Happy Adoption Day, Dexter!!

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Postby Purple » March 18th, 2006, 11:26 am

Happy Adoption Day, Dexter!

Well, Dexter, you have been with us for one year now.
For those of you who weren’t with us in the beginning, here’s our story.
Dex came to us from rescue, he’s about 3 to 4 years old.
Bringing him home was almost all good, until we were about 45 minutes away.. He started spinning and barking and crying. No amount of talking would console him, so my husband got into the back with him and held him, which seemed to work, until we got home. After a few days with this dog, we thought maybe we were in over our heads; should we return him?
We never had a dog with such behavioral problems; he barked, he cried, he screamed, he would spin, he wouldn‘t eat.
The only thing that worked, that calmed him, was his crate, so he spent a lot of time in his crate. We were at wit’s end, we had no clue as to what to do for this dog. We bought another crate, so when we were watching tv, he would be in the living room with us.
We joined a few Yahoo groups, we got help from a few forum members, and we hired a professional trainer. I learned T-Touch. I learned that an anxiety wrap does not work on all dogs. I learned about natural oils. I learned how to treat demodex mange, and that chocolate ice cream is the best delivery system for ivormec, I learned chlomicalm didn’t really work well for him and I wondered, does this dog not know how to wag his tail?
Finally, about four months ago, , he wags his tail…he wags his tail!!!! The first time it happened, we were like proud parents…..he wagged his tail! So, now, after a year of baby steps, we can still see him progress everyday. He is no longer crated, except when we are not home. He can eat his whole meal without a nervous breakdown. He can go outside by himself. He may still flinch when we reach to pet his head, but now, he wags his tail! He will actually greet us at the door every once in awhile and has started alarm barking when someone is at the door.
So, Dexter, my buddy, you have come a long way from the dog who nearly drove us to a nervous breakdown.
Happy Adoption Day, my friend! Welcome home, little buddy!

Dexter at the rest stop, on his way home
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Dexter and his trainer, Jeff
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Postby Sue » March 18th, 2006, 11:37 am

What handsome little man :)

Happy Adoption Day Dexter!!!
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Postby Hoyden » March 18th, 2006, 11:53 am

What a face on that Boy! I couldn't help but chuckle at that last picture!

Happy adoption day Dexter!
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Postby SisMorphine » March 18th, 2006, 11:56 am

Happy Gotcha Day Dex!!! He's just so darn adorable.
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Postby Jenn » March 18th, 2006, 12:43 pm

Happy Happy Adoption day Dexter!! Congrats to you V as well, for bringing him such a long way and sticking it through with him! :D
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Postby msvette2u » March 18th, 2006, 12:47 pm

Happy adoption day. You guys have come a long ways, you deserve to celebrate in style!
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Postby Asta » March 18th, 2006, 1:02 pm

Wow what a story, so a HUGE happy adoption day to you all :D

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Postby cheekymunkee » March 18th, 2006, 1:34 pm

You've doen a great job with him!! Happy A day Dex & many, many more!!!
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » March 18th, 2006, 2:19 pm

Yay! Happy adoption day Dexter!!! And yay for you for taking him in and sticking with him!!!
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Postby ellie@ny » March 18th, 2006, 2:27 pm

Happy adoption day Dexter! He's such a cutie!!! He deserves you guys,I can't imagine what kind of life he had before your home... But he's happy now,and that's what matter!!!:bigGift:
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Postby Maryellen » March 18th, 2006, 3:43 pm

Happy Adoption Day Dexter!!!!
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Postby bullymommy » March 18th, 2006, 5:05 pm

happy adoption day to you dex!!!!!!! :bigGift:

youre such a good mommy!!!!
like ellie said who knows what he went thru that made him that way but you rock and hes getting better so all is well!!!
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Postby 04100824 » March 18th, 2006, 11:35 pm

Happy adoption day to one of the the cutest bull terriers in the world
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Postby SpiritFngrz » March 18th, 2006, 11:44 pm

Happy one year Dexter! I love the pic of him in your avatar V. He is so cute
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Postby Purple » March 18th, 2006, 11:45 pm

Thank you, all!! The past year has been quite a trip, I regret none of it!
I do often wonder, though, what this dog had gone through, to be so tramatized.
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Postby pocketpit » March 19th, 2006, 12:30 am

Happy one year day!! I love Dexter's mischevious little face :bigGrin:
Mad props to you for turning his life around :rock:
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Postby Purple » March 19th, 2006, 11:13 am

This from Dexter's foster mom this morning!! I am enrolling our little piggy in agility!

I was just thinking that this weekend was a year since he has been with
you. You are great people,and you hung in there when most would not. He
is a special dog,and was in such bad shape when I got him. He was one
of may favorite's and still is. As far as agility, how about obedience?
My Female would be great at agility,but, my fat boy, no way, and did I
mention he is lazy.

I am taking mine to obedience, he is supposed to be showing this
year, he has to finish his championship, their is a show this weekend,
at the NJ turnpike exit10 in Edison. It is aall breed show, and they
sell all bull terrier stuff like sticker's, jewelry, shirt's,
blanket's. It is so much fun. Their is also obedience as well.
I think Dexter finally feel's at rest, ad can enjoy life. We dont'
know all the pain he has indured, and boy is a reactive to thing's.

I never heard back from your friend's that wanted a bully. If you know
of anyone let me know. I am getting in a white male, and he is a
sweetie. He might be best as the only dog, we have not evaluated that
yet.

Check out infodog.com for all the show's schedule's and agility
matche's. I will look for Hopscotch as a new star in agility!!!!

You did a great job with him, thank you.

Take care,

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