Bruno's Foster Journey - Rainbow Bridge
2/21/04 - Unfortunately Bruno has displayed an aggressiveness towards humans that even after months of training could not be corrected. BAR made the very difficult decision to send him to the Rainbow Bridge as he was just too dangerous to adopt out. Rest in peace Bruno.
11/14/03 - After much heartache Bruno's family
has decided that he will not work in their environment. They have worked
extremely hard with him but he continues to be leash aggressive towards
other animals and some people when being walked.
9/18/03 - Our boy Bruno is back from a couple of weeks at John Gagnon's Doghouse for evaluation and I think he's happy to be home. Everyone at the Doghouse loved him and he came home with a new collar from one of the girls there, he was a good boy, went to doggy daycare and attended some obedience classes. We've got some suggestions from Casey on working with him during our walks and he seemed pleasantly surprised to find I was carrying liverwurst and American cheese with me last night. They took his mind off of the dogs we saw (at a distance) and the guy with the lawnmower. I'm not sure if they'd distract him if a dog was close by but we're going to keep working on it. He just gets so anxious! He did meet our newest foster, Roxie, with no issues but that was as soon as we walked in the door from the Doghouse. We definitely won't be bringing any more un-neutered male dogs in the house (Elvis taught us our lesson). Even with all his issues my husband told me this morning that Bruno was the perfect match for our house, and I do agree with him!
8/15/03 - Bruno continues to be just a fantastic boy to have around. He's the perfect house dog, and we're working on that leash thing. He's very aggressive towards any person or dog he sees while he's on leash so we've started to work with him with a clicker and he's going to see a trainer. Hopefully the clicker training at home will be a jump start on what they'll work with him on there. In the meantime I have some ideas from the agbeh group on Yahoo and we're keeping him out of any situation that could reinforce his behavior problems. Hopefully after seeing the trainer we'll be on track with him and on track to continue fostering for BAR. (On a positive note he's doing very well with the greyhound next door through the fence - a good sign I hope!)
7/13/03 - Although it's a little over a week since we 'officially' adopted Bruno he's been with us nearly a month now. We just love this big guy to pieces - he and Satchel wrestle and keep each other worn out - and then he's off to make sure everyone here is safe and sound. It just makes me smile to catch him checking on the kids after I put them to bed. The only issue, at all, that we've had with Bruno is leash aggression - he can see a person 100 yards away in their own backyard and his hackles stand up, and forget about passing another dog on the street - he's a loon. We're working on those issues and plan a session with a trainer to get some suggestions. I don't think Bruno's a candidate for a group obedience at this point, controlling him would be almost impossible around all the other dogs. That's ok though, he can just hang out at home if that's what it takes to make him happy.
7/6/03 - Bruno has been adopted by his foster family!
6/28/03 - Bruno continues to do very well here - he's feeling more comfortable every day. Comfortable enough that he's started to bark at people going by or the neighbors out in their yard. And he has a big deep bark - you'd never know he was such a love! He stops carrying on if I tell him "No Bruno Off" (he has to put his front feet on the heaters to see out the windows) and will happily follow me to wherever I'm headed. At night he's been sleeping on one of the dog beds in our bedroom but only if we gate him in with us, if we forget to put up the gate he settles himself on the couch. Everyone has pretty much been getting along just fine, we've had some spats over rawhides that sound way worse than they are - lots of noise, no blood. :-) So we've put those away for a few more days until everyone can control themselves a little better. Bruno has let me take the rawhides away from him with no problem though! Bruno has learned to sit nicely for his dinner until I tell him he can have it - he'll also give you his paw if you ask and does a lovely down with a little encouragement, we're working on 'stay' and he's getting pretty good at it as long as there are no distractions. This boy is really just a doll!
6/21/03 - We just LOVE Bruno! What a great guy he
is! He's gotten right into the routine around here and we really have
fallen for him. I decided the other day that his nails needed to be
trimmed so I asked him to sit and give me his paw. He sat right there like
a gentleman while I clipped all his nails and then we switched paws and I
did the other one with absolutely no issues. He's been out walking with us
and goes along just fine on a flat collar on a loose leash. He saw people
ahead of us and his hair stood up a little but he did not pull to chase
6/17/03 - Bruno has been here with us for 3 days
now and he's settled in really well so far. He's getting along really well
with our two dogs and he and Satchel (our boxer) have been racing and
wrestling all over the back yard. Snorty (our boston terrier) has been a
little more reserved with Bruno but when he tells Bruno to 'back off' he
does, no questions asked.
6/15/03 - Bruno has arrived! This Italian boy is a very handsome flashy fawn with a black mask, cropped ears and a docked tail. Bruno's family had to make the tough decision to give him up to rescue when one of the children he shared a home with developed a severe allergy to him. He rode beautifully in the car with us and he spent a nice, quiet afternoon in the crate trying to figure out just what the heck is going on! He's checked out the digs here and met the other residents through his crate with tail wags. We'll give him a couple of days to de-stress before we make any official introductions. Hopefully we'll be able to get a picture of him up in the next day or two - just as soon as I can corner someone with a digital camera - and you can see just what a looker he is! I'm quite sure this gorgeous fellow won't stay in rescue too long you'll have to keep an eye on him!