Tommy


Boxer/American Pit Bull Terrier
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Age: 9 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Nicknames:
Tom Tom, Mr. Thomas, Mr. Pitt

Doggie Dynamics:
 Energy 
sleepyenergetic
 
 Intelligence 
sillygenius
 
 Friendliness 
aggressiveaffectionate
 
 Playfulness 
not playfulvery playful
 
 Disposition 
anxiouscalm
 

Quick Bio:
-mutt-dog rescue

Birthday:
August 31st 2005

Likes:
playing, jumping, chewing, loves people all shapes and sizes, food

Pet-Peeves:
a little scared of new things at times, plastic bags and flies (They chewed on his tail when he was young)

Favorite Toy:
soft cloth toys that squeak/as long as they last!

Favorite Food:
so far, anything, but spaghetti has gone over well. He loves vanilla malts! I cook for them and he still loves a can of Hill's over my liver and pork cutlets. I feed Canidae dry, it is Holistic and Human Grade and he likes that.

Favorite Walk:
On our property, we live on an acreage. He also likes the Bike Trail in town by the lake.

Best Tricks:
He lays down and crawls on his belly when not too excited, shakes, rolls over, chase the squirrel. He'll fake it if there is none.etc.

Arrival Story:
he was a rescue about to be put to sleep at an animal control. Another rescue group took him out. I saw him on Petfinder the night they got him and adopted him the next day. He was sick and underweight with bad dog bites on his face, legs, and back legs.

Bio:
No info, but was supposed to be boxer and pit bull, but acts very much like I have read about the Bully breed in general . He loves to play tug and stick very energetically. He also leaps and bounds like I have never seen in any dog I have had! I like the pirouettes while jumping for squirrels and a little Cowardly Lion with a satisfied "grruuphh"!

Forums Motto:
Thomas the Tank Engine.

I've Been On Dogster Since:
May 17th 2006 More than 8 years!

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Dogster Id:
315972


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Tommy at home


Summer 2007

June 10th 2007 9:31 am
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Here we are one year later and Tommy is just as funny and goofy as the day I brought him home. He zips around the poor, beleagered elderly Bonny and she just lays there in the yard while he does "burns" around her. My oldest son thinks he is a stitch. He has a Dappled Blue Eyed Dachshund and said after wrestling with Tommy "I want a real dog too!" (He is crazy about his little Prairie Dog as he calls her). He said to look up "Galut" in the dictionary and there would be Tom's picture. I think he needs a playmate as there is just so much walking and playing he can do with old me. We had a friend visit with his Husky and they played and played and played....
It made me think we need to look into a play pal with similar disposition. It will come later this summer after vacation.

 

Tommy's first Christmas

January 12th 2007 6:31 pm
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I don't have the pictures yet, but this is his first winter in a home with presents for him and all.. He literally pulled the tree down the first day and was up trying (I think) to get some ornaments off and it came down. I got home and he was hiding. I laughed as it must have scared him. He left it alone after that. I couldn't put any presents under it until Christmas Eve , and lo and behold he opened one of his own while I was making the dinner. I made him put it back under, but it was being chewed on within a few minutes. He is getting much more reliable about chewing things that are not his. Patience for you out there, they do come around in time. You just can't get overly worked up about the mistakes. He is more important than any furniture or pillows. I have an ottoman that he thinks is his chair and it now has all four corners somewhat reduced and concave in shape. I sewed them up as best I could and my son says that it looks like something Ed Gein would have had stitched up! Knock on wood, he hasn't done anything like that for a couple of months, just a toothbrush and garbage once. He is a beautiful, sweet, work in progress and minds me very well outside on our walks. He comes to me the first time I call and waits above on the driveway while I go down onto the main road to get the mail. He still pulls when we go in town on lead on a bike trail, but he seems to do it with great fortitude, like it's his job to keep me upright and moving forward. I, in turn, pick up the pace, which isn't bad me me, but not good for his training. At home ,with 7 acres to "feasibly" roam, he never even leaves the porch if someone isn't outside with him, except to eliminate. He is made of velcro and never wants to be outside alone. I think it is for fear he will be left out in the cold. He won't!

 

Vacation In Duluth and the Cabin

August 27th 2006 7:05 pm
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Tommy was a very patient rider and loved staying at Canal Park on Lake Superior in Duluth , MN. He loved walks and like any politician, liked meeting and greeting anyone who would look his way. He was a perfect gentleman in the hotel and never had an issue except at first barking when kids would run down the hall and make noise outside our door. He quickly responded to my SHHH! and settled down. The hotel, The INN on Lake Superior is a very nice place, and so accomodating to us and to Tommy. The maids went crazy over him and called to him every time they saw him. He was a stalwart sea pal on Lake Superior and got to go out to eat with us as several places allow dogs outside on the decks. He went with to the State Parks and we ate lunch at Agate Bay on Superior.
After a couple of days we went onto the family cabin, where he could run loose while supervised in the wooded setting on Deer Lake in Northern Itasca County , MN. After making friends with a couple of the neighbor cabin dogs, he stayed out of their business and attended to his walks and our travels. He was very relaxed there and slept like a log at night. In the evening, he laid in the 3 season porch on a trundle bed and watched the lake and the ducks outside. A mean little red squirrel kept sassing him and chewing him out if he got near her. It was funny to see him try to climb the tree in vain. The squirrel actually looked in my bedroom window in the morning and chewed him out once more. I never realized that they picked on dogs before. I am used to big gray squirrels who just eat what I put out for them and run away. I never did get to take him out on the pontoon as yet, but we are maybe going back in September for a long weekend. Home was good to see after a long and patient ride back ( 7 hours) and the Little Bonny dog who is so fiercely competitive actually was happy to see him and greeted him warmly with kisses. She stays home and is babysat for as she gets nervous traveling, paces, pants, etc. But it's good to know Tommy is quiet and adaptable and had a great time full of vinegar and boundless energy! I will upload pictures later.

 
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