Animal Success Stories
As an all volunteer foster-based rescue group, successful adoption stories are the only compensation we seek! Our Foster Caretakers, who spend weeks or months loving the animals in their care, always want to know how their “babies” are doing once they have found their forever homes. We hope that the adoption of a pet is not the end of a process but the beginning of a relationship between A Second Chance Puppies and Kittens Rescue and our adoptive families. If you’ve adopted a dog or cat from us, please share your story! Success Stories and pictures can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Greg (Brady Bunch)
We call him Brady --Greg from the Brady Bunch) He is not only adorable, but has made us laugh so much. He took to his crate in a flash also house trained in less then a week.
He loves to play, especially outside in our fenced yard and he loves going out in the car with us. He loves other dogs & people a little too much, so we are going to take him to school real soon for manners.
We can't imagine our life without him.
The Fowler Family
Just sending you an up to date picture of Griffin. He is doing well. He has adjusted to my family with no problem. He’s a very active little boy and still has a lot of learning to do, but in time I’m sure he will prevail.
It was rough in the beginning with the other dog adjusting to Griffin, but now they are the best of friends
Thank you again, A Second Chance Rescue, for giving us the opportunity to foster Griffin on a trial basis to see if he would be compatible to my family. So as you can see we were Foster Failures…LOL
Cynthia & Family
Hello! It has almost been a month since I brought Pepper (previously known as Georgia) home with me. She sure is a handful but I am totally in love with her!
We have so much fun together. She is adjusting well to her new home and life. Pepper is such a sweetie, and a true social
butterfly. She loves to meet new people and share her love with everyone, which is great because everyone who meets her immediately
falls in love with her. Everyone who sees her is amazed by all of her speckles and wants to know where they can find a puppy just like her.
She's getting so much bigger every day! Thank you so much for letting me adopt her. Having Pepper in my life has made me so happy!
He is doing well. His name is now Buddy .
He is a handful but everyone loves him and he loves them back. Thank you for letting me adopt such a precious puppy
Merlin (Goomer) is doing well. He is currently 31 pounds. He took to potty training very quickly. We have had a few accidents here and there, but that was our fault for not taking him out quickly enough. We crate him when he has to be left a lone. He whines a bit when he first goes in and yelps when I first leave in the morning, but settles down quickly.
He has been to our vet. He had worms, but is getting treatment. We also have him on Revolution. Other than that he checked out really well. We are taking him back for his rabies booster and followup soon.
We want to start taking him to puppy classes this next week after his rabies booster, but haven't settled on one specifically. I have started with the sit and stay at home. He has no food aggression with us We have had some issues between him and my older lab. Merlin started trying to use Bogart as a chew toy. We are managing that well so far. One thing that I'm having trouble with is walking them together, and my wife has given up trying. Bogart is 12 and lags behind. If I walk Merlin alone, he heels fine. When they are together though Merlin is either lunging forward to get ahead of Bogart or backward because Bogart is too far away. He sits when I tell him too and he settles for a bit, but as soon as we start walking again... Any suggestions about this would be helpful.
Merlin is one smart stubborn puppy. My wife and I compare notes on how he is trying to manipulate us to do what he wants. The one that made me laugh was when Merlin was having some stomach issues. My wife started sleeping down stairs to let him out if he started whining. Low and behold it didn't take long before he was whining to be let out and then just playing with a pine cone or stick to chew on. Did I mention he was doing this every hour on the hour from 2:00 - 5:00 AM and that he taught my wife to let him out starting the second night? Smart puppy.
Speaking of chewing, I had completely forgotten how sharp puppy teeth can be. We've taught him not to chew on us, and mostly not on Bogart's ears or paws. We give him bully sticks and an antler horn. The horn works great for long term chewing and gnawing. I am also taking him for really long walks to bleed off as much of the energy as possible. It works really well. Now, remember I talked to you about smart and stubborn? So he has his 'bone' and Bogart has his own. So of course, the 'bone' that they want is the one that the other dog has. If Merlin starts to get bored, he starts playing with his bone in front of Bogart, then starts dropping it. When Bogart starts chewing, then Merlin starts to annoy him until Bogart opens his mouth to bark, at which point Merlin picks up the dropped 'bone'. This behavior started because Merlin isn't wining at 'tug of war'. As long as there aren't any teeth or growling involved I stay out of it. It is hilareous to see developing though. At first it involved growling and teeth baring from either of the dogs. but no way that was going to work. So I'd take the 'bones' away from both of them. Now they will tussle a bit and then I trade the bone between them to keep things under control.
We meet other dogs and their owners on the walks. So far so good. He is actually shy a round other people unless they get down closer to his level or if he has met them before. He does well with other dogs, so far. The 'trick' is to not let him get too excited before they meet, which means a sit. It doesn't always work, which is the main reason for me wanting the puppy class. I think that I need to get him to de-focus earlier, but once he gets focused, other than clapping to get his attention, he just stands ears up and ready. Only a couple sessions of barking and and 1 of growling so far, but if I can't figure out how to snap him out of it before he ramps up, that will get worse as he grows older, so any suggestions on this would also be appreciated. I've thought of using a treat to get his attention and then wait till he is focused on me and sitting, problem though is that I don't have one in my hand when we are walking. With people, he will tend to get behind me. With dogs, he moves in front. I tend to move back in front, if we are a lone and that works, but with Bogart lagging behind, it gets problematic to do it quickly. Like I said suggestions are helpful and puppy classes are coming soon.
Over all he is doing very well. He can be very affectionate. We love him to death. All puppies look like angles, but they all have a big devil on their shoulder. The trick with being a good owner is teaching the puppy to not listen to the devil. So far so good, but the journey has just begun :)
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