Such a quiet little guy that spent a lot of time at a foster home. When you got together with your siblings, you were as full of shenanigans as they were even though you were tinier than they were at the time. Even though we didn't get to spend much time with you personally, you knew us immediately when you came back so you could go for a sleepover with your potential forever family. You had already met them and their dog so we knew it would be a fun sleepover for you. We are so happy you were the perfect size Chevy for them and that you get to play with your new dog brother for the rest of your life. Love you little cow boy.
You arrived due to a family's difficult situation. You were the tiny one, the quiet one, the one that adapted to the new environment without any questions. You found a foster home very quickly and adapted there easily too. You loved to get a bit rambunctious with your foster dog siblings, but you listened well. Since you were so little compared to the others, it was easy for people to fall in love with you. Funny how the world sometimes works that you were seen through a friend's friend and they met you and decided you were the perfect Bailey for them! You are such a sweet pea and we're glad you found your forever home!
All the puppies came in together, but 3 different rescues saved you all. We ended up with you and one of your brothers. You were into puppy shenanigans from the start and it was fun to watch you play with the dogs here and then at your foster home. You gained weight and learned what it was like to be in a home instead of being an outside dog. Being in that particular foster home led you to your forever home. A mom and dad were looking to add a puppy to their family. They have a young son who they wanted to grow up with a dog. Since you were young still, it worked well even during the home visit and the overnight stay. The young son called you Haku the moment you arrived. Welcome to your forever life Haku!
Picked you up as soon as the puppies were released from transport. Such a little guy. Your brother was put into the same temp pen so we were able to claim you both easily. You seemed so grateful to be out of the vehicle that it probably surprised you both when we put you into ours, but we stopped as soon as we got to the rest stop. You enjoyed walking around and exploring. You loved lying in the sunshine with some serious playtime in between. You liked meeting people on walks no matter their age and like most puppies, you wanted to play with every dog you saw. You have such a gentle, kind personality, we knew someone would fall in love with you quickly. And that's exactly what happened when you were out enjoying a walk during an event we participate in each year. Sometimes a connection is made and the person is so in love that a request for an adoption application follows the next day. She was so ready for you to join her Flash, that we knew you'd be staying in your forever home. I cannot wait to watch you grow into a self-assured, spirited companion and friend. Love you little guy.
There is so much I want to say about our time with Reeses Pieces, but we'd be here forever. You were still a young puppy when someone knew they wouldn't be able to give you the life you deserved. She was thrilled to know there was already someone here being called Peanut Butter. You were a quiet girl and enjoyed your time playing like a puppy should and learning like a puppy should. You also learned some very specific training here as we are always using brain power. Meanwhile, someone was asking about finding an emotional support animal. Knowing when we connected that you would fit that spot easily, we met her and even though you were distracted by spring, she was eager to have you be that support animal. Turns out, you are already learning tasks to help your handler. How awesome is that for a Reeses Pieces Peanut Butter Cup? Love you to pieces baby girl.
He came in dehydrated, underfed, and unaltered. We began right away to change that for him. He came in with a name that did not fit his description, nor did he actually respond to it very often. He didn't like being in a crate, so Crate Games was used to help him adjust so he learned we let him out to play after the two new foster females had their chance to be out. He loved playing with everyone already altered right away. This made going for a tandem walk work well here. He was very food motivated so itsyerchoice was used and understood quickly by him around here. He met so many people and dogs while here that it was fun to see him so happy. There ended up being so many people that helped him get to his forever home, we cannot completely express our gratitude to them all. Bruce is where he is supposed to be, with someone who loves him by working with him. He is happy and healthy and we are so excited for him!
It actually started with a phone call and then a message from the person who took you in. If it weren't for them deciding that they were okay with fostering you, you may have never found a home. Taken in to help save her at the age of 9 1/2, you were still so hyper and puppylike, it was amazing. You did well there and learned what was acceptable and what was not. Posting you and sharing you helped in so many ways. Your new family saw the post, asked to meet you, and then decided you would fit into their pack just fine. I'm so glad you met your foster when you did and that a family with knowledge and a pack met you and decided you fit right in. Thank the angels for good people and have the bestest life sweet Angel.
I don't think anyone involved will ever forget The Great Puppy Escape. 3 wonderful ladies saved a young dog that was either kenneled or tethered outside will no real human contact. Gertie made the trip to us a bit unversed in the way a dog usually behaves. Luckily, there are lots here to show her the way. She was called a good girl for the first hours after her escape. She loved meeting new people and even got to sing with local potters. When she arrived here, finding a name she would respond to was a silly adventure. Let's just say, she fit perfectly with the name, Girlfriend when it was used in a sentence describing her with her foster dad. It may have seemed like a silly name, but she loved it. Eventually, her name was shortened, like humans tend to do, into girly, which, naturally, led to Gertie. She was given an opportunity to live for a while with another wonderful lady and her 2 kids + their dog. It showed just how easily Gertie adjusted to new environments. She even spent 2 weeks at a home that dog sat her where they learned that, being a Plott Hound, she had natural instincts in finding, picking up, and dropping once out of the brush. Her name and her instincts caught the attention of a family. After spending all this time in this urban area, Gertie will get the chance to go, with her new family and new sister dog, hiking and scouting and retrieving! It's difficult to explain the happiness we feel here for you Gertie. You found a perfect fit!
Whether you live with two dogs or eight, it's likely you feel surrounded and overwhelmed at times. Between our 3 resident dogs, there are sometimes 2 or 3 foster dogs also here and I have learned a few tricks for maintaining the sanity. Besides using a really good it's yer choice game with food or treats, it can get crowded in a split second, I move on instead to a name recognition game.
I start this training out by playing the sharing game. I usually use yogurt, canned dog food, or peanut butter, but if they all know the game, sometimes the treat for the day will be corn (don't worry, no one is allowed to grab the cob) or dog ice cream, and say each dog's name before letting them have a few licks or bites. When someone gets pushy or tries to get some out of turn, I take the whole treat away.
Do not try this with dogs that become aggressive toward other dogs when food is present!
This, in turn, can be then used for other things like going outside. We have a small space that only has room for the door to open/close so everyone rushing out is never a good idea. Using it's yer choice, I wait until everyone is sitting before I open the back door. If someone is too impatient, I take my hand off the door and wait again. If it takes several tries, or someone is very stubborn that time, I then start to use the name game to release them outdoors. If one of the dogs frequently makes mistakes, I work on their name release skill separately before asking them to perform it in the group again.
There are all kinds of ways you can be an animal advocate, even if it's to help a dog better understand what a human expects. Rescue, Foster, Adopt
Got a text from someone unknown to either of us asking if we were coming for the puppy. What puppy?! We were in a meeting when this happened and the continued conversation via texts led us to going to get him after we finished. Sometimes, it really is all about saving a dog. No thought about where this dog may be right now. Even when we arrived, all other things seemed less important than the 3 month old puppy we met. His name is Max, we were told. He knows his name and will follow you everywhere, we were told. By the way, he really does! He loved it here and learned a lot from each dog we have here right now. He loved playing with the foster pup, Lilah, a lot. And then someone emailed DreamABull about meeting Lilah. When we brought both to the meet and greet, they fell in love ... with Max! Sometimes it just happens that quick. While I will honestly miss you following me everywhere, I'm so happy you found your perfect home so that our next puppy can learn while here too.
Neonatal Period (0-12 Days):
The puppy responds only to warmth, touch, and smell. He cannot regulate body functions such as temperature and elimination.
Transition Period (13 - 20 Days):
Eyes and ears are open, but sight and hearing are limited. Tail wagging begins and the puppy begins to control body functions.
Awareness Period (21 - 28 Days):
Sight and hearing functions well. The puppy is learning to be a dog and has a great deal of need for a stable environment.
Canine Socialization Period (21 - 49 Days):
Interacting with mother and litter-mates, the pup learns various canine behaviors. Pup is now aware of the differences between canine and human societies.
Human Socialization Period (7 to 12 Weeks):
The pup has the brain wave of an adult dog. This is the best time for pups to go to a new home. The pup now has the ability to learn simple behavioral responses: sit, stay, come. Housebreaking begins. The pup now learns by association. The permanent man/dog bonding begins. Pups are able to accept gentle discipline and establish confidence.
Fear Period (8 - 11 Weeks):
Try to avoid frightening the puppy during this time, since traumatic experiences can have an effect during this period. This is a good time to introduce other humans. Learning at this age is permanent so make sure the puppy's environment is good. Also introducing your puppy to other dogs at this time will help the pup become more socialized. If available in your area, a doggy day care is great for this.
Seniority Classification Period (13 - 16 Weeks):
At this age, the puppy begins testing your relationship. Biting behavior should be discouraged from thirteen weeks on. Praise for the correct behavior response is the most effective tool.
Flight Instinct Period (4 to 8 Months):
During this period, puppies test their wings- they will turn a deaf ear when called. This period lasts from a few days to several weeks. It is critical to praise the positive and minimize the negative behavior during this time.
Second Fear impact period (6 - 14 Months):
This critical age may depend on the size of the dog. Small dogs tend to experience these periods earlier than large dogs. Care must be taken to not reinforce negative behavior. Force can frighten the dog, and soothing tones can encourage fear. Fear should be handled with patience and kindness and training during this period puts the dog in a position of success, while allowing the pup to work things out while building self-confidence.
Maturity (1 - 4 years):
The average dog develops to full maturity between 1-1 1/2 years and three years of age. This period is often marked by an increase in aggression and by a renewed testing for leadership. During this time, while testing for leadership, the dog should be handled firmly. Use regular training throughout this testing period. Give praise for the proper response.
Let me ask you to consider something: You're experiencing a stressful and traumatic time in your life. You've lost your job, your housing. You are moving in with family, or to a shelter, or into your car.
You left your child sobbing at home because you're taking your dog, who can't come where you're going, and has a worrisome cough, and whose kibble is competing with your child's breakfast in your budget, to the shelter.
You're feeling hopeless and ashamed, and a condescending or apathetic shelter worker shoves a form at you, with one short, blank line following the words "Reason for surrender."
You write, "Moving" because that's true even though there is no spot to explain you lost everything and must leave your home.
And later that night, some white, middle class animal welfare advocate posts it to social media along with a rant about how you dumped your pet at the shelter and didn't care. That you walked away without looking back, even though your dog strained after you.
She called you a "POS." A piece of shit.
Nearly all the stories you hear about why people are surrendering their pets at the shelter are false because the forms don't tell their actual story.
A small number are true made by humans without compassion, who you can't do anything about, and who don't really care what you think anyway.
And a few, I suppose, are the truth told by people who are are honestly seeking SHELTER for their pets and aren't yet aware we will condemn them mercilessly for that.
If you have never been in their shoes, be grateful.
If you can't imagine being in their shoes, try harder.
Either way, stop telling stories about them. You do not and cannot know the real story.
And the ones you're spreading are unhelpful and almost always false.
I met Silas last fall. He was having a great time playing ball. He approached as we talked about him. They were surprised. He's a shy dog they said. After many scheduling issues, we brought him here on Thanksgiving Day. What a great message. Since Silas loves dogs, the transition took the typical week of watching and learning the schedule around here. He loves playing and we learned a lot about him while he was here. He really, really liked to play catch and go for walks, and catch varmints, and play with others, and so very much liked trying to catch snow as you shoveled! We're so happy when they asked if you could go on a sleep-over at their house. We're so happy you found your happy place again Silas and we look forward to watching you grow with them! Muah.
Forgotten Dogs of the 5th Ward Project has been the inspiration for our taking in (usually 1 at a time due to limited space, but nonetheless) dogs from owners who just could not take care of them (their reason is our own conversation) anymore. We've helped 14 (+2 here now) be safe, updated and find homes since 2013. Thank you all for posting, rescuing, fostering, funding, and adopting through our small band of volunteers. Happy New Year everyone!
She came in worried. She came in looking for something. She came in hoping to be fed and cared for... she came in looking to find a safe place to have her babies. Even though it was never said out loud, it was suspected that she was going to have a litter. After the vet said she was probably just having a false pregnancy, something made me say, no, and we did not put her up for adoption. She came into the home with a foster here already, a puppy foster added after she came, and ours and just accepted it all. She kept up with the schedule here like she had been doing it for years. She finally had her babies on May 1st, scared, unsure, at 2:30 am. There were 8 tiny, brindled babies and she needed help knowing how to care for them. She learned along with us. She was updated, chipped, and spayed after caring for her babies for 10 weeks. And then we waited. Why? I had a particular person in mind and was hoping that he thought what I thought. The last weekend in August they finally met for the first time! And they hit it off right away! She got to spend the night to make sure and then he got his house ready for a new four legged lucky girl. She went to her forever home to be a single dog for the first time in her life! Happy trails sweet Dixie girl!
Itty Bitty was born May 01, 2016. She was so tiny compared to the others that we made sure she always had a place during feeding. When the puppies ended up at the emergency er vet office, she weighed in at 1.22 pounds, a pound lighter than any of the others. While there, a tech warned us that she would end up being the naughtiest. At first, we agreed, but as the weeks went by, she was a shy girl who just loved to play. Taking the 2 girls to the dog park was the best decision we ever made. First, the girls liked to play and it gave them a safe, big place to run and meet other dogs. Second, she met her forever family there. It was a habit for her forever family to bring their dog every Sat. morning and the girls would also be there if nothing was planned that morning. Itty Bitty seemed to come out of her shyness and played with their dog and would greet her soon to be human dad without hesitation. The meet and greets at the dog park and the sleep over during an event we were at happened quickly, but happily. When they were contacted the next day about when they were bringing her back, they said they weren't! That may sound alarming, but we had already seen their home and knew all was fine. Arya loves her canine sibling and humans and has grown into a fine, polite young dog. Love you Itty Bitty, I mean, Arya!
Baby Blue was born early on May 01, 2016. She was, and still is, a very pretty dog. Everyone wanted to adopt her, but it wasn't until she was on a walk in the neighborhood that a family, walking their own dog, started noticing the 3 puppies. They asked about them and even asked to meet the girls that were left. Dad and a daughter came over to meet them all, but they liked Baby Blue's outgoing personality. About the same time that everyone was playing PokemonGo, we met with the entire family at a local park. They brought their current dog to do a meet and greet. Their girl didn't seem to care one way or the other, and Baby Blue was so happy to see human dad! Since everything was fine with the paperwork, it didn't take long for her to begin her life as Nyxie. We still see her on walks with her humans and canine sister. Nyxie, you really COULD be a model!
Baby Belle entered the world on May 01, 2016. She was the biggest puppy born and mama and I had to work together to remove the sac. While growing those first few weeks, she seemed to be the one gaining weight the fastest. When they went to their wellness check at 26 days old, she was the girl who weighed 3.32 pounds. She loved to sleep and play rough and noisily with her siblings. At 7 weeks old, they were given the puppy aptitude test. Baby Belle was the only one to mark well at every single task. The trainer even thought it was a fluke and repeated some of the tasks. Because of this, a mom came to see them all, but chose Baby Belle with the hopes of training her to be a Service Dog. She was the first of the puppies to be adopted. It's been a year since they were all born, and Soldier is doing just fine with her canine sister and human family. Her human dad even returned safely from his tour of duty recently.
When someone said he wanted to adopt a puppy from us, we found baby boy. Turns out, the guy wanted a certain color puppy, which meant we had Tobi all to ourselves. He is still the youngest foster we have had to date as the person who had him kept changing when the litter was born. Where did his name come from, you ask? He had to have a unique name, not just your typical black and white dog type name. Look up pictures of Tobi, (トビ ) nicknamed Guruguru, and you will see why. He ate and slept and played in the following weeks he was here. Even though he was so young when he arrived, he learned the big dogs schedule quickly and followed suit each time. He loved going for walks even if it meant flipping while running along, silly little boy. When he was around 10 weeks old, a family began their adoption application. They even had a chance to keep him for the weekend the first day they met due to scheduling. I couldn't believe our little Tobers was going to his forever home at 14 weeks.
They came in together, but because we were sooo full, she found a foster home elsewhere. And what a beautiful face she has, don't you agree? She had no issues driving to the foster home and had no issues meeting the dogs already there. She is a very mellow dog and just seems to accept things as they are. Within 10 days, an application had been sent in for her. Well, sadly, once an adoption is finished, we don't have control over what may happen next. Even if you do everything right, sometimes things don't turn out. At this time, we wish to thank the Sheboygan Humane Society for putting Diva up for adoption in their facility. May she find that wonderful forever home soon! Thank you, Diva, for being such a princess of a girl!
Molly came to us while at a restaurant/service area. She had a chip that did not have updated information on it. Her listed persons were now elderly and could not take her back. She was an easy addition to the pack. She became very good at watching the front door as Caliah watched the back door. After a wellness check, she didn't even make it to our ADOPTABLE page before someone said they wanted to meet her! The first meeting couldn't take place that day because time and events do not always coincide. That didn't stop this family from contacting us again to meet her a week later. They came for a visit and decided then and there that Molly would be a very good addition to their family. After less than a month, Miss Molly had her forever home!
Phoebe is a three years old hound mix. She became known to many because she kept ending up on the kill list at a shelter over and over. Luckily for her, no new animals needed her space. She was pulled, along with a male, because of generous donations and a potential adopter out of state. They both then began their adventure. Seeing her photo on social media, and the fact that she looks a lot like a member of DreamABull, I decided that helping her transport from Dubuque to Milwaukee would be a wonderful part of rescue. However, the phone that was given as her adopter's went dead the day we met her. No one knew why. What was the explanation? Her male companion made it to his forever home and she continued her journey with the hopes that the number would be answered. We were asked to keep her for the night when the number still not answer and we had arrived to the meeting place. And then we were informed that her intended owner passed away before she made it to her home. Some suggested we send her back. Back? Where?! She became the first female foster at DreamABull! During a walk during her first 24 hours with us, a neighbor said she was a sweet honey. Because she never responded to her given name, we tried Honey and she responded! One fateful day, she was taken along to a historical time line event. A family saw her and stated interest. A week later she went for a home visit and loved each family member. The following weekend, she went home with them. What adventures she has had to get to this point. <smiling> Honey, you are the first one to make me really sad. Not for you, for our home. You have been the most calm foster we have ever unexpectedly had. May your life always be as happy as when you saw them again Honey.
This boy came into our care because of these exact words: "Hi I sent you a tagged post. The man selling that pittie is a terrible person. I'd hate to see that cute baby end up in the wrong hands. Do you know of someone who could take it?" Through a call to this man, a meeting place away from that man's actual home was arranged. On January 9th, we met at a fast food place in East Troy and boy was he tiny! We were told he was part of the latest litter on 09/12/14. He was almost 4 months old when he became part of the DreamABull family. On the way home, it was decided that the name Troy fit him very well. Troy fit into the group very easily. When he was about 6 months old, someone decided that he would be a great addition to their family. It became apparent that there were some issues with the placement and DreamABull brought him back. Troy was shared on social media, went on many adventures to many places with the family and was finally spotted by a family here in the city. He has a yard to share with a dog sibling and gets to go up north to swim. Again, thank you Troy for allowing us to help you get home. We will always love our polar bear.
Caliah Blue is an Irish Staffordshire. She is now 11 years old and a great first dog. She meets all the fosters with grumbling, but acceptance.