Pet of The Week: Sheldon Collins Dornak (March 22, 2014)

For those of you who follow the Narnia Chronicles you may recall a little lady who at the time was 10 month old.  She was a cutie patootie  Australian Cattle dog…who went by the name of…PENNY.

Which bring to mind the all too familiar greeting:

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Now all these months later, it’s beyond fantastic to introduce you to this weeks Pet of the Week…

Sheldon Collins Dornak.

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Are you ready?  Get set, here he is.

Sheldon

Perfection.

 

Its all about meDog Name: Sheldon

Guardian’s Name: Kevin Collins and Jason Dornink

Dog Age: 1 year old

Dog Breed: Australian Shepard Mix

Siblings:  I had an older sister Silky, a husky that died before I came to live with Kevin and Jason.

Classes attended/attending: Beginning Obedience

Rescue or Shelter Name My Guardians found me at: Hinsdale Humane Society

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1.   How I picked my family: They came to the humane society and we saw each other, however another family was interested in me, but I convinced the adoption counselors to talk that family out of adopting me so that I could go with Kevin and Jason.

This was the day I first met Kevin and Jason. They took me for a walk after they told the adoption counselor to start the paperwork.

This was the day I first met Kevin and Jason. They took me for a walk after they told the adoption counselor to start the paperwork.

2.  When I grow up I want to be : a magician, I have been practicing my escape tricks and they are getting really good. 

3.  If you asked my family they would say I am: Challenging, yet adorable

Relaxing with Kevin before he has to leave for work, or I’m trying to keep him  home.

Relaxing with Kevin before he has to
leave for work, or I’m trying to keep him
home.

4.  My nickname is: Houdini because I escaped out of my crate twice and also broke out of the basement while my dad’s were at work.

I do not like be left home alone and when I couldn’t escape my crate I pushed the  tray out so my paws would go to the  floor, so I could move around the room.

I do not like be left home alone and when
I couldn’t escape my crate I pushed the
tray out so my paws would go to the
floor, so I could move around the room.

5.  I look really cute when I: cuddle up with either one of my daddies.

6.  The biggest mess I ever made was: When Kevin and Jason came home from a Super Bowl party. I had a couch cushion torn up throughout the house, I chewed on a picture frame, left a remote control in pieces, and pulled parts of the plants apart.

7.  The first thing I ate  I wasn’t supposed to: a back scratcher made of wood.

Relaxing with Jason on a Lazy Saturday afternoon.

Relaxing with Jason on a Lazy Saturday
afternoon.

Don’t even think about taking my toy

Don’t even think about taking my toy

8.  The one time I was a hero was: When I came to live with Kevin and Jason, because they were really sad at the loss of my big sister Silky, a husky, that I never got to meet.

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This is my other spot when I’m not sleeping on the ottoman.

9.  The reason I love coming to Narnia for classes is: The trainers have the best treats, better than what I get at home.

10. I am really good at: Escaping out of my crate or opening the basement door.

11.  I am sometimes afraid of: Being left alone, Kevin and Jason are the fifth place I have lived including the shelter and I am only a little over a year old.

Hanging on the couch with Jason

Hanging on the couch with Jason

12. The one thing I can’t resist is: picture frames or remote controls.

13.  My toughest challenge so far has been: understanding why every other dog won’t play with me.

This is right after I got to my new home after going to the vet.

This is right after I got to my new home
after going to the vet.

14.  If I spoke my voice would sound just like (name of person) Jim Parsons and the first thing I would say is:

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Working on my Dos Equis Pose.

Working on my Dos Equis Pose.



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My favorite place to sleep is: On the ottoman.

My favorite holiday is: Anyone that will allow people to come around and pet me.

My best friend is: Kevin and Jason

Yes? Do you want something?

Yes? Do you want something?

My favorite treat: The ones the trainers have at Narnia

My favorite toy: It’s a toss between my rope bone and my squeaky chicken

My favorite television show is: The Big Bang Theory

My favorite season of the year is: I have only lived with Kevin and Jason during the winter and I can tell you I do not like the cold.

Its rough being me.

Its rough being me.

My favorite trip was when we went to: Any time I get to go Aunt Staci’s house. I get to play with my cousins, Rascal who is a

Jack Russell Pug and Figment who is a Boston Terrier Mix

My favorite quote is: “You’re in my spot”

My favorite playtime activity: Tug of war

One of my favorite things to do, play tug of war.

One of my favorite things to do, play tug
of war.

My favorite canine movie is: I can’t sit still long enough to watch a movie. I get that from my Daddy Jason.

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Please share something that you learned from your dog and what they have meant to your family.

We have only had Sheldon for a month, but his older sister was with us for 11 years and he has

filled the hole that was there when she left us. We realized how much we needed a dog in our

lives and he has become our best buddy in the month that he has lived with us.

 

If the dog is a rescue/shelter dog, please share any of his/her past story.

Sheldon’s was originally owned by a young couple that named him Banjo. They then had a baby and moved to a place where they could not have a dog. They sent him to live with one of their parents, but they could not handle puppy energy and so they gave him to their uncle who cared for him for a while. He then moved back into the home with the young couple that originally owned him for a short time before they realized they couldn’t care for him, so they took him to the Humane Society. When we went to adopt him, another family was interested in him, until they heard his history and they were afraid they would not be able to handle him. When we heard the history, we immediately thought of his older sister who was also a rescue. We were her third home and while she did know how to behave right away, but with training and attention she became a great dog. We realized that we could do the same for Sheldon.

 

How/Why the dog’s name was chosen:

The adoption counselor described him as being really smart, but needed to learn better manners. We stopped at the pet store on the  way home because we needed a new collar, toys, and treats. While looking at the collars we saw one that said Bazinga and immediately thought of the name Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory. If you are not familiar with the Big Bang Theory, Sheldon is one  of the characters that is extremely smart, but does not always know how to act properly.

What is the most important point you learned about your relationship with your dog did you learn from your class time at Narnia?

Our last dog was trained by an old school methodology with a choke collar and it has been really fun taking a class where you learn to think like the dog and find out what motivates them to do good, instead of punishing them when they do something wrong.

What is it about their particular breed that you are fond of?

We are very fond of his playfulness as well as his mischievousness. It is fun to think about what you might come home to find him doing or have done, such as breaking out of the basement or his crate.

I’m warn out after playing with my cousins Rascal and Figment.

I’m warn out after playing with my
cousins Rascal and Figment.

 

 Thank you to Kevin, Jason and the wonderfully brilliant Sheldon for participating in this weeks interview.  We wish you all the best

Sheldon and I bet before your second birthday rolls around, you’ll have plenty of friends.

Pet of The Week: Sophie (October 12, 2013)

Right Breed for You?

The Am Staff is a people-oriented dog that thrives when he is made part of the family and given a job to do. Although friendly, this breed is loyal to his family and will protect them from any threat. His short coat is low-maintenance, but regular exercise and training is necessary.

You might be surprised to learn that some of America’s most beloved dogs are considered bullies. From large-and-in-charge boxers to small and stout Boston terriers, there are a variety of dogs that fall under the category of “bully breeds.” Many of these dogs have unfair reputations for being dangerously aggressive — especially pit bull breeds like the Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier and American pit bull terrier — but they actually make for very loyal and loving pets. So how did these canines get the title “bully breed” in the first place? Let’s start at the beginning.

What’s in a Name

The term “bully” can invoke a sense of terror and intimidation, so it’s no wonder many people believe these breeds pose a danger to society. However, the term actually has nothing to do with the dogs’ temperament or behavior, and everything to do with their origin and history. Bully breeds all come from the same root stock called Molosser, which is a breed that originated in ancient Greece. Molossers were big dogs with large bones and muscles, pendant ears and short muzzles. The bullies that we know today were created as a result of Molossers combining with other breeds, like the Old English bulldog or mastiff breeds. Though they were originally bred to protect livestock and property, some breeders and owners began to use the dogs for other, unsavory purposes. For example, during the 19th century in England, they were used in blood sports like bull baiting, and some believe this is where Molosser descendents first came to be known as “bully breeds.”

American Heroes

At the turn of the 20th century, British parliament established laws to outlaw blood sports and more immigrants traveled to the United States, bringing bully breeds with them. Once in America, these pups began serving in various professional roles. For example, a pit bull named Stubby became the first American war dog during World War I, when he served with a platoon in Germany. There, he saved countless lives and became a decorated war hero upon his return to the U.S. This early example of a bully breed’s heroism and loyalty helped catapult bullies to the status of beloved household pets. Their popularity continued to grow throughout the mid-1900s, and a bully breed dog’s image appeared on pro-America propaganda materials during World War II. There’s no doubt bully breeds had become America’s dog by the 1950s. So what changed?

Unfair Rep to Loveable Pet

You could probably trace the beginning of bully bias back to the 1980s, when gangs began using pit bull breeds for protection or as status symbols. According to the ASPCA, another probable cause is the media’s misidentification of dogs involved in attacks. One often overlooked fact is that any dog may attack if it’s neglected, abused or trained to be aggressive.

Bully breeds are normally gentle dogs when they’re cared for properly, and they have many qualities that make them great pets for active people with lots of time to give. They are very social and extremely loyal to their owners. Thanks to their athletic bodies and exceptional intelligence, they are very energetic and generally excel in agility. Believe it or not, bully breeds are very good with children, too. As with any dog, you should supervise bullies when they’re around strangers, children or other pets. There’s no doubt bully breeds have been given a bad name, but many animal lovers are dedicated to restoring their image and proving they deserve to be among America’s favorite dogs again.

Sophie

Proud to introduce this weeks Pet of The Week…

Sophie

Guardian’s Name:  Keith & Cathy

Dog Age:  2

Dog Breed:  American Staffordshire Terrier

Siblings: (human, canine, feline, other)  None currently living with her.

Classes attended/attending:  Attended Basic Training / currently enrolled in Manners & Self Control

Rescue or Shelter Name My Guardians found me at:  Animal Welfare League

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A Few of My Favorite Things

*My favorite place to sleep is: On the bed

  • My favorite holiday is: All of them I love to party!

*My best friend is: My people

  • My favorite treat: Cheese

 

*My favorite season of the year is: summertime sunshine

*My favorite trip was when we went to:  Indiana

*My favorite quote is:  “Are you going to finish that? “My favorite playtime activity:  Tug o war

*My favorite canine movie is: Turner & Hooch

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How I picked my family: I was very quiet in my kennel, but wagged my tail every time they walked by.

When I grow up I want to be : A big sister

If you asked my family they would say I am:  A very loving Brindle

My nickname is: Lula Bell

I look really cute when I: am awake or asleep

The biggest mess I ever made was: enjoying a feather pillow

The first thing I ate that I wasn’t supposed to: dads baseball hat

The one time I was a hero was: when the grand-kids come over, I am very gentle.

The reason I love coming to Narnia for classes is: Lots of treats and seeing the other dogs

I am really good at: coming home when called

I am sometimes afraid of: the overhead garage door

The one thing I can’t resist is: plush toys

Sophie

Who could NOT fall in LOVE with Sophie? Look at those beautiful eyes!

I think my siblings (canine/human) are: gonna love me

My toughest challenge so far has been: Moving away from  my fenced yard.

If I spoke my voice would sound just like (name of person) Sarah Silverman and the first thing I would say is: Lets play!

Sophie

Questions for the family:

Please share something that you learned from your dog and what they have meant to your family.

Patience and unconditional love

If the dog is a rescue/shelter dog, please share any of his/her past story.

Sophie was at the shelter then adopted, but was returned three months later,  She was there a few

months before we found her and gave her a forever home.

How/Why the dog’s name was chosen:

She responded well to the name Sophie when we adopted her. Her previous name was Bella.

What is the most important point you learned about your relationship with your dog did you learn from your class time at Narnia?

Sophie is very smart and interested in learning.

What is it about their particular breed that you are fond of?

Smart and loving.

Sophie

Thank you to Sophie, Keith and Cathy for participating in this weeks interview.  Best of luck to you Sophie!

Pet of the Week: Sophie Klein (April 20, 2013)

This weeks Pet of the Week is the charming Sophie Klein, a stunning  ½ German Shepherd, ¼ Australian Cattle Dog (Heeler), ¼ Keeshond mix who is easily sets the bar high in the category of:

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When Sophie’s mom, Allison contacted me, she wrote, “My goal with Sophie’s profile is to show that great dogs can come from shelters and don’t need to be purebred.”  Allison had Sophie DNA tested to have a better understanding of her temperament:

We did DNA testing to get more information about Sophie and better understand her behaviors.  In temperament, Sophie is most like a Keeshound, but is happy to go after anyone’s heel to keep them in line.

Sophie, at 20 months, shares her home with three human kids, ages 16, 13, & 10.   Lucy who is a Bluetick Coonhound (age 4 ½) and Mika the Cat, Blue Point Siamese, age 12, and Smudge Bunny who is a mini-lop rabbit.  Sophie recalls the story first being told to her, … My family was very sad when Max, the Basset Hound died at the old age of 14.  Lucy was the saddest of all.  After a year, mom decided that it was time to get another dog.  And now that the kids are older, she thought a more active dog would be good.  Plus, then Lucy would have a playmate to run and wrestle with.  Mom decided that a German Shepherd mix would be a good fit for our family.  She looked at local shelters and then on Petfinder.com and finally found me in Munster, IN.  I was in the shelter for a really long time and am glad to be home.”

Sophie Klein

Sophie Klein

As Mom, Allison explains,

Sophie was in a litter of three puppies that were rescued from a high kill shelter in KY.  She was put on the puppy truck and brought up to Munster, IN, and placed in the Calumet Area Humane Society.  While in the shelter, all three puppies, including Sophie, were adopted very quickly.  I had seen the puppies online and called to inquire about adopting one of them.  I was told they were all adopted but to come down and look at a group of puppies who had also arrived on the Puppy Truck.

I first went to see Sophie and her sisters, but then fell in love with another puppy named Beaux.  I was told that he was being tested but  I could come back the following week to bring him home.  Later that week, I learned that Beaux’s brothers had come down with kennel cough and one puppy tested positive for Parvo.  Beaux was now in quarantine and I would have to wait for a week or two.  Nearly two weeks later, I was told that Beaux was still in quarantine and would not be adoptable for quite a while.

I was told another puppy truck would be arriving soon and that I would get first pick of puppies.  I noticed that Sophie’s sisters were no longer in the shelter but Sophie was still there.  I was told the family never came back to pick her up and  she was mine if I wanted her. Yes, I wanted her!

♥15 Questions with Pet of the Week, Sophie Klein♥

1.   When I grow up I want to: Be an agility dog

2.   My best friend is: Mom

I love Mom <3

I love Mom ❤

3.   If you asked my family they would say I am:  An awesome dog!

4.   My nickname is:  Velcro Dog, because I have to be anywhere mom is.

5.   I look really cute when I: Lay on my back with my paws in the air.

6.   The biggest mess I ever made was:  I ate my brand new bed in my crate.

I'm not sure about this crate thing.  I ate this bed too..

I’m not sure about this crate thing. I ate this bed too..

7.   The first thing I ate that I wasn’t supposed to:  Lucy’s favorite toy raccoon

8.   The reason I love coming to Narnia for classes is: I get treats for having fun and learning new things.

9.   I am really good at:  Protecting my family.  I don’t bark when I’m not supposed to but will give a “warning woof” if I hear the

garage door or someone open the front door.  If I can’t figure out who it is, then I will continue to bark and go get Mom.

I know how to open closed doors

I know how to open closed doors

10.  I think my siblings (canine/human) are: my responsibility to take care of.

Lucy and I both love our kids!

Lucy and I both love our kids!

 11.   My toughest challenge so far has been:  To not chase the cat.

12.  I am sometimes afraid of: The vacuum cleaner.  I hate it! I bark at it and lunge at it!

13.  If I spoke the first thing I would say is: “Let’s go!” (That’s what mom says when we are going to get in the car)

I love to ride in the car.  I help drive each of my kids to school every day

I love to ride in the car. I help drive each of my kids to school every day

 14.  Classes attended/attending: Attending the CLASS program, working on B.A.

 15.   Sports I participate in:  Fetch the tennis ball, Catching “flying goldfish” that are tossed in the air by my 16 year old boy or

          Tug of War with Lucy.

I love Lucy's brand new bed.  I ate the edge off so that she would know that I like it too.

I love Lucy’s brand new bed. I ate the edge off so that she would know that I like it too.

A Few of My Favorite Things…

My favorite place to sleep is: On Lucy’s bed

My favorite holiday is: Thanksgiving, because the house smells really good, and I help mom in the kitchen.

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Sophie visits the nursing home

My favorite treat:  Goldfish tossed or dropped by one of my kids

My favorite toy: My ball or anything that bounces or squeaks

My favorite television show is:  Animal Planet

My favorite season of the year is:  Winter, because I LOVE to play in the snow!

I stole Lucy's new Chirstmas collar and hid it so that no one ever saw it again!

I stole Lucy’s new Christmas collar and hid it so that no one ever saw it again!

My favorite trip was when we went to: The Naperville Riverwalk

My favorite quote is: “Let’s Go!”  That means that we get to go in the car for a ride.

My favorite playtime activity: Playing ball with my kids or playing tackle with Lucy

Snowphie the Snow Dog

Snowphie the Snow Dog

Lesson Learned:

What is the most important point you learned about your relationship with your dog did you learn from your class time at Narnia?

I realize that it is important to let Sophie figure out what is expected of her and let her choose to do what she is asked.  This may take time and patience on my part.   Also, repetition is important to reinforce a new skill or understanding (ie, “Leave the kitty!”)

We are sitting by the garage door and waiting for mom to come in JPG

We are sitting by the garage door and waiting for mom.

This is a photo of my sister Lucy and I waiting on Mom to come inside.  We love each other.  Our forever family and especially Mom for rescuing us very much.  She put a great deal of thought into searching for us and then making the correct decision in choosing us to join the family.  I was a puppy when Mom found me all alone and forgotten in the shelter in Munster, Indiana, my sister Lucy had it much worse off than I.  Mom said this story was about me, but I seen her typing about Lucy and I asked the good people at Narnia to share how Lucy came to be part of our family too.

“I know this is not about Lucy, but she is a “dumped hunting dog” who was left in the deep woods on the TN/VA border, after what is believed to be a poor hunting season.  She is a beautiful purebred Blue Tick Coon hound who was in very bad shape when she became part of our family.  She came from CASPCA (Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA in Northern Va) We moved from Northern Va about 3 years ago.”

So you see, my sister Lucy is one of those pure breed dogs, one of those fancy pants dogs like you see on those kennel shows on television.  She doesn’t put on airs though, never.  She and I are equals.  She doesn’t judge me for being a mixed breed or for my humble shelter beginnings not even for a second.  We share everything including the best family EVER.  I know when I pass my test for my B.A. in the CLASS program Lucy will be right there at the door waiting to celebrate with me.

Shelter dogs….Diamonds in the Rough waiting for their forever family’s. Thank you to Allison, Sophie and Lucy Klein for participating in this weeks interview.  Also, thank you Allison for seeing your diamonds.

Adopt, Don't Shop

Adopt, Don’t Shop

Pet of the Week: Bookie (January 12, 2013)

Adopt Mixed Breed Canines

Adopt Mixed Breed Canines

In preparing today’s post I came across this image on the net promoting the ideal of adopters looking past the exterior and seeing the true beauty within when it comes to mixed breeds.

I would say it’s a sure bet that this weeks Pet of the Week, Bookie, a beautiful Golden Retriever/Greyhound mix would agree.

Bookie Finkenbinder

Bookie Finkenbinder

Bookie’s story begins at Adopt of Naperville where she waited patiently in a ‘get acquainted’ room to meet her perspective family.  Imagine being in gym glass and waiting for your name to be called for a team.

Louise Finkenbinder explained what brought them to Adopt of Naperville, ” Our family dog of almost 10 years, Maggie, who was also a rescued dog died a year ago and the family was ready to grow!  Plus I wanted a girl dog since I am outnumbered with a husband and two boys in the house”.

When Morgan and Mason walked right up to Bookie upon entering the room and gave her the biggest  hug she had received in her whole entire life.  She was hooked on them as well, she had been picked for their team, her forever family had found her.

The only back-story the shelter had on Bookie was her name, she was from the local area and she was a “brown wrapper” mixed breed.  Fortunately for her, the Finkenbinder family seen her inner beauty consisting of her “loving and a little bit goofy” personality.

Bookie Finkenbender

Bookie Finkenbender

  • Dog’s Name: Bookie
  • Owners: The Finkenbender Family, Scott and Louise with sons, Morgan and Mason.
  • Bookie’s Siblings: (human and canine) Morgan and Mason.  Morgan is almost 7 and Mason is 3 and they play with her daily!!  Lots of love and kisses.  Morgan even helps walk her. 
  • Classes attended/attending: Basic Obedience training
  • Sports I participate in:Running, ball retrieval, and sneak licking
  • Titles I have earned: Princess of the House
  • Rescue or Shelter Name: ADOPT of Naperville    

         

15 Questions with a dog you should know…Bookie Finkenbinder 

When I grow up I want to: be able to catch that squirrel that keeps teasing me in the backyard.

My favorite place to sleep is: anywhere my brothers are not.  I look really cute: when I am sleeping.

My favorite holiday is: Barktoberfest a holiday in October for dogs.

My best friend is: my Golden Retriever friend Lola

My favorite treat: chicken jerky and miniature gingerbread men.

My favorite toy: is a red Kong bouncy ball

My favorite playtime activity: is going to the enclosed tennis court and chasing my favorite red ball around

My nickname is: Skitch.   Bookie got the nickname since when we adopted her she was scared of almost everything, bags, coats, the vacuum, etc.  She was skittish and that turned into Skitch.  

What has been the biggest surprise in owning Bookie?  The fact that she runs around an chases her tail!  What has been the biggest challenge with Bookie?  Being part greyhound, she’s very fast!   

The biggest mess I ever made was: when I decided to dig up my parents backyard.

The first thing I ate that I wasn’t suppose to: a big seed pod that fell off one of the trees in the backyard (it didn’t taste very good!)

The one time I was a hero was: when I helped my brothers find their gloves.

The reason I love coming to Narnia for classes is: I get to hangout with some great instructors!  Plus I learn something new every time…plus I got to eat chicken liver last time. Do you plan on continuing in obedience or trying one of the canine sports?  Maybe in the spring, Bookie loved the jump in the into to canine sports the last day of obedience training.

The one thing I can’t resist is: curling up next to the couch to catch some z’s.

My favorite season of the year is: so far it is summer…get some great walks in with my parents:)   Plus there are a lot of animals I get to play tag with in the backyard:)

Bookie Finkenbinder

Bookie Finkenbinder

Thank you to Mr. Scott and Mrs. Louise Finkenbinder for participating in this weeks interview.