A Program of the Central Pennsylvania Animal Alliance


Spirit

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 7
"Spirit is the talk of the tier. Everyone loves to interact with him and comments on how much he has changed and come around. He can be stubborn at times, but he obeys his commands most of the time. At the mere mention of a treat, Spirit will dance with excitement and wag his tail or look up curiously as if to say, ‘WHAT’S NEXT? What do you want me to do?’ Spirit is doing extremely well off-leash! Two thumbs up!” This pup has become comfortable with having people around him and is interacting with the other dogs. He likes to be aware of his surroundings and will alert you to anything out of the norm. Spirit loves his time with his handlers! “He cracks me up every time he sees me walk past him towards my cell. He hops up and walks back and forth between my cell and [his other handler’s] like he knows that those are the places he stays. Spirit is a warm, pleasant and funny pet friend who requires and gives affection. He is known for laying at your side while you are reading, watching TV or sleeping.” We HOPE you can snuggle with your forever family members soon, Spirit!

Week 6
“Spirit has come a long way since entering the program.” As you have read, this pup’s main issue is resource guarding his toys…especially his squeaky ones. His handlers are patiently working with him, with the help of treats, to overcome this and are encouraged by his progress! Spirit also “is more comfortable and continues to warm up to people more readily. As a result, he has a lot more friends on the tier! Spirit is even sporting new grooming to go with his new attitude!” Way to go, little boy!

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

Week 5
“For the most part, Spirit is doing really well with reaching his goals. He is very intelligent and a quick learner.” This pup is doing much better when strangers approach him, but his handlers say that “you can’t just reach out and pet him without the proper awareness.” That having been said, Spirit allowed four new people on the tier to approach him and give him a pet. Also, “the Warden walked right up to Sprit and patted him on the head…a big thumbs up for Spirit *** the wagging spirited tail!” This pup barks at times, when someone comes to his cell door. Some perceive it as a sign of aggression, but while he’s barking, he’ll approach the person with his tail wagging. Spirit also barks at the other dogs as if to seek their attention or out of frustration if he can’t keep up with them during running games. His handlers also continue to work with this pup to trust others other than them around his toys.” Every dog in the program has issues, but we’re proud of Spirit’s handlers for bringing him this far. We agree that “Spirit is a great dog with a lot of personality.”

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

Week 4
Spirit’s handlers report that “he has come a long way this week with his social skills and his loose-leash walking. He has settled down and allows more people to approach him kinds of situations.” Spirit also let one of his handlers know when he’s had enough of his walking exercises. “When we approached the entrance after walking at a fast pace several times around the yard, Spirit stopped and would not go any further, letting me know that he was finished. When we went inside we walked a few times around the block. When we got by my cell, Spirit stopped, again telling me he had had enough. He’s a very smart dog.” This pup had a bath this week, and did very well! He likes to dry himself off. “All I did was put the towel on the floor and he rolled and slid on it until he got dry.” In fact, his handler said that the’get dry’ command is now part of Spirit’s repertoire! The inmates on the tier have given this pup th enickname “Mr. Wiggles because when he knows you, he shows that he is excited to see you and wiggles his whole body.” During his quiet moments with his handler,Spirit loves to be pampered by having his belly rubbed and hearing his handlers playfully coo to him. He is a little guy with a big dog personality.”

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

Week 3
Spririt’s handlers had a lot of good things to say this week about his progress so far in program. “He is a lot better with people, and seems to be confident in his surroundings as opposed to when he first arrived [at the prison]. The problems that Spirit had on his list when he first arrived was what we tackled the first two days he was here and he hasn’t shown signs of those problems anymore.” Like the other dogs in the program, this pup got to try the new agility course. He had to be guided through the tunnel at first because he was leery of it, but with treats, he easily caught onto the exercise! “Spirit is extremely smart and alert. Most of the time, he knows when he is about to go out if I am fully dressed and pick up his leash. He is out of the crate, does his stretch, goes to the door and does his little spin a few times before going through it. Spirit is the right name for this dog because after he has bonded with you and when he looks at you, it’s as if a spirit has entered his body the way he wags his little tail and his whole bottom goes crazy. He gets excited, making you feel really appreciated and lets you know he missed seeing you. Spirit likes to be bathed, brushed, petted and to play fetch. He will be your friend for life when you give him a treat. He is very well-mannered and obedient. He has a lot of personality and will make a great pet for a lucky family.”

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

Week 2
“Spirit is adapting to the atmosphere here, and is getting more comfortable greeting all the people that he sees each day.” Although this pup can still be a little shy around the folks on the meet on the tier, “he becomes easily familiar with them by smelling them, accepting a treat, and finally letting them pet him. After a few times, Spirit treats themlike family.” In addition to his socialization skills, this pup has also done well with his training. “He obeys cues most of the time…especially leave it. He still has some issues with loose-leash walking, but he is relaxing more with the command.” Week two in the program has brought some progress for this pup and some great comments from his handlers. “Spirit is a good name for this dog. He gets excited and makes you feel great about being a handler because you feel like you’re doing some good. He is a little dog with a big dog personality.”

For information on adopting Spirit, 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      Guardian      Hounder     Sparkles     Glenn

 Homer        Charlie      Rascal       Angel        Brownie        Xena       Duke



Week 1
If you’re new to the website, the dogs in our program have issues that prevent them from being adopted. Each dog is assigned an Individual Training Program, which is given to our handlers when they receive their dog. One of Spirit’s handlers admitted that “I thought he was going to be a handful due to his difficult past, but I quickly pressed forward. As I started to work with Spirit, I came to understand his rebellious attitude. In the beginning, he was leery of his surroundings. He backed up a lot, and tried to go into another direction. Within two days, Spirit seemed to get comfortable with his surroundings because he started to smell people without showing any signs of aggression. After just one week, this pup has gotten great marks from his handlers for his adhering to his cues. “Spirit is smart. He learned high five and his give me commands in less than three tries.” He has also come to trust his handlers. “He warmed up quickly. At first he didn’t like to be touched, but now he has offered me his belly to rub on several occasions. Spirit seems to be a very loveable dog once he feels comfortable with his person. When he sees me, he wags his little tail off. He is fun to train.” What a great start, Spirit! We’re proud of you!

For information on adopting Spirit, 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      Guardian      Hounder     Sparkles     Glenn

 Homer        Charlie      Rascal       Angel        Brownie        Xena       Duke


UPDATE 2-23-13
Spirit's first day of doggie school was today. He ahdnled all of the new people, sights and sounds very well. Spirit is a fearful little guy who needs some structure and self confidence. You can see in his eyes that he wants to trust and relax, but he's just not quite sure about everything yet. We're hoping this is just the trick to help him find his inner bracve dog. He is an adorable, four year old Cocker Spaniel who is available for adoption through Cocker Spaniel Adoption Center .  Stay tuned for next week's update.

 

For information on adopting Spirit, 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      Guardian      Hounder     Sparkles     Glenn

 Homer        Charlie      Rascal       Angel        Brownie        Xena       Duke


 

 

 

 


 

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