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Unfinished business taken care of...


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Wishbone is a dalmatian of a different color. The most common color scheme is black and white, followed by the other recognized color, liver and white. Wishbone has transcended the 'common' dalmatian colors and sports a lemon/white combination that makes him highly unique...

 

His story is not all that uncommon --- his original owners basically never did that much with him (they were aghast at the thought of actually walking him on a daily basis). While they lived in Georgia, there were apparently no problems, but once they moved to Chicago, Wishbone didn't get along with the kids' new friends (my guess is that said new friends probably deserved whatever aggression he was displaying, but that's just me...). Anyway, going for the quick fix, his owners had him neutered and expected his personality to radically and immediately change. Needless to say, if didn't and they were still unwilling to do any training or pay attention to him so they decided to have him put down.

 

Fortunately for Wishbone (and us), his vet suggested that they relinquish him to a rescue group, instead. He spent a little over a year in a few foster homes and, eventually met us.

 

Wishbone took to our walking routine (1 1/2 to 2 mile walks once or twice a day) like he'd never heard of anything so much fun! Unfortunately, he was still acting a little aggressive and we were really afraid he'd bite and seriously injure somebody. Since people tend to turn off their common sense when the see a dog with spots, we couldn't depend on them leaving Wishbone alone just because we asked them to so we scheduled him for basic obedience classes. Anyway, he enjoys going to 'school' and took well to the training and extra attention so we upped the ante a little and started working towards his CGC (Canine Good Citizen) certificate.

 

After more than a year of classes, I managed to schedule a CGC evaluation for Wishbone on the 9th of August, 2010 (he was actually ready quite a bit earlier, but there are a limited number of evaluators available around here. Unfortunately for these plans, my body had other plans and I was hit with my stroke on the 4th of August which meant that I was stuck in the hospital when his scheduled evaluation time arrived....

 

To make a long story short, we FINALLY managed to connect with the CGC evaluators and Wishbone has finally received his certificate and ribbon! It was a little tougher standing for exam in the mall, rather than in the comfortable environment of his usual training facility, but he behaved remarkably well and thoroughly enjoyed himself!

 

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Pat:

 

:congrats: to whole family to complete his training & receiving certificate & ribbon. you all look one happy proud family

 

Asha

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Great news, and congratulations to all involved in the training and encouragement. For children or dogs at times there can be a period when the problems seem insurmountable but kindness and patience can achieve so much.

 

So glad you turned your troubled dog into a Canine Good Citizen.

 

Sue.

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