Update on Buddy

Update on Buddy

Adopted: March, 2019

Dog’s former name: Porkchop

What are the best things about your dog?
Buddy was our fifth foster and our only foster-fail. Buddy was an immediate fit with our family. He is so adaptable to what’s going on around him. Want to hike for the day? Buddy is ready to go. If you want to chill and watch movies for the day, he’s the first one on the couch, saving his favorite spot. Buddy is a big, gentle teddy bear.

Tell us about your dogs favorite activities, sports or training:
Buddy loves to go for walks and he loves to relax on the couch and watch the squirrels. He watches America’s Funniest Home Videos every Sunday evening and barks at every animal.

Do you have any extraordinary adventures or accomplishments?
We have been able to continue to foster with Buddy. He needs slow introductions, as he can be quite jealous, but he always makes a new friend and is sad when his friends leave.

How do people react to your “pit bull”?
Buddy has no idea why people would be afraid of him. He loves everyone and considers everyone his best friend. We have worked with Buddy during the past year so he does not run up to people, but keeps his attention on us, so we can do a slow introduction. Everyone is surprised by Buddy’s sweet and gentle temperament.

Does your dog have any nicknames?
Bud, Budster, Budder

FAST FIVE with Buddy

  1. Food: Piggy or picky? Piggy!
  2. Dog beds: Sleep on or unstuff? Unstuff
  3. Travel: Car rides or car sick? Loves car rides, if he can have the front seat. If he’s in the back seat, he whines.
  4. Water: No way or splash all day? Not a fan of water, but mud is awesome!
  5. Seasons: A day in the sun or a day in the snow? Sunshine!

Submitted by Deb B.

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Update on Murdock

Update on Murdock

Adopted: October, 2016

Dog’s former name: Hank

What are the best things about your dog?
Everything!! He is the perfect balance of sweet and goofy, affectionate and awkward, dopey and loveable. He truly is the sweetest boy around. He makes us laugh on a daily basis, and always has kisses ready for us.

Tell us about your dogs favorite activities, sports or training:
He loves to be a lap dog – even though he’s close to 80lbs, he thinks he’s only 10lbs. He enjoys chewing on sticks in the yard, playing fetch with a frisbee, removing the squeakers from toys, and playing with puzzle/enrichment games.

Do you have any extraordinary adventures or accomplishments?
He is the only dog of our 3 that has every jumped onto the roof! Our backyard that is fenced in, has a high area with a retaining wall that is only about 4ft below our roof. Murdock was chasing a squirrel and, before he even realized he did it, he was on the roof! Luckily he figured it out quickly and came right back down… Suffice it to say we watch him very closely now 😉

How do people react to your “pit bull”?
Murdock has never encountered someone that didn’t want to say hi to him. He just LOVES people, and he’s always smiling, wagging his tail, and eager to meet new friends. We have never had a negative reaction to him.

Does your dog have any nicknames?
Murdy, Dockers, Doc McStuffins, dirty murdy (because of course it’s my white dog that loves to play in the dirt and mud)

FAST FIVE with Murdock

  1. Food: Piggy or picky? Piggy, though he is picky only when it comes to frozen kongs – he’s a princess and needs to wait for it to come to room temp before eating it!
  2. Dog beds: Sleep on or unstuff? He LOVES dog beds and won’t unstuff them, but he loves unstuffing toys!!!
  3. Travel: Car rides or car sick? CAR RIDES!
  4. Water: No way or splash all day? Little bit of both… he loves the lake and swimming, but doesn’t like wading in the kiddie pool we keep out in the summer…
  5. Seasons: A day in the sun or a day in the snow? Sun. All day. Every day.

Submitted by Kim N.

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Update on Griffin

Update on Griffin

Adopted: May, 2017

Dog’s former name: Duluth

What are the best things about your dog?
Everything. He is the perfect balance of sweet, sassy, affectionate, and playful. He has all of the best qualities from his breed mixes.

Tell us about your dogs favorite activities, sports or training:
He is obsessed with playing fetch – he will run himself into the ground playing with his ball. He also loves brain games, puzzle toys, kongs, anything fun and mentally engaging. He loves walks and playing with his two SAB alum siblings.

Do you have any extraordinary adventures or accomplishments?
He can jump a 6ft fence, ha ha! At daycare, he will just jump the fence to switch groups and play with different pups. It’s ridiculous. As funny as this can be, he is a good boy and knows that he is only allowed to jump the yard fences at daycare, not at home!

How do people react to your “pit bull”?
We haven’t had any bad experiences. Griffin is mixed with husky and chow chow. While he is 75% Am Staff, his appearance is more like a husky, but he does have a blocky head!

Does your dog have any nicknames?
Griffles, hippogriff, sassyboy

FAST FIVE with Griffin

  1. Food: Piggy or picky? Piggy
  2. Dog beds: Sleep on or unstuff? Sleep on
  3. Travel: Car rides or car sick? Car rides
  4. Water: No way or splash all day? Splash all day
  5. Seasons: A day in the sun or a day in the snow? Both! He loves the snow like a typical husky, but he loves sunbathing too!

Submitted by Kim N.

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Update on Olive June

Update on Olive June

Adopted: April, 2019

Dog’s former name: Juni (still gets called it)

What are the best things about your dog?
She’s the best snuggler, lover and has great energy.
Also of course her ears!

Tell us about your dogs favorite activities, sports or training:
She loves walks and chasing her brother around the back yard.

Do you have any extraordinary adventures or accomplishments?
Hiked 10 miles last summer! She slept for 2 days afterwards!!

How do people react to your “pit bull”?
I always get compliments on her adorable ears. She’s a small girl so she does not come off as intimidating because she’s a pittie.

Does your dog have any nicknames?
Juni 🙂

FAST FIVE with Olive June

  1. Food: Piggy or picky? Absolute piggy
  2. Dog beds: Sleep on or unstuff? Dog beds? She sleeps in my bed
  3. Travel: Car rides or car sick? Car sick
  4. Water: No way or splash all day? No way
  5. Seasons: A day in the sun or a day in the snow? Sun for sure, she loves to bask

Submitted by Sara

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Keeping pets and the community safe

Keeping pets and the community safe

As the coronavirus started to spread a month ago, you probably saw information on creating an emergency plan for your pets in case you or a family member fall ill and can’t care for them. Minneapolis Animal Care and Control reminds us that the best place for our pets is at home and/or being cared for by someone they know, and having a detailed plan and emergency kit packed for your pets helps ensure this can happen. Right now it is also important to have more than one temporary caretaker lined up in the event one of them is unable to take on the responsibility.

MACC has other tips for emergency planning for pets here: http://www.minneapolismn.gov/animals/emergencyplanning

But the current pandemic has shown some other issues with pets that MACC would like you to be aware of.

  • MACC Field Staff has also seen a significant increase in the number of stray and loose loose this spring. This is most likely caused by more kids and family members at home, and dogs sneaking out of doors or gates that aren’t properly latched.
  • And dog bite/incident calls have also risen this spring – an 87% increase in calls between March 1st and April 8th this year compared to last year. Nearly half of the cases reported were in conjunction with the aggressor dog being off leash. More people are taking their dogs for walks, and not always keeping them leashed as is required by law.
  • Cats are also slipping out of the house: MACC has seen a huge increase in the number of loose cats that have been injured by cars or dogs.

As you spend more time at home, please make sure to pay special attention to your pets’ surroundings. Make sure doors and gates are secure, and take special care with kids to make sure they aren’t letting pets escape. When walking your dogs, keep them leashed at all times and honor the social distancing guidelines for other dogs as well – not all dogs like to be close to other dogs!

Currently Minneapolis Animal Control  is only responding to emergency calls (sick, injured or dangerous dogs) so we need to work together and do everything we can to help keep our pets, ourselves, and our neighbors safe.

What to do you find a stray

Find a safe place for the dog to stay.

Call on any tags if the dog is wearing a collar.

Walk the dog around the neighborhood and/or knock on doors to see if someone recognizes the dog.

Have the dog scanned for a microchip, most vets will do this for you.

Ask local vets to see if they received a report of a missing pet or have that dog on record as a client.

Take photos of the dog and post online:
• Facebook pages for Lost/Found
• Animal Humane Society Found
• Neighborhood group pages
• Craigslist (Pets section and Lost & Found sections)
• Nextdoor app
Lostdogsmn.com

Make posters to hang up in the area it was found.

Message us with a photo, location, date found, etc. and we’ll post to our page and help network.

Always try to require proof of ownership (veterinary records, bill of sale, photos of you and your pet together, etc.) from anyone who wants to claim a lost dog. You want to be sure they are going to the right home.

Call Minneapolis Animal Control to make a FOUND report. If someone is looking for the dog, they can reach out and connect you with the owner.

If you can’t keep the dog safe, or if the dog is sick, injured or dangerous, please call Animal Control at 612.673.6222 or call 311.

We are unsure exactly what the policy is on the intake of stray dogs at Animal Control at this time, please call them and ask questions.