Adoption time running low for two great dogs in berkeley, ca

Why buy from a breeder when there are plenty of homeless pups in shelters???
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Adoption time running low for two great dogs in berkeley, ca

Postby pittbuddy » Sat Mar 01, 2008 12:04 am

http://www.virtualpetadoptions.org/adop ... etid=14984
http://www.virtualpetadoptions.org/adop ... etid=17324
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Please consider taking one of these two dogs if you are a pit friendly prospective owner in the san francisco bay area. They are currently at the berkeley animal shelter located in the immediate proximity of the I-80 freeway offramp at university ave. in berkeley. I have spent time with both of them and can recommend their vivacity and enthusiasm as well as their congenial temperament. The male dog, Dodger has played with a compatible female, and was very sociable with a friendly male pit mix.
Maria was able to socialize within a dog pack and required some super-vision because she can challenge other dogs for a ball: She may be a border collie/pit mix.

thank you, this is an urgent request.
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Postby Dizzy » Sat Mar 01, 2008 1:02 am

ummm . . . it's the same dog twice? :oops:

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thanks for noticing!

Postby pittbuddy » Sat Mar 01, 2008 1:15 am

I did make a mistake entering the link to the shelter website's pictures. These dogs would train well with agility, sports related activity. They are extremely outgoing and can socialize with some compatible playmates.

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Postby merriterrier » Sat Mar 01, 2008 4:42 pm

Aww, poor guys. Good Luck!

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some good news here!

Postby pittbuddy » Sun Mar 02, 2008 6:30 pm

Fortunately, Dodger has shown his compatibility with a former shelter dog for whom the owners are interested in providing a companion and he appears to be on his way to a great home!

Maria would still like a home too and needs one soon. As I mentioned before, she could do well with agility training and would reward an owners investment in her with loyalty and devotion!

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Postby bobbeleh » Wed Mar 26, 2008 10:36 pm

Good news about Maria! She's coming home with me and Sara this coming weekend (Saturday) and it looks like, barring complete meltdown, she will be staying! We have spent the past nearly 2 weeks walking with Maria (Sara and I) and the two are like peas in a pod! This week, our 15-20 minute walks have stretched to at least an hour. The two of them go nose-to-nose in the same weed patch, walk shoulder-to-shoulder, and Maria has shown deliberate affection toward Sara (kisses, ear licks) on at least 4 occasions now.

Sara is a very laid-back pup and I expect that some of that will rub off on Maria. I'm hopeful that Sara's confidence with people will help Maria over her shyness.

Still, for a stray, Maria is an amazing dog -- soft mouth, sweet disposition, very loving once she knows you.

Sara was my first pitbull and I'm totally addicted. I had huskies originally, then graduated to Akitas. Now, it's pitbulls. Is there a better breed out there?

There will be lots more pictures as Maria settles in to her new home!

XOXOXO,
Bobbe & Sara (and soon, Maria!)

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Postby Daphnesmom » Thu Mar 27, 2008 6:40 am

That's fantastic....thank you for adopting (again). Can't wait to see updates and more pictures of her beatiful ears!

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Postby bobbeleh » Thu Mar 27, 2008 10:58 am

Thanks. We're off shortly for our last "official" shelter walk. Friday will be spent shopping for stuff that Maria will need, and I'll pick her up Saturday.

The plan is a nice, long walk, then into the car, possibly to the dog wash (someone once told me that washing two dogs with the same shampoo helps to facilitate acceptance as they both then smell alike), then home, another walk about the neighborhood, then into the apartment together. With the preceding two weeks of familiarization, I'm not anticipating any real problems.

I don't know if Maria is housebroken -- she was a stray and has been a kennel dog for at least 7 months. I know the basics: crating, schedules, praise, and correction, but if anybody has any good suggestions on how to quickly and non-traumatically housebreak an adult (she's probable 2), I sure would appreciate it.

Sara was an owner turn-in and was not only totally trained and socialized, she was also already crate trained and to my knowledge, she has never had an accident in the house.

I don't expect to get that lucky twice, but Maria has proven herself to be an "I'll work for treats" kinda gal. Coupled with my working from home all the time, training issues should be easy enough. Socialization issues should be basically getting her out and about in society -- and with Sara being so outgoing and friendly, some of that should rub off on Maria pretty quickly.

Pictures will definitely be forthcoming.


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