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Cairo Cub; Ninja Dog; Nutter Butter; Thunder Dog
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November 24th 2012
May 5th 2011
Running, fetching, singing with her big "brother" Duke and napping with her little big "sister" Laika.
Late sleepers, strangers, those evil neighbor squirrels.
Anything that squeaks or looks like a tennis ball.
Green beans, Zuke's salmon treats, mixed veggies
Walk? She'd much rather run.
Being the best alarm clock ever and "Calm down" (where she instantly sits regardless of how excited she is).
Cairo has a funny story.
I first met her when she was a foster dog at my job. I instantly liked her, but I decided not to get too attached to her because I was certain she would find a forever home quickly. Whenever she was in a play yard with me she would try her hardest to impress me and keep my attention, almost like she was saying "Hey! I like you...take me home please?". I've been told she most likely chose me and not the other way around, I'm pretty sure that's true. I had never even looked twice at anything I'd believed to be a Lab/Lab mix(too common for my inner hipster) but this one made me look at her.
A month into her foster stay, she proved to be an eager, intelligent dog and I couldn't help but get attached.
Four months later, after a little confusion as to whether she was still up for adoption, starting the process to adopt her sister when I was under the impression that she wasn't, I found myself at home with my new love.
Upon arrival, it was certain we'd have to do a lot of work with her. She was afraid of new people, got so anxious in cars that she became ill, hopped the fence when something spooked her, would refuse to go through doors, would only allow me to feed or touch her and if I left would bark herself hoarse and shred whatever she could(ranging from furniture, to newspaper, to dog beds and she even pulled down a set of blinds), would get so scared of strange sounds that she'd just lie on the floor completely still like the sound was on it's way to get her and staying still was the only defense.
Nearly a year later, she is still a skittish but has made a lot of progress. She loves going for walks and runs, she ducks when she hears a really scary new sound but recovers quickly, she is less anxious about car rides because she knows they end somewhere fun like the dog park, daycare, or the beach.
This dog's progress and her existence in general mean the world to me because watching her grow is inspiring.
It is my intention, when she is comfortable with her new life, to enroll her in an agility show off her sportive skills and boost her confidence. My ultimate goal for her is for us to become a certified Therapy dog/Handler team to show off her infectious sweet nature and prove once again that even the most "unadoptable" dogs can triumph in the end. I'd love to be able to see the expressions on people's faces when I say "Believe it or not, she used to be terrified of everything."
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May 15th 2014 2:08 pm
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Mom keeps telling me how smart I am and how proud she is of me. I didn't do much, I just gave her my paw when she asked. I don't see what the big deal is. Now, I know the following commands: sit, down, leave it, drop it, sit up, roll over, wait, and paw. Nothing huge, but mom is blown away. She grew up with Huskies, and they're smart...but they like to do things on their own terms most of the time. Duke and Laika are like that too. She said something about getting a book to teach me all kinds of cool tricks over the summer to help me with my confidence. Her logic is that if I can do awesome things when it's just her, when I know them really well then I can be awesome anywhere. I think this summer will be fun. We'll go swimming, roller blading, and I even get to learn cool new tricks now. We'll be beyond ready for an agility class in the fall. =)
April 30th 2014 7:14 pm
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I had to really push mom to post for me today. It's been far too long and I have a lot of news!
The most important story is about my trip to the beach. This time, it wasn't the dog beach, but I still did great! Mom took me to a human beach, it was kind of boring because I didn't have any other dogs to play with and I had to stay on leash and Duke's such a baby about getting wet that he was no fun. He really isn't a beach dog. Once mom and I went swimming it was all worth it. I let a nice couple pet me, and I introduced myself instead of doing what I usually do(sitting behind mom and hoping they don't see me).
After the beach mom and her boyfriend took Duke and I out to dinner with them. Again, there were no other dogs there but I got a nice cold bowl of water to myself and mom's boyfriend slipped me some of his vegetables when he thought mom wasn't looking. I was definitely nervous at first, but I realized it wasn't so bad.
After that day, I've been on top of the world. I've been holding my ears and tail up for all of our walks, and even trying to conquer little fears that I've been afraid to work on before. For example, I absolutely HATE pickup trucks with anything sticking out of the back(I don't care if it's parked, that stuff could fall at any moment), but today mom and I walked by one three times. The first time I wanted to be nowhere near it, but mom told me to try because it was okay so we went by it again and I was still kind of nervous, but the third time I walked right by it and didn't even look at it twice. I've been doing that a lot lately.
I'm excited for the summer because mom and I are going to start doing some really awesome stuff. I've gotten the okay to go in the pool, so we're buying a lifejacket for me so I can hop in with mom and Laika. Even better! Mom's going to start rollerblading with me(maybe, I don't know how I feel about the noise just yet). Hopefully, we finally get into an agility class like mom's been promising forever.
Now the sad news:
I only have a little over a month left with Duke. He's been my big brother, and my best friend through a lot of scary stuff and I'm going to miss him like you wouldn't believe. Mom says it's for the best, and she's going to miss him too...but he's going to live in Georgia somewhere where he has a lot of space all of the time to run around as he pleases. He really does hate being indoors. She also said he'll get to see something called snow, maybe I'll get to go visit him and see it too one day.
February 15th 2014 4:07 pm
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Dogster Community is staying open!
Mom's been keeping my diary on her computer since the news that the community sections would be leaving, but here are some of my updates:
Last weekend mom took Duke and I to her(she works at a ropes course with a really big property and we're allowed to go on staff only days). It was awesome! I made it there and back again without getting sick and without taking any Dramamine. I did get a little nervous and drooly once on the way there, but I remembered that nothing bad happens in the car so I relaxed enough to sit up and stare out of the window for a little.
We ran around out there and I saw the BIGGEST squirrel ever. Mom says it's a fox squirrel. Naturally, I had to chase it. I would have climbed right up that tree after it if mom hadn't called me back. Duke wasn't as interested.
This week mom's boyfriend visited again. I love him, mom's sister jokes that I'm trying to steal him from her. He and mom took Duke and I to the dog park yesterday. This is the first time I've been there in a while, but I was excited to show Duke around.
Mom got several compliments on how friendly I was. She just nodded. No one believed that I used to never go up to strangers because everyone(and I mean everyone) was my friend yesterday. I love the dog park! Duke likes it too...but mom's gotten so used to me staying out of puddles that she forgot that he likes to roll in them. We both got baths yesterday thanks to him. >.<
The visit to mom's parents's house a couple of weeks ago went really well. I've never really had a problem with mom's dad as long as he doesn't move too suddenly around me(he's a tall man, so it scares me before I can remember that he's a good person). I've always been kind of wary of mom's mom though, but this time while mom was away on her trip, she got a call from her mom telling her that I'd actually taken some fish directly from her hand. Before, mom's mom would have to give Laika and Duke their fish, then toss mine under my table and keep the other two away until I'd eaten it, but this time I decided to give taking it a shot. The other two do it, so it couldn't be so bad, right? It wasn't. I'll go to mom's mom every other time she calls me now. Mom prefers that over how I used to be...which was getting up and running to another room whenever I so much as suspected her mom was home.
Progress is always happening, and mom's really proud.
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