Dog Blog: Sugar Needs a Home. Update.

Hi! I'm Sugar!

UPDATE: June 11, 2013
Per Megan: “Sugar has been moved to a double wide kennel, new kennel number is 128. The staff is making every reasonable, available move they can.”

I’ve mentioned my friend and Scout’s trainer before. Her name is Megan and she’s amazing. I received this letter from her the other day regarding Sugar. I’m putting it out on social media in the hopes we can find her a home. Megan articulates it better than I can so am just posting her letter to me. Please help spread the word. The rescues in California are full and there are many dogs in need of help just now. Sugar is lucky to have Megan helping. Can we do this? Thank you!

Sugar Smiles!
Sugar getting some sugar from Megan!

Dear Teri:

I’m wondering if you might be able to help with a dog. I volunteer at the south county shelter in Bonita twice a week. Every time I go, I’ve been training and playing with a red Staffordshire Bull Terrier named Sugar! , and she has really stolen a piece of my heart! Sugar is one year old. She has been at the shelter since March 23rd and I started training with her April 11th. I am the only one who gets her out. Unfortunately 20-30 minutes twice a week is not enough and being at the shelter is stressful and is taking a toll on her mentally. One can only imagine being in a kennel 24/7 surrounded by barking dogs and loud noises with very limited social interaction. It would be so awesome for her to find a home!

Though she is short, she is solid and is about 55 lbs. She is already spayed. She knows sit and down, and is pretty good at coming when called. She loves chasing toys and being petted and she’ll curl up under my legs when I sit, and if I sit on the ground she’ll lay next to me. She’s good with other dogs, though her social skills are understandably a little rusty. Her one bad habit is jumping up, but it’s easy to manage and even with the limited amount of training I’ve put in she is a thousand times better. I’m big on manners and have taught her to sit for things so she’ll sit before you toss a toy, will sit to have her leash put on and taken off, and will sit before you open a door. With the jumping, she does not know “off” as I teach what to do (tell her “sit”) instead of telling dogs what not to do or correcting what they’ve already done. Sugar is really great on leash and I’ve worked hard in teaching her to not pull. Because her jumping does need a bit of work and she is a solid, muscular dog I recommend she not go into a home with kids under about 10 years old as she could easily knock them down. Also, any dog adopted from this shelter gets a free basic obedience class from me!

Sugar is at the County of San Diego Department of Animal Services, South Region
5821 Sweetwater Road
Bonita, CA 91902-2219
619-767-2675
She is in “Kennel 128, tag 746, ID# A1521915 .

If you can adopt Sugar or know someone who may be able to, please contact the above shelter. If you are interested in Sugar or have any questions, please contact Megan directly here : http://www.themannerlymutt.com/contact

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Scout and Zebulon!

I knew I had a great veterinarian when he looked Scout dead in the eye and asked him excitedly “have you ever seen a kitty cat?” Scout had seen a kitty cat and was fairly oblivious to it but the cat was on the fence and stayed out of Scout’s way. So, until yesterday, Scout’s temperament around cats was pretty much unknown! Fast forward a few months and I’m searching for someone to Scout Sit when we leave town for a few days in June. My friend and Scout’s trainer, Megan, offered to watch him while we are away. Her only concern was how he would get along with her cats.

I was a bit worried also as several prominent websites note that Vizslas notoriously do not get along with cats. Yesterday was the test! The Marine and I had plans and Megan “Scout Sat” for us. We were having a lovely time when I received a text from Megan. I thought “Uh Oh” but no! It was the BEST text. A picture of Scout and Zebulon the cat lounging like BFF’s!

Scout and Zebulon!

By the way, that is one of Megan’s Siberian Huskies, Kaytu, hanging out in the background. If you’ve followed my Scout tales you will know that it is tough to keep Scout calm long enough to obtain a good photo never mind one of him hanging out with a CAT! Scout is 20 months old and though he’s a grown dog he is a typical Vizsla and as one website states they are “slow to mature.” In other words, they are wild and crazy puppies until they are about 4 years old.

Megan has the “touch” though. In fact, until she offered to watch Scout when we go on our little vacay, I was quite worried about where I would leave him. Another benefit of leaving Scout with Megan is that he will likely get some good training. Megan just cannot help herself. She’s a natural with animals.

To that end, I am linking her website here and giving her a huge shout out and recommend. Megan is not only a great friend but she’s an excellent dog trainer. Megan offers services that I’ve never seen in San Diego such as urban mushing. This is where she teaches owners to harness the dogs and have them pull them on their bikes. Or, in my case: this is where Megan harnesses Scout and one of her Huskies and has them pull HER on HER bike! If you live in San Diego County please check out Megan and The Mannerly Mutt. I have no hesitation in giving her a FOUR PAWS UP recommendation! Scout has had 3 trainers since we got him at 7 months of age but only Megan has lasted. Only Megan can get him to lie with a kitty cat. Call her!

Oh, p.s… There is no truth to the Rumor that we named Scout after Demi Moore’s daughter (of the same name). We dubbed him “Scout” based on a recommendation by my friend Kathy on twitter and I thought it was perfect! “To Kill a Mockingbird” is one of my favorite books and movies and the character “Scout” embodies everything that I had hoped for my puppy. That he be curious, happy, get along well with people and animals and always “Scout” around the corner for the next adventure. He has certainly lived up to his namesake. Interestingly, Zebulon the cat was named for Zebulon Pike and more specifically for Pike’s Peak in Colorado (from where Megan and her husband hail).

Finally, please note that Megan is a true patriot who is married to a service member and offers Military Discounts on all services. Please do give her a call and tell her that Scout sent you!

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A Deployed Army Nurse Needs a Foster Home For Her Dog. Please Help~!

UPDATE: 6/9/13 It is with great sadness that Megan was told that Diesel has died. He was struck by a car and underwent surgery but he did not survive. Rest In Peace Diesel.

UPDATE:  2/7/13  Diesel is home with his Army Nurse Owner!  Diesel’s owner came home early from her deployment and I am pleased to announce that Diesel is back at home with her.  He never did leave Megan’s good care and it was a bitter sweet parting. Here are Megan and Diesel on KUSI news in San Diego just prior to his departure. Everyone at the dog park miss Diesel but we are happy that he’s home.

KUSI.com – KUSI News – San Diego CA – News, Weather, PPR

To close this chapter I’d like to recommend Megan.  She’s helped train Scout and is a wonderful dog trainer.  Check her out at www.theMannerlyMutt.com Thank you to all that helped to try to find Diesel an interim home.

UPDATE:  A Producer from KUSI News in San Diego saw this blog post and invited Megan and Diesel on the local news this morning.  Diesel (and Megan) were on their best behavior.  Below is a clip of that interview.  As of now, Diesel still needs a home.  As you can see he is a sweet, well mannered dog.  There are also photos of the Army Nurse and her adorable baby.  Let’s get this done, for her:

Diesel is a male boxer and is a year and 8 months old, and weighs about 70 lbs. He has an owner who is a single mom and is a nurse in the Army. She is currently deployed in Afghanistan. Her toddler-aged son is with her parents but they could not take Diesel. The owner will be returning in about 10 months. Diesel is her baby and she really cares about him. He gets along great with cats and kids, and also gets along great with most dogs but can be a bit too bouncy and energetic for some. He is very people-oriented, loves to play fetch, and he is potty trained and knows basic commands. Overall he has good manners and does not jump up, get into trash, or grab food off counters.  He is neutered.   He is smart and learns new things quickly. Daily play and running will be needed as he has a lot of energy. He walks great on leash without pulling and has also been doing “urban mushing” pulling a bike. Diesel has been with my friend Megan for  over 6 months but she must find him a new foster home preferably in the  San Diego area for the remainder of his owner’s deployment.  (Preferably San Diego but will consider elsewhere in Southern California).  The foster organization will cover expenses. To fill out an application, visit https://www.netpets.org/netp/fosterhome.php.   The very last box says “Personal information and comments” and there you should indicate you are interested in  ” Diesel, D0190428*2a112 ”  Finally, please contact his current foster mom at : meg.lundberg@gmail.com so she can ensure the foster entity is aware.  As you can see, they have no social media and are not really helping Megan find a new foster for Diesel.

Diesel is currently being fostered by my friend and Scout’s trainer Megan.  Megan is a military wife and has just started her own business and can no longer take care of Diesel due to time constraints.  She has had him for about 6 months and has done a great job training him.   Scout and Diesel play together on a regular basis.  I can attest to the fact that he is a nice dog and Megan has done a wonderful job with him.

Please help me help Megan help this deployed service member.  Freedom is not free.  Thank you all!

If you have any questions or if I can facilitate this in any way please tweet me at @hipEchik

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A Promise Kept. Gizmo has a home!

July 28,2011

I’ve been meaning to post about this for a while.  Many of you helped in the search for a home for Gizmo so you ought to know the outcome.  Sadly, the veteran died before a home was found for his beloved Gizmo but I know he knew how much interest there was in Gizmo.  Hopefully he passed with the knowledge that Gizmo would be placed suitably.  What are the odds that another veteran who had just lost his dog ALSO named Gizmo would hear of this story and step up?  I’m not an oddsmaker but as detailed below, this is exactly what happened.

Again, thank you to all that helped in the quest to find a home for Gizmo.  Thanks to Pets for Patriots for all you do.  Thanks to Mr. and Mr. Peterman for taking Gizmo.  Thanks to social media for getting this story far and wide and a special thanks for my friend Michelle who not only brought this to my attention but went the extra mile in her efforts to help “Mr. Smith”.  May he rest in peace and may Gizmo live a long and happy dog’s life!

Jul 05, 2011

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Lyman Peterman and Gizmo

By Beth Zimmerman, Pets for Patriots

A few weeks ago we were asked to help an elderly, dying Korean War veteran find a home for his dog, Gizmo. In spite of our efforts and those of many people across the country, this hero died before his wish could be fulfilled. But fate was about to play an unlikely hand in the tale of Gizmo, a pint–sized Shih Tzu with a Great Dane–sized spirit and a love for life.

Word spread like wildfire, fueled by the urgency of the veteran’s grave condition and the prospect of his pooch being suddenly without a home or anyone to care for him. Scores of people from across the country offered to give Gizmo a new life, each with a compelling story of their own. One was the daughter of another San Diego area veteran, whose appeal was so personal and touching — and so perfect — that we had a feeling that this was “it.”

We forwarded the information to Nick Winfrey at Rancho Coastal Humane Society in Encinitas, as we did with all potential adopters who contacted us. Nick is a Marine veteran who now dedicates himself to helping the countless homeless dogs and cats that find their way to Rancho Coastal; the organization is one of our charity’s outstanding shelter partners in California. Nick and I spoke about this one, very special adoption candidate. He agreed; this definitely felt like “the one.”

The woman who wrote to us is the daughter of Lyman “Tim” Peterman, a WWII veteran who will be 90 years young this month. Earlier in June, Tim lost his 15 year-old Shih Tzu dog whose name happened to be — Gizmo! Tim took daily walks with his Gizmo, and was completely bereft when the dog died after a long illness.

We wondered: was it possible that one veteran — who died, leaving his Gizmo unexpectedly homeless — could give renewed purpose to another veteran whose own Gizmo had just died?

Tim applied and was accepted as a member Patriot of our program, which entitles him to ongoing, reduced cost veterinary care and other benefits, such as direct financial support to make pet food and other basics more affordable. At nearly 90, Tim is the most senior member of our program, besting an 88 year-old Marine veteran who lives in Florida with her honorably adopted dog, Laddie. We’re proud to bring the unconditional love and joy of companion pet ownership to veterans and service members of any age, from all armed forces and from any stage of their military lives.

On June 30, Tim went to Rancho Coastal Humane Society, with his wife and daughter by his side, and honorably adopted his new Gizmo as three network television stations filmed the event. He met Chyba, a retired military K9 whose likeness graces Rancho Coastal’s Military Working Dog memorial — the first in San Diego and the only private such memorial west of the Mississippi. Speaking as one veteran to another, Tim thanked Chyba for her service.

And if all of this seems like just a sweet little pet tale, think again. Tim told his crowd of newfound admirers that this was the happiest day of his life since he was serving in the Army in Berlin, and the town crier announced that the war was over. We hear there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.

Today, a veteran is smiling from his heavenly perch, at peace in the knowledge that his beloved little Gizmo is bringing joy to a brother in arms.

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About Pets for Patriots
Pets for Patriots, Inc., is a registered 501(c)(3) charity that helps service and veteran members of the United States military honorably adopt adult and at-risk shelter pets. Its mission is to consistently give the gifts of fidelity, joy and companionship to both pet and person.  Pets for Patriots is one of the only organizations in the country dedicated to both homeless pets and military personnel at any stage of their careers and from all armed forces. The charity is a proud member of the Army AW2 Wounded Warrior Program national community support network, a national partner of the Real Warriors Campaign and is listed by the National Resource Directory for ill and wounded veterans. Visit Pets for Patriots online today and Be A Pet’s Hero(TM).

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