Monday, July 24, 2006

Indy and Bella's Journeys

For those of you who have been following our dog adventures - a little update. Yesterday, Jon and I attended a "happy hour" for dog owners at a local pub. The benefits went to Peppertree Rescue, where Jon and I got the big beasts.

When we arrived we were surrounded by friendly people who knew these two dogs - especially Indy. Several people praised us for having taken him in, and a few said they didn't think he'd ever get adopted and would be put down.

I also learned a little more of the circumstances of the dogs. Bella was originally named Edie. She came to Peppertree from Georgia with her sister Eva in November, 2005. She was adopted out twice and returned because of her many issues. Somewhere in there she was renamed Bella.

[Side note - you'll see in the photos that Bella loves having things in her mouth: sticks, kongs, bones. She'll wander around the house all day with her red kong in her mouth. If she were a human, she'd be a smoker.]

Indy was turned in to the Mohawk & Hudson Humane Society as a stray. He was found with a second dog, both of whose faces were covered in porcupine quills. The Humane Society was able to track down Indy's owner, but when they called to tell them that Indy had been turned in, the owner said they were through with Indy and didn't want him. Thus began Indy's journey in foster homes where he became an escape artist of remarkable feats (jumping over 6' fences, eating through plastic crates and tearing through screen doors).

It gives me some more perspective on what these dogs have been through.

I have to say, though, I am getting very sick of Bella's bad habits. She has two that are frustrating. First, she jumps. Second, she's not quite housebroken. If anyone has any tips on how to deal with these two problems, please share!


Anonymous said...

RE: Bella's 'issues,' check out the Wisc. Public radio site - "calling all pets" -

also books by the program's host, Patricia McConnell -- she's an excellent zoologist and pet expert.

good luck!


Anna M. said...

Don't know anything about house-training, although I have another friend who adopted two dogs, I'll check with her.

Anonymous said...

we adopted two dogs about a year and a half ago from a shelter. They are sisters and were "paper trained" when we adopted them, but, they are little dogs.

So, this is my advice...if you can stand it use piddle pads for Bella...then take the piddle pad outside and make a "place" that is her's to pee in.

Or, crate train her. A dog won't go in their own bed.

As for the jumping. Try not to give any reaction...dogs see any reaction as attention...even if it's a bad reaction.

Watch Cesar Milan the "dog whisperer" or check or Patircia McConnell's books. They helped me with a multidog home.

best of luck.
an old friend.

Jenny S-G said...

Jon and I are completely addicted to the "Dog Whisperer." I'm not sure I'd have felt comfortable getting two dogs if it weren't for watching that show and getting some understanding of how dogs are. I've been a cat person most of my adult life, and dogs are a whole new sort of beast.

Interestingly, after I posted this, Bella hasn't peed in the house since. I caught her, and scolded her (no, Bella, no, no, no), and then took her outside. Another friend suggested that perhaps Bella's earliest living arrangement had a dog door she could exit outside to pee when she wanted to, so it' a matter of teaching her to hold it.

As for the jumping - it's not better, but it's not worse. I'm taking her in to the vet today for shots and to get her claws trimmed. SO looking forward to having that done. We've been trying to turn away from her when she jumps as a way to signal she won't get attention by jumping, but she's fast and we don't always turn in time . . . .


(and of course, I am quite curious to know who "an old friend" is!)