Tag: Ben

Update – and Closure – on Ben

I received a very special gift from Ben’s [now, Wally’s] new family.  With their permission – and with faces blocked out as promised,

Dear Ben…

Seven months ago, you came into our home scared, mistrustful, unpredictable, and dangerously food aggressive. You wolfed your food at what seemed like close to light-speed, and you had such severe kennel anxiety that even a few minutes of being in it made you…

Big News!

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Six Months

Ben has been with us for six months – and what an amazing journey it’s been with him. He came into our lives a terrified, mistrustful, highly aggressive, red-zone dog. Today – six months later – though he still has some issues with being…

Ben: Week 24

  Today marks Ben’s 24th week with us. He’s still learning to trust, and he’s still showing insecurity and uncertainty in certain areas, but generally speaking, he is no longer the dangerous, red-zone dog that came to us nearly 6 months ago. Ben has…

Relax and Let Go

As of last Wednesday – April 19 – Ben has been with us for 22 weeks. In the time he’s been with us, he has changed dramatically from a red-zone, highly reactive dog to a happier, more relaxed, even somewhat obedient dog. He has…

Ben Takes A Road Trip

  Ben has been with us for 21 weeks as of last Wednesday. Yesterday, I took him on his first road trip. We went to Kananaskis country. He doesn’t like being in the back, or being harnessed – he has to be able to…

Ben: Week 20

Wow. Ben has been with us for 20 weeks today. That’s five months of learning everything from basic commands like “sit” and “down”, to learning how to override and take control of an extremely high prey drive when faced with a cat or other…

Making Connections

Yesterday, Ben spent some time with the couple who may be adopting him. The weather was chilly and wet, so we worked inside and practiced recall, “sit”, and “wait”.  Ben did a fantastic job, and so did Stacy and Joel. Because he’s still getting…

Ben, Week 19

Wow. 19 weeks – almost 5 months. It’s hard to believe Ben has been with us that long already… With the warmer weather we’ve been enjoying lately, Ben has been able to get more walks, more often. Some have been training walks, others have…

Ben and Adopters, Visit 1

This weekend, Ben is spending time with his new family. We met yesterday evening and started the process of creating a bond. We started with a walk, and I had Stacy and Joel take turns with the leash while learning how to deal with…

Catching Up

  Chispa has been making fantastic progress! She’s been getting better with the mat exercise, her door manners are improving dramatically, and she’s learning how to be calm when greeting people. Her people have been taking turns battling the flu, so I haven’t seen…