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Digi has been adopted
Digi has been doing well here with us
learning all sorts of new things. And he is a good, fast
We are still having some problems with Digi and the crate. I
have been in touch with Kim Whittle, our Foster home mentor.
We have discussed Digi's uneasiness with being in the crate.
Kim gave me some good training tips which we have been
implementing religiously. It was suggested that I "step up"
my Leadership role with Digi and continue to follow through.
The belief being that any dog will "take" leadership if they
perceive that there is not any consistent leadership from
the humans. We all fall into the....."I feel so badly for
him, I want to baby him"...and in this case with Digi, it
was not a helpful thing for him.
I have taken leadership back from him and altho' he does not
like it, he is doing very well with it. I have seen changes
in him, tho' not with the crate business yet. We have
"upgraded" Digi to a VeriKennel and thankfully, he has not
gotten out of it. He is still VERY nervous when he is put in
it and I see signs of stress (slobber all over the crate)
when I come home from work or errands. On advice from Kim, I
am trying to make the crate a "friendly" experience for Digi.
I am leaving the door open & putting his food in there,
morning & night. He goes in to eat, he is happy, he comes
out and we go on about the business of the house. No drama,
just a good experience. Digi goes in to eat, no stress
shown, walks out after and all is good.
Digi is a sweet soul of a boy, he only wants to learn and be
loved. He is a comical show of his own. When you engage him
in play, it can be as simple as a paper towel tube..he is
such a comedian! Digi LOVES to play with stuffed
animals, cardboard boxes, BALLS!! Digi LOVES balls!
Digi and Porche still continue to get along very well. They
do play like homewreckers tho'...so I make em' stop and take
a time out.
I would suggest that Digi may not be o.k. with cats. I have
MANY squirrels that frequent my yard and this boy is Fast as
HECK when he sees one of them outside. He actually looks for
them first thing out the door.
I still have not been able to make an app't with the Vet as
last Tuesday, my day off, was a National Day of Honor for
Gerald Ford, so the Vet was closed. We will be making that
app't for as soon as possible.
Digi is very healthy, put on some nice weight, I have even
decreased him by a cup for each day's feeding. He gets
yogurt & apple biscuits and raw mini carrots. He is
hysterical with the carrots. It must be thrown to him so he
can bounce around with it for a bit before he eats it. Digi
looks forward to that carrot toss after each meal!
Keep on reading about this wonderful boy, as I know you
don't want to miss out on having Digi for your Forever
baby...he is loyal, he is a fast learner and all he wants to
do is to make you happy. A very easy boy to have in your
life and one who is unforgettable in your heart. Don't miss
out on your chance to make memories for a lifetime.
~~Until then......yes, even with the need for
training......we are enjoying him immensely!
12/28/06 - Digi continues to thrive
here at Mama Lady's Boxer Retreat. Digi had what seems to be
his first Christmas experience. He was real excited about
the Christmas Tree. He stuck his nose in it the first day it
was here. I told him, NO, no tree. He did stay out of
it..physically thank goodness! Digi did manage to snatch a
few ornaments on a day when I had to work for 9 hours. Digi
does still prove to be mischievous in the house when left
not crated. After the ornament heist, we went back to
crating him with a bit more ingenuity. Digi fears, it would
seem (although I see him getting calmer about it this past
week) having to go into the crate. He knows my morning
routine and as soon as I start for the counter to pour my
coffee, he starts to pace. He scurries down the hall & will
go into my bedroom. But run right back out to see what I am
doing. His nose starts to run & he starts to kinda snort &
sneeze. He does go in without a big fuss but you can tell it
has upset him. Digi has bashed himself out of the crate 2
times. Did not do damage in the house but got into stuff. I
thought if I attach him to a leash which is attached to my
couch, he would not be confined, but still be "confined" He
did very well with that except he did drag stuff out of
places and had it all over. Saturday, I did the same thing
and in his defense, it was 9 hours but that is when he
annialated the ornaments. So, he had to go back to trying
the crate. I attached a leash under the leg of the couch,
ran it thru the crate and attached him to it. He is safe, he
stays inside and I believe it is helping with him laying
down & relaxing for the day. I don;t hear him trying to dig
out any longer & he is not whining. Hopefully, it is that he
is becoming more comfortable. Now, in Digi's defense, altho'
he wiped out the ornaments, he has NEVER done damage to
anything in the house. And Digi takes correction very well.
He does pout......funniest to see but I am the "stern Mama
Lady" when it comes to teaching him yeses & no's in the
house. Digi has adapted to our routine very well. He
has full run of the house when someone is home. He is in a
routine for outside, even asks if he needs an extra trip
outside. Digi has not counter surfed, attempted to go into
the garbage once but backed off immediately when told NO.
Digi knows when he gets the signal (verbal & hand) to leave
the room. Digi sits VERY well, first timed asked. We are
teaching Digi lay down (signal as well) and he is "getting"
it. Digi is a bit of a beggar when it comes to us eating but
knows on command to leave the room & go lay down. He goes
into the other room and sleeps.
This boy is just really a great dog. He is playful, you just
have to be aware that he is a youngin so if his paws happens
to catch you in the kisser.....oops.Mom, didn't mean that.
He is a beefy boy and has nooooo
problem leaning his 65 lbs. all over you. He actually will
come up on the couch, in the morning while I am watching at
the window for my son's bus to leave, turn himself around
and sit his lard butt in my lap! And
then leeeeeeaaaaaaannnnnnnnn. He is a character and a very
easy boy to train. Digi is hysterical when he plays..with
Porche & just by himself with anything at all. Cardboard
boxes, envelopes, paper bags..hysteria
Digi is up to date on his shots. We will be having a
re-check done on the tapeworm he was treated for while in
the hospital. We will be getting a HeartWorm test down next
week. Digi will be neutered as soon as he
has the "clearance" due to his bout with pneumonia. The
doctor requires a month's time of recovery before they would
think about surgery. Don't let that deter you, Digi can be
adopted without having been neutered
yet as long as you sign a waiver that you will have it done
within a certain timeline.
Get your application in for this sweetheart of a soul. I
know that now that the holiday hubbub is over, more people
are going to be peeking for their potential baby and Digi
will be snatched up by his Forever Family.
Until then.......... :o) We are enjoying the
"Hippopotamus" immensely! Ask us about The Hippopotamus
song when you come 'acallin for your boy! You get a real
cute show, as Digi knows we are signing that song
to him, about him! ~~Til
12/12/06 - Digi
is feeling 100% better! No more cough, no more
discharge....just good stuff for this sweet boy.
Thankfully, the meds he was taking, did the trick for that
nasty kennel cough & pneumonia. Digi can even
play.....full-tilt Bozo with Porche and not have a coughing
episode. There has been no coughing from him in over a week
now. Thank goodness! He really was a very sick lil' boy and
I felt bad that he felt so
miserable. He finished his 10 days on the Cephalexin (sp?)
and it worked like a charm for him. Digi is having a grand
time "living it up" with Porche. They play very well
together and my Porche has always
been a rough & tumble sort of girl. When she plays...you
would think, from the sound of her, that she is trying to
kill the other dog, just who Porche is and has always been.
Digi takes it in stride. At first
he was a bit nervous with her vocalness but now...LOL...he
just swats her down when he has had enough. A eye-opener for
sure, for Porche. He is not too rough, but he lets her know
when she is taking advantage
of his laid back personality. Digi LOVES to play, with human
or animal. He is a RIOT with the raw carrots that I feed
them for a treat. He will only take it if you toss it, then
he plays "soccer" with it for
a bit before he eats it...hysterical to watch! Digi has come
to know what treats are and appreciates getting them.
As I have written in his last update, Digi has shown some
misbehaviors in the past week in the house, when left not
crated. But. he also takes very well to corrections. Digi
does at first, cower, as I am certain
now, that in his past life, he was mistreated by those that
had him. He gets VERY nervous when you raise your voice,
move your arms too fast, he cowers and stares at you, almost
seeming to say...Please don't hit
Digi was having problems being put in the crate. As I wrote
before, he bashed the crate until the back wall came down &
he got out. He did not do damage in the house but he did
mess with things that he was not supposed to. I "secured"
the crate with wires on all four corners, as I feel he needs
to understand that he cannot be left out of the crate until
he "masters' not getting into mischief when left alone. As I
havesaid, he has NOT destroyed anything, he just gets into
mischief. I put him in the crate when I have to leave, he
does not want to go in willingly, but I grab his butt up &
get him in, he starts to whine and paw at the crate and I
tell him firmly.......NO.........lay down Digi, and he does.
I praise him when we come home and remind him what a good
boy he is when in the crate. These past few days, Digi has
not even tried to get out of the crate and he lies down
inside the crate when I tell him "No, lie down!"
Digi is really almost the perfect dog....I say 'almost" as
he only has to learn proper behavior in the house. Digi has
learned sooooo much in the short time that he has been here,
it really is rather amazing.
He walks beautifully on the leash, he has learned so many
commands in his short time here, he LOVES LOVES everyone
that he comes in contact with. Seems to prefer the men, he
cried & cried to get out into the back
yard when he saw my son's Father out there doing work. He
just wanted to be near him & well.......heck, he only met
him 2x before that!
Digi is VERY good with the younger folks too. Last weekend,
my sister was here with her almost 4 year old Grandson and
Digi was enamored with Patrick, he followed him everywhere,
just giving him kisses! As muscular
as Digi is, he never even once approached Patrick in a way
that would knock Patrick down. He gave Patrick such sweet
kisses that Patrick said....."Aunt Debby.....I love your big
This is a beauty of a dog! One that would make anyone's life
fulfilled and all he is looking to do, is to do just that,
fullfill your life with love and adoration. Digi is one
really easy dog to welcome into your home.
Whether you have had a Boxer in your life before, or
not......Digi is the one that will make you love this breed
"EVEN MORE". A Gentle Giant for sure!
Thanx for peeking at Digi again, get your application
in......'cause Digi is THEE one that will capture your
heart! I love this Boy and I am 100% certain that there is
NO doubt that you would feel the same way,
the moment that you met him.
Until next time.........
12/6/06 - Digi is doing wonderfully
with his upper respiratory infection/pneumonia. The meds.
that he was put on, along with the "nebulizing" treatments
that were advised, seem to have done him very well. He is
not coughing any longer, nothing boogering out of his nose,
nothing affecting his eyes any longer either. Digi can
actually go "full-tilt Bozo" with Porche now & not have to
stop because he is coughing too hard.
So, of course, as anticipated, once they feel better,
certain behaviors become apparent. Not a bad thing, in this
case, as Digi just wants to please. We left him out of the
crate on Monday as he kinda "abused" the crate on Sunday
when we went to the local Christmas Parade, he actually bent
the metal bars. He also had cut his toe-nail & there was
blood so I was worried about him injuring himself, so Monday
we decided to try him out of the crate. The only thing that
he did was find a bag of clothing that I had stashed that
was going to The Salvation Army and he dragged it all around
the house, no holes, nothing ripped up..just distributed
where Digi thought it "ought" to go. And, he did pee. O.k.,
no big deal! I reprimanded him for this, told him it is not
Tuesday, my day off, I let him out of the crate when I went
to do my errands and the same clothes were distributed
thru-out the house, again...but no damage to those.
And, he did pee again in the house. I reprimanded him for
this and told him he would have to be crated, if he could
not be trusted. I had to go an hour away (there & back) to
pick up my son, I crated Digi and when we came home, he
managed to knock
down the back panel of the crate, get out and distribute the
same bag of clothing around the house. Thankfully, this
time, no bleeding on his part. He was reprimanded as soon as
we came home, he was attached to a leash on the couch and
no-one "paid him any mind" the rest of the night. Digi is
accustomed now to coming into my room when it is bedtime,
but I kept him in the living room, attached to the leash, by
He cried when I turned the lights off, I told him, NO. He
quieted down. He cried when he heard me close my bedroom
door, I said NO....and he quieted down. Not another peep all
We started today off with a "clean slate" loving him &
making a fuss over him this morning and when I left for
work, I left him out of the crate. I took his face into my
hands and I told him...we expect good behavior from you, if
you want to be out of this crate. NO PEE IN THE HOUSE< NO
CHEWING NOTHING! I told him, I will find a way for you to
remain in that crate if it is necessary! I called the house
about 11 a.m. knowing my answering machine would pick up
and I said..."DIGI, you better be a good boy! No pee pee in
the house, no chewing nothing!" My son got home at 2p.m.,
called me, surprised that I left Digi out. I asked him, was
there any mess...............he said NO MOm.......nothing! I
praised him like no-one could imagine when I got home.....he
touched nothing & he peed nowhere! This boy aims to please.
I was told a long time ago, with my Bogey...that when they
become attached to you and you leave them, say for work or
errands, that they will take your belongings......just to
have you near to them. I believethat Digi feels the same
way.....he did not destroy anything......and most of the
clothing in the bag belonged to me.......he just wanted me
Digi amazes me with all the commands that he has learned
so far.......!! He has learned voice commands & hand
signal/commands. He knows Sit..voice & signal, he knows
lay-down...voice & signal, he know stay/voice &
signal...he knows Come.......voice & signal. As I have
written before, this is one Lil'...well....alright , not
Little...boy that just wants to please. Any family that
takes him as their own will be amazed at what a character,
yet gentle soul he is. If you are "up for loving, kissing,
body rolls, body hugs, sitting on your feet, leaning against
you with all his might. rolling on his back, begging you to
scratch his belly and kissing you while you are doing
that...........this is your boy! We, my 2 son's & me, have
decided that when he rolls on his back, for you to scratch
his belly.......his jowls are so
large that he looks like a crocodile, pretty funny to see.
Digi is one of the best Foster babies that I have had,
because he learns so rapidly, so well. He only wants to make
you happy and that makes him very happy. This beautiful boy
is not one to be "missed". He will steal your heart & soul.
Don't miss out on this beautiful boy by not filling out your
Digi waits patiently for his Forever family........
Til' next time...........we are loving having him here with
12/1/06 - Digi had to
be hospitalized for 2 days and 2 nights. He was a very sick lil'
boy. Severe upper respiratory infection & a slight case of
pneumonia. They had him on IV antibiotics and were also
nebulizing him with
another type of antibiotic. He was sent home with a strong
antibiotic and is responding very well to it. He is doing so
much better now. He still has a bit of a cough when he gets too
excited, and that is ANY time he sees us all after we have been
away for a bit. LOL even when we wake up in the morning, he is
SO happy to see everyone again.
This is one terrific boy so far. Digi does need direction, as he
knows no commands but he certainly is a fast learner. He is
already picking up sit, lay down, ous (my word for out of the
room). He just wants to please. He has been good in the house, 2
pee accidents, but I am sure it has more to do with the fact
that he is not neutered yet. When corrected he immediately
stopped and was brought outside for a walk. Digiis a
furniture sleeper, if this is not what you prefer in your house,
I know he can easily be taught no. He does sleep in the bed with
Porche & I but really gets down within a 1/2 hour and sleeps on
He sleeps through the night. He is VERY good in the crate, no
whining, no fussing. I crate Digi when I go to work, as I am not
sure yet if he is good when left alone, but then again, he has
only been here since Saturday. Digi is eating very well. He
really doesn't know what treats are but he is quickly learning.
He had green beans for the first time tonight & it was comical
to watch...he had NO idea what to do with them!
We are very smitten with Digi, that is why he will be spending
his "fostering days" with us. We didn't want him to have to move
again and he really is a good guest! Digi is like Velcro with us
still, but I am sure it has more to do with being in the shelter
and all that he went through before he got picked up. Shelter's
suk for these babies!
We will hate to part with Digi but we know, his Forever Family
is out there right now reading this and saying with a big
smile.....That's the beauty for us!
Keep a watch on this boy and enjoy his updates as we are
enjoying him being here.
11/30/06 - Digi is a
GORGEOUS BOY! I have NO idea how anyone could have let this boy
out of their hands. He is a lover, he is obedient, altho' he
really knows no commands, he learns fast. All he wants to do is
please. He is a big boy! Big & beautiful.
He gets along with EVERYONE he has come into contact with so
far. LOVES my kids, loves my Porche girl (4 y/o foster adopted).
Digi is still unsure of his surroundings.
He has to be EXACTLY where you are at that very moment, even if
that means sitting down on top of your feet! LOL but what a
Believe me!!! the thought has crossed my mind more than a few
dozen times, I wish he could stay right here with us.
Gentle understanding in the beginning would be best for him, as
he seems to think with every move you make, that he is going to
he cowers a lot. You couldn't ask for a more beautiful soul. He
even started playing a lil' bit
tonight with a stuffed animal. His cough keeps him from getting
too excited but as he is on medicine for it, I am sure in a few
days, his real shining personality will
show thru. Keep an eye on this baby.....he will not be in Foster
care for long..lol..that is unless they fall in love with him
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