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Age: 13 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 1-10 lbs

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Mr. Otto, Otto-waa, Otto-wee, Otto-bond, Otto-matic, Baby Otto, Little Otto, Lil' Buddy

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-purebred-dog rescue

April 1st 2003

I like to rip the stuffin' out of my bedding. I like to get under the covers and growl.

My pet peeve is people messing with my kennel cab. DO NOT MESS WITH MY KENNEL CAB! IT IS MINE! NOT YOURS! MINE!

Favorite Toy:
I like my "Rope" and my "Froggy". I do not like Ticker's "Quack-Quack" duck. It scares me and makes me mad.

Favorite Food:
I like Snappy's canned food (she has no teeth so her food has to be soft) but she will never let me have any. All I get to do is lick her bowl and then go eat my food which is hard and suppose to be good for me. My favorite treats are Charlee Bears.

Favorite Walk:
I like to walk in the park down by the Farmer's Market. I am a good little walker. I do not pull on my leash, I stay on the left and I follow dad's stride.

Best Tricks:
I'm very good at doing tricks. I come and sit and lay and stand. I also know up and down. And I am a very good singer. I sing all the time. Sometimes it sounds like I'm singing "I love you" over and over again. Which is ironic from a little dog who bites.

Arrival Story:
Hello! My name is Otto. I ended up in rescue at the tender age of 6-months. I was a stray that was turned in to the Ottawa, KS animal shelter – which is how I got the name Otto. By this point I was already a nervous wreck. Being so small and so young, I hadn’t eaten much while living on the streets and I was extremely skinny. Also, my hair was falling out, my skin was flaking, I couldn’t stop shaking and I had a nasty disposition. (Still do.) It seems I am the product of inbreeding. In the breeder’s attempt to get the perfect looking little Chihuahua (which I am), my brain got messed up in the process. I am overly sensitive, suffer from separation anxiety, am manic depressive and have an unpredictable aggressive disorder that causes me to bite without warning. However, in my defense, I can also be the most charming, engaging little dog you ever met – it just depends on the day, the moment, my mood. And it’s something I can’t control. Inbetween being on the streets and in the home I have now, I stayed with several different people. And yes, I bit them all. I guess most people don’t like little dogs that bite cause they kept passing me along to someone else. I finally ended up with my foster dad and, right again, I bite him too. But he tricked me. He started wearing these thick leather gloves whenever he would handle me. That silly goose even wore them to bed at night so I couldn’t get him in his sleep. (Smart!) He’s tried all kinds of things to help me quit biting. He talked to vets and dog behavior specialists. He read books and watched all the episodes of “The Dog Whisperer.” He put me on medicine and even took me to obedience training where I learned a lot of things. So, now I can do all sorts of tricks – including biting! (Snicker, snicker.) Early on, I got adopted out twice. The first time I lasted eight hours before they made the phone call saying, “We’re scared of this dog, come and get him.” (Even though I’m only six-pounds, I can really pack a punch.) The next time I lasted a little bit longer but I bit the nice couple so many times that I came back to live with my foster dad. So... I think I’ll just stay put. I really like it here and I know he will be nice to me regardless of how bad I act or how hard I bite. I wish I didn’t bite. But I do. – Little Otto

I am a rescue dog and I would like to thank LL Dog Rescue in Kansas City for helping me out and saving my life. Look them up on-line at

Forums Motto:
You always hurt the one you love. CHOMP!

The Groups I'm In:
LL Dog Rescue Alumni, Soul Kitchen- Yum!

The Last Forum I Posted In:
What\'s In A Name:

People to thank:
I would like to thank the following people for helping save my life: Kim; Val; Kathy; the Ottawa, Kansas Animal Shelter; Pawd'ners Rescue Ranch, LL Dog Rescue and my dad.

A shout out to:
I would like to give a shout out to Richard, Dennis, Sam, Pam, Jim, Anthony, Melinda, Sarah, Mendy, Karla and everyone at the theatre.

I'm thinking of you:
Ojo and Snappy are sick. Ojo has a liver disorder and Snappy has cancer. They are good siblings and I wish they weren't sick. Leave them a message on their get well forum page.

Please help:
The number of homeless pets is out of control. Please pick an area shelter or rescue group and show your support by donating your time, energy, talents, services, goods or funds. It is very important and they need your help.

Consider adoption:
If you are thinking of getting a pet, please consider adoption. You can save a life.

I've Been On Dogster Since:
October 16th 2005 More than 11 years!

I Was In The:
2006 Valentine's Day Party!
Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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SPAY/NEUTER: Facts to Share

August 25th 2006 6:06 am
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You should have your pet spay/neutered before 6 months of age.

You can spay/neuter your pet as young as 8 weeks with NO ill or adverse effects.

It reduces the amount of unwanted litters, strays, and abandoned animals.

It is estimated 70,000 in pets the KC area and 5-8 million pets nationwide are euthanized each year for lack of homes.

It decreases the chances of three types of cancer in males and two types in females.

At least one (if not more) of every litter will be abandoned, abused or euthanized no matter how hard you try to find and place them in a good home.

Reduces aggression, roaming, fighting behaviors, and unwanted suitors visiting.

Reduces marking by males.

Virtually eliminates the spread of sexually transmitted diseases.

Eliminates the messy heat cycle in females.

All low-kill or no-kill shelters have a waiting list that are months long.

Many shelters are at an 80% kill rate, so abandoning them at an area shelter is not the answer.

Litters are expensive. Costs include, food, medical, shots, worming and a lot of time. And just hope one doesn't become sick that requires extensive medical treatment, or having to deal with its death.

It is estimated that if no cat or dog gave birth for seven years, only then would we empty our shelters.


It is natural and better for a female if she has one litter. (Truth: giving birth is stressful to the pet and extreme caution should be used when they are pregnant and when they are with pups/kittens. It can actually make them more aggressive. Greatly increase the chances of breast cancer in females.)

My pet will get fat. (Truth: there is a hormone change, but overweight is caused by over feeding).

They will get lazy. (Truth: It does calm an animal down but that doesn't mean they lose all their energy.)

The majority of pets euthanized in shelters are mixed breeds. (Truth: at least 50% are pure breeds, and the majorities are young animals.)

All shelter pets have behavior problems. (Truth: the number one reason for relinquishing a pet to a shelter is because the humans were moving and didn't take their companion(s) not because of behavior problems.)

It is un-natural to neuter a male. (Truth: They don't notice or miss it. It does allow them to be a more social animal by lessoning aggressive behavior.)

My pet is so good; I want to pass on these traits. (Truth: Personalities are usually NOT "passed" on, and without extensive lineage and genetic knowledge, you could be passing on faulty genes such as cancer, aggression, and accidentally inbreeding your pet.)


Letting your children experience the birth process might seem like a good idea, but females become aggressive during this time, and the heat cycle is messy.

If you feel it is a learning process you want them to experience, then first take them to an area shelter and let them experience where one from your litter will end up and be euthanized. That breeding and having to give away the litter is upsetting, and breeding for a profit is a poor example to set.

Wouldn't it be better to teach your child about giving, caring and responsibility instead of breeding?

Offer to foster a pregnant pet from a shelter instead of adding to the over population.

An un-neutered male or un-spay female is more likely to be aggressive which is not a positive trait to have around children.

Courtesy of the Pet Connection: m


Getting Off On the Wrong Foot:

June 12th 2006 4:58 pm
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I have been being a very good dog lately. The weather has been nice and warm, I've been able to be outside playing with my sticks (Yea sticks!) and I have been happy, happy, happy and good, good, good. Well... I was getting bored with all that goodness and happiness so, this morning, I bit Dad on his big toe. I caught him right at the nail line too -- and right after he got out of the shower so the skin was nice and soft. Dad said I started the week off on the wrong foot. But I got the right one. And that was the one I was aiming for.

-- Little Otto, currently not in good standing


More Sticks News:

May 27th 2006 6:48 am
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Can I stand up, scratch my forehead with my hind leg while chewing on a stick? Yes, I can. Can I do it without falling over? No, I cannot. -- Little Otto


I'm not sure I adequately conveyed just how fun sticks are and how much I love them. I really, really, really, really love sticks! REALLY! I love them so much I can hardly stand myself. Are you convinced? I highly recommend sticks as the funnest thing on the planet.

-- Little Otto, the 1/8 wonder of the world

"Sticks are great, Sticks are good. Let us thank him for our sticks." -- Otto's Prayer

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