Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Overnight for Roscoe

The Littlefields did not know what they were in for when they picked me for an overnight.  The problem started right from the start - that is when I stole their hearts.  This is something they were not prepared for - remember they have recently taken a liking for the pit bulls and I am a miniature poodle.

How was my night out:

The car ride was great, since I laid down in the front seat and had my belly rubbed the whole way to the Littlefield home.  I love belly rubs!!!

Treats are great and I take them very gently.  I do sit and I do stay.  Off is a command that I need to be reminded of.  It's just that I get soooo excited.  I want to be held and I want you to see me.

Toys are fun.  I know how to retrieve and return - not bad for a poodle.

I love to be held like a baby.  And did I mention belly rubs???

Bed time was great especially when I was invited to share their bed!!!  I don't think they had ever shared a bed with a dog before.

In the morning they went to work and left me by myself.  That's when I had an accident.  Did I say accident?  Because that's what it was - I did not mean to do it!!!  Not only pooo, but pee too:(  When they went into that room, I went straight to my bed.  I felt bad, but it was an accident!

Well, I'm back at the Bangor Humane Society.  If you're looking for a dog like me, come on in and check me out.

Monday, December 6, 2010

More Puppies

Today was all about two very active puppies and they, along with their two brothers, are available for adoption at the Bangor Humane Society.   


The little girls name is Miss Piggy - as in the Muppets.  She is half the size of her brother, so I had a hard time with this name.  So I called her as I saw her "Little Girl".  The other puppy's name is Fozzy - as in the Muppets.  Being a big baby, I called him "Little Boy". 

Miss Piggy/Little Girl was very independent and didn't care to be held as much as her brother.  Once she was given a treat or toy, she was off and running - no way was she going to be put into a situation of sharing.

Fozzy/Little Boy enjoyed being held and would fall asleep in your arms.  He also was right there to pitch in if there was a job to be done - such as dishes.  :)  When he wanted something, he would start barking.  On the other hand if his sister wanted something, she would just go for it.  I would sit on the stairs and she made her way up.  He just sat and barked.


When it came to take a nap, she found the perfect spot on a stool in the corner.  Fozzy/Little Boy tried to take a nap on his own, but soon was looking to her for comfort - finally curling up next to the stool.


And yes they loved the Snow.  At first they were a bit timid, but once they made it off from the first step they were on a tear.   

The one thing neither puppies liked was being confined.  Since they were very curious and were not house trained, this was a must for an overnight.  After about ten minutes of crying, both settled down for a long winter's nap (I couldn't resist).

These puppies and their siblings are available for adoption at the Bangor Humane Society.  If you are looking for an adult dog, Brady is still available for adoption - read more about him in the previous two posts.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Brady Goes To Daycare

This is the second post about Brady.  To read more about Brady and his stay with the Fields, see the next post.

How do I get along with other dogs - GREAT!!!  The Fields took me to Bangor Pet Resort and Spa today and I think I actually liked it.  If you want to see me and all my new friends in action, check out the video that is attached to the Pet Resort's facebook page -  http://www.facebook.com/#!/video/video.php?v=1682107287914&oid=95093576969&comments.

Don't forget me if you are looking to add a dog to your family, I could be the dog for you.  I will probably be staying with the Fields, but you can call Bangor Humane Society to set up an appointment to meet me - their number is 942-8902.


Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Brady visits with the Fields

So what's a well mannered and sweet dog like me doing in foster care?  Well you see, I just hated being couped up in a kennel at the shelter.  All that stress and other dogs barking was making me not so happy. My lucky day was the day the Fields came in and decided I was the dog they would like to foster.  Even though I love it here, I need to get adopted, so they can go on to their next dog project.

How do I behave while at the Field's home.  Read on:

First of all I like other people and other dogs.  You see the Fields have this dog named Pepper and we really get along great.  I am quite friendly with children and I think I might actually like cats.  The Field's have a cat named Goldie and I get along with her fine.  Squirrels are another matter - they are fun to chase and could be interesting to catch:) 

I also love to go for walks.  I tend to pull if I see something of interest, so they started using a harness and that helps them keep me in control.  It also reminds me that they are in control.  I am an extremely smart dog and understand who is the master. 
Did I say smart?  One of the staff at BHS introduced me to clicker training and I picked right up on it.  I know the basic commands - sit, stay, come and down.  Of course, I also know the command out.  That's when Pepper and I race for the door.

I don't care much for toys, but treats are another story.  I do know that you take treats very gently.  In fact, somebody once said I was a gentleman when giving me a treat!  I know that's a good thing.

Furniture!!!  The Fields had a soft spot when they first brought me home - remember I was very stressed.  That's when they allowed me to get up on the couch and snuggle or curl up in the recliner.  All other

furniture is off limits and I do know that.  If you were to not want me on your furniture, that would be okay - maybe you could get me my own comfy bed!

I do love to lay in front of the woodstove.  I am short haired and could catch a chill, but I think it has more to do with the homey feeling I get.

Another thing I like doing, is riding in the car.  Always in the back seat and some of the time with Pepper.  Rides are always welcome, as long as they are not back to the shelter!

FYI - I am also crate trained.  I go into the crate willingly, especially if their is a Kong filled with peanut butter and a biscuit.  I am usually put in for the night and settle right down. 

If you are looking for a great, well mannered, sweet, smart dog; such as myself - call the Bangor Humane Society today at 942-8902 to make arrangements to meet me or check me out on PetFinder http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/17848512.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Alyx Gets Adopted

The Littlefields were looking forward to an overnight with a well behaved dog such as Alyx.  The bad news is that Alyx got adopted on Saturday - the good news is that Alyx got adopted on Saturday!!!  YEAH!!!  Wishing Alyx and her new family our best!!!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Day Out for Alyx

If you're looking for a really sweet dog, I may be the dog for you.  I was picked to participate in Dog's Day Out today and things went great.

How was the car ride.  Great!  I loved riding in the backseat and sat up just like a big dog.  No bouncing around the car for me.

In the Littlefield home I went up the stairs with no problem.  It seems this is something fairly new to me, because coming down was another story.  After a bit of coaxing, I did make it down.

Did I mention that I also know that no means no.  One look at that comfy furniture and I wanted to give it a try.  That's when the "No" command came out.  Boy, did I back off quickly - never even made it up on the couch.

I do like toys.  When thrown, I will bring them back and when you use the "Out" command I will drop it.  Not bad for a puppy - obviously somebody took the time to train me.

Outside in the snow, I started to clean the car of all that white stuff.  Looked like an interesting project to me, but the Mrs. had other things in mind which consisted of a walk down back.  I stayed right on heel - it looks like that's what I've been taught.  I never went further then 3 feet on the flexi-leash.  That is until I caught sight of the house - then I bolted up over that hill and right to the doorstep.  The inside of the house seemed much more interesting to me then all that white stuff.

Today's visit was cut short, but I do hope that tomorrow will be another Dog's Day Out for me - unless of course I find my forever home.  If you are looking for a dog that has been trained and is still only a puppy, come visit me at the Bangor Humane Society.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Cuda Gets Adopted

Yeah - Cuda was adopted this afternoon.  We are sooo happy for him and his new forever family!!!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving for Cuda!!!

This is the third post for Cuda.  See below posts to see how he did on his first two days.

I will say the sleepover last night was great, but being left alone for Thanksgiving afternoon was not!!!  I had a little bit of anxiety and I don't know what set me off.  By the looks of things, I must have run from room to room tearing at the shades.  I've been left alone at the Littlefields for a morning in the past with only a peek out one shade in which I left a little wrinkle - oops.  This time things got a bit out of control and it was more than a wrinkle and more than one shade.  It might have been both of them leaving together as if they were going to a party - I think I would have liked going along.  It also might have been that it got dark and they forgot to leave the lights on.  Whatever the reason - I'm sorry:(

The Littlefields were planning on spoiling me with rawhide treats and a big bone from Petco.  These are things that do not interest me.  You see, I do have a bit of a deformity.  I have a major overbite which prevents my top teeth from meeting my bottom teeth.  I almost look like one of those cartoon characters of the talking dogs.  I do love treats in which the whole thing will fit in my mouth, but the rawhide and bone will need to be saved for another dog.

As a reminder, with the exception of my little accident today, I am a great dog who is very laid back!!!  If you are looking for such a dog, come and visit me at the Bangor Humane Society.  If you catch me barking while in my kennel, I'm just saying "Get me outta here".

Sunday, November 21, 2010

A Sleepover for Cuda!

This is the second post about Cuda.  See below, to see how he did participating on his first day out.

Since I was such a great dog yesterday, I was selected for a sleepover. 

Staying at the Littlefield home has become quite an adventure.  You see, I do have a bit of herding in my genes (I think my ancesters were the sitting at the edge of the field watch dogs - not the nipping at the heels sort of dog) and the Littlefields have a tendency of not staying in one spot very long.  So if the Mr was upstairs in his office and the Mrs was downstairs in her office, I had to quietly go from the foot of the stairs lay down for a few and then go to the door of her office and lay for a few.  Back and forth, back and forth until she decided to cook and he decided to watch the game.  At that time, I settled into a room where I could keep an eye on both.

We started the afternoon with a walk in the City Forest.  There were more people today and a few more dogs, but remember these are things that don't excite me.

I did get left in the car for quite a bit while the Mrs did a little grocery shopping.  Obviously, she forgot it was the Sunday before Thanksgiving.  She also forgot that she left my bag of food right under my nose.  It was tied up, so I knew that I should not have gotten into it - and I didn't.

I will let you know that I do not beg - even a little.  I do like my treats and will take them gently.  Remember, if you want I will sit and give a big high-five.

PetFinder said that I was allowed to sleep on the furniture in my previous home.  I will say this, I will not climb on your furniture unless you give me the thumbs up.  Even then, I prefer it if you sit with me.  Oh yeah and a belly rub at that time wouldn't hurt my feelings.

If you are looking for a really well behave dog, I could be the dog for you.  For now, I am off to find out about the sleeping portion of the date.  I do hope the Littlefields sleep in the same bed, it will make my herding job alot easier.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Dog's Day Out for Cuda!

How well behaved was I while participating in Dog's Day Out?  Very good - in fact you might say great!!!  I am the type of dog who will always look up to you, but I do not need to be in your face or jumping up and down.  If you would like to give me a pat on the head or a scratch in that special spot on my back, I will wag my tail for you to show you how much I appreciate it. 

How do I like treats?  Tons - I will gladly sit and give you a high-five for a treat!!!

Car rides are a great way to relax.  I hope my next owners like to be accompanied by a dog on their ventures away from home, because I love car rides!!!  I do not bounce around the car like some dogs, but move gracefully from one side of the backseat to the other.  The Mrs. would blink her eyes and I would have moved to the other side without her knowing it.  Blinked again, and I was gone to the other side. 

We went for a walk in the City Forest and I loved all the smells.  We saw a parade of bikes, but that did not impress me.  We saw people walking, no big deal.  We did see a giant black dog, interesting - but you have to remember I see dogs all day long.  I do very well on a leash, never pulling - just sniffing along.

The farmer's market was quite an interesting place.  All that food and vegetables and people and dogs and children.  As I said interesting, but nothing to get too excited about.  There was this toddler there and he wanted to give me a pat.  He actually gave me a pat and kept saying "pat, pat, pat".  Hey kid - I know what a pat is and if you were to look at my tail I am saying "Thanks for the pat and I think small children are pretty special".  Special, but again nothing to get too excited about.

Something I do get excited about is a nice roll on the lawn.  Boy, does that ever feel great.  Some dogs roll only if there is something to roll in (something that doesn't smell too good), but I love just rolling on the nice cool lawn.

If you are looking for a nice calm dog that will always look up to you without jumping on you, I may be the dog for you.  Check me out at the Bangor Humane Society or to find more about me check me out on PetFinder http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/17896829.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

All Puppies Have Found Their Forever Home!

Freckles was adopted on Thursday.  Rosie was adopted on Friday.  The Littlefield home seems very quiet without this trio of pibbles.  Goodbye little girls - we hope you have a great life and grow up to be responsible ambassadors for your breed.

I would like to take this opportunity to tell my experience with pit bulls.  Over the last few weeks with these little puppies, I have had folks take one look and their hearts would melt - until they asked what breed they were.  Last year at this time, my reaction would have been the same.  Since volunteering at the Bangor Humane Society, the pit bulls have become my first choice.  Of course by being at a responsible shelter; they (along with all breeds) have already been tested for aggression by the time I am able to take them.  I have found them to be the sweetest dogs each with his/her own personality.  As far as "the turning on you" - this has never crossed my mind.  Remember me throwing Bandit into the shower after being sprayed by a skunk.  He was one unhappy dog - and I put myself in that shower with him.  Or putting Jack back into his kennel; which he did not want to be in - I put myself in that kennel with him.  Every pit bull I have taken out of that shelter has touched my heart and I can't say that about all of the dogs that I have taken - names withheld :).

To learn more about this breed, please plan to attend a Pit Bull 101 session or go to http://www.somepit.org/pbiq.html .  Most of us have all heard of Michael Vic's dogs and what a horrible life they had lead.  To see where they are today, watch this clip http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=6884146n&tag=related;photovideo .

Wishing my best to all of these dogs in their forever homes.  I know they will be great ambassadors for the pit bull breed.  They all will have a special place in my heart and will be forever missed.