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Backstory:

I adopted quad pug Obie just a few weeks after Tri-Pug Maggie crossed the Bridge in 2010, he was 4 years old.  Obie was neglected and abused by his original owner, he came with quite a bit of baggage.  At the time Mag’s little sis quad pug Tani was about 10 years old.  I was hoping that the two of them would bond, but it never really happened.  The slept together and kept each other company, but Tani was never interested in playing after Maggie left and Obie could never convince her.  Because of his history and the fact that his eyesight is very poor, especially outside, he never would play with another dog despite several classes and endless tries at socialization.  More than 5 years after Obie joined our pack Elly came along.  Elly took to Obie almost immediately and tried and tried to get him to play.

It took 3 months of pestering but finally, FINALLY Obie was playing with another dog!!!!

The first time I saw Obie engage I was so excited I didn’t think to grab my camera. Now they play nearly every day.  Usually Elly starts it by licking Obie’s face, but sometimes he starts it with a bark or a play bow.  This video shows just a bit of what they do when they play.  Enjoy!

 

If figures that I would adopt a puppy during an El Nino year!  I’m happy about the rain, we need it to get out of the drought and water use restrictions, but tiring out a puppy without any outside time can be tough. I’m lucky that Elly likes to practice obedience skills, work on core strength, and play food games.  Her big brother Obie likes to play with us sometimes too.

I’m working with Elly on some tricks too…but that is for another post.

 

Obie sitting on the balance disc… and waiting for his treat!

Obie on balance disc 3_16

 

Elly on the FitBone with brother rooting her on.

Elly on FitBone W Obie 3_16

 

Elly on the FitBone. She is really good at two up (feet) but we are still working on 3 up.

Elly on FitBone 3_16

 

 

Elly playing Dog Twister.  I feed her part of her dinner this way sometimes.

Elly and Dog Twister 3_16

 

Obie and his Tug-a-Jug, he loves this thing. I don’t think Elly knows how to play with this one yet, but she knows to follow Obie because treats magically appear!

Obie and TugaJug 3_16

 

Elly and her Hol-ee Roller ball.  She is still working on her strategy with this one.

Elly and Hol-ee Roller 3_16

I adopted Elly in October 2015, she is my second Tripawd. My first, my heart dog, was Tri-Pug Maggie.  You can read her story in her Blog: Life with a tri-pug.

I decided to start a blog for Elly to chronicle our adventures together and keep track of the progress she makes.

Elly is very skittish and slow to trust.  When she joined us we were her fourth home in her short 10 months of life.  And being hit by a car, well I can understand her skittishness. Although her foster mom said she was with lots of dogs of all sizes Elly is kind of reactive around other dogs.

So far we have taken two classes together, a basic obedience class, and most recently a strength, balance and body awareness (sb&ba) class. I can see her gaining confidence each day, although she is still pretty reactive around any dog that is bigger than her. She is doing better with dogs her own size and smaller, we try and interact politely with every dog we meet.

Here are some pictures from our last sb&ba class.  Three weeks before this she would not touch most of the equipment although we had been working with a FiTBone at home for several weeks.

 

 

Elly SBBA class 1 3_16

Elly SBBA calss 2 3_16Elly SBBA 3 3_16Elly SBBA 4 3_16Elly SBBA 5 3_16Elly SBBA 6 3_16

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