Pete #3 Black Labrador Retriever Mix Male 3 Years Old ID #3119

September 30, 2022black Labrador Retriever Mix

Our sweet Pete is now available for adoption. We are hoping for a wonderful adopter who will continue to help Pete through his heartworm treatments and then give him the happiest life. https://www.petfinder.com/dog/pete-57672519/pa/warrington/brookline-labrador-rescue-pa06/

September 27, 2022

Pete continues to show more and more of his personality every day. He is such a sweet boy and a total goofball. The manners definitely need some work but he is starting to learn. Pete is very smart, but has a lot of excitement so his listening skills are not always a match for his young lab enthusiasm.

Pete has picked up some things we have been working hard on though. Our Stay and Come exercises have been a little rough because he’s so eager to be right on top of you and so eager for the treats, that result is a wiggly dog scooching his butt across the floor with every step I take back. He does come when called though…sometimes with some gusto. Pete needs to be on mild activity right now, so if he starts getting too excited and looks like he’s about to get the zoomies we have worked on the command “Settle”…which some days we have to use more than others. Thankfully this dog loves to be touched so when we say Settle and hold out our arms, he will throw on the brakes and quickly sit down and wiggle around for pets. This can calm him down pretty quickly.black Labrador Retriever Mix Pete also has to work on his jumping, but thankfully he does not jump on us. He basically just jumps for joy…. sometimes with all four paws off the ground. But when we say a firm NO and SIT, or SETTLE he will immediately sit so poised we almost wait for a salute.

Pete went to the vet this weekend and was a very good patient. He passed the other dogs in the office with nothing more than a sniff hello, and was happy to make friends with the doctor and staff. Pete is still currently in the first 30 days of heartworm treatment so we are continuing to give him his antibiotic twice daily. After that he will have a 30-day break. 61 days after his first antibiotic, he will need to return to the vet for his first injection. However, the doctor said his heart sounds good and found nothing concerning at this point. We are just waiting for lab work to make sure there are no additional issues, but otherwise it was a good visit.

Pete has been doing a much better job of spending the day resting. Foster Mom moved her workspace to the living room and Pete discovered that the sofa provides high quality resting space. He now enjoys relaxing to music for most of the day….and Foster Mom is enjoying more peaceful workdays.

Pete has also grown fond of Foster Dad and is even now excited when he comes home from work. A great improvement from originally not even wanting to be in the same room with him.

At night Pete likes to curl up close on the couch for some tv. Sometimes a bit too close, and then we need to set boundaries or else have bony elbows digging in to our legs.black Labrador Retriever Mix But whether he is feeling relaxed, funny, or even a little mischievous, Pete has the sweetest face and absolutely loves to be loved. He is hilarious and entertaining, and always wants to be close. black Labrador Retriever MixPete is going to have a great life once he gets healthy and hopes to find a forever family who will shower him with the love and affection, he always dreamed of having.

 

September 18, 2022

Sweet Pete has been in foster care for just over a week now and is definitely more comfortable in his surroundings. Although he is attached to Foster Mom, he is becoming more comfortable seeking out pets from Foster Dad. Pete hops around most of the day with a big goofy smile and lots of enthusiasm for his new life.

black labrador retriever mixPete can be nudgy for attention, most likely because it is still new to him. He loves to shower Foster Mom with kisses and snuggle into her lap. We are working on boundaries so he doesn’t get used to being attached 24/7.

black labrador retriever mixHe will take some independent time to play with his toys, but is not interested yet in the food dispenser toy. He loves his Nylabone and making a project out of trying to unstuff his stuffed toy. Sometimes he has tough time deciding where to enjoy his treasured toys.

Pete also benefits from some quiet time in his crate occasionally during the day. Pete is crate trained and goes into his crate pretty easily without even a treat to bribe him. We have left the house for a couple hours as well with a camera on to make sure he is ok. The first time he whined for a bit before settling, but two other times just laid down for a nap. Pete also sleeps quietly in his crate at night, since he would no doubt be in our bed if given the opportunity.black labrador retriever mixToday Pete met his foster grandparents. We had a leash on him to make sure he wouldn’t jump or spin around while they walked through the house and become a tripping hazard. But when they walked in the door, Pete turned into a calm and mellow dog, just hanging out quietly and gently accepting treats and pets. He was on his best behavior the whole time, and had everyone convinced he was a perfect angel. As they drove away, Pete sat at the door, looked up at me with his big goofy smile, and hopped off around in circles.black labrador retriever mixThis little boy is a character. He is not a perfect angel just yet, but for one week into indoor living,  he is doing just fine. Pete is motivated by both food and attention, so he should learn manners quickly. If you are looking to add some entertainment and lots of love to your day, he’s your guy!

September 12, 2022

Today was Pete’s first work from home with Foster Mom Day. Pete was not thrilled. When Foster Dad left, Pete apparently thought Foster Mom was going to be his playmate all day long! He suddenly became quite comfortable hopping around the house and it was very hard to disappoint him, especially when every time I turned around, Pete was looking up at me with a big goofy smile.

At times he even became a bit jumpy and excited, and had to be corrected. The good news is, even though Pete became so excited at times that he could barely contain his adorable wiggly body, he does seem eager to please, so he will quickly revert to a soldier sit in a second. Pete’s wiggles really added some comedy to another boring day at work.

When Foster Dad came home, Pete was back to a quiet little guy and would sit with an innocent look on his face as if he hadn’t moved an inch from his bed in the living room all day long.

Foster Dad has been making sure to pay attention to Pete and hand feed him treats and kibble to make sure he feels comfortable around him. Pete gladly accepts the treats and calmly sits next to Foster Dad for pets instead of trying to climb in his lap. It has been very interesting to witness the different dynamics so far.

Pete’s digestive system was a little overactive today, most likely due to the antibiotics, but he did easily take the pills stuck in soft treat again today, so that definitely makes it a whole lot easier. Today we tried getting Pete interested in the food dispenser toy, but he didn’t care much about it. Tomorrow maybe we will try to entertain him with a Kong instead. Pete eats just fine, but does not get overly excited about his meals so far.  We still have to tell him that dinner is served! Tonight, was the first night that Pete was interested in what was being cooked in the kitchen, but after a few firm No’s, Pete found a rug to curl up on instead. Much different than the many dogs we have tripped over in the kitchen! Pete has also not started begging for food yet, so we actually get to eat dinner peacefully. We will keep a close eye though, since we did catch the little guy tip toeing away from the kitchen carrying a goody bag of treats, which he promptly turned over when he was caught in the act.

We look forward to having some new adventures with Pete to share soon!

September 11, 2022

Pete slept quietly in his crate the whole night. This morning, he was reluctant to come out of the bedroom and still a bit nervous. But throughout the morning, with some food, treats, and pets, he warmed up a little bit. The crate seems to be his safe spot, and that’s where he spent the majority of the day and night yesterday, but we want Pete to learn to feel comfortable in the main area of the house as well. black Labrador Retriever Mix Today, we alternated between coaxing him into the living room and closing the bedroom door, then later opening the door and allowing Pete time to go back to the crate and decompress. He also spent a good part of the day laying by the front door, but was comfortable enough to visit in the living room a few times to relax on his bed and watch some football.

Pete was an owner surrender and was kept outside by his previous owner so we expect it will take some time to adjust to life inside. Pete received some updated vetting in foster care in Mississippi, where he also tested positive for heartworm. He was prescribed a 30-day antibiotic as the first step in treating the heartworms which he started today. So, at breakfast and dinner, Pete took a pill stuffed in a treat with absolutely no argument.

It’s pretty clear that Pete has not experienced much playtime in his three years, but he was very excited to receive some toys from his Brookline welcome box, even if he wasn’t quite sure what to do with them.

By the afternoon he was dancing around with a bone and trying to figure out how to fit both tennis balls in his mouth at the same time! black Labrador Retriever MixAlthough he’s still a bit of a nervous boy, Pete is very sweet and quirky, and we look forward to seeing more of his personality come out.

September 10, 2022

Today, Sweet 53 pound Pete completed his long journey from Mississippi to Pennsylvania to join Brookline. Pete hesitantly stepped out of his transport bus where we were waiting to take him to our foster home. He was very quiet on the car ride home and sat briefly looking out the window.  He then decided that laying down was the better option and started nodding off in the back seat.

When we arrived home, Pete tip toed around the house curiously, checking out his new surroundings with his sniffer in full gear. In the backyard, Pete found even more wonderful smells to take in, and then properly did his business. Back inside, Pete was offered some treats for doing his business outside, and immediately sat down when he smelled them. What a good boy!black Labrador Retriever Mix

We showed Pete around and introduced him to the crate, the dog bed, and water and food bowls. He discovered the view by the front door is a pretty good one, and laying down on the rug is not a bad place to be. After a little while, the poor boy retreated to the bedroom and walked right into his crate, obviously exhausted and maybe a bit overwhelmed from this day’s adventures. He was ready for a nice long nap. He made an appearance in the evening and, with some encouragement, enjoyed his dinner. After going outside again, he headed back to his crate to catch up on some much-needed rest.black Labrador Retriever Mix

So far, Pete is a sweet southern gentleman for a 3-year-old boy. We will see if his impressive manners carry over in the days and weeks to come! We can’t wait to learn more about this handsome boy. Check in soon for more updates on Pete!

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PLEASE NOTE: While this Lab may not be available for adoption by the time you complete the adoption process, other great Labs are always finding their way into our Rescue. (Note: Sometimes a foster home falls in love and adopts their foster dog so the dog doesn’t make it to “Available Now”)

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