A Tale of Two Dogs

As you are all aware we run a very successful adoption program.  At 10 all dogs go on the adoption list even though capable of working longer.  As well, younger dogs are put on the list if they demonstrate that the sledding life is not for them.  And, occasionally, in special cases, we will let a dog go early.  Many of our dogs are spoken for years before they retire.  While our dogs usually adjust to a new life, there are some who on arrival at their new home indicate they are not ready yet.  Pete was such a dog last spring, as was Dave.  Although they loved their new life, they were not ready to retire & came back last winter for one more winter.  Both dogs are in Ottawa now & so far so good.  We will see what happens when the cool weather of fall returns.

Dot was adopted this winter.  She was 8.  She has made it very clear that pulling a sled was not her thing.  Here is what her new owners say about Dot.

I hope the spring treated everyone at Chocpaw well! I’m sure you’re underway with summer trips but I just wanted to give you an update on how Dot’s doing. In short, very well, she’s adjusted to life at the apartment wonderfully, and is enjoying her retirement often found sleeping in front of our (ornamental) fireplace.
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 She’s also been very trainable, we can’t believe the difference from when we brought her home until now. She now knows her name on command, “come”, “sit”, and “down” in addition to a “stop” command for when she inevitably chases after squirrels. Dot really enjoys trips up our cottage, and playing with Alex’s family’s black lab, Annabelle. We’re even comfortable enough to allow her off leash at the cottage on the property and have been working on her off-leash training while on walks on some trails nearby. Although we still keep her on a tie-out down in the city.She’s also been very trainable, we can’t believe the difference from when we brought her home until now. She now knows her name on command, “come”, “sit”, and “down” in addition to a “stop” command for when she inevitably chases after squirrels. Dot really enjoys trips up our cottage,
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and playing with Alex’s family’s black lab, Annabelle. We’re even comfortable enough to allow her off leash at the cottage on the property and have been working on her off-leash training while on walks on some trails nearby. Although we still keep her on a tie-out down in the city.

Percy was also adopted this spring.
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I let Percy go early because I didn’t figure he would get many opportunities to be adopted.  A good looking dog with a friendly disposition, he was the opposite to Dot.  He lived to work in harness.  He became almost demonic in his desire to run & could carry a team with his effort.  I knew it would take special people for Percy to transition.
Thought we would give you an update on how Percy is doing.  He is a wonderful dog and we love him very much.  He adjusted to life indoors pretty well, took to sleeping on a big pillowy bed pretty quick and sometimes even tries to sneak up on the bed with us! He is very cuddly, we took him camping last weekend and he was very happy to be cozied up between the 2 of us in the tent.  We take him for lots of runs and walks around the city, we also try to take him to the don valley to go for bike rides on the weekends.  He loves kids and is great with other dogs, we never have to worry about letting him off leash in the dog park.  We let him off leash for the first time last weekend while camping/ climbing and he was amazing.   While we were climbing he just hung out with the crew at the bottom and while we were hiking he never went far, he just likes being one of the crew! He gets lots of attention from everyone who sees him, everyone says how young he looks and how beautiful his eyes are!  Another weekend we had him out climbing with us, a girl at the craig said she had just gotten bitten by another dog and was scared of dogs.  By the end of the day she hanging out and petting Percy, she said he is so calm he is “therapeutic”, seems chocpaw did a great job taking care of him! Here are some pictures for you!

Thank you for this amazing dog Paul, he brings us so much joy every day!

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Two different personalities.  Two successes.  Thank you.
We still have quite a few dogs looking for homes this summer.  Give us a call.