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 🙂
Seizure Alert Dog
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 will hopefully be my assistance dog when older, some of her tasks will include:
- alert to my oncoming seizures (she has conquered this!)
- ground me during the after effects of seizures, or panic attacks
- alert to anxiety and panic (done)
- detect and react to hallucinations (so I know what is and isn’t real) – (almost done!)
Sasha is huge, playful, cuddly and very calm – this has been hard for me to swallow, as I don’t like docile dogs, I prefer my crazy kippers 🙂
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.
As the months have passed I have put so much effort into helping her overcome these fears, and we are reaping the rewards. She’s still nervy, dogs barking at any volume still freak her out, but she’s much improved. She can handle distractions (ie. a busy town centre) easily and remain calm – so long as nobody tries to approach her.
I didn’t used to think I really had a bond with Sasha.
I prefer ‘crazy’ hyper-bouncing-off-the-walls dogs, and Sasha is the complete opposite of that. She didn’t live for training, she didn’t really enjoy playing and she was SO CALM! However I’ve put so much work into our relationship, and I feel like we are intertwined now 🙂
With lots of room and showing her how fab training is, she loves training now and watching footage back is great because she looks so involved! I’ve found ways to get her to play and be silly, and she’s also started automatically doing things to help me.
I’d be lost without 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. At 16 weeks old she weighed just 2.4kg, and she hasn’t grown much since then.
Toller’s focus is immense and she loves training. She lives for adventures and even on a simple walk to the park she’s constantly sniffing and checking things out, but she’s also extremely affectionate. She is just incredible. Words cannot describe how much I love this dog 🙂
At 5 months old, after being run into by a huge Lab, she smashed EVERY BONE connecting her toes to her paw.
We suffered through 8 weeks crate rest only for the vets to declare her “fully healed” when her life is still very restricted. At 7.5 months old we are trying to strengthen her legs (especially the injured one!) and are also waiting on a basic wheelchair to arrive. We have a Go Fund Me to raise money for a custom wheelchair tailored to her injury, which you can view here:
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!