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Hey check it out...I got my own website!!!  Also see Dolci on stage at the Mutt Show.

05/03/02 New pics of Dolci and update

     

Hi Cyndi and Lorraine -

At long last, here are a few of Dolci's pictures from her first roll of film! She's such an amazing dog. As you can see, she loves her toys! We just got her a hedgehog and now that one's her favorite. The rest are hidden in various parts of the yard, buried under a dusting of dirt.

We took Dolci to puppy class this past weekend, and she did great. She rolled around with the other pups and impressed the instructors immensely. We've taken her on walks around the neighborhood, and she just charges along the sidewalk, totally unafraid of the unfamiliar environment. After she completes her last round of shots we'll take her to the dog park and let her run around with the other dogs. She's such a social creature!

We just adore this dog ... can't believe she's only been with us for a month. Thanks again for helping Dolci to be such a loving and well-adjusted pup!

I hope both your dog families are doing well!

Caitlin, Teresa and Dolci


Check out some pics of Breezy visiting Dimmer and Kandoo.

Breezy is an approximately 9-week-old Lethal White (Blue Merle) Australian Shepherd.  She was a stray who was found outside someone's residence crying and was taken to the White Mountain Humane Society in Lakeside, AZ  (They were kind enough to transport her to us).  She does have sight/hearing impairments.  Breezy was hungry when found, but she is not skinny or unhealthy looking.  She has a beautiful fluffy coat and her temperament is wonderful.  She is friendly and loves to be cuddled.  She does not startle when approached.  Breezy has received her first set of shots and has been spayed.

04/03/02 It is our determination, due to her disabilities, that Breezy would do best in a home with another friendly dog to help her find her way around and with older or no children.

 04/09/02 Dolci (Breezy) is now living in Tucson with her new family (pictured above).  Below is an e-mail update that we are so proud to share because finding the right home is our most important goal...and it's appears that we've succeeded in doing that...  thanks to Caitlin and Terry (and Blue). 

Hi Cyndi and everyone --

It's hard to believe it's been only 3 days since we brought Breezy home from Lorraine's house ... and what a whirlwind the trip was, with Blue and 3 adults in the car, all trying to get a glimpse of the new girl while keeping an eye on the road. Breezy slept on my lap all the way home ... except for when she was overcome with the desire to chew the gear shift!

I think we're going to call her Dolci, short for Dolcezza - which means "sweetness" in Italian. She is the sweetest puppy I know, so it fits! I've got half a roll of film left, so as soon as I get it developed I'll send copies (digital).

Her first morning, we all got up about 5 (her preference...) and spent a few hours working the perimeter of the front yard. We'd thought her "place" would be the back yard, but we quickly discovered that the thousands of chinaberries on the ground were way too tempting for her. In any case, the front yard has grass, which she loves. It was hard to see her bumping into the walls and the gate, but she quickly figured out the route, and now she never bumps into anything ... except Blue (who grudgingly lets herself get tripped over).

Today I gave her a rawhide bone, which she carried around like a badge of honor for all the neighborhood to see ... before promptly burying it next to a patch of aloe. She checks on it now and then, but hasn't dug it up yet.  She's also taken up a particularly funny habit - Blue has always been fond of rocks rather than toys ("Throw the rock! Throw the rock! Come on, throw the rock!"). Today, while we were trying to interest Dolci in a new ball, she instead went and got the biggest rock she could find and sat with it for most of the afternoon! Maybe it's an Aussie thing...

I think she may have some hearing, maybe at higher decibels (she startled once when Blue barked) and also some vision, at least light sensitivity (she plays in sunbeams) ... but training will still be a challenge. Everything I know about dog training is not really going to fit. Nonetheless, we've worked out a bit of Morse code already. If one of us taps a piece of flagstone with a glass bottle, she sits on the ground and feels the vibration ... then wags her tail, barks a bit, lunges forward ... and if she can trace it to us, she gets a liver treat. Most of the time she wins.

As for the cat, last night she really surprised me. I was sitting on the bed next to a sleeping pup, and the cat (Campari) came in for the first time since Friday. She walked around the room for about 20 minutes, scoping out the situation while I acted like nothing was unusual. Finally, she must have decided that whatever that strange creature was, it wasn't worth giving up her spot in the bed for ... so she jumped up and sat on the other side of me, as if to remind me that she was there first. I don't know if they'll be buddies or not, but I'm so glad the cat is willing to at least share a room!

That's it for now ... it's been a busy weekend of muddy paws, puppy laundry, trips to PetSmart, early rising, covering the slats in the porch rail, removing lawn hazards, looking for film, taking pictures .... you know, puppyhood!

Thank you SOOOO MUCH for doing what you do to give these pups a chance. Dolci is a special dog in many ways, and I'm so pleased to have the opportunity to get to know her.

I'll be in touch soon! Feel free to forward this message.

Take care!  Caitlin


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