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I adopted Beethoven (top right) in Nov of 2007. He was 6 years old on March 1. He got a new dog bed which he slept in for a month. He is a very special little dog. He loves treats, going to the dog park and taking a long walk, having his chest rubbed and car rides. He likes to chase anything from a field mouse to a herd of deer! He will follow me around the house until I take him to the dog park. He also makes cute little grunting sounds when he wants something. He barks only when he hears a stange sound or if a stranger comes into our yard. He never makes a mess or destroys anything. He sleeps anywhere he wants to which is usually the middle of the bed. It's fun to watch him fluff up the covers with his front paws!
We took an intermediate training class where Beethoven made 3 new friends and learned some new tricks. He will do almost anything to please you. When I need to leave home for awhile, he will greet me with many kisses and dances all around me. I can't imagine life without him!
Donna Decker - WI
Stuart (2nd photo from the top) came into our lives in January 2008. We have been a foster family for WWR for over three years and Stuart was our newest foster dog. We picked him up at the Adams-Foster humane Society where he had been turned in as a stray. Stuart was scruffy and very underweight, and when he first came to us, did not eat well and was very lethargic.
After a check-up and treatment from the vet, Stuart began to gain weight and act more like a typical 2 year old Westie. Our youngest daughter came home from college one weekend while we were fostering him and immediately fell in love with him. She said we should adopt Stuart and that got us thinking. We already have a 14 year old Westie names Minnie and we weren't certain about owning two dogs. Stuart had won us over and after a couple of weeks fostering him, we put in a request to adopt him. Since no one was on the waiting list wanting to adopt Staurt, we were approved!
We feel very lucky to have Stuart. He is such a wonderful little guy. He loves to play with his toys, go for walks, and sit on our laps. He adds a lot of fun to our household! Even Minnie has become accustomed to having a youngster in the house!
Sue and Bill Bracken, WI
Tyson (3rd photo from the top) came into my life a little less than 3 months ago. This may not seem like a long time, but the instant I laid eyes on him, as he ran around bossing the other puppies around, I knew it wouldn't take long before I couldn't imagine my life without him. I love every second I spend with him, even when he is wreaking havoc on my yard or in my house.
It's so hard to pick one story to exemplify life with my little buddy. Would it be the day he came home with me and crawled into my dishwasher? Or would it be his facination with bathrooms (he tries to climb into the toilet, sink and bathtub every chance he gets)? Maybe it's when he sits out in the yard stalking rabbits and squirrles until I drag him back into the house? Or maybe it's how much he loves water? He asks to go out every 20 minutes when it is raining outside and then he just sits in the middle of the yard getting drenched until I make him come in and dry off before his next round. During the spring thaw, my backyard flooded and I had a couple of ducks that made my yard their temporary home. Tyson would get so excited to go out and chase them that he would even wake me up in the middle of the night and pretend to have to go potty just so he could chase them some more. He would come in again, wet and muddy, but hey, what else are puppies for?
Tyson is on the go 24/7. We take a half and hour run/walk at lunch and another hour long walk in the evening after I get home from work, and he still has enough energy todrop his ball on my face as i try to relax on the couch. Then he chews his bone or his ball for most of the night while I try to sleep. One thing I can say is I am never bored and I am usually laughing when we are home together. He is also the sweetest dog I have ever met (no bais here I swear!). he never growls and rarely barks and will go along with just about anything. When i get home, even with all of his energy, he makes time to sit on my chest and clean my face. he loves every person and dog he meets. Walking with him is an adventure because he wants to say hi to everyone! This made his first vet visit with me quite an experience.
I can't put into words how much Ty has added to my life. I doubt he would be the wondeful dog he is if it weren't for the Tyson's, his foster family. All of the work they and their two Westie kids, Widget and Joey, put into giving Ty the type of life he deserves are irreplaceable. I can't thank them enough. Ty can't wait to go visit them and neither can I!
Kimberly Shukosky - WI
We adopted Elvis (bottom photo) on December 26, 2006. Since then he has endeared himself to everyone that he meets: he is such a friendly outgoing wee dog, greeting everyone with enthusiasm and a wagging tail. When family and friends come to visit he becomes a Lap Dog and drapes himself on them, waiting for treats, walks or playtime.
One of his favorite treats is string cheese and whenever anyone takes one from the refrigerator he assumes it is for him and, of course, it becomes his! He has a box full of toys, but prefers to have them scattered around on the floor and NOT in his box. He has enjoyed many new experiences this past year—swimming in Lake Michigan, family picnics with other pets, leaf-blowing fun, snow ball fights & playing ball for as long as anyone will play with him. He gets so excited at this game that we must be the ones to stop and calm him down.
During the day he keeps track of activities in the front yard and street, barking at squirrels, rabbits, cats, dogs, garbage men, mail trucks & UPS trucks! I think he truly believes this is his job to keep me informed of these things. He loves to be up high to relax, on the back of the couch or recliner—a true Westie trait.
The high light of his day is when my son arrives after work to take him to the parkway for his REAL WALK where he can run through all the trails and follow the many great smells and perhaps see deer and other dogs to run with.
He loves bed, and at the end of his busy day, races to be there first and take over his favorite spot on the pillows. When asked to move, he stretches out and becomes a dead weight with a wagging tail and we must move him! He makes us laugh and has brought us lots of joy since he found his forever home with us.
Thank you WWR!
Christine Sorger WI
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