|New pics of the boys! May 7, 2003|
|Thor in his Harley Hat||These are some Cool Dudes!||Barkley in his Harley Hat|
Thank you for your nice note to my new family. I love them a lot and I KNOW they love me! My new dad says I'm showing great strides every single day. I love my brother too, and always sleep by him on the couch at night. My mom and dad said they would be glad to talk to any potential adoptive family about adopting "unsocialized, behaviorally challenged collies" like me because they say I'm worth it!
Thank you for taking me in and starting me off on the right paw, and for being honest about my problems and what kind of help I would need right from the start.
Thor (Mr. Smoooooooth)
Thor and Barkley
Last summer I was foster mom to Thor, the smooth collie boy, who was unsocialized and pretty much scared to death of everyone and every new situation. We saw Thor over the weekend and I wanted to share with you how far he has come with the love and patience of Rob, Mel and Barkley Stanek. I'm so very proud of all of them!
After a VERY COLD trip to the dog park we went to the K-9 Cafe where the dogs are welcome to come into the cafe for treats with their owners. Thor was hanging out in there with the rest of the dogs like he'd done it every day of his life. Last June he would have freaked out even with a gentle leader collar on and acted like a complete spaz dog.
Mel and Rob - thank you for all of your training, love and patience with Thor. It's so rewarding to see how far Mr. Smooth has come under your care!! (Barkley's done a great job being a good collie brother and showing Thor how to be a dog.) It just goes to show that so many of these dogs that we see have the potential to have a better life... we just need to find the right families to make it happen for them.
Last night's thunderstorms scared Thor to death. I got both Thor and Barkley up on the bed with me and Thor was shaking like a leaf. Then the CUTEST thing happened. Usually, Barkley doesn't like to share his "on the bed with mom" space with Thor, and has done so in the past with begrudging low growls.
Well, last night I wrapped Thor in a blanket and purposely snuggled him into Barkley on the bed with me. Barkley did his usual complaining, but sensed that Thor was really scared because Thor was panting so hard. Next thing I know, Barkley got up, snuggled into to Thor, put his paw on Thor's tummy for comfort and began NUZZLING into his neck, and licking his whole face for about five minutes! I couldn't believe it! When he was done, Barkley put his head down next to Thor, but still kept his paw on Thor's tummy for comfort. The little peanut calmed down and the two of them fell asleep next to me. It was a paternal thing with Barkley and the cutest interaction I've seen between these two EVER! We're really enjoying Thor as our new addition to the family.
Wanted to give you an update on my little "Bat Ears" (Rob calls Thor his little "fox"). During Thor's first night, a thunderstorm rolled in and I woke up to about 55 pounds of hound laying right on top of me! He was so cute. I reassured him and he went back to sleep.
He follows Barkley everywhere and does everything Barks does (including, thankfully, eating and drinking). This morning on the bed, he caught a glimpse of himself in the mirror. He growled and growled . . . "Who is that dog?!"
Last night, Anna, our seven year old little neighbor girl came over and wanted to meet Thor. He barked at her and ran away a lot, but by the end of her visit, he came pretty close and was actually interested in her. Anna wants to be a vet (because she loves Barkley and other animals) and will probably be the child that will turn the cards for Thor.
That's it for now. We love him
dearly; he is so gentle and pretty. Barks has
warmed up to him too.
Andi, you did an awesome job fostering Thor! Thank you so much for taking as much time and care as you did with him. It made all the difference for us.
-- Rob and Mel
Mel and Rob are now the proud parents of Thor, aka Mr. Smooth.
I understand that the first day went very well and he's having a great time with his new collie brother, Barkley. He has a great big yard to run around in and explore.
I'm very happy that Thor has found such a great family for his forever home. I know he'll be very happy there.
Daisy, Tasha and I became very attached to him during the 6 weeks that he was at our home.
Congratulations Mel, Rob, Barkley and Thor!
Thor was fostered in Minneapolis, MN.