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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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December 5th 2013 1:54 pm
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Mom did something really awful to me last week: we went back to her parents' house.
Don't get me wrong, I did live there for a few months so I'm okay with it...it was just the timing. Mom's sister's kids were there almost the whole time. They're so incredibly LOUD. Even worse, mom's parents(who I for the most part am okay with) have to be loud too. I really hate that.
Once the kids were gone, everything was fine though. I do like mom's dad. I listen to him when he asks me to sit, I'll come if he calls me, and I'll even let him pet me. I won't ever bring the ball back in a game of fetch though. I also don't like it when he moves suddenly. He's very tall and it scares me.
Mom's mom...she's another story. She scared the bejeezus out of me when mom first brought me home. She's just so overbearingly nice. She always says hi to me and tries to talk to me and give me treats and touch me. I really don't like the attention. Mom finally explained to her in a way she understood that leaving me completely alone is much better than trying to make friends with me. It doesn't hurt my feelings, I don't feel neglected. It's what I prefer. It worked and mom's mom completely ignored me the last two days...when she's sitting and quiet she's not so bad. I guess I could give her a chance.
On top of all of the commotion, mom made me go for two really long car rides. I really don't like them. Mom thinks she's figured out what bugs me about them: all of the other cars. When she noticed, she laughed and told me that we have that in common. She's buying me a calming cap for car rides so that I can't see more than outlines outside of the windows. She's hoping that will help since I also usually do better on night drives. I guess we'll see when we drive back for the next holiday.
But, as bad as it all was I was really excited to see Duke again. He's gotten kind of chubby so he's much slower than me now when we play.
Mom says work was super busy that week, so I couldn't go in with her(she still helps at the daycare/kennel over holidays), but next time I get to go in and wow everyone with how much braver I've gotten. =)
November 22nd 2013 3:31 pm
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Mom is really happy that she found our park. The old one was okay, but kind of far and the other dogs were too unpredictable.
This new one is fantastic. From the two visits we've had mom's learned the following:
1. Virtually the same dogs are there every Friday.
2. Most of the owners understand dog languages, and don't get defensive when us dogs give each other warnings.(some people at the old park would get uncomfortable)
3. All of the people know all of the dogs by name(each other...maybe).
4. The big dog side is perfectly okay for Laika. If she wants to play, the other dogs will be gentle with her and if she doesn't, they won't bother her.
5. I am everyone's best friend there.
That last observation really made mom happy today. My new friend Vader's dad was petting a couple of the other dogs and I butted right in between them so I could get the attention. Mom says that's something I learned from Laika.
It really shocked her. Not only had I demanded the attention, it was from a man I'd never met before. I'm usually friendly with ladies, and I kind of ignore then men. Today everyone was fair game. One new friend and his mom tried to teach me how to catch a frisbee. I still don't really understand it, but I'm happy to chase it.
I'm really happy mom's making this a weekly trip. Now all we need to work on is not getting sick in the car.
November 15th 2013 7:41 am
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Today, I had to go to the vet. I don't really like the vet, and even worse this one was a new one since we just moved. I really didn't like that.
Mom knew I wouldn't be happy, so we did everything at my pace. We went for a run this morning, we got to the vet early so I could walk in when I was ready, and everything went pretty smoothly.
I'm still really shakey at the vet, but for the first time ever I actually stopped for a few minutes towards the end. Mom was really proud.
She found a park a while ago that she's meant to take Laika and I too, and since it was on the way home she decided to stop there and check it out as my reward.
She didn't think I'd want to go in, but we did and it was awesome! I'm still mom's little velcro dog(I ran after the other dogs for a few seconds and then ran right back to mom's side a few times). After a few minutes, I was okay on my own. I wandered around, played chase with the other dogs, and even better: I went over and said hi to all of the other owners. Mom was so happy for me. I especially liked one lady mom was talking to, I let her pet me for a while. I never do that. Normally when mom's talking, I sit next to her and whine.
Mom said that since I did so well, and since the park is nice and Laika would be okay to go with us, we're going to start going every week.
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