So I thought it was only right that I add a page to introduce the pups, seeing as this is primarily a blog about them.
Nicknames: Boo, Bubba, Kasp, Kasperdoodle, Bubba-doo, Fatty, Doodle dog, Bugga, Bugga-boo
Kasper is a Border Collie cross Springer Spaniel that we adopted on the 25th March 2011 as a 9 month old pup – enjoy some pics of baby Kasper! 🙂
Kasper had a lot of issues. They ranged from resource guarding, separation anxiety, huge issues with the vacuum, fear of hands moving quickly by him, hatred of handling / grooming and he was extremely scared of men.
Over the years we have put a lot of time and effort into counter conditioning him and working with his fears. He can now befriend a strange man within 5 minutes, cope with people visiting us in the house, people who stroke him when out on a walk and he is fine with the vacuum. We can also dry him, brush him and trim his nails!
Kasper is a stomach on legs; he would eat until he was sick if we let him (and then he’d probably eat the sick…) and he also eats things that blatantly aren’t edible. Such as wax crayons. Yay, colourful poop…
Kasper really enjoys training (he knows around 40 tricks) and he now sees his crate as his safe place. He can happily be left home alone for up to 5 hours.
Kasper’s passion is hiking. His recall is poor around livestock, but otherwise he is absolutely amazing, and these past 6 months he has become impressively responsive – only took us 5 years haha 🙂
Nicknames: Sash, Cloud, Fluff Monkey, Sashy-pants, fluffybutt, Poodle Pup
Sasha is a Standard Poodle puppy we got from a breeder when she was 12 weeks old.
She was supposed to be my assistance dog, and I worked my arse off training her to be comfortable with the world.
Unfortunately when she came to us she was extremely fearful, and this fear ranged from being terrified of people (literally cowering as people walked past on the opposite side of the road!!) to cars, dogs barking, all sorts. She was one of the most fearful puppies we have ever worked with.
I tried for 6 months to fit a square peg through a round hole, and recently I finally gave in. I was constantly having people tell me not to give up on her, that she could make it as an assistance dog…but she can’t, and it’s not fair to try.
She doesn’t *enjoy* working. She doesn’t like training, she doesn’t want to check in on me, and she’s still way too fearful to do anything but quiet dog walks. She just wants to be off lead, run about, and be independent.
At this point we have no plans to rehome her.
Nicknames: Grub, Tollster, Tollie-too, Potato, Spud-pup, Spudder, Spuddy one
Tolly is a 7 month old Jack Russell Terrier cross Pomeranian puppy that we adopted when she was around 8 weeks old.
I fell in love with Toller when I saw her advertised through our rescue. She was actually adopted out to us as a boy, but is in fact a girl – I was extremely disappointed as I wanted a boy for various reasons (UTIs, heat, spaying etc) but it didn’t change how much I loved her 😉
Toller was a tiny bean of a puppy, and is still incredibly small. Fully grown she weighs just 3.5kg!
At 5 months old an off lead Labrador ran across a field and knocked Tolly flying. She smashed EVERY BONE connecting her toes to her paw.
We suffered through 8+ weeks crate rest, after which the vet declared her “fully healed” even though she was still lame and couldn’t walk. Wow. At 8 months old that is totally unacceptable!! Her foot was at a right angle, and after 11 weeks crate rest she was absolutely miserable.
We floundered, not knowing what to do for the best – get her a custom wheelchair, try find a vet that would amputate, have her put to sleep?! We managed to find another surgery that said they would see her, and who immediately agreed to an amputation (which we had been pushing for since the day after the accident!!)
The day after amputation
Toller was fully healed from surgery within 3 weeks. She was off pain meds in one week, and had the stitches removed in less than two weeks. She is so much happier on three legs, and can run faster than ever before!!
Our dogs are trained using positive reinforcement; we don’t punish / correct them, and try our hardest not to scold them…obviously there’s the odd slip up, but hey, we’re only human. See our training page for more info!