Bruno joined the HOPE program on October 7, 2022.  He’s an adorable meatball who comes to HOPE from our good friends at Canine Rescue of Central Pennsylvania.  He’s about five years old and very cute!

Bruno’s PetFinder Profile can be found here:


11/18/2022   This week we were blessed with snow.   Bruno didn’t know what to do when the door opened and we stepped out.  Although he doesn’t seem to like the cold, he ate a lot of the snow.  He was definitely ready to come back into the warm indoors.

This week I had the opportunity to leave him with one of the counselors for about 90 minutes.  He did great!  There were no complaints while I was away, just a lot of love when I returned.  He loves to play with Tank and Roxy and was interacting with them this week.

Bruno has been doing extremely well and is continuing to improve with training.  I’m very proud of him!

11/11/2022    This week went well.  Bruno and Roxy went for the visit to medical records.  They both did so good.  I was glad to see Bruno so close to Roxy while they were both getting petted.  They both performed tricks and basic commands.

This week, one of the other handlers and I worked with Bruno in the yard to try to correct his jumping and mouthy behavior.  We walked from gate to gate with Bruno in the middle of us, and when he jumped or got mouthy, we corrected him.  He picked up on the “no” command pretty quickly and would walk nicely with us.  He also learned that he can go play with his toys in the yard instead of jumping up on us.  Bruno is also doing good with obeying his commands even with a lot of distractions.  All in all, he is doing great.  He’s shown so much progress during his time here!

11/04/2022   I enjoy watching people’s faces light up when Bruno is around.  Bruno just leans in to them while he is being petted.  At times, he almost falls asleep on the spot.  Bruno has become a therapy dog to the RTU side.  He gives them moments of escape and allows them to feel better when they are down.  During their bingo sessions, Bruno is the good luck charm.  People want to be around him and when they win they are so happy.  He brings so much joy to others.

Bruno has recently been wanting to sleep in my bed at night.  But it does get crowded!  He just curls up next to me, and I pet his head until he falls asleep.

Bruno gets gold stars this week for not being reactive to any of the other dogs.  And, he’s doing so great being around people, even when it’s noisy and crowded, like during commissary day.

For anyone interested in a loving dog who does not want much other than to be loved, Bruno is for you.  He’d be great in any environment.

10/28/2022    Watching Bruno come out of his shell is amazing.  Many inmates and staff comment on that.  He is meeting new people every day. He loves to be petted and leans in on you, and he does many tricks for treats–very appropriate for Halloween!  Bruno has easily become an inmate and staff favorite.

Bruno is doing much better with his play–he’s not jumping at the leash.

I’ve been doing relaxation/breathing exercise with Bruno, which he seems to love.  Most times, he falls asleep when we’re doing them.

Bruno is not crazy about Russo, so we are working on getting them to peacefully coexist.

Bruno is a great loving dog who just wants to give love and be loved.

10/21/2022   I can tell that Bruno has been through a lot in his past life.  We have a lot of work to do, but both he and I are up to the task!  He is doing better with being around a lot of people and loves being petted.  Everyone loves him.  But he has this other side to him that if you don’t know any better you would think he’s being aggressive.  He does get mouthy and does growl when he’s playing.  I have been working with the mouthiness, and he seems to be getting it.  But he does initiate play and that is how he is used to saying that he wants to play.  And he only does it when we’re outside.  Once he gets to that point of excitement, I check it right away.

I have been working on relaxation exercises with him and soft touch.  It really seems to relax him–he usually falls asleep.

He’s learned “paw,” “switch paw,” “roll over,” and “back up.”  Bruno is also doing well with recall, wait, and stay.  I’ve been taking him to some different areas of the Unit so he will feel more comfortable, and he’s doing well.  I also no longer have to slow feed him, since he no longer eats like it’s his last meal.  Bruno is enjoying all his toys and playing fetch.   He’s a work in progress, but we’ll get there!

10/14/2022  Bruno’s first week in HOPE has been going well.  I’ve been helping him settle in and slowly introducing him to new areas around the Unit.  He gets a bit nervous when a lot of people are around, which is completely understandable.  So mostly, I’ve been spending one-on-one time with him so he can get to know me before meeting others.

Training is going well.  He is learning new things.  Bruno is very treat motivated.  He gets overly excited when treats are involved, so I am working on correcting him when he jumps on me for treats.  His play is also a bit intense so we are also working on taming that down a bit.

I definitely see the potential in Bruno considering all that he has been through.  It is obvious to me that Bruno has been through a lot.  I’m here to help him put his past behind him and look toward a very bright future.

Bruno got Gold Stars this week for sit, lay down, bow, target high and low, kisses, heel, front, other side, place, and kennel up.  He got along so well with Russo and Tank.  He played with them on leash.  He also learned to climb the stairs and met a few new people.



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