Update on Frankie

Update on Frankie

Adopted May 2016

Dog’s former name Rogers

What are the best things about your dog?
He loves to cuddle! Frankie is such a great cuddler and loves to give lots and lots of kisses.

Tell us about your dog’s favorite activities, sports or training:
Frankie loves to play fetch, go on walks, and chase his big “sister” (8 yr old lab) in the back yard.

Give us some examples of how your dog likes to spend his/her time:
Frankie is either full go or full stop. He can play and have lots of fun but he can also be lazy and lounge in the sunshine.

Do you have any extraordinary adventures or accomplishments to tell us about?
Frankie just recently met his first muskrat. It was stuck in our fence and he was VERY curious…too curious. Nine stitches and a cone for 12 days, but if he saw one again he would go for round two.

How do people react to your “pit bull?”
Most people love Frankie, regardless of his pit bull status. They know him as a lover and a happy-go-lucky guy that loves to play.

What other stories do you want to share?
Frankie is a Momma’s boy! Even though he plays well with Dad, when Mom is around he is all about her!

 
FAST FIVE with Frankie

1. Food: Piggy or picky? Piggy

2. Dog beds: Sleep on or unstuff? Sleep & unstuff

3. Travel: Car rides or car sick? Car rides with whines

4. Water: No way or splash all day? NO WAY

5. Seasons: A day in the sun or a day in the snow? Sun bathing beauty all the way

Submitted by Sarah T.

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Pay attention to who your dog is, not who you want them to be.

Pay attention to who your dog is, not who you want them to be.

As we sit smack in the middle of outdoor patio season, let’s pause to take a moment to think about our dogs. We love sitting on the patio with our friends, meeting new people and socializing for a few few hours (we especially love coming to the Save-a-Bull brew tour events!) But how does your dog feel about that? While we promote dog-friendly events, and encourage you to bring your dog, if he enjoys such things, please take a moment to consider if he actually wants to be there.

The following is an excerpt from an article by Jill Kessler;  it’s an oldie but a goodie. The author talks about her disdain for dog parks and why. We see many similar correlations in overcrowded, loud, fun-for-us patios. Be sure your dog loves this chaos as much as you do, as controlled experiences are key training opportunities for your dog.

I am not a Dog Park advocate.

October 8, 2015  |  Jill Kessler Miller

…let’s look at [dog parks, patios]  from a dog’s point of view. Dogs thrive on stable relationships. Notice I did not say “pack!” They set up and like to maintain relationships with things that they know: their people, our human friends, their dog friends, their housemates, etc. Unless there are the exact same dogs every time they go to the dog park (which is nearly impossible), they have to re-establish their relationships with not only the dogs they already know in context of the new dog present, but they also have to establish a relationship with that specific new dog.

Some dogs can handle the stress of this–but most cannot. Thus you’ll get what appears to be random fighting, random aggression towards a dog they know, random odd behaviors (“gee, never done that before”), seemingly sudden guarding behaviors (territory, owner, another dog) etc. It’s not random or unpredictable–it’s the stress you, as an owner, causes by going to the dog park! Dog parks require skills that most dogs do not possess, nor would they according to how we have bred them for hundreds of years.

Lastly, I’m very wary of the “unknown” factors. Unknown dogs, unknown owners, unknown relationships and interactions, unknown damages. I don’t like surprises, and dog parks hold way too many unknown factors for dogs’ safety.

One of my main reasons for not being a dog park advocate is what I can’t control my dog’s experience and/or other people’s dogs (and I think it goes without saying, the dog owners). Because dogs are learning all the time, I must control as much of their experiences as possible, so that they build a solid foundation of behaviors that are appropriate and desirable, such as impulse control, bite inhabitation, and exchanging rewarding, affiliative, positive social interactions. 



All mammals remember frightening encounters over non-eventful or even fun encounters. It’s a primal survival brain mechanism, designed to keep us alive. Dozens of positive encounters can be overridden by one bad one; thus I must make sure my dog has only positive experiences for several years, until they are mature and have a solid foundation before I expose them to a possibly unsure environment.

If your dog gets bullied, attacked, frightened or even just overwhelmed at the dog park, he will bring that experience and the subsequent conclusions he made with him everywhere. The reactions can vary from “I’m scared and must get away as quickly as possible at all costs” to “If I come on strong and attack first, maybe I’ll be okay,” to just about anything in between.

Also keep in mind that fighting and bullying in dogs is a learned behavior just as much as anything else, and therefore once your dog does it a few times, it’s now learned and bound to be repeated over and over again. And make no mistake–many dogs enjoy being a jerk! Your best bet is to not let it start in the first place, whether it’s your dog being the bully or being the target.

Of course I recommend dog-to-dog play! If your dog has a few friends that he or she really enjoys, please go for it! Set up play dates, meet somewhere where they can safely run, sprint, wrassle, and jump about. Since dogs generally play in pairs, try for either just the two, or in even numbers, you’ll find it works out better. Some dogs only want or need a few friends (just like people), and some are social butterflies, and can make friends wherever they go. Pay attention to who your dog is, not who you want them to be. Stay within your dog’s comfort zone, and you’ll have a happier, safer dog.

Source: www.jillkessler.com, Photo by Jeremy Wiens

Update on Judge

Update on Judge

Adopted April 2016

Dog’s former name Judge

What are the best things about your dog?
He’s a very happy, loving boy. He loves his human kids and is very gentle with them. He loves his fur sisters too.

Tell us about your dog’s favorite activities, sports or training:
He loves to play fetch. He would play fetch with a tennis ball all day long if you’d let him.

Give us some examples of how your dog likes to spend his/her time:
When he’s not playing fetch or trying to steal toys from his fur sisters he is being lazy. That usually involves laying on someone or curled up in his favorite chair. Or he’s curled up on the couch with our other pit, Lily sleeping the evening away.

How do people react to your “pit bull?”
Everyone loves Judge, and he is the star wherever he goes. He’s handsome and he knows it and he loves the attention.

What other stories do you want to share?
He’s super chill and helped our other pit, Lily out tremendously. She’s a very anxious girl and since he’s come home to us he’s helped her relax and gain more confidence and be a little more outgoing.

Does your dog have any nicknames?
Sexy

FAST FIVE with Judge

1. Food: Piggy or picky? He’s not picky at all, but he’s he slowest eater in the house.
2. Dog beds: Sleep on or unstuff? Pee on them.
3. Travel: Car rides or car sick? LOVES car rides!!!
4. Water: No way or splash all day? Splash all day. And if there’s a stick or ball to swim after, even better.
5. Seasons: A day in the sun or a day in the snow? Wherever there is sunlight to bask in, he’s all in.

Submitted by Josh R.

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Meet Stacey Thomas

Meet Stacey Thomas

Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a-Bull?
I am on the Adoption Event Committee so I run adoption events throughout the year. I am on hand to answer any questions the potential adopters or fosters may have and make sure the events go smoothly.  I also like to volunteer at other events throughout the year such as the bake sale and brewery tours.

Q: How long have you been with Save-a-Bull?
I have been with Save-a-Bull for 3 years and am enjoying all of my time with the rescue.

Q: How did you learn about Save-a-Bull and what made you decide to volunteer?
I first heard about Save-a-Bull at the Pet Expo in Minneapolis.  We had recently moved to Minnesota and I was looking to get involved in something.  We have a pit mix and we stopped at the Save-a-Bull booth to check it out.  I loved what the group was doing for the breed and signed up to volunteer right away!

Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer so far?
It’s rewarding to see all of the families at the adoption events looking to add to their family.  They are always so excited to meet the dogs. (And get puppy kisses of course!!) It’s even better when you see that the adoption went through and the dog has found it’s furever home!

Q: Do you have any dogs of your own?
I have two wonderful dogs.  One is a pit/lab mix and the other is a collie/husky mix.  They definitely keep me on my toes and make life more enjoyable.

Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
I work as a corporate trainer for a home mortgage company in Minneapolis. For fun I like to go kayaking, bicycling, read, visit family and friends, travel, take my dogs for walks, and spend time with my husband and daughter.

Meet Kara Buchanan

Meet Kara Buchanan

Q: How do you volunteer your time specifically with Save-a-Bull?
I’m a foster for Save-a-Bull. I tend to prefer fostering dogs with medical issues!

Q: How long have you been with Save-a-Bull?
I’ve been with Save-a-Bull less then a year

Q: How did you learn about Save-a-Bull and what made you decide to volunteer?
I learned about Save-a-Bull after a friend of mine texted and said they had a litter of puppies and not enough people, would I mind applying to foster? As we, my husband and I, had just settled into or own home, we were in a position to help.

Q: What’s the most rewarding experience you’ve had as a volunteer so far?
The most rewarding experience was finding a good match for our first puppy. She loved her forever home.

Q: Do you have any dogs of your own?
I recently adopted/foster failed one of my medical fosters.

Q: What do you do for work? For fun?
For work I’m self employed as a massage therapist and extra hand. For fun I hang out with Teddybear (our adoptee), read, play video games online with my adult children who live in other states, and play table top games with my friends