Abbie is around 1 1/2 years old, perfectly freckled, and weighing in at a petite 45 lbs. This little girl is not only gorgeous, but she’s a delightful, playful pupper and enjoys entertaining both humans and other dogs alike. Don’t look too deeply in those amber pools of light… She’ll have you entranced!
Merry Christmas (and happiest holidays) to all of you out there who support and follow the HOPE program from all of us dog handlers here at Camp Hill. Without you and the volunteers who donate their time, we could not have this wonderful program. We thank you all! I am still celebrating the wonderful news that after spending only 29 days in the prison program, Abbie is now in her forever home! She is with her new, loving family and even has a new dog brother and sister. Thank you to that family! You have a great girl a home and you will not be disappointed. She is a very friendly and outgoing girl. When I first got her she greeted me with a hug and lots of kisses. When she left, she laid her head on my shoulder and gave me kisses goodbye. It was very hard to watch her go because she instantly captured my heart. That is the kind of girl she is. Congratulations to her new family. You got the best Christmas present you're ever going to get!
It looks like a very deserving and loving family will be getting an addition to their family for Christmas and I am happy to report Abbie went on a home visit this week and she was her usual self; who couldn't help fall in love with that? I am very happy for the family who is giving her a forever home. Now for something I discovered about her this week: She is an ice queen! She loves to eat and play with ice. It got below freezing a few nights this week. We went out back to play and train and there was some ice in the H2O bowl. I dumped it out to put fresh water in the bowl and that became a game. She picked the ice block up and was carrying it around, throwing it in the air, then eating the chips as they broke off. When she couldn't get it any smaller she brought it over to me to break up. She's a smart girl!
I really wish that all of you could see these goofballs playing. I am speaking of Abbie and Skeeter of course. OMG, are they hilarious! It doesn't matter if it's outside, inside, on leash, or off leash. That is what I have working on with Abbie a lot this week and that is disengaging and coming back to me. Let's just say that it is a work in progress. These two will go all day if you let them. Normally we don't have two dogs in one cell, but with these two it's no problem. Skeeter grabs Abbie's toys and jumps up on my bed. Then Abbie jumps up, takes her toys back, they wrestle for a bit and then Abbie kicks him off the bed, literally. Then she jumps down, Skeeter jumps up on the bed again and sometimes dives off the bed, right onto her back. Then she jumps back up on the bed, he follows and it all starts again. When they get a little tired they will go down and share the water bowl and then ding, ding, ding, round 57! Neither resource guards. Skeeter tries to squirrel away his treats and Abbie finds them and robs him. It's no wonder she's in jail!
Me and Abbie would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. This little lady is quickly taking over my house, let alone my heart. She knows she is the queen too. It's funny because we share the bed at time to lay down and relax. She enjoys being close, even though we both have our own spots. This lady always wants to be in my spot, to include laying her head on my pillow, but let me lay in her spot just once. Oh hell no! She will come down and do everything she can to push me out of her spot. Also, she loves it when Skeeter comes over and they can 'tear up the place!' She'll kick Skeeter out of her spot too!
Abbie has had a big week. She is so easy to train. You all know about our infamous metal, grated stairs here. She conquered them this week. Her loose leash walking, to include the 'with me' command, has improved significantly. Her sit, down, touch, and shake were already pretty good. We worked on her focus, 'look at me,' and wait when I am placing her food bowl. I usually take my time and work on one or two things at that time, but I know she is not going to be around for long and I want whoever adopts her to get a well-trained little lady. We'll see you next week!
I think I've gone and lost my heart. It was love at first sight. Abbie is the 7th dog I've trained, but she's the first one to come up and give me hugs and kisses the moment we met. She is such a sweetheart! She's really friendly with everyone, including the other dogs. She was instantly friends with Skeeter. They played non-stop this afternoon. I try not to do too much with a dog on the first day they arrive and just let them acclimate, but she seems so at ease with everything that we could see she would be able to start integrating with some of the other dogs right away. She already knows sit, down, touch, and stand. We will work with her on not jumping up on people and teaching her to stay and wait. She'll also learn some advanced manners and trucks too. Someone is going to be so lucky to adopt her!