A Program of the Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance


Guardian

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Week 1 ║  Week 2  ║  Week 3  ║  Week 4  ║  Week 5  ║  Week 6  ║  Week 7

Week 8  ║  Week 9  ║  Week 10  ║  Week 11  ║  Week 12 Week 13  ║  Week 14

Week 15 Week 16  ║  Week 17

Week 17
Guardian’s handlers report that he is doing quite well with his training. In fact, they gave him excellent marks on his report card for “great stays with distraction, his roll-over skills and his incredible vertical touches.” They also tell us that “poor Guardian has an itchy ear, or at least that’s what he wants us to think. It may merely be a ruse to rub up against us like a cat. Either way, his standard greeting is not to smash his face into the legs of all he sees.” Guardian attended an event at PetValu in Enola on Sunday, and he was a perfect gentleman! He’s a solid boy, who can look intimidating, but he’s a love muffin through and through! He loved all of the hugs and pets that he got, including one from a small girl. She just put her head on Guardian’s and he melted into her. One of the HOPE volunteers who had never met him before, was thrilled to get a special Guardian kiss on the cheek! New parolee Xena (now Kote), her canine sister Isis and her human parents came by to say hello. Guardian seemed pleased to see his former packmate! This boy is so sweet, and always has a smile on his face. Now he needs family members to smile at every day. Could that be you?

For information on adopting Guardian, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Week 16
Guardian’s handlers worked on his long-distance comes and heeling commands this week, and are seeing progress in both areas. They took their pup to the softball field to play, train and chase geese away. “The geese got one look at Guardian, and flew over the fence to safety.” His handlers “raced him across the field to the deflated volley ball. Guardian usually won. We then played ‘keep away’ with his red Kongball. He batted it around the softball diamond sand until we got close enough to get it, then he pounced on it and ran off. We had a lot of fun. Guardian is a real score for whoever adopts him!”

For information on adopting Guardian, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Week 15
Guardian’s handlers report that they “finally discovered that they can wear this pup out. Through hours of play, training and exercise both individually and us working together, Guardian was tired. He slept the rest of the day, and so did we.” Margie took Guardian on a field trip this week. She reported back to his handlers that he sniffed other dogs, was very responsive to voice commands and met a lot of people. Now, we have to find that person or people to call you their own, Guardian!

For information on adopting Guardian, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Week 14
Guardian’s handlers tell us that he’s “becoming a pro” at his long distance and long-time stay commands! He even stays in a down position when his pal Volunteer Margie is on the block, although ‘he normally starts making dinosaur noises, wanting to go out to see her.” This pup also got great comments from his handlers for taking his treats more gently and lifting his paws to get cleaned when he comes in from outdoors. Of course, Guardian loves to play! “This week, he did some running around the block. He loves to run, but even more when there’s a toy involved, like the big orange ball. We attach two leashes together, and he pushes the ball with his nose all over the place. When it gets stuck somewhere, he’ll use his front paws to ‘walk’ it back out. After about 45 minutes, he’ll collapse from exhaustion and want to relax. He really is an awesome all-around dog!”

For information on adopting Guardian, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Week 13
Guardian’s handlers report that “he is getting better all around. Although he is occasionally stubborn, he’s very obedient most of the time. He is very intelligent and learns quickly. His latest trick is heel.” This pup and Rascal spent several hours parallel walking this week, with minimal problems. Of course, Guardian loves to play games with one of his handlers. “We have invented yet another game out of our limited resources. I put four deflated balls, each at four points on a run around the block. We race from one to the next and get thoroughly exhausted.” Here’s to a yard of your own to run around in soon, Guardian!

For information on adopting Guardian, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Chi Chi       Micah       Lena     Ruby      Nash     Leo       Homer        Hounder     Sparkles     Rascal     Glenn

Charlie      Spirit       Angel       Brownie       Xena      Duke


 

Week 12
Guardian got gold stars for getting better at not mouthing or barking at strangers at the door this week! As you know if you’ve been following this pup’s journey through the program, he loves to play with his deflated soccer balls. One of his handlers came up with a new game for him this week. It’s called “hold the briefcase and we play it with some frequency. The soccer ball is the briefcase and I’m usually the one holding it while he chases me around until I’m as tired as a caribou on the tundra. It’s a good thing my briefcase doesn’t hold contain any sensitive documents, because he steals it from me far too easily.” You’re a silly boy, Guardian!

For information on adopting Guardian, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Chi Chi       Micah       Lena     Ruby      Nash     Leo       Homer        Hounder     Sparkles     Rascal     Glenn

Charlie      Spirit       Angel       Brownie       Xena      Duke


Week 11
Guardian’s handlers combined his training with play this week. “He got to go to the dog yard to run, play and learn, all while off-leash. He did very well with his heeling, around, whole-yard distance stays, fetch and out commands, all when playing tug of war (his favorite game). Guardian showed his “guard dog” tendencies when the trash cart passed by the yard. “He ran to the fence line barking, although not aggressively. It was a good ‘leave it’ opportunity.” After releasing some of his energy, Guardian had “positive interaction with the other inmates, staff and CO’s by sitting politely and not jumping on them.” He also got gold stars for his improvement to get along with his pack mates. This pup’s favorite toy is a large orange ball made of hard plastic. “He kicks it around like a soccer ball, or uses the side of his muzzle to guide it around. Best of all, he’ll get his nose under it and launch it straight up in the air. Unfortunately, the texture of the ball scratched his nose, so he’ll have to moderate his play with it for now.” Keep being the fun-loving dog we know and love.

 

For information on adopting Guardian, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Chi Chi       Micah       Lena     Ruby      Nash     Leo       Homer        Hounder     Sparkles     Rascal     Glenn

Charlie      Spirit       Angel       Brownie       Xena      Duke


 

Week 10
Guardian loves to play tug with the deflated soccer balls scattered about the yard.  Since one of his handlers isn’t overly fond of the game, he came up with a new one that “we could both play for hours, had we the stamina.  I set the ball down and have Guardian follow me across the yard.  When I say ‘ready, set, go!’ the two of us see who can reach the ball first.  Sometimes, there are corners or obstacles, but Guardian usually wins.  I need to get my speed up to compete with him.”  When he wasn’t playing his new game, this pup spent some of his time this week playing and interacting with Rascal.  His handlers say of Guardian that “he is a wonderful dog all around.”

 

For information on adopting Guardian, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Chi Chi       Micah       Lena     Ruby      Nash     Leo       Homer        Hounder     Sparkles     Rascal     Glenn

Charlie      Spirit       Angel       Brownie       Xena      Duke


Week 9
This week, Guardian worked on his social life with the other dogs.  He parallel walked with Xena and Duke, and even got a few sniffs in during the exercise.  His handlers are keeping the experiences “short and positive” by keeping him relaxed a few feet from his pack mates.  They hope to add Angel into Guardian’s circle of friends soon.  Concerning the humans in his life, his handlers put him in a sit/stay as people approach him to get attention and pets.  “Sometimes, it’s easier said than done, but he’s showing much progress.”  In fact, Guardian’s handlers awarded him gold stars for the strides he made for sitting for polite petting!  This pup has a sore paw, so his handlers are taking it easy on him by limiting his fun time inside for now.   The good news is that Guardian is a champ when it comes to having his paws cleaned. He doesn’t let a little boo-boo deter his wanting to “play, play, play (tug was his game of choice this week).”  Keep accepting others into your life, sweet boy!

 

For information on adopting Guardian, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Chi Chi       Micah       Lena     Ruby      Nash     Leo       Homer        Hounder     Sparkles     Rascal     Glenn

Charlie      Reno       Angel        Thunder        Brownie       Xena       Rusty      Duke


Week 8
“Guardian lives up to his name.  He is a gentle giant but he does a fantastic (however false) impression of a vicious beast.  He defends the cell with barks and when Guardian is playing, he sounds as if he were about to eat you (but he never does.)”  This pup does very well at anything his handlers set his mind to.  They worked on Guardian’s “quiet” and “out” commands as well as his, his patience, focus and manners this week.   Their message to those who are reading this journal is “for anyone who wants both a loving friend and loyal protector, Guardian is waiting for you.”

 

For information on adopting Guardian, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Chi Chi       Micah       Lena     Ruby      Nash     Leo       Homer        Hounder     Sparkles     Rascal     Glenn

Charlie      Reno       Angel        Thunder        Brownie       Xena       Rusty      Duke


Week 7
Guardian spent some time out in the dog yard this week.  “He had a lot of fun, and wanted to play fetch or simply hang out with us.”  His handlers concentrated on his “out” command (which is coming along much better), and Guardian’s “come” and “stay” skills are becoming more reliable as well! This pup’s bark can seem to be admittedly intimidating, but “it’s really him either wanting attention or to play/during play.”  As we learned last week, Guardian is a fan of one of his handler’s bunks.  “He loves laying at the foot of my bed.  He mainly only does it when I’m up there too.  He asks me to jump up by sitting and giving off seriously sad puppy eyes.  It’s really funny!  After I tell him it’s okay, he jumps up and cuddles with me. He also knows the ‘off’ command if he doesn’t have permission to be on the bed.”  Guardian’s handlers sum up his personality as “he’s just a big friendly dog!”

 

For information on adopting Guardian, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Chi Chi       Micah       Lena     Ruby      Nash     Leo       Homer        Hounder     Sparkles

Charlie      Reno       Angel        Thunder        Brownie       Xena       Rusty      Duke


Week 6
Guardian’s handlers report that he’s “better at his loose-leash walking, basic commands and staying near us off-leash.”  Although he can be a bit mouthy when he plays, his handlers are working with him on this issue.  It shouldn’t take long for him to learn that’s not acceptable behavior because “he is very intelligent and takes to anything we teach him very quickly.”  One of Guardian’s handlers also tells us with some amusement that “for such a fun-loving dog, he is a connoisseur at resting his neck. Besides being a fan of [his cellie’s] bed whether he is on it or not, Guardian is on the alert for any opportunity to try a new pillow.  If you kneel near him, he’ll set his chin on your calf. If he doesn’t feel like laying down, he’ll still set his weary head on any local soft surface.”  We HOPE you find plenty of pillows to rest your cute head on in your forever home soon, Guardian!

 

For information on adopting Guardian, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Chi Chi       Micah       Lena     Ruby      Nash     Leo       Homer        Kelsey      Hounder     Sparkles

Charlie      Reno       Angel        Thunder        Brownie       Xena       Rusty      Duke


Week 5
Guardian’s handlers worked on his “around and swing” moves this week, and commented that “he seems to be great at agility.”  This pup also met Duke and “they seem okay with each other.  We think Guardian is fine with other dogs as long as they are non-aggressive as well.”  This fun-loving pooch also got to spend some time playing football in the dog yard.  “He chased whoever had the ball and liked to be chased if he had it, egging the chaser on if necessary.  He is a playful puppy and will make a wonderful family member for someone!”

 

guardianField Trip Alert (as told by HOPE volunteer Margie) - Guardian got out for his first field trip on Saturday.  He was really excited to go and pulled quite a bit leaving the prison.  We drove on over to an open field at the college.  The thought of putting the big boy on a long lead gave me some anxiety.  I had a picture in my head of Guardian running, gaining momentum and me at the other end of the leash - it was ugly!!  We tried it though and luckily Guardian was more interested in staying near me than wandering off.  In fact most of the time he was right by my side, occasionally giving a nudge.  Even when he did his exploring he frequently checked in. We practiced some recalls and he was more than responsive.  This was the only time I had to be careful - when I'd call Guardian, he'd come running and sometimes he'd be slow to put on the brakes.  He clipped me a couple of times (I think it was on purpose - his version of a fun game), but no one got hurt.  Once we were done with the long lead, we walked thru campus to meet people.  There were some people who kept their eyes straight ahead as we passed by (admittedly, Guardian's look can be intimidating), but others were happy to meet him. He was the perfect gentleman,and it seems Guardian has a special knack for charming the ladies.  Back at the prison, Guardian showed off some beautiful loose leash walking skills as we made our way back to the block, stopping for some pets along the way from a couple of CO's.  This boy is going to make a great best friend for someone.

 

For information on adopting Guardian, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Chi Chi       Micah       Lena     Ruby      Nash     Leo       Homer        Kelsey      Hounder     Sparkles

Charlie      Reno       Angel        Thunder        Brownie       Xena       Rusty      Duke


Week 4
Guardian spent the week working on his patience exercises.  As a result, his waiting to exit his crate and cell, leave its watch me, stays and waiting patiently to eat are getting much better!  Guardian also worked on his heeling and loose leash walking this week.  “He is great when outside, but inside with all of the different smells he encounters, he seems to get a sensory overload and wants to go everywhere at once (unless I have some treats). The watch me and leave it commands work in this situation as well.  Guardian’s handler decided to let him sleep on his bunk one night this week.  “He did fine.  He stretched out and rested his head on my shin.  Eventually, he returned to his crate in the middle of the night.  It was another good week with Guardian.  Thank you.”

 

For information on adopting Guardian, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Chi Chi       Micah       Lena     Ruby      Nash     Leo       Jackie        Homer        Kelsey

Charlie       Jack        Reno       Angel        Thunder        Brownie       Xena       Rusty      Duke


Week 3
Guardian’s handler says that “playing tug of war was a common theme this week once he got his Christmas toy from [volunteer] Margie.  He is making good progress on his ‘out’ command and is pretty gentle when playing the game.”  His handler also used Guardian’s love of a large red rubber ball to hone his “fetch and out” skills.  In addition, this pup got gold stars on his report card this week for being more reliable with his down, stay, touch and wait commands!  Guardian is “very sociable.”  He is very excited to meet most of the people on the block.  He’ll accept a pet from one or two of them, and then will run off to see who else he can charm into petting him.   His handler says that “he really is a cool dog!”

 

For information on adopting Guardian, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Chi Chi       Micah       Lena     Ruby      Nash     Leo       Jackie        Homer        Kelsey

Charlie       Jack        Reno       Angel        Thunder        Brownie       Xena       Rusty


Week 2
Guardian’s handler tells us that this pup is “beginning to warm up to his new situation.  He loves meeting new people in a calm environment.  He is also doing well smelling and being close to Kelsey and Angel.  Guardian is still testing the waters with Jackie and Thunder, but their handlers know that with time, there will be progress.  His handler reports that progress has already been made on his leash-pulling (when there are no distractions, of course!)  His sits/stays are also more reliable, and he can hold a “watch me for about 4-5 seconds so far!  Guardian is very hungry, and is getting his fill of food.  He is learning that he does not have to rush when it’s meal time.” This pup is also forming a bond with his handler.  “One day, I was standing in the dog run with him, and he ran between my legs and nudged my thigh, like how a cat does for affection.  He is a really loving dog.”  What a great report for your first full week in the program, Guardian!

 

For information on adopting Guardian, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Chi Chi       Micah       Lena     Ruby      Nash     Leo       Jackie        Homer        Kelsey

Charlie       Jack        Reno       Angel        Thunder        Brownie       Xena       Rusty


Week 1
Guardian’s handlers had him for less than a week when they wrote their first report.  They tell us that he was “pretty anxious and nervous at first.  They gave him a gentle bath and let him adjust to his new environment at his own pace.  “It basically took 3 days for him to show his playful, affectionate, relaxed self.  He still has plenty of room to grow, both physically and mentally!”  Guardian’s handlers have been slowly introducing him to the strangers in his life. “We’ve been having some people give him a few pets and/or treats.  So far, so good.  Everyone has been helping out Guardian and us along the way!  “He is a beautiful puppy, and so far pretty mellow.  We look forward to our time with him in the program.”

 

For information on adopting Guardian, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Chi Chi       Micah       Lena     Ruby      Nash     Leo       Jackie        Homer        Kelsey

Charlie       Jack        Reno       Angel        Thunder        Brownie       Xena       Rusty


UPDATE 12-10-12
Guardian has had a tough life. He lived as a junkyard dog, outdoors, with no one to look out for him for the first year and a half of his life. Once rescued, it was discovered that he'd been living with a painful eye condition so that was quickly taken care of. Despite all of that, Guardian is a loving, wodnerful dog. He is sometimes leery of strangers, but he'll have plenty of time while at the jail to work on building up his self-confidence and learning to trust his new friends. Guardian is a handsome, two year old American Bulldog/Pit Bull mix who is available for adoption through CPAA.  Stay tuned for next week's update.

 

For information on adopting Guardian, please contact the HOPE Program by CLICKING HERE or calling 717-525-0391.    You can complete an application online by clicking here.

Chi Chi       Buddy       Lena     Ruby      Nash     Leo       Jackie        Homer        Kelsey

Charlie       Jack        Reno       Angel        Thunder        Brownie       Xena       Rusty


 

 

 

 


 

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