Puppy Time!

The puppy is here! ¬†After a long journey from Tennessee, two baths to remove the filth, a long collar-buying excursion, an even longer naming-the-puppy adventure; I’m finally here with pictures ūüôā

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Get ready for cuteness overload.

First of all, we named her Marshmallow, or Mel for short. ¬†Something about her white squishy face just called out, “Marshmallow!” ūüôā When she is a lady, perhaps she’ll go by Mel. ¬†To be professional, of course. ¬†But for now, Marshmallow is settling in and doing wonderfully. ¬†She already got to meet the whole human family, Blueberry, Leroy, and Major the cat. ¬†Positive socialization is starting off ¬†strong!

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Marshmallow is 10 weeks old.  She is spayed and will be up to date on her shots.  We will be working on crate training, socialization, house training, and basic obedience.  Mel is curious about the world around her.  She is slightly cautious, but ready to play and explore.  She is loving all the human attention, and desperately trying to woo the adult dogs in the house into some wrestling and play time.  She will need a committed, life long, adopter who is willing to  make her the best dog that she can be.  And I will need an adopter who will fall head over heals in love with her- not just as a puppy, but as she goes through the challenging teen years, the frustrating adolescence, the slowing in adulthood, and the tender years of old age.

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oh hai. iz a marshmalloz.

More exciting puppy-ness to come as she settles in!

If you have questions about Marshmallow or the adoption process, email me (Casey) at LeroyandCompany@gmail.com!         

Busy, busy!

Sometime life becomes very demanding and unexpected things happen and you experience technical difficulties and you forget about your blog! Ok well I didn’t forget. ¬†But I slacked off ūüėČ ¬†If you missed us terribly, you can always check out our facebook page. ¬†I update pictures there a little more regularly. ¬†And now onto some blogging!

Tofu has been doing wonderful! ¬†She is really settling into our life and routine. ¬†She no longer barks in her crate. Thank goodness because that was¬†unpleasant.¬†¬†¬† I was a little bit convinced that this whole “deaf” thing was just a joke. ¬†My roommates were informing me that Tofu would let out a few short barks when they would come home. ¬†Well GOSH.. Tofu was downstairs, in my bedroom, and in her crate. ¬†She couldn’t possibly¬†hear them coming home! So with some help from LCPO’s trainer, I decided that she was barking for two reasons- 1. ¬†Tofu was watching Leroy become more alert when someone was coming in the house. ¬†She was then barking because she didn’t know what was happening, but she wanted to be a part of the excitement! ¬†2. Tofu was feeling the vibrations from upstairs. ¬†She was still settling into her new¬†environment and confused at what was going on. ¬†So I had to start covering her crate with a bed sheet to remove her visual stimulation. ¬†She didn’t like this at first, but now she is a very quiet and content girl while I’m at school. ¬†Although I knew that Tofu was still settling into her new home, I was worried that my neighbors and roommates would not be as understanding. ¬†Thankfully she has accepted the crate as part of the routine and we haven’t heard much barking in weeks. ¬†

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Tofu is also learning to run into the crate on her own when it’s time for food. ¬†Leroy knows that when the lid of the dog food tupperware¬†comes off, the things that benefit him¬†most¬†are running into his crate and waiting very patiently. ¬†Nothing else will get him fed, but sitting in the crate will do the trick! ¬†Tofu is starting to catch on to this game. ¬†However, she still tries a few other things to see if they will get her fed. ¬†First she tries watching me. ¬†This is unsuccessful. ¬†Then she tries running around the room and getting some of her excitement out. ¬†This is also unsuccessful. ¬†Sometimes she tries sitting, which is nice. ¬†But it is ultimately unsuccessful. ¬†Then it will CLICK, and she will¬†run into the crate, practically knocking it over on the way in. ¬†And only then, does she get her dinner ūüôā

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If you have any questions about Tofu, Jora, becoming a foster parent, or the adoption process- you can email me (Leroy’s mom) at Casey@caseyheyen.com

 

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Getting to know Tofu

I’ve had Tofu for a few days now, so I thought it was time to share some things I’ve learned about her.

First of all, she was estimated to be around three years old. ¬†But she is a¬†spunky girl ūüôā ¬†She like to play the tag and run game, though it does make her a little nippy and jumpy. ¬†She also likes to play with a big rope toy and tug on that.

Tofu will run around with a great deal of joy, especially now that she doesn’t panic and think she’s going to be left outside for good. ¬†The most heartbreaking part of her first few days was that every time we went outside, she got upset. ¬†I actually had to put her on leash, push or drag her out a few times. ¬†Happy encouragement was not cutting it. ¬†She would just sit as far away from the door as she could get. ¬†ūüė¶ ¬†Then when we finally did get outside, she would just linger by the door, hoping that I wouldn’t forget about her. ¬†I did a lot of running around my backyard this week and standing in the cold, to show her that she would not be abandoned. ¬†She was so used to her life outside, that when she was finally in a home, she just wanted to bad to preserve that.

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But now Tofu is more trusting and understands that I will always let her come back inside. ¬†She has not had even one accident in the house. ¬†So it’s safe to say that she’s housebroken. ¬†However, she does something which blew my mind. ¬†She lifted her leg to pee! ¬†Not always.. but it happened. ¬†And I made sure it happened twice before I told anyone, because I thought I had gone crazy. ¬†But this female dog does certainly mark it like a man. ¬†However, normally she just does her business the squatting ¬†regular¬†female ladylike way.

The other things I’ve learned about Tofu is that she’s smart! ¬†I’ve only had her for a few days, but we’ve already been working on training. ¬†And she is doing great! Here she is in action- Tofu training!¬†¬† (since then her down has gotten much better, plus we’re working on stay and paw!) ¬†She also has good basic manners. ¬†So while she¬†loves¬†getting up on the bed to take a little nap, she is not jumpy when she’s meeting new people. ¬†Although she does get very happy and wants to smother them in kisses ūüôā

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And while I’m spending the time to get to know Tofu and prepare her for her adoptive home, she’s also getting to know herself; ¬†In the mirror ūüôā

So enjoy and stay tuned for more!

If you have any questions about Tofu, Jora, becoming a foster parent, or the adoption process- you can email me (Leroy’s mom) at Casey@caseyheyen.com 

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