Sometimes things don’t always turn out the way we had hoped.  This week foster dad and the loving, caring staff at Bright Star helped Mr. Dobie on his journey to cross the Rainbow Bridge.  Sometimes the demons are just too much to overcome and that’s when the tough decisions have to be made for the best interest of the Bullie. Foster dad held him in his arms as he made the journey and more than a few tears were shed.

Run free Mr. Dobie. Run where there are no more demons to haunt you and you can play to your heart’s content. You were such a sweet and beautiful boy. You loved attention and treats and will be missed terribly.

RIP Dobie…

Pardon me if I am a little sad today, but my family recently surrendered me to a shelter. They said with a toddler and another baby on the way, they could not take proper care of me or pay the vet to take care of my needs.
The shelter folks were so nice to me. They loved on me and hugged me for hours. Then the rescue folks showed up and my sadness all went away! The man promised me I would be loved like never before and I would want for nothing. He said I will see a vet anytime I needed. WOW! I really need one too.
I can’t wait to talk to Dr. Larsen about this thing on my back foot. It’s really big and scary. I also want to talk with her about my weight. I am just over a year old and I only weigh 22 pounds. There is a puppy where I am staying that weighs more than I do! I am very sweet and still have lots of puppy energy.
Once I get a full exam, my blood tests, my neuter and this growth removed, I will really be ready for my new life.
The future is really beginning to look up for me.

6/13/21 Update:  Dobie feels so much better today. He is really giving out the love. Doc thinks she can remove the growth fairly easily. It doesn’t feel attached to bone or ligaments, but they will X-ray it first. It’s evident his ears have been bitten by flies, but his heart sounds good. We’re starting him on Fortiflora and Hill’s Digestive Care because his stomach has been an absolute mess the past few days.

6/15/21 Update: The large mass on his foot is more dense than expected, but it doesn’t look like it is attached to the bone. Doc hopes the surgery will be pretty routine, but she never knows for sure until she gets in there. She also will send it off for pathology afterward. The good news so far is his bloodwork was good and he has no heart worms or parasites.

6/22/21 Update: Today, we were able to neuter foster boy Dobie and remove the massive growth on his foot. Doc believes it was a complete success. There were more vessels in the growth than expected, but they were able to completely close the incision and save the entire pad. Thank you for allowing us to care for him!

7/8/21 Update:  Dobie dog here and I moved into my foster home a couple of days ago.  I have fur brothers and sisters who are teaching me the ropes of being in a family.

Foster dad says I have two speeds, full throttle and stop. Not sure what that means but I get so excited I just want to be everywhere, sniffing everything.  This is all so new to me.

Foster dad took me outside and was throwing the ball and was teaching me to fetch. We only played for a couple of minutes because it was so hot.  You know us bully’s don’t care for the heat much.

Foster dad is also working with me on my food aggression and I am learning to take treats out of his hand with out taking his hand off.  He’s happy about that.

Anyway, that’s all for now.  Off to take a nap. 

7/12/21 Update:  I have discovered a whole new big backyard to run and play in at my foster home. My favorite spot is on the outside sofa. I can lay down and get comfy, but also keep an eye on things.

Foster Dad says I have calmed down some and we have been working on my jumping. I’m getting good about not jumping up on people and he is also working with me on my food aggression. I’m beginning to realize food, water and treats are plentiful here, so I can relax a bit.
We also have been working on my outdoor potty skills. Seems I like to bark when I need to go out and so far, I’ve had no accidents in the house.
Well, it’s play time so I need to go. Maybe I’ll get a treat too.
7/20/21 Update:  I’ve been here two weeks and have started feeling more comfortable with the resident dogs. They are quick to teach me about my place and give me direction on what I can and cannot do.

Foster Dad says I am a quick learner and so far, I’ve only had one accident in the house. In my defense, I was standing in front of the door, no one opened it and I had to go! 

I get along well with kids, although really small kids may find me a bit too rough when I play. Foster Mom and Dad are working with me on that. When I don’t get what I want, I am very vocal and mouthy… again, Foster Mom and Dad are working with me. Remember, I am just a puppy, so I need to learn some manners. The neighbor kids love me and the neighbor’s dog and I like to run around together.

I’m looking for a furever home where I can get lots of exercise and lots of lap time. I loooovvveeee lap time.  As I said, I am good with other dogs and kids. I love people and enjoy going for walks. Not sure about the cat creatures, as I’ve never seen one. 

Well, that’s about all for now. I need to start looking through the applications for my forever family.

8/2/21 Update:   Hello everyone.  Dobie here with an update on my stay in my foster home.  

As you know I am a puppy and love to play and chew on things. Since I do like to chew foster mom and dad have gotten me plenty of chew toys to keep me busy.  I also like to play outside and be chased.  This is why I think an active family would be ideal for me.  I love walks and all the attention I can get.
When I’m outside I like to run and play. When I’m inside I want to be in someone’s lap with a chew bone.  I get along with other dogs, not sure about cats and would probably do better in a home without small hoomans. Sometimes I play a little rough and wouldn’t want to hurt anyone.
That’s about it for now. Nap time…Until later.


8/9/21 Update: Well, I’ve been in my foster home for about a month now and have I learned a lot.  I’ve learned to go outside to do my business, I’ve learned to not be so food aggressive because now I know I will get fed on a regular basis.  I’ve learned to get along with all the other dogs here in the house and they have been teaching me some dog manners and what my place is in the pack.

Now, what I’m still working on is not being so rough in my playing with hoomans.  Sometimes I get a little bitey and foster mom and dad are working with me on that piece of my manners.  Remember, I am only 18 months old and am still getting my teeth so I love to chew.  Fortunately there are a lot of toys around for me to play with.  I’m also working on not barking as much when I don’t get what I want.  Foster dad says I throw a temper tantrum, whatever that is.  I don’t throw anything.  I have no thumbs.

What do I like you ask?  I love attention and sitting in your lap.  I love to play and run around the backyard and chase the ball and drag the garden hose around.  I love treats and just being near hoomans.

What am I looking for?  Hmmm…I need a family without really small hoomans since I am a little rough sometimes.  I am looking for a family that will have patience to continue working with me.  Again, I am a puppy.  I wouldn’t mind a family with other dogs so I could run and play and have a friend.  Not sure about cats since I don’t think I’ve ever seen one.  I’m also looking for a way to get exercise to help me burn off some of my energy.

I’m going to start looking thru the applications this weekend and if this sounds like the kind of fur buddy your looking for maybe we will be a match.

9/13/21 Update:  Some of you may remember I had a meet-and-greet a couple of weeks ago. Well, it didn’t go as planned and it seems I wasn’t on my best behavior. Seems the little Frenchie and I just didn’t quite hit it off and I was not being a nice boy like Foster Mom and Dad told me to be.

Anyway, here I am still looking through the approved applicants to find my forever home.

Let me tell you a little about what has happened in the last couple of weeks. Foster Mom and Dad were concerned about some of my behavior, so they consulted with Dr. Larsen to see if there was something that could be done. Dr. Larsen said I was exhibiting characteristics of ADHD.

I have no idea what that is, but they gave me some medication to calm me down a little and it appears things are getting better.

I have been really good about not being as mouthy and I’m learning to not bark when I don’t get my way. Dr. Larsen also said I was still a puppy and needed to learn some more manners, which Foster Mom and Dad are working on with me.

Here’s what I am looking for: I would love a family with no small children and a family who will be firm so I can learn. I am energetic so I need places to run and play. I get along with other dogs and even cats. I’m potty trained and will go to the door when I need to do my business. I love my toys and my food aggression is so much better now that I know I am getting fed on a regular basis. And, I LOVE treats.

Do I sound like your kind of dog? If so what are you waiting for? Get your application in today. Maybe we will be a match and you can adopt a cute adorable pup like me.