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Ike, the Rescue Boxer, Chow, Collie, Labrador, Hound, mix (he said, part 1)

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“My daughter was the reason we got Ike.

I thought she shouldn’t grow up without a dog.

We met Ike on the street and that put the wheel in motion.  We were just walking to dinner and encountered him.  He was very friendly and his foster dad said, he was up for adoption.

I had to come to grips with my reasons for not getting a dog.

Primarily, I thought the city is not a place for a big dog, and I only wanted a big dog.

Also, we travel a lot, I didn’t want to pick up poop, and I just didn’t want another responsibility.

But that was only partially the reason, the other being that I hadn’t gotten over the loss of my last dog.”

Ferris, the rescue Parvo survivor from the mountains of Canada (part 2)

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“He responded well to obedience training, (hounds are very strong minded).

He became easier to walk on a leash and his leash aggression began to subside.

He is 101 pounds, so when he would bark in a friendly or aggressive way, or go after another dog we felt it.

When we moved to the city from the mountainous countryside of Canada he adapted like he had always belonged.

People are often intimidated by Ferris because of his size, but he is a gentle giant.

The only time he gets aggressive is when another dog repeatedly comes after him; then he feels the need to defend himself.”

 

Ferris, the rescue Parvo survivor from the mountains of Canada (part 1)

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“We wanted a second dog, so we got Ferris.

We used to live in the mountains of Canada and we wanted a companion for our Golden Retriever, Ben, (who since passed away due to a brain tumor).

We found Ferris on a local internet advertisement.

He was about eight weeks and sick with Parvo.

We were told he had a 60% chance of recovering.

He survived Parvo.

Ferris came the alpha dog very quickly because Ben was so submissive.

He became a different dog when Ben died.

His dominant traits receded and he wasn’t as protective.”