Wednesday, June 7, 2017

We adopted Bandit April 22, he was already named Bandit and we considered changing it until we realized it was far too fitting for him. So it stayed :) 

Bandit is doing great! He knows sit, lay, no, and is about 99% potty trained. He's still not quite sure how to let us know if he has to go but we just make sure he goes out often. He's been on a few adventures already! We've gone to the North Shore a few times and he dipped his toes into Lake Superior, we've camped, and we've gone fishing a few times. He prefers to stay in the boat, as he's not a huge fan of going in the water. Mostly he just likes to be with his people, eat, take naps, snuggle, and play. He loves everyone he meets.
We're very thankful to have Bandit in our lives! Thank you for taking care of him and choosing us as his family! 

I've attached some of my favorite photos of him to a separate email, please let me know if they don't come through. 

Also let me know if you have any other questions! 

We recently adopted Charlie Bear.  We were a bit apprehensive because although your office assured us he was very outgoing he wouldn’t even look at us when we arrived to pick him up.  We took a chance and adopted him anyway.  That being said – it only took him an hour to warm up to my son Travis, and to my husband Rick and I.   We started playing with him and he figured out that we were a very friendly, fun and loving family and he became more and more and MORE outgoing.    

He is an outgoing, adorable, funny, very affectionate young male that loves us as much as we love him.  We couldn’t have picked a better cat.  We thank you from the bottom of our hearts, as he filled a void left from our prevous cat Butterscotch who we had in our family for 17 years. 

I recommend Burnett County Humane Society to everyone I talk to who is interested in adopting.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts – and Charlie Bear’s too!  (We kept the name)

Here are a few photos for your amusement.  We would love for you to publish some of these fun photos. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I'm sorry I missed your previous e-mail.  We get so much junk mail and I didn't catch yours as coming from the Humane Society.  Anyway, Adele is a sweetheart.  She is bringing a lot of love to our home.

In the house she is wonderful.  She hasn't gotten into anything and follows commands well.  The first night when we walked into the bedroom with her, she automatically went to the bed we had for her at the foot of our bed.  She hasn't been up on our bed or on our couch.  (Our neighbor invites her up on his bed to watch TV with him and she gladly accommodates him!)  Adele asks permission to come up on my lap when I'm in the recliner.  Generally, if I'm in the recliner, she thinks she should be too, unless there's a nice spot of sunshine on the floor.  She seems to think she should be massaged about ten hours a day.  We're doing our best to accommodate her need!

We got an invisible fence for Adele, but that hasn't been as successful as we had hoped.  After a couple of shocks, she now gets petrified if we put the collar on her, so we're backing off from that.  She does well with voice commands, so we go out with her.  We need more work with leash training, but we've purchased a harness that goes around her chest.  We've also got a gentle leader, but she's not interested in that.

The first time we took her out with a regular collar and leash, after a tug of war she seemed to be settling down and doing quite well.  My husband commented it was going well at which point Adele decided she'd had enough and she flattened out on the road, back legs straight out behind her.  When I tried to encourage her to get up, she rolled over for a tummy rub!  Our yard is about a third of an acre, so she's got some room to run, but we need to work more on walks.

Adele LOVES to go to the postoffice to get the mail with my husband.  She sits so stately in the pickup for the half mile ride!  We've also had her on some longer car rides and she does very well.

We've been trying to teach her to fetch a ball.  She'll gladly run to get the ball, but hasn't gotten the idea that she's supposed to give it back.  She's gentle, though, when we take it from her.  It's hard to find toys that interest her. A Nylabone only held her interest for a very short time.  She did demolish a small football within a few minutes.  I found some tough rubber balls that have held up okay.  She finds them somewhat interesting.  She's only mildly interested in rag bone tug of war.  A toy with treats is only a little interesting.

Adele has been introduced to a couple of neighborhood dogs.  Our neighbor who has invited her onto his bed has a chihuahua mix.  Adele mostly ignores the little guy.  He's really meek around her.  She spent one day at their house when Pete and I were both gone and all went well.  Adele is not fond of the female dog on the other side of their fence.  We plan to introduce her to my brother's dogs in the near future.  Hopefully we don't need to use too many closed doors and kennels!

A couple of days after Adele came to live with us, we took her to the vet for a preliminary checkup.  She tested positive for Lyme's disease, so she was on powerful antibiotics for a month and has now had her Lyme's vaccination.

In summary, we love Adele.  She is a much better dog than we would ever have expected to get from a shelter.  She obviously had some good training somewhere along the way.   She's a great addition to our family!

Hi Pam, Dandy is now Max, and is doing well. We are working on barking and nipping and general "manners" and are seeing good progress. We've had 2 trainer visits to help us, and are pleased. Puppy classes start next week. The Chesapeake is showing, and he is very good looking puppy. He goes almost everywhere with us, draws a crowd, and likes meeting new people and dogs. People can't believe such a stunning pooch is a rescue. We are very lucky that this affectionate, smart, cuddly puppy is part of our family.