Levi has taught me more about dogs than I ever thought possible. He is honest, opinionated, and we share a mutual adoration. He was adopted from the Fond du Lac Humane Society in WI. Although he is deaf, he is a stellar student and unbelievably smart! He has taken obedience, agility and tricks classes, confidently completing all of them. Levi passed his herding instinct test first try, without a nip. Confidence is not an issue with him; trust is the issue. Although he trusts me, there are few other people he lets get close to him. Our relationship has been built with a solid, positive foundation. Some of it took time (crating took almost two years, brushing took months), but since his success is not forced, he participates willingly, it is all learning that will stick with him over time. At times he is a handful, and it is my responsibility as his owner is to always keep him in check and safe from getting himself into trouble.
To read Levi's story (opinion) of our beginning, click on his picture.
Murray is our sweetheart, simply a loving and forgiving dog. When Murray went into rescue he was turned over by the first people that tried to rescue him, neighbors of the original owners. Murray had been tied up in a backyard and suffered from untreated mange. Along with some other issues it was just too much to handle and, to their credit, they acknowledged that and brought him to the local shelter. The shelter contacted a breed rescue for shelties (he looked like a sheltie although a bit hairless). There he was re-named Murray. Approximately 6-8 months old, he had no familiarity with basic house rules: Potty outside, all the food is not yours, there will always be more water, etc. Beyond the mange, the most difficult issue was likely his compulsive pee-ing. As though there was no acknowledgement anything was happening, he walked along creating a river. He was vet tested for several things, all were negative. With numerous dogs, the rescue was becoming overwhelmed with the care Murray required and he was facing an uncertain future. Murray got lucky and got a foster family; he trained them quickly to get him outside at every opportunity. Murray's foster mom treated his mange, brought him to obedience classes and truly started his journey toward becoming a puppy and a pet. Thanks to Murray, his foster mom and I became and remain close friends.We met Murray at a pet expo. That is where Murray's journey into our hearts began, time and patience have made Murray a member of this family. He is our meet and greet dog, Murray has the right approach to make it okay. Murray is still slightly fearful of men in baseball caps, but other than that, he's got the pet thing down to an art.