3 years ago, this lovely dog arrived in my life! And changed it!!! Geko spent a couple of years in shelters and family who couldn't deal with his temper, and his "handicap".. he is deaf.. like 1/5 of the Dalmatians. The man who had him when he was a baby died one year later and Geko just didn't understand.. the wife tried to find a vet to put him to sleep... he was rescued by a man working for a shelter but this poor dog was too heartbroken and didn't cooperate.. the families who tried to have him said he was barking all the time, being aggressive and that he was always escaping. When I saw his photo in Facebook I loved his eyes so much!! I wanted to help him.. but he was already sent to a new home. A few months later a friend told me about that Dalmatian I had a crush on earlier that was again back to a shelter.... the family couldn't keep him. It was an emergency... I was just back from holiday and headed quicly to get him! Everyone said i was crazy! But i knew there was something special between us....... He never tried to escape, he is so close to me.. we (my daughter and I) taught him signs to communicate. He gets along very well with my other pets... we just can't go on holidays anymore as we can't really take him with us as he's not always sociable.. (we saw a comportementalist but each dog with a hard past has his limits)... and no one can look after him... just my son for a few hours.. But I have no regrets. We found a new house with a huge garden then my arms and shoulders can relax after years of leash with him and he feels less stressed out of town. I love my #dalmatian!!!
Just wanted to share his story. Thanks for reading!!
3 months ago
Oswin doing the thing! This is session 2 on a curved tunnel... and 4th time ever with a tunnel. All of our foundation handling work over the last year and a half has started to come together and is making our progress go very quickly! The foundation you lay is so important for future success. I second guessed myself all the time about not having things on cue for a long time (some skills still aren't on cue yet) and for working on Foundation concepts rather than focused skills. But I think all the concept work and foundation pieces are proving to be worth it... her progress in 6 weeks of heeling class was AMAZING and the handling work we are just starting with obstacles is coming along very quickly. She can't wait to start her first agility class next week! .