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NEW PUPPY!!! *heart!* ^__^ - Jessie T. Wolf
August 7th, 2006
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NEW PUPPY!!! *heart!* ^__^
Alright, time for an update!

I have once again dropped off the face of the earth for a little bit… mostly just been busy with taking care of dog rescue stuff. For those who were wondering about my last post, Bacardie has found a good home, but it turned out that two new Pitties had been brought into the London pound, also both very young and well-tempered. So, the past two weeks have been trying to make arrangements to get them out of the pound before they were both killed. Special thanks to Lois at Animal Aide and her volunteer who drove both dogs three hours to Toronto in order to save them!

Also, thanks *very* much to jaxxblackfox and centrifuge_xeno, who have taken in the young brown-brindle female Pit, Taffy. BIG thanks especially to Cent for agreeing to do the trial with her… I hope that everything works out with you guys, and if not for whatever reason, still thanks for offering to at least foster and try to find a new home, if it comes down to it. The main point is that this pretty girl is now safe, and no longer in danger of being euthanized.

I ended up with the young male, a tan and white AmStaff named Leo. I gotta say I was really taking a chance at bringing in this dog, especially not knowing anything about his history and not knowing if he was even dog-aggressive or not. It turns out that Leo is an *extremely* beautifully tempered dog. The pound thinks that he’s maybe only a year old. He definitely has that puppy floppiness and goofy traits, though he is a big, strong boy! He is all but-wiggles and paws! He is also just a bit calmer than Taffy, thoughtful, with very soft and intelligent eyes.

He is also exceptionally well trained for a dog that was picked up as a stray!! He knows come, sit, down, stay, and shake a paw. He walks and heals very nicely on a leash. Whoever owned him before obviously took the time to train him. Unfortunately they also didn’t follow the new Pit Bull Ban’s Law, as he was un-neutered, no collar or tags, and no microchip. No kind of identification whatsoever, and even after fourteen days in the pound, no one came to claim him. I’m very surprised! O.o

He takes treats very gently, and so far I’ve been feeding him his dinner straight from my hand, because I want to rule out any food/possession aggression issues. I also tested him with toys and large bones to see if I can take them away without any problems, and so far he has been very good about that as well. No growls or possessive traits that I can see, but I’ll still be keeping a close eye on him. He does have a tendency to mouth at your arm and fingers when he’s rolling around and playing, so I’m working on getting him out of that habit, as I don’t want him learning to use his mouth on people AT ALL!! He is very smart though, and picks up on what behavior you like or dislike from him rather quickly.

Also, there have been no problems with Leo and my other dogs, no fights. About the worst thing he’s done so far is just tried to hump everyone (even though he was neutered only a few days ago). ;) He is on probation though, and so he doesn’t go anywhere around the house without either his muzzle on, or a leash tied to my waist. He does have a very strong prey drive when it comes to the cats, so he’ll need to go to a home where there are no other small animals.

He needs his last booster shots, Revolution, and microchipping by mid-September, and then he will be all ready to be put up for adoption. First is just the month temperament testing, so that I know what to tell people who are interested in adopting him. Naturally I’ll be screening people very closely, as you can’t be too careful these days who you give a Pit Bull to. I want to make sure that Leo gets the best home that he possibly can, but at least he no longer has a clock ticking over his head. Poor boy. I can’t believe anyone would have lost him!! He is wonderful! Pics of the pretty boy below. :)

Leo Smile

Leo Looking Down

Leo Profile

Leo Gentle Eyes

P.S. I have not forgotten about the folks who I still owe badges and commissions to. All badges will be done by mid-September, since I’ll be going away to Vancouver for a few days and I want all of my work to be done. Full-character commissions taken on at Anthrocon will be done before Midwest Furfest in November. I will most likely not be taking on any more commissions at MFF this year. I need a vacation. :-P I will do my best to keep you all posted!

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From:jaxxblackfox
Date:August 7th, 2006 08:29 pm (UTC)
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We totally need to get some photos of Taffy. Her brindle markings and gold eyes are just so striking, it's the first thing people comment on when they meet her for the first time.


LOL, Leo sounds like the complete opposite to Taffy! She's bloody hyper, no leash manners, goes snakey around dogs (and is really domiant) and other animals (she definately thinks of cats are food, same with squirels)... she also seems to have a touch of seperation anxiety...

Up side; she digs her crate and went in by herself the first night she was here without any coaxing, she's great with people both inside and outside, has great eye contact, and is damn smart.

I'm glad we could help save these dogs. It's shocking how great they are(or could be), and how close they came to getting the blue juice.... D:
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From:wlfdog
Date:August 7th, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC)
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I'll give you a call tonight, when I get back from work! :)
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From:jaxxblackfox
Date:August 7th, 2006 09:54 pm (UTC)
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Righty-o!

Hopefully I won't be out walking the brindle-firecracker though, lol.... XP
From:ex_noda654
Date:August 7th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
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good LAWD you have the cutest bullies in town!

i cant WAIT to see you again this year! do you mind if i make your badge pro-pit themed? i'm making my badges a little different shaped now, and i'm making a pro-pit one for orca as a test, but i figured it'd be perfect for you too. just jessie with a bully (maybe leo here!) nearby :)

let me know?
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From:wlfdog
Date:August 7th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
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I'll be at MFF, as always! And SURE, you can make my badge pro-pittie! I am sorry I've still yet to start on yours, but I will have it to you in time for MFF. I think I will try making yours pit-friendly themed too, if you'd like? ^^
From:ex_noda654
Date:August 7th, 2006 10:03 pm (UTC)
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no worries, we both got busy.. it happens! but i know you're hard at work doing good for people so i dont mind at all :) pro-pit would be awesome!! thank you so much! :D you got my updated ref right? i still got yours too :)

wooo!!
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From:kmdes
Date:August 7th, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
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How is humping everyone a bad thing? :P Maybe it's a way of saying "I love you", in a very adult way. >>;
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From:jaxxblackfox
Date:August 7th, 2006 11:32 pm (UTC)
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Dogs that hump are trying to declair themselves dominant over whatever dog/person they're humping. It's a "I'm the boss of you and you're my bi*ch!" kinda thing... usually. Sometimes other dogs take it as an insult, especially if they're also dominant... and things can get tense. :/

That's also why you never let a dog hump a person... even if it looks harmless or funny. You never want a dog to think he/she's above a person in rank.

Submissive dogs almost never hump. At least, none of the sub' dogs I ever knew. Only the dominant or assertive dogs ever tried it.
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From:kmdes
Date:August 7th, 2006 11:49 pm (UTC)
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My collie just never humped anything, but he was a really smart dog, too smart. Rhen again collies remind me of wolves.
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From:gizmo_nine
Date:August 8th, 2006 12:22 pm (UTC)
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Yay! Jessie isn’t dead ^_^ .
I was starting to wonder where you went off to.

I’m going to be at MFF this year (was talked into it) so I’ll have plenty of time to hang out (unlike AC where I’m working all the time).

Did you get any of the request messages I directed toward ya?
*would like a copy of your character ref sheet for a special project*
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From:wlfdog
Date:August 27th, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
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Oh! I might have missed that... O.x Send me an e-mail and remind me again? *blush* You're too sweet!!! *hugs!*
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From:geekbear74
Date:August 8th, 2006 12:23 pm (UTC)
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If Djago and I had an apartment together, we'd be happy to take this dog in. He looks like a wonderful dog to have ^^. We're also glad you are doing ok and congratulations again on your suit :hugs:
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From:wlfdog
Date:August 27th, 2006 06:11 am (UTC)
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*hugshugshugs to you both!* ^^
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From:wlfdog
Date:August 27th, 2006 06:13 am (UTC)
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Yes I did! Sorry for the late reply. O.o Actually, did you say you had a website with more refs? I LOVE refs! ;) The more refs, the happier I am and the better I can make your badge. :-P Was thinking of an upside-down style. I'll have it done within the next couple of weeks, by the time I leave for BC on the 7th of September. :)
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From:cass_rising
Date:August 20th, 2006 11:44 pm (UTC)
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Awwwww! What a cutie. Sounds like you shouldn't have too much trouble rehoming him - he sounds sweet.

Glad to hear that you're still alive and all. I won't be at MFF - but have fun without me anyway ;)
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From:wlfdog
Date:August 27th, 2006 06:21 am (UTC)
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Hey! Thanks for that offer for Bacardie on my last LJ entry, for the assistant-training idea. :) I just wanted to see what became of the situation before I said anything. It's a good idea though! Honestly, I would love to get Zena all trained up for Therapy Assistance, but with her timidness around some strangers still, I doubt it will ever be a possibility. :/ Though with how well trained she is in other areas, a lot of people ask me if she is an Assistance Dog anyway. :-P

As for Leo… he is absolutely a beautifully tempered dog… and if he were any other breed I’d be able to find him a home in no time. This may very well prove to be a bit challenging, as everyone and their mother are trying to get rid of these poor dogs these days. :/ But I’m still trying (thought I will admit I can’t help feeling a soft spot for this dog… he’s so good… giving him up is going to be really difficult!).

Awww... no MFF this year? Will you be doing AC again next year? Need to finish coloring your badge and send it still. O.o
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