To all the
employees and volunteers at the SPCA of Western Quebec, thank you so
very much for looking after Ace for us. We are all enjoying each
others company, even the cats adore Ace. Your openness to
Ace's character when talking about adopting him have allowed us to
work with him on expanding his thought process and his well being, so
everyone can enjoy his company and companionship.
Ace is a remarkable
young man, he is learning at an alarming rate, today will be 2 weeks since we
picked him up and he is already walking in a full heel position with
no pulling at all, in fact he will heel in the back yard with no lead
on just as well, so in
two weeks he's learned the following "come, sit, down, stand, stay,
wait, left paw, right paw, high
five, drop it, hugs, up, off and easy". He is learning all of
this in all surroundings, indoors, outdoors, downtown Montreal, at the
dog park, everywhere.
are some of the activities
that we've all been experiencing with Ace, the back yard,
the car, the dog park, swimming, downtown Montreal,
Oktoberfest in the West Island, the beach, friends' homes, a few
visitors to our home, hundreds of people, a couple of dogs so far and
of course our nature trails. He's been everywhere with us and he
loves the adventures we take him on.
Ace is quickly
catching on to Agility training as you'll see from the pictures, so
far he can perform the "A" frame, the walk, jumps, the pause table and
entry weave poles. These are all performed off leash with both
hand signals as well as verbal instructions. We are signing Ace
up for Agility classes
for October 6th. We see a bright future for this amazing friend.
As you know
Ace still loves to be hugged, petted and rubbed. He's a gentle
giant with such a good demeanour, he just can't wipe that big happy
grin off his face and neither can we.....we're all so happy we found
each other....we're having so much fun...
is doing amazing, he is completely off leash and under full control
during our wooded walks, and he is behaving so well I think you
would all be very impressed with his huge steps forward. He has
the biggest smile of any dog I've ever seen, it would appear that he
is in heaven. He has really improved with greeting people, and
socializing with our human friends, this has been a pretty big
challenge but we are on the downhill part now and he is relaxed and
comfortable and our friends are more comfortable too. We are so
proud of Ace, he gets lots of compliments on how smart he is,
how well-behaved he is, how handsome he is, or how beautiful he is.
We are all having a
lot of fun together; the cats even approve so we're one big happy
family. Ace is a pretty lucky boy, we go for big walks in the
forest once or twice a day, we also go to the doggie park
almost everyday. As you can imagine he is now in EXCELLENT
shape, he is so full of energy, but with all the exercise he sleeps a
lot as well. YES it's a dog's life.
I have attached two
pictures, the first one is Julie grooming Ace. Ace loves it when
Julie grooms him; when I groom him he nips at the brush or the nail
clippers, etc. and never settles down for me, but when Julie grooms
him he sits still and wags his tail, he loves it. I took
the picture a week ago as I still can't believe how he just loves it
when Julie grooms him?? The second picture is ACE off leash in
our back yard forest (he has earned his off leash participation, he's
not 100% perfect but he is at least 99%, which is outstanding for only
being 3 months together). In this picture I have called him to
come and he is TRUCKING
it back to me; if you look closely you will see him smiling. I
have a couple of video's as well but they are too big to send.
Anyway you can see his big happy smile, he loves being free.
Julie, Steve, Ace
and the Cats
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