Captain originally came to the BC SPCA Trail Regional Branch as a stray in May 2010. He had been spotted wandering the streets of Oliver and was picked up by animal control in hopes of finding his home. Sadly Captain had no forms of identification on him and we were unable to locate his family.
Since he had come in as a stray there was no information about Captain’s history, but staff were hopeful that someone would want to adopt this wonderful young dog. After a couple hiccups along the way Captain found his forever home even if it did take a bit longer than the average dog.
He had a tendency to roam and needed a secure yard, someone home to help him with his separation anxiety, and a great family to help him learn a few manners too. Captain found all of this and more and his new family has written to tell us how he has progressed.
I saw the adoption profile for Captain and thought it would be nice to replace it with a happy "tail" :)
When I visited the trail SPCA with intentions of adopting a dog for my family, I was thinking small. I walked 3 or 4 dogs all of which were very sweet, but none of them really stood out. As I was about to leave Frankie suggested I walk Captain, so I did. I took him out onto the grass and he was very calm and little bit sad. I took my 2 year old off of my back to see how he would feel about her and she draped her arms over his back and leaned on him and all he did was reach his head back and kiss her cheek. I knew it was love!
Since day one he has been very sweet natured and especially patient with my children. He is very complacent with being a jungle gym, a doll and a snuggle buddy. There is no where he would rather be than beside us. He especially enjoys homework and story time, he will lay beside the children very calmly and I think it makes him feel included.
We have dealt with our fair share of bumps, as he likes to bolt. There have aslo been some house accidents, but I’m pretty sure such things are "par for the course" and with some training for me and him we have worked through the problems (for the most part).
I don't think I could ever live without being able to wake up to his warm brown eyes and wet nose resting at the edge of my bed waiting for me to turn my alarm off.
He enjoys walks but is rather lazy and getting him out of bed is much like getting a teenager out of bed, unless of course there is food involved! He has mastered, sit, stay, down, bang and is working on some target training.
He is a bit of a wuss and doesn’t like the snow so he is a bit (okay maybe a lot) spoiled and now has a small wardrobe of sweaters, coats and t-shirts for all occasions. The children have learned a lot of responsibility from him and as a result my middle child now wants to be a vet when she grows up, so she can help the dogs and cats who have no homes.
He has begun to frequent yappy hour at the local pet store to play with some new K-9 friends. He loves everyone we meet and loves attention from anyone human, dogs (big and small) and even my 3 cats.
He really does make our family complete and we are so grateful to have him in our lives. Thank you to the Trail SPCA for holding onto this sweet boy until he could come to us, his furrever home.
It is so good to hear that Captain and his new family are doing well, and we are happy to see that his new mom is so realistic and patient with him. Dogs, like people, have their own personalities and need to be accepted for who they truly are. Thank you to Melissa and family for making adoption your first option and helping this young pup find the place he was meant to be.
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