Thursday, October 20, 2011

Lucky Lukas!

Lukas is a two-and-a-half year old Shepherd mix who joined the crew here at the Fort this morning. Lukas really is a lucky guy--he was found in a dumpster in Los Angeles at 4 1/2 months old, and was fortunate enough to be discovered and rescued. Despite his rough start, Lukas is as very happy fellow who speaks great "dog." He spent some time getting the lay of the land, and meeting the other pups before he started to play a bit toward the end of the assessment. With more time and consistency, I'm sure that Lukas will spend even more of his time tearing it up!


P.S.--Lukas was a great example of why we keep the assessments so short--just a four-hour visit in the morning. Right when he was starting to get antsy, it was time for him to go home. Now he has created that good association: he comes here to have fun, but he isn't abandoned. The four hour assessment is long enough that we can get a feel for the dog's personality and watch their interactions with other dogs, but is short enough that it doesn't become a stressful experience.

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