Pet of The Week: Xena Alexander (April 5, 2014)

 

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“I wanted to name her after a female superhero and Xena seemed to fit.”, Stefanie Alexander

 

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Xena Alexander

 Dog Name: Xena

Guardian’s Name:  Stefanie Alexanderimages (1)

Dog Age:  1 year & 10 Months, will be 2 in May

Dog Breed: Rottweiler

Siblings:  3 feline step sisters, and I live with my mom at Grandma and Grandpas house.

Classes attended/attending: Attended puppy kindergarten, currently attending Manners & Self Control

Sports I participate in: Running outside, chasing my sisters

Show Competitions I am in: Competing for the most attention in the house

 

Being named after a warrior princess is very fitting as the Rottweiler  ancestors were the drover’s dogs accompanying the herds the Romans brought with them when invading Europe. The controllable herding and guarding instincts were recognized by the Germans, and dogs were selectively bred for these traits.

Robust and powerful, the Rottweiler is happiest when given a job to perform. His intelligence, endurance and willingness to work make him suitable as a police dog, herder, service dog, therapy dog, obedience competitor and devoted companion. An inherent protector, the Rottweiler is self-confident and responds quietly and with a wait-and-see attitude to influences in his environment. He must be medium in size and his coat is black with rust to mahogany markings. (AKC Rottweiler Page)

Ball!

Ball!

 

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My favorite place to sleep is:  In my mom’s bed

My favorite holiday is: The one where my mom goes to the pet store, she always comes home with a new treat or toy!

My best friend is:  My old roommate Micki

Me and Old friend Micki

Me and Old friend Micki

My favorite treat:  Peanut Butter

My favorite toy:  Kong!

My favorite television show is:  The Walking Dead, I love to bark at those things wandering around!

My favorite season of the year is:  Winter, I love to chase snow balls!

My favorite playtime activity: Tug of war, chasing bubbles

Tug rope time!

Tug rope time!

 

Ball, again!

Ball, again!

Squirrel!

Squirrel!

 

 

 

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                XENA… Narnia’s Pet of the Week

  1. How I picked my family: I crawled into my mom’s lap and would not let any of my brothers or sisters up, then could not stop kissing her face.
  2. When I grow up I want to be:  Grow up?  Hah, I will always be a puppy at heart
  3. My nickname is:  Z, Donkey, Dog Face, Z Girl…  I have many nick names
  4. I look really cute when I:  Want something from my mom
  5. The biggest mess I ever made was:  I was just playing outside in the mud with my roommate, I was so proud of how dirty I got I wanted to go inside and show everyone in the house.  My mom didn’t like that very much…

    Muddy dog!

    Muddy dog!

  6. The first thing I ate that I wasn’t supposed to:  I didn’t know there were things I’m not supposed to eat!  But I sure did enjoy my Grandma’s lasagna once, she even left it out on the table and everything for me before she walked away!
  7. The one time I was a hero was:  When I picked my family
  8. The reason I love coming to Narnia for classes is:  I get to meet so many new people!!
  9. I am really good at:  My Chewbacca impression
  10. I am sometimes afraid of:  The hairdryer
  11. The one thing I can’t resist is:  Getting a good belly rub
  12. I think my siblings are:  My family is great, I love each and every one of them.  I like my step sisters until they swat me in the face and run away..

    Christmas!

    Christmas!

  13. My toughest challenge so far has been:  Learning to “drop it”
  14. If I spoke my voice would sound just like  Milla Jovovich and the first thing I would say is: “Why do you have so many names for me?!”

 

Snow Dog!

Snow Dog!

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we are family

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

I have re-learned the joys of owning a dog.  We had a family dog when I was growing up, and after having to put him down due to old age, I was not sure about getting another dog for awhile.  But then I realized how much I love them and along came Xena.  She is not only my pet, but a companion as well.

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

I learned that I just have to have patience with her, and that we make a pretty good team.

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

One thing that I love about Rotties is their faces and the expressions that they can make.  Also, I like how loving they are, and that they are sometimes a big klutz.

My puppy days!

My puppy days!

WHAT ARE THEY LIKE?

​No one told him that he’s not a toy breed, so at some point he’s going to plop onto your lap for a cuddle. Because of his original job as a super-smart and confident guardian, though, you’ll need to put in the time to train him and teach him solid social skills and harness his natural territorial instincts in a positive way. He has to know that you’re in charge, even if he is twice your size. Your hard work will be rewarded with a loyal, loving best friend. (AKC WOOFipedia)

 

Thank you to Xena and Stephanie for their participation in this weeks interview, we wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

 

Pet of The Week: Tasha Witt (March 8, 2014)

Sheltie's Removed From Home

Sheltie’s Removed From Home

MONTGOMERY COUNTY – It’s being called the worst case of animal hoarding some have ever seen.  More than 30 dogs and 111 exotic birds and eggs were found in a home described by officials as unfit for anyone or anything to live in.

The headline flashed across Indiana television screens and internet news feeds on September 5, 2013 as animal welfare workers, sheriff police, Montgomery Health Department and students from Purdue University exotic animal studies worked to remove the endangered animals from their unsafe environment.

The 35 dogs total were taken into custody by the Animal Welfare League in Crawfordsville, Indiana for medical attention and evaluation.  The birds and unhatched eggs were released to the Parks Department in Frankfort, Indiana.  Following a two week waiting period, a dozen of the dogs went into immediate care at the home of the Indiana Sheltie Rescue presidents home with the remaining dogs being relinquished to the care of Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue.

A sad story being told all too often these days as hoarders, backyard breeders, puppy mills and even fight rings are discovered and shut down. Large number of animals living in abusive, neglectful, deadly environments in need of immediate rescue, medical attention, rehabilitation and homes placing a strain on the local animal welfare sources.

Thankfully the community came together in support of these animals with donations for their care while in the custody of the Animal Welfare League and word was put out through the National Sheltie Rescue organization that there were dogs in desperate need in Indiana.  Fortunately for this weeks Narnia Pet of the Week, she was entrusted into the care of Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue who stepped up to the challenge of ensuring the remaining shelties were given their second chance at life.

First I am going to introduce you to the little princess via her intake photo back in September of 2013.

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Tasha's Intake photo at Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue

Intake photo at Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue

Although she is still working to overcome fears and build trust, the love, care and training she has received from her foster family and now forever family has worked wonders to in returning number 5 to a healthy Shetland Sheepdog.

And here today , Pet of The Week, Ms. Tasha Witt

Can't Contain This Much Cuteness

Can’t Contain This Much Cuteness

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Dog Name: Tasha

Guardian’s Name: Teri and Ward Witt

Dog Age: 2

Dog Breed: Sheltie, Shetland Sheepdog (AKC page)

Siblings:  canine siblings Prince and Toby

Classes attended/attending: Beginning Obedience

Sports I participate in: chasing my brothers in the yard and jumping on them

Sporting/Titles I have earned: My Mom and Dad say I have the ACDE (absolute cutest dog ever)

Rescue or Shelter Name My Guardians found me at: Central Illinois Sheltie Rescue

My brothers Toby and Prince

My brothers Toby and Prince

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My favorite place to sleep is: The couch and in the big bed with my Mom and Dad.

Naptime

Naptime

My favorite holiday is: so far Valentines Day is the only holiday I have spent with my family. That was great because I got a pretty valentine heart on my collar and a special cookie.

Sweet Little Valentine

Sweet Little Valentine

My best friend is: Toby, he is my crazy brother and we like to jump on each other and wrestle.

My favorite treat: baked hot dogs are YUMMY.

My favorite toy: My fish that my Auntie Sherri gave me.

My Favorite Toy

My Favorite Toy

My favorite television show is: The show Nature. I also like the beginning of Downton Abby when that big white dog wags his tail.

My favorite season of the year is: Not sure yet but Winter has been fun playing in the snow.

My favorite trip was when we went to: I’m not much of a traveler yet. Trips frighten me for now but my family and I are working to make it better.

Dad handing out treats

Dad handing out treats

My favorite quote is: “Dogs, for a reason that can only be described as divine, have the ability to forgive, let go of the past, and live each day joyously. It’s something the rest of us strive for.” -Jennifer Skiff

My favorite playtime activity: Is playing with my canine siblings.

Playing chase with my siblings

Playing chase with my siblings

My favorite canine movie is: Hmm.. I better have a talk with my parents I haven’t seen a canine movie yet.

My Dad Thinks I'm Cute

My Dad Thinks I’m Cute

If you asked my family they would say I am: A sweetheart.

My nickname is: Pup Pup

I look really cute when I: Beg for food.

The biggest mess I ever made was: Shredding a paper towel.

The first thing I ate that I wasn’t supposed to: One of those little brown things the bunny left in the yard.

The one time I was a hero was: when Mom told me to “COME NOW” boy did I get lots of treats!

Practicing my sit at Narnia Pet Behavior & Training

Practicing my sit at Narnia Pet Behavior & Training

The reason I love coming to Narnia for classes is: I get lots of treats from Mom and my teachers. They make a nice fort for me to train in with privacy.  It helps me feel safe.

I am really good at: Being cute.

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Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful

I am sometimes afraid of: Riding in the car.

The one thing I can’t resist is: getting attention from my Mom and Dad I do my best to shove my brothers out of the way so they can only pet me.

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I think my siblings (canine/human) are: Fun

My toughest challenge so far has been: Learning to settle.

If I spoke my voice would sound just like: Marge Simpson’s sister Selma and the first thing I would say is: Let’s play!

Toys, Toys, Toys, what's a girl to do?

Toys, Toys, Toys, what’s a girl to do?

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

To not rush fearful dogs. Take training and introductions slow to not overwhelm her. She is such a sweet girl and even though we have only had her a few months she means so much to us. She has help cheer up our family after recently losing our dog to heart failure. She has been through so much in her short life and has a way to go to overcome her fears. It’s wonderful to see her becoming a silly, playful dog now that she feels comfortable in our home.

How/Why the dog’s name was chosen: Tasha’s foster dad named her when she came into rescue. He is a Star Trek fan and named her after one of the characters.

What is the most important point you learned about your relationship with your dog did you learn from your class time at Narnia? That with time and patience Tasha can learn new things and overcome her fears.

What is it about their particular breed that you are fond of? Shelties are very sensitive, loyal, affectionate, intelligent dogs that want to please and stay close to their special person.

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A big thank you to all the animal welfare workers, volunteers, rescue volunteers, Tasha’s foster family, her trainers and of course her family for their commitment and dedication to seeing Tasha healthy, both physically and emotionally.  She is one lucky little princess, wishing you all the best Tasha as you continue to blossom and enjoy life more and more each day.

~~~Thank you to Tasha, Terri and Ward Witt for their participation in this weeks interview. ~~~

Tasha, Toby, Prince and our friend here from the National Mill Dog Rescue want to remind you to set your clocks forward on Sunday, March 9th.

Set Your Clocks

Pet of the Week: Buffy (January 18, 2014)

Our Pet of the Week is a lovely young lady that goes by the name of Buffy.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

No, no, no.  Not her.  Although she was a very popular vampire slayer and a lovely young lady, ours has four legs, a body covered in fur and a tail.

Buffy

Buffy

Yes!  There she is, isn’t she a beauty?  Only 2 years old and already perfecting the head tilt.  Do you know the reason why your dog tilt’s its head when you are speaking to her?  Find the answer here.

Narnia’s chosen one is a Labrador Retriever Mix with a sparkle in her eye and a constant bounce in her step.

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Dog Name: Buffy

Guardian’s Name: Sarah and Jason

Dog Age: About 2 years

Dog Breed: Labrador Retriever Mix

Siblings: (human, canine, feline, other): Cousins are Gracie and Sadie

Classes attended/attending: Beginner Obedience and beginning Manners and Self Control

Sports I participate in: Wrestling with Jason, Chasing the Laser Pointer, and Eating Snow (these are not official sports – yet!)

Rescue or Shelter Name My Guardians found me at: 3DR Disaster Dogs, which has sadly closed it’s doors at the end of 2013

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~15 Questions with Pet of the Week Buffy~

1.   How I picked my family: I rolled over and immediately asked for my belly to be rubbed. I also barked, and since my bark is so unexpectedly mean sounding (I mean, look at my face!), they fell in love. I got along really well with my cousins, too, so that didn’t hurt either!

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2.   When I grow up I want to be: A certified therapy dog

3.    My best friend is:   It’s a tie: Ollie – my 2-year-old yellow lab boyfriend or Shane, my human 3-year-old best friend that I love to pieces every time I see him. I also love Jenny, my 4 month old human friend, but she’s too small to play. Sarah doesn’t have to tell me this, though – I just know to only sniff her.

4.     My nickname is: Buffypants (I’m not sure why – I think my guardians are a little “off”)

5.     The biggest mess I ever made was:  I’ve torn up dog beds,crate trays, toys, blankets, pillows, even CARPET!

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6.      The first thing I ate that I wasn’t supposed to: Carpet, followed by dog poop

7.      The one time I was a hero was: When I saw Sarah and she knew she had to adopt me. I helped her heal from losing her previous dog.

8.      The reason I love coming to Narnia for classes is: I’m really good at learning! It keeps my mind active and makes me feel productive!

9.        I am really good at: Listening to Sarah when there are no distractions around. Also, snuggling. I’m really good at snuggling.

10.       I am sometimes afraid of: Loud noises, umbrellas, and the front door of Sarah’s apartment

11.       The one thing I can’t resist is: Exuberantly greeting every single being that comes near me – human or canine – I want to jump on them all and tell them all how happy I am to see them!

12.      I think my siblings (canine/human) are: Canine: Gracie and Sadie, Human: Jason and Sarah 

13.      My toughest challenge so far has been: I get scared when I think I’m in trouble, and then I try to run away from Sarah and Jason.

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14.       If I spoke my voice would sound just like James Earl Jones (based on how low my bark is!) and the first thing I would say is: I love peanut butter, I love cheese, oh, look, my tail, I love my chicken, JJJAAASSSOOONNNN, ooh bunny!

15.       I look really cute when I: All of the time, but especially when I’m confused and I turn my head to ponder what’s in front of me.

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My favorite place to sleep is: In front of a roaring fire, or in my bed at the foot of Sarah’s bed

My favorite holiday is: All except Halloween. I hate when Sarah dresses me up in costumes.

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My favorite treat: peanut butter

My favorite toy: my rubber chicken that only lives at Jason’s

My favorite television show is: Anything on Animal Planet, or any show where a dog barks.

My favorite season of the year is: In summer I like to run outside, in fall I like to run outside, in winter

I like to run outside (just not when the wind chill is -50F – I don’t like that), and in spring I like to run

outside.

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My favorite trip was when we went to: I always love going to see Gracie and Sadie and run around the

backyard with them

My favorite quote is: “I LOVE EVERYTHING!”

My favorite playtime activity: Wrestling with Jason or Ollie, squeaking any squeak toy possible

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Buffy is the happiest dog I have ever met, and there doesn’t seem to be anything that diminishes her level of happiness. She has taught me this unending joy, as well as how important consistency is. She is a wonderful dog, but needs consistent rules and consistent training to maintain her wonderful personality. She is so eager to please her humans that I want to be just as good to her as she has been to us.

She is also so gentle. She plays very rough with her canine friends, sometimes too rough, but is so gentle around kids. My best friend has two kids, a 3-year-old and 4 month old, and Buffy cannot get enough of the kids, and even will lay around the 3-year-old sometimes, almost looking as though she is trying to protect him.

Why the dog’s name was chosen: Buffy comes from the tv show Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Jason and I wanted a strong female name that also made us laugh. Buffy is a perfect name for her, especially since she has been Buffy the EVERYTHING Slayer!

What is the most important point you learned about your relationship with your dog did you learn from your class time at Narnia?  That strengthening the relationship through training is so important. Our relationship strengthened so much during and after training.

What is it about their particular breed that you are fond of? Originally, I was not a huge fan of labs, but Jason really wanted one. I figured I would love any dog I got, so I adopted Buffy. What a wonderful ambassador she is for her breed (the lab part, anyway). She is happy, energetic, playful, strong, loyal, cuddly, and so very friendly. I couldn’t love her more.

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Thanks to Sarah and Buffy for participating in this weeks interview, we wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

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