Charlie Machete is so excited for Christmas that this year he agreed to put on a special holiday costume.
Same as last year, all he wants for Christmas is a forever family of his own.
If you or anyone you know would like to adopt Charlie Machete, check out his profile at MidwestAdoptaBull.com.
About once a week, Charlie Machete goes to a neighborhood vet office for boarding.
Every time, without fail, he throws a fit in the lobby. As soon as I attempt to replace his Waggiwear collar with the temporary one he’s supposed to wear for the day, he gets a wild look in his eyes and starts flailing about and squealing. This continues after I hand him off to a member of the staff, as Charlie Machete twists his neck around to eye me until I’m out of sight.
I am told that he only behaves this way in the lobby.
One kennel attendant even said Charlie Machete is one of the best dogs that regularly comes to boarding. (To which I chirped: “You know, he’s adoptable.”)
I don’t believe they are lying to me, and I am incredibly appreciative for the patience the vet staff shows me as I struggle with my foster dog and his separation anxiety week after week.
However, when I recently left town for a whole weekend, I knew I didn’t want to leave him there.
Come back tomorrow to learn about a new place Charlie Machete checked into and how that went for him.
Does your dog have separation anxiety? How do you handle it?
Dogs need exercise.
In fact they should get at least one walk per day. Why not a jog?
Three canines coexist with me right now, and at some point I have tried running with all of them. It hasn’t always gone so well.
Profile: Ancient miniature pinscher
Running style: His legs are short, so he’s always running, even when you’re just walking.
Running gear: Due to his collapsing trachea, he needs to wear a full body harness that doesn’t put any pressure on his neck or throat.
Analysis: Too small, too old and too slow. Not a good running partner. (But a pretty good walker.)
Profile: Middle aged golden retriever
Running style: Likes to run fast, and he would prefer to not be leashed while doing so. Has a tendency to go too hard, too fast and then poop out. Once he got so tired that he had to be picked up in a car.
Running gear: A gentle leader is absolutely necessary to help him maintain a regular pace and not zig zag in front of his human partner.
Analysis: Although an OK running partner, Luke needs a specific partner. That person is not me. (It’s Zach.)
Profile: Young, athletic black lab/chow/pit bull/??? mix
Running style: Not too fast, not too slow. Charlie Machete generally likes to run slightly behind or a hair ahead of his human partner. He’s ready to go anytime. Does not understand the phrase “too tired to run.”
Running gear: A gentle leader provides maximum control and keeps him from getting distacted in case of a passing bunny. (He looks good in his formerly pink, now green gentle leader.)
Analysis: Most awesome running partner ever!
What’s your dog’s running style?
Need an awesome running partner? Charlie Machete is available for adoption through Midwest Adopt-a-Bull.
Come back tomorrow to learn about an event where Charlie Machete and I will be jogging together in public!
Just like Charlie Machete, this beautiful dog is available for adoption through the Midwest Adopt-a-Bull rescue organization.
Arria is currently under the loving care of her foster family Lexi and Derek. Lexi says:
“I really love Arria to death. If I could, I would keep her all to myself. But that also would prevent me from helping any other dogs. We will be sad to see her leave, but we will be so happy to see her go to her forever home.”
To that, I say, “Amen, sister.”
Here’s a little more of what Lexi has to say about her 40-pound, less-than-a-year-old, kid-friendly foster pit Arria:
What is Arria’s story?
Arria was a runaway dog that had been found. Her previous owners had moved to a city with breed specific legislation against pit bulls. They had then found her but obviously couldn’t take her due to where they had moved to. So she was at the Independence Shelter awaiting a rescue to take her before her time was up since the law prevented the shelter from adopting her out to the public.
Where did that name come from?
My boyfriend and I had begun watching the Game of Thrones series on HBO. One of the daughters on that show is named Arya. We stole the name. I think it fits her well to name her after the character because of how strong-willed and determined that character is. Not only does it remind me of a strong person but it’s also a beautiful name in my opinion.
What is Arria like?
Arria is a sweetheart. She loves attention. My boyfriend jokes that we should have named her ‘kisses’ because she loves to give us and our dogs constant kisses. She has been an instant companion. She loves to sit at our side and follow us around the house. She even sits and lays her head on the coffee table and watches TV. She loves our dogs and the neighbors dogs.
How has Arria improved or changed since coming to live with you?
When Arria came to us she did not know commands. We also don’t allow our dogs on the furniture, so we don’t allow Arria up there. She had a hard time learning not to jump up there or to jump up on guests. She has been great with house training, command training, and not jumping up anymore.
What else should potential adopters know about this dog?
She actually has no interest in toys or dog treats, so as you can imagine she just sits around and watches TV with us hahaha aside from running around outside. Arria is so great in her kennel. She doesn’t have accidents, she doesn’t cry out to us, and she sleeps all night with no complaints! It’s amazing. We are currently trying to break our 5 month old puppy of crying in her kennel when she wants out so it’s a relief not to have both of them doing it!
How did you get involved in fostering?
I’ve been helping rescue Pit Bulls with two different rescues now. I’ve volunteered my time with rescues and have occasionally found runaway dogs with tags that I have helped return to their owners. I have been wanting to foster for a while now, but my circumstances never seemed to allow me to do so. Now, my boyfriend, Derek, and I have our own house that we are renting so we took on fostering. I had actually found a dog outside at my work and took him home planning on fostering him unless we found his owners. When I went to get him scanned for a microchip, he was indeed chipped and I was able to return him to his owner. The next day, I went to the Independence animal shelter and pulled Arria before her time was up.
Does Arria sound like a dog for you or someone you know?
Check her out on the Midwest Adopt-a-Bull’s available dogs page.
While you’re there, also check out my foster dog Charlie Machete’s profile and consider helping out the organization with a donation or by volunteering!