Pertinent Information - Adopted 5/21/09 - Rainbow Bridge 1/27/10
1/27/10 - It is with great
sadness and a heavy heart that I have to report that Bruno has gone to
the bridge. Bruno has been fighting DM and Cardiomyopathy for a while
now. As we watched Bruno struggle with these two conditions, we quickly
realized that they were working against each other and his time with us
would be very limited.
5/21/09 - Bruno has been adopted
5/11/09 - Bruno is pending adoption
3/15/09 - It has been a while
since Bruno’s last update, but that is because he is such a great guy!
Not much has changed with him. He continues to be friendly with
everyone, eats well, and loves to just hang out. We did start walking a
lot more, since it is getting warmer. Most of the foster homes have
named themselves—if we did ours would be “Senior Central”—so we don’t
have to walk to get rid of energy, we just like to walk for fun. We
live in a very rural area and could walk for days, so Bruno has been
allowed to walk without a leash on. He has been great! He listens
well, comes quickly when called, and even checks in frequently when he
is running ahead of his people. Even when he is asked to walk on a
leash he only requires a flat nylon collar. No restraints necessary for
this guy. He has had the opportunity to meet some more small dogs and
does very well with them. He seems to know that they are more fragile
then him, so he just gives them a good sniff and moves on. Dolly, our
female, has been extra playful, which he enjoys, but will politely let
her know when he has had enough. In his comfort here, he has become a
little more vocal. Bruno will bark at the door when someone pulls up,
or walks by when he is out, but will silence himself when asked. If you
a looking for a “guard dog” he will make enough noise to fit the bill.
Though he always welcomes everyone without complaint. He makes just
enough noise to be threatening to those you don’t want around.
1/19/09 - Bruno continues to be the perfect houseguest. All of the dogs in the house are now the best of friends. Bruno even welcomes new dogs into the house like a gentleman. We frequently have friends visit with their dogs and he plays the part of the perfect host. He allows them to help themselves to the toy basket, water bowl, other people’s affections and plays with them nicely. He has even been allowed to stay out with the other dogs for an hour or so while we are away. During this time nothing was disturbed, not even the resident dogs. Bruno eats well with the other dogs and never gets upset if one of them sticks their nose in his bowl while he is eating or if I stick my hand in, pick up his bowl, or pet him. He has already gained a noticeable amount of weight and looks just about perfect. His coat is so shiny and smooth. His pictures do not do him justice. We got some snow today and the three kids had a great time running about outside. Bruno will get cold if he is out for more then just a potty break, so we do have to keep a coat on him when he is out to play or going for a walk. Which is why he frequently comes inside to lay in front of the fire. So, I believe Bruno would like a forever home with a fireplace, if he were being picky. But any home with a loving new family would do!! I honestly can not tell if Bruno comes when he is called or if it is coincidence, as it appears as though he can not hear as well as he could, sometimes it just looks like he was already on his way around the house when I ask him to come inside. But small quirks aside Bruno continues to surprise us everyday with his sweetness and gentle tendencies. Everyone who meets him tells us to keep him, but we have decided that we can’t keep all of the best dogs for ourselves!!
12/29/08 - Bruno has come well out of his shell since our last post. He continues to be pretty much perfect, however. He is now best friends with both of our dogs and cuddles with both of them on a regular basis. Bruno loves to be petted for long periods, but does not cuddle with us humans. He is eating well and has nearly reached his goal weight. He is not food aggressive and never gets upset if one of the other dogs walks up to him while he is eating.
We had a family dinner here last night, which totaled ten people. He welcomed everyone into the house without a peep, simply walked up to say "hi" and went on his merry way to the next guest to get some more lovin'. Everyone said over and over again how great he is. He voluntarily went to lie in the corner as we ate dinner and stayed in his own space as we sat on the floor to open gifts. He did not beg as people ate away from the table and stole nothing from the lower tables. We will go visit some cats in the near future. But something tells me that he will treat them with same relaxed attitude that he uses in every other aspect of his life.
Bruno is an absolute gem. He is waiting patiently for his forever family to come for him!! Please consider adding this amazing gentleman to your family…
12/16/08 - Bruno continues to be
a good boy. He is still eating well and is steadily gaining weight. I
was very surprised that he weighed in at 56 pounds… he is so thin. He
should be about 65 pounds when he reaches a more healthy weight. He has
taken a couple of baths, since we are having a hard time kicking the
shelter smell, and he is perfect in the tub. I did have to start
putting a muzzle on him to effectively do his ears. They need so much
work and they hurt him so badly that I don’t blame him for being a
little miserable about it. Bruno does not have a mean bone in his body,
even though he is hurting or upset his little nub NEVER stops going. I
swear it even wiggles in his sleep. His ears are already starting to
12/10/08 - Bruno has been with us for almost a week. He has done well with our two dogs, a fairly dominant male and a submissive female. He is interesting because he shows almost no interest in the female, but insists on attempting to snuggle and play with the male who usually just asks him to go away. He would be great with any type of dog I am sure. He does try to mount the male, but not in an aggressive or really dominant way. I think it is just because he is not neutered yet. He just walks away to go to his bed when one the dogs tell him to go away.
He has eaten well since he arrived. He enjoys vanilla yogurt mixed in with his meals. And goes in his crate without a complaint. Until yesterday he would bark for about 10 minutes before settling down and chewing on his peanut butter kong. But I guess he figured out that didn’t get him anywhere and he gave up. He has not had any accidents in the house, even though he is not neutered. He does not ask to go out, but the dogs go out fairly regularly around here. He also walks great on a leash with just a flat collar. That’s all he needs.
We went to the vet on Monday and she confirmed how bad his teeth and ears have gotten. It is my guess that Bruno has been on his own for a while, or in a very bad situation. Several of his teeth will have to be pulled and he needs to have his ears treated heavily for several weeks. After he has this work done he will be completely fine. I do wonder from time to time if the bacteria has damaged his ears. Sometimes I think he can’t hear me. But it might just be selective hearing.
Overall, Bruno is a great dog. I think he would do well in a lot of situations. Stay tuned for more updates…