Hey guys! This weeks post is dedicated to my rescue dog, Captain Jack Sparrow, or Jack for short. Today is his adoption anniversary! I cannot believe that I have had this dog in my life for a while year already. I will give you a little bit of history as to what I know about him, and talk through some of the great things, and some of the struggles we have gone through.
Jack is a 3 year old black lab/basset hound mix. He has the body length of a lab, but the short little legs of a basset hound. He even has the bowed legs, which I find to be adorable. I adopted him from the 4 Luv of Dog Rescue, which is located in Fargo, ND. A year ago, I went to go look into adopting a dog. I wanted small dog, and I did not want a puppy. I looked at two older chihuahuas, which were very adorable, but had some health issues that I was not prepared to handle. Then I went to see Jack. I was little hesitant because of what his bio said about him, but I wanted to meet him because of how adorable he was. I feel in love the minute I laid my eyes on him, and I knew I needed to take him home.
What I know about Jack from what I was told, and what I have witnessed is that I believe he was an outside kennel dog from birth. My opinion is that someone was going to train him to be a hunting dog, but as soon as they learned that he was gun shy(meaning that loud gun shots scare him) they no longer deemed him worthy to be trained or loved for that matter. He was not socialized as a puppy, so any interaction with a new person scares him. His main reaction when meeting new people is to lash out aggressively until that person just goes away. He has a loud bark, and it can be scary if you do not know him.
I have been training him with positive reinforcement, and trying to associate people with yummy treats, but it can be hard. Some days, I just wish I could go inside his head, and make him understand that people aren’t all bad. Most people are great people. He also has a lot of separation issues. If I go outside for 5 seconds, he is sitting at the front door, crying for me to come back inside. He does love me unconditionally, and I know that he will never harm me in anyway. He is my best friend, and I love him like I would my own child. He is the best cuddle buddy for when you are upset, and he loves to play a good game of tug of war.
The one thing they told me when I got him is that he has issues with other dogs. They said that he gets overly aggressive with other dogs, and I should make sure to keep him away from other dogs until he is comfortable with them. The only problem was, is the fact that my parents have 3 dogs, and my brother has a dog as well. I was really worried about the first time Jack met all of the new dogs, and I think we only had one small dog fight, but now, they are all the best of friends. I watched my mom’s chihuahua for the past 2 weeks, and they got along so well together, I couldn’t even believe it. He just needed to be socialized in the right way, and I feel a lot more comfortable having him meet new dogs now.
I am so glad that I decided to adopt Jack a year ago. My life would not be even remotely what it is now if I did not have him in my life. I can’t see my future without him in it, and I am so glad that I get to call him my dog.
Let me know your thoughts on this type of blog post.,and leave a comment if you own a rescue dog or cat or any other sort of pet. I know I would normally be doing a February Favorites, but Jack’s 1 year adoption anniversary is a little more important to me. I will try to fit in a February Favorites next week. Also, if you are looking into getting a dog of your own, I strongly encourage you to adopt if you can. They just want someone to love and care for them, and there are way to many dogs in rescue shelters and foster homes to not be adopting. I hope you guys have a fantastic week, and I will hope to see you back here next week.