and other family members walk in the door. For some reason they’re trying to teach me how to sit, but I get so excited to see them, I just can’t contain my happiness! But I’m sure I’ll eventually catch on since I’m still a young dog! I have a lot to learn at this young age! After I calm down from getting so excited, I just go about my normal day, eating, drinking, sleeping, and chewing on my raw hide bone. But I sure do love to be rubbed and loved on. I love it when my foster family is hanging around the house, instead of leaving me here alone. At night time I prefer to sleep in my foster family’s bedroom on my dog bed or on another human bed in the house.
My foster family takes me outside to do my business and to play with me, but for right now I really prefer to be inside (of course, they don’t call me an “inside-dog” for no reason). I’m new at this “playing” thing, and don’t quite understand the point! I mean, I’ve been outside by myself for a very long time, why in the world would I want to play out there now?! That’s why right after I do my business, I head straight for the door to get back in to that cool air condition! My foster family tells me playing and exercising is good for me, so I’m trying to learn that. I know that having a fenced-in backyard is best for me when I am outside. My favorite thing to do outside is search in the grass for grasshoppers and crickets! They really amaze me. I love to play with them and chase them. I have a fascination with all flying insects outside. It’s fun to chase butterflies too! Walking on a leash is okay, I’m getting a little better at it. But seeing other dogs really aggravates me. I mean, this is my world, isn’t it? I like to bark at other human friends I don’t know. But once they come up to me and I see they are nice people, I am accepting of their love and attention. I just want them to think I’m big and bad. (But don’t tell anyone I’m really not). Oh, and riding in the car…I love that! I am so good in the car. I sit down and just look out the window, and eventually I just lie down and chill out while riding down the road. Well I’ll talk to you later, and I’ll let you know how I’m doing after I get neutered!
August 8th 2009 11:10 am
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Eli is a very loving and affectionate 1 year old male boxer. He loves being indoors with his human family. Eli was found on a four-lane highway and was on the run for at least 3 months, so being outside really scares him unless you are there with him. He was very malnourished and skinny when found, so he really likes his steady supply of food and water he now gets! Eli is definitely a people “person”. After being left alone to fend for himself for so long, he just can’t get enough loving and attention from his human friends. Other than occasionally wanting to put his paws on your shoulder for a hug, he is relatively calm and easy-going. He does not want to be secluded from his family when they are available. He thrives being a part of the family and in a predictable routine. Eli is working on gaining some weight right now, so he hasn’t played much, but I’m sure in the future he would love to play and go for walks in moderation. Eli already has learned how to sit for a treat! He seems to love car rides and will sit and eventually lay down. Eli so far, has not met a person he doesn’t like. And everyone who meets Eli falls in love with him. He’s a “man’s best friend” in the making! He does not like crates, but loves to sleep on your bed! He has never had an accident (not to say it couldn’t happen, that’s why they are called “accidents”) and will stay put all night until morning when he is ready to use the restroom. Eli currently has his own bedroom and sleeps on a human bed all night. I’m not sure yet if he likes other dogs and cats, but we’ll figure that out soon. Eli has his natural tail and natural ears, and couldn’t be any more handsome the way he is now! Eli will be ready for adoption after he is neutered (approximately 5-6 weeks).