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Pet Projects: Super Stewie

1 May

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Stewie (or Stewart, as I call him when he is being funny, which is most of the
time) is a bull terrier mix, about two-and-a-half years old. He has been with EHR
since the summer of 2012, so that makes him more seasoned than I, who has
been with EHR since December 2012. Stewie is from Tennessee; perhaps he
came up on a transport, but knowing his energy level, it wouldn’t surprise me if
he bounced on up here himself.

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It is a mystery to me why he even is here at the kennel. One guess might be
because he is an energetic terrier who does not like people roughhousing with
him, or playing tug-of-war with him, or surprising him. He has the heart of a true
terrier and will nip under those circumstances.

Despite his energy level, he is a dog who would match well with a mellow person
who leads an active lifestyle. He needs someone who would manage how high
he can jump, which is over my head (5’ 4”). And he would benefit from someone
who understands and loves the terrier breeds.

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Stewie and I met at EHR’s 2012 Winter Wonderland fundraiser. He was the first
pup I noticed because of his comedic antics in his crate. We went on our first
pack walk together in January and it was true love from then on. He has the best
smile! Stewie was so funny and active, and so sweet and snuggly that I wanted
him as my pet project.

We have only been working together for four months. We have started working
on sit and wait in his kennel before I take him out. We also work on sit and wait
when we are in the play yard, before he fetches his (deflated) soccer ball.

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My goal is to start Stewie on agility. He is so awesomely smart and will excel
at it. Before his class, we run together at the dog park to burn off some of that
excess energy so he can better concentrate in class. He walks really well on a
leash, too. He listens once I get his attention and really make him focus on me.

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I love this sweet, silly guy and would adopt him if I could. He loves walks, runs,
playing with (deflated) soccer balls, jumping over obstacles, being read to and
snuggling in your lap. And he gives kisses!

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For more information about Stewie or to fill out a foster or adoption application, please visit http://www.ehrdogs.org/animals/detail?AnimalID=4307511

By Judy Julian

Pet Projects: Mocha-chino

1 May

One of our favorite parts of Eleventh Hour Rescue is the chance to work with a kennel pet project. We have a dedicated group of volunteers who share special bonds with some dogs who need their love and time to help prepare them for their forever homes. Join us as we explore the stories behind these amazing pet projects.

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Eleventh Hour Rescue volunteer Michelle Cilurso has a special place in her heart for her pet project, Mocha. When asked how she started working with Mocha, Michelle explains:

“I saw that she was fearful and would nip at people that would come near her. I just decided one day to go into her kennel with a handful of treats and hoped I could sway her to like me. In 5 minutes, she was sitting in my lap. Every time I went to the kennel, I made it a point to visit her and take her out. I’d say after about 3 times, she started to like me and trust me and the rest is history. She is so loving, affectionate and sweet to those she loves.”

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Mocha started out as a fearful dog. Although young, it was obvious she had experienced trauma in her short life. Michelle is dedicated to helping her overcome her fears and trust people. She shows her love and helps her meet new people. The second Mocha started trusting Michelle, she became a different dog.

Michelle spends time with Mocha every week. Their favorite activities include playing fetch and snuggling. When Michelle throws stuffy toys to Mocha, she runs around with them in her mouth showing off her catch. Mocha also loves to lay on top of Michelle or next to her on the couch or bed.

Whenever Michelle comes to get Mocha from the kennel, this pretty girl greets her with a cute smile and a wiggly butt. Mocha still has some issues with strangers, but to the people she knows, she is amazing. She is loyal, affectionate, devoted, and just wants to be close to the ones she loves.

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Michelle loves Mocha so much and wants her to find a great forever home or event foster home. Michelle loves everything about this gorgeous girl: “She is stunningly beautiful which is what draws you in initially but when you get to know her, she has such a wonderful personality. She is so loving and she just wants to please. She will just stare at you with those eyes and it makes you just melt.”

Mocha’s ideal home would be a place with few visitors since she is still leery of strangers. Michelle thinks a single person or couple with no children and no other animals would be perfect.

It breaks Michelle’s heart to leave Mocha at the kennel. She wishes she could take her home, but unfortunately her dog does not get along with Mocha. However, she loves Mocha like she’s her own and has spent over a year with her.

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For more information on Mocha or to fill out a foster or adoption application, please visit http://www.ehrdogs.org/animals/detail?AnimalID=4427116