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Today’s Alumni Thursday post comes from Cindy, who adopted Sparticus (Sparty!) from us (formerly known as Drac) in February of 2014. As you can see, Sparty is VERY well taken care of. Here is Cindy’s update: “Sparty was a very needy little dog when we first adopted him. He had a lot of social issues as he had not been around people very much and was afraid of almost anything new. I spent hours daily one-on-one with him. We puppy trained him and he proved to be very smart and willing to learn. Then I put him in a small dog day care twice a week so he learned to be with other people and dogs. We visited new places like all the pet stores in town and we discovered the dog park. He was nervous but we worked our way through it. He learned to trust me and sometime later, my husband (that involved hamburgers at McDonalds and a shared ice cream cone). Sparty seemed to struggle with men.
After we had him about 3-4 months I finally saw him drop his walls and let us in. He was ready to care for us as much as we loved him. It has been 15 months but today he is a happy, loving dog with us. He is still wary of other people but is friendly with those he knows and most people he meets at the dog park. I think he has more trust for people who he can smell have dogs. He loves to play fetch and other games in the house and likes when I get on the floor with him. He loves his two days a week at doggy day care and I think he could drive the car there himself. He loves his big back yard and running after the dogs and people who pass by the fence. Evenings find him stretched out between us on the couch while we watch TV. Sometimes he wants to curl up almost on my lap and sometimes he torments my husband by licking his ear. When he sleeps, he gives it his all, usually on his back and snoring like a large truck.
When we got Spartacus, I was still missing the dog we had had for 16 years. I put everything into helping this sweet dog and I’m still not sure whether I rescued him or he rescued me. He’s a silly, crazy handful that delights me every day.” … See MoreSee Less