Nicknames: Pumpkin... because I am a pumpkin colored dog!
Gotcha Date: August 28th 2010
Birthday: August 24th 2009
Likes: Playing with Amy, going for car rides and walkies with Mommy!
Pet-Peeves: Strange men
Favorite Toy: She likes soft toys best
Favorite Food: the fresh foods we add to her kibble, like ground turkey or cottage cheese!
Favorite Walk: Around the hospital where I work, or on one of the trails I take her on in El Dorado Hills!
Best Tricks: An automatic sit we are working on, "say please by sitting" style!
Arrival Story: I grabbed her and two of her pups out of hwy 193 in Cool two weeks ago. I posted fliers, found the owners, and returned the dogs after telling them that they needed to keep the dogs out of the road and leaving them with my phone number should they find they couldn't keep the mother dog (many people will discard the mother and keep a pup...). I learned that she is one year old and has had no medical care, no shots, is not spayed and had a litter of 10 pups after her first heat. She has never had heartworm preventative. She has always lived outside. When I originally found her, she was filthy, covered with ticks, and had no tags on (same with the pups).
Then, two weeks later, I got a phone call saying that first, she was lost again and had been gone for four days, and second, if she could be found, they wanted to "get rid of her" because they couldn't keep her from running off. I told them to call the local vet to see if a found dog had been reported and said I would check the area shelters for the dog. 15 minutes later they called back and said she had been reported at the vet, and the lady who found her was bringing her back right then.... and they offered her to me! I immediately raced to their house to pick up this dog...
From now on, she is a dog who is a member of the family... her life will be filled with love, affection, dog-friendly training, walkies, cookies, toys, dogs who love to play with her, hiking, car rides, and lots of other fun doggie things! She is now an indoor doggie, a doggie who sleeps on a chair in the bedroom, a doggie who discovered that a drive-thru is a place where she gets a burger patty, and doggie who is learning that she is loved and cherished...
I never stopped thinking about her after I returned her to her previous owners, and I feel like it is such a miracle that they actually called me and offered me their dog. I am just so amazed and thankful to be blessed with this wonderful dog... thank you God!
Bio: The people I adopted her from say that Autumn is a pure bred German Shepherd, with one parent being a black and tan GSD and the other a white GSD. Autumn herself is a pumpkin colored dog with some white fur here and there. Other than the unusual coat color, she does seem GSD, especially her head, ears, movement, and mannerisms. When I originally picked her up out of the road, I thought she was definitely a mix... and she may be, although they insisted she was a GSD. Anyway, for fun, I plan to eventually have her DNA tested just to see what my wonderful Autumn dog is made of.
Yesterday Mommy took me for a long walk on the bike trail, we went 5.5 miles!
Mommy says I was such a good girl. I didn't pull too much, and I met and greeted lots of doggies and I even said hi to some strangers! Usually I find strangers scary, but yesterday I was feeling happy and not spooky. Mommy wants to take me on the bike trail a lot more now! YAY!
Today is the first day it feels like autumn! It was cool and cloudy and there was some rain and wind! It smelled wonderful outside!
Today we got our walkies late in the day, at dusk! It was SO FUN! The wind was cool and nice and the air was moist and the clouds were pink! We could hear crickets and froggies too! There was one lightening and thunder, which kind of scared Amy (me and Amy walk together with Mommy a lot), but she did really good.
And guess what idea Mommy has now that it is getting cooler out! We are going to start enjoying some hiking! She even has a book full of dog friendly hikes. I can hardly wait!
Today I am in very high spirits because so far, today has been lots of fun!
I started the day by jumping on the bed to wake Mommy and Daddy up. Then I stole the ball from my doggie sister Amy and I ran all around with it. Then we had yummy breakfast! And today Mommy is not going to work, and this is a primary reason I am in very high spirits today! It means that for sure Fun Things For Dogs will happen!
Mommy has some plans for me (and my doggie brother and sister). One thing we are going to do is some clicker training! She has a book by Pat Miller that is a six week training plan with a clicker! I will update my diary when we start and how it's going. The book even teaches TRICKS! FUN!
Mommy also wants to take me on some fun hikes now that the weather is cooling off (it is very hot where we live). I love hiking, it smells so good in the woods! And I love spending the time with just Mommy and me (unless Amy goes with us, which she sometimes does).