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Bailey

Bailey is a 5 year old Boxer/Bull Mastiff mix.  She was raised in a home with two kids and her littermate, Dozer.  She would fit in well in most any home, but she would prefer a home where she is not left alone more than 4-6 hours a day.  She joined HOPE on Friday, 22 April 2022.  She’s hoping to find an adoptive home with her brother, Dozer, who is currently in the HOPE Program.  Bailey is sponsored by Furry Friends Network, https://www.petfinder.com/dog/bailey-55335274/pa/boiling-springs/furry-friends-network-pa131/

Dozer’s PetFinder Profile can be found here: https://www.petfinder.com/dog/dozer-55335759/pa/boiling-springs/furry-friends-network-pa131/


08/21/2022 Well, by know you probably heard the news…Dozer and I have been adopted!  We’ve been in our adoptive home for a few days now, and HOPE is still helping us to adjust, along with our wonderful parents!  Once the dust has finally settled, we will send out an update to everyone!

06/17/2022 This past week my foster home focused on taking me out and about to new places.  We visited some family members, a pet store, an outdoor store, and my most favorite was visiting a friend’s house and there were two kids there!  It was great!!!  Of course I was nervous everywhere, at first, but my foster mom says I need to build my confidence up.  The pet store and the tractor store were the scariest.  They have these doors that just magically open when you walk towards them!  I didn’t go in the tractor store because there was so much stuff going on and I just wasn’t feeling brave enough.  Foster Lady said it was okay, that we would go back again and check it out sometime soon.  The pet store was easier because I just followed a family with kids into the store, and then WOW! SO MUCH STUFF!!!

Foster Lady also learned that I can jump REALLY high!  I jumped a gate and spent a few minutes playing with the other dog in my foster home.  Foster Lady said I was special because he doesn’t always like other dogs, but clearly he LOVES me!  We’ve played a few times and I really like it. Foster Lady said I play like a typical boxer, I like to use my feet and punch at other dogs, and springboard off of them.

I’d also like everyone to know that I am also an excellent supervisor, in case you have to work from home.  And I take my job very serious!

06/10/2022 Oh My GOSH this place is soooo weird, its got rules and schedules like the prison, but not as scary!!! Okay so first of all, this place has a lot of rules, like “don’t chase the cat”, “paws off the counter/table”, “stop chasing the cat”, “don’t hump the other dogs”, and “don’t drink Foster Lady’s coffee”, which is like Rule #2 after “no chasing the cat”.

We have daily schedules too, like we get up, we go potty, we go for walks, then its breakfast.  After breakfast its relaxation time while Foster Lady sits at a desk and does something called “work”.  Seems lame to me.  We get periodic “yard time” throughout the day, then after dinner we get more walks and yard time.  Sometimes we go on trips to places like Tractor Supply and Petco, but they have scary automatic doors and sometimes I just have to watch them for a bit before I’m brave enough to run through them.  Apparently, I’m also going to learn something called Rally Obedience because Foster Lady said it will help build my confidence when I’m out and about.  She says I’m smart, but a little shy and nervous.  The other day on our early walks we passed a jogger and someone else who was walking alone and I thought they were a little scary because we don’t usually see people on our early walks.  But Foster Lady was right there to help me be brave.  I guess being in a foster home isn’t so scary after all.

06/03/2022 Hey guys, its Bailey!  Since I broke out of the “Big House” Foster Lady said I could write my own journal entries, as long as I don’t drool on the computer.  This foster home is kinda cool, but its still new and I’m still trying to figure out what the rules are here.  The good thing is that there are other dogs here, but there is also this evil cat who has daggers on the end of her paws.  I learned that if I chase her, she stabs my nose with those things, but even though I don’t like it, I still chase her.  Foster Lady said I shouldn’t be adopted into a home with cats or other small animals because I like to chase everything that is tiny, furry, and moves!

05/27/2022  Bailey continues to adjust to the loud noises in the prison. She is wary of the male guards, but likes the female guards.  She is eating better this week.  However, because her anxiety does not seem to be improving in the prison environment, Bailey will be going to a foster home.  Taking her place will be her brother, Dozer.  Stay tuned for updates on Dozer!

05/20/2022   This week’s activities went well.  Petersen and I decided to do an experiment with Courage and Bailey.  To our amazement, it went so well!  We decided to bring both dogs out of the cell at the same time to show them that being outside the cell was okay.  Once both dogs were outside, we lingered outside the cell for awhile with the doors open, to allow the dogs to go back in if they got spooked.  Both dogs did well.  We then decided to walk them around the block and that went well, too.  We then switched leashes with each other, and the dogs were fine with that.  Then we took them outside into the play yard and let both off leash.  They did so well.  At one point, Kane was in the play yard too off leash and all  dogs did great!  It was heartwarming seeing Courage and Bailey, who were so nervous and scared, come together and brave this environment.  Their tails were wagging and they were having fun!

05/13/2022  Bailey is still spooked when she goes outside.  She paces, cries and whines.  I constantly have to reassure her that it’s okay.  I worked on having her isolated a bit more for her separate playtime to see if that helps.  She is eating better this week.  I really believe that she misses her brother, Dozier, and I hope he can join the program soon.  Bailey is really good around the female staff, and she greets me very lovingly when I get back to my cell from work.

05/06/2022  Bailey went over to the Medical Records Building this week and did very well interacting with the staff there.  Bailey was happy, tail wagging, and gave plenty of kisses to everyone.  Bailey is a total sweetheart.  She also did well with playing with Kane off leash this week.  She learned how to “give paw.”  Bailey is still a bit spooked by the movement and noises on the Unit, but we worked on her confidence this week, and she is doing a bit better.  I know she is probably missing her brother, and we are hoping that he will be able to join her in HOPE very soon!

04/29/2022 After a week in the Program, Bailey is starting to settle in.  This week she and her handler went on multiple walks around the prison and really enjoyed the nice weather.  They even started jogging together out in the yard.  She’s getting better on leash and listens pretty well off leash too!  Bailey LOVES giving kisses and getting cuddles too!  Bailey’s handler is focusing on shake/give paw and lay down this week.  She’s slowly being introduced to more and more people and she’s loving every minute of it.  She also seems to really enjoy spending time with the other friendly dogs too!

04/22/2022 Bailey was a little nervous joining the HOPE Program today, but by the time we left, she was settling in.  She met all the handlers and close staff members, even got to run around in the yard outside for a bit too.  It will be interesting watching this girl grow with the program.

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