Let's see some photos as a "progress report" of sorts, shall we? Buttload of pictures again. Haha. My dog is too photogenic please. But if you really want to know the whole process which I got him, please read.
When he first came to our home, he was really shy. He still is shy now, but I'd like to think he's wayyyy better right now. It's a complicated story of how I got him. Eunice msged me one day that C (a friend we made from Bishan dog run from bringing Echo and Nugget there frequently before Mango) msged her and asked if she wanted another Sheltie. Her friend's uncle was giving away his dog and was going to send the do to SPCA soon if noone takes him.
And she sent me the following 2 pictures:
Details about him that I received: Owner doesn't want dog / dog is about 2years old / dog kept in kitchen/toilet area / dog about to be sent to SPCA / dog barky and poops/pees everywhere. That was probably all I knew about him. But hey, it's not everyday you have a 2year old sheltie up for adoption, so Eunice and I went to view him.
Today, he poos and pees on the newspaper in the kitchen. So far, only 2 incidents where he peed where he wasn't supposed to some time when he first came. Probably didn't know where to go. But no problems! The barking is a little bit of a problem, but Shelties are barkers. So no issues there.
|My first photo of him.|
Next up was to spam my sis with photos and bugging her. She agreed for a trial and I went back again on 28/12/12 to pick him up. Liased with M and asked her to maybe let him sleep with a towel for the week and let me bring him home with the towel so at least there was something familiar with him when I brought him home. Had a week to prepare for him and also think of a name. Didn't see M's aunt when I went to pick him up, only the grandparents and helper. Also, when we asked the grandparents what he eats, they said he ate whatever they ate. Eg. Bread and butter for breakfast and whatever they had for dinner. Eunice and my reaction was to glance at the bin and we both saw what looked like fried chicken bones. /facepalm Was given him, a towel and his receipt when the uncle bought him. Ehhhh. Thank goodness we brought our own collar and leash? No bowls either. Ooooohkay. I actually carried him all the way from their place to the lift because he didn't dare to walk out of the house/into the lift with us. Afterall, we're just strangers to him.
So we went walking around the neighborhood for him to get used to us and also help him let off some energy in case when we got home, he can't sleep and I'd have huge problems. He kept trying to get into any lift he could go near. I was more worried about the car ride home cos they live pretty far away. Went to Bishan Dog Run and let him just walk around to lose some energy before meeting my brood of 3 at home. Wrong choice because some asshole with an uncontrolled Labrador in the dog run attacked him and got a chip out of his right ear. Thanks so much for traumatising my dog on his first few hours with me. But he got over it pretty soon because we met a few other dogs and he was friendly/curious but very cautious/shy with them. Probably have not done this before or at least in a long while.
As much as I didn't want to confine him in the kitchen again, I had to do it because of integration purposes. The cats have to be able to see him and not be able to touch him yet to 'slowly' get used to his presence in the house. I think till this day, only Muffin still can't get along with him.
|First contact with the boss, Thierry.|
Family had a quarrel about him. Helper didn't want to work anymore and want to go home cos she's muslim and she can't handle touch him blabla. But she will never have to if the rest of the family looked after him, right? Anyway till date, she hasn't had to touch him at all. Also, he doesn't even try to touch her. It's like he knows! Grandparents were in favour of my ultimatum-wielding helper until after about a week, they had a 180deg change and were discussing getting a non-muslim helper instead. Haha.
Contacted M to let her know that there was a chance that the adoption might not go through and was informed that if he was returned, they were going to send him to SPCA. Her uncle's decision. M has a dog of her own that cannot tolerate another dog, so she couldn't take Mango in. So... I said I'd continue trying with my family and let her know of any changes. If it really fails, we'll rehome him instead of sending him back. But that never happened, obviously. Thank God.
Oh and his previous name was "Lucky". Wow. Look where that got him. Was throwing around ideas with Sis while she was still overseas about names and she was like "hmmm let's see what names I can come up with right now...? Zara? Topshop? Mango? Eh Let's call him Mango!" So... that's how Mango got his name. HAHAHAH not the fruit! But the retail shop!
|Thierry and Mango in Dec 2013.|
Left: Refusing to leave the lift landing / Right: Out on a walk
He had this huge problem about walking out of the house, walking in/out of the lift, walking up/down stairs, maybe just walking. Every sound that was a little louder would startle him and sent him scurrying towards the direction of the lift landing, pulling at his leash. Had to repeatedly make him do the same thing over and over again to help him overcome his fears. Other than the fear of loud noises thing. And fear of strangers walking behind us during walks. I've got a paranoid dog.
|Peeing at a grass patch =x|
|Mango Echo Nugget|
|Mango's tail in August|
|When his fur was starting to grow out in Feb|
Upetgamart's pool at Pasir Ris closed in Sept and they shifted to West Coast in Oct. Preferred the previous pool =( Ehhhh. What else? Oh!!! Pet cafe!! We started going to Paw Pet-radise really frequently until there was a period that they saw us at least once a week. Scary stuff. Hahahaha. But we got to know the owners very well! Regulars leh.
Also saw Mango 'tiger-face' at another dog for the first time cos the dog kept trying to hump him. Personality coming out! Recently, he'd grumble/make noise if we kept makinghim do tricks but not give him the treat in our hand! Naughty.
6 weeks flew by and we were done! Learnt how to get him to heel properly (but he always walks on my right instead of left), taught him spin, weave, stay and some other things.
As of today, Mango knows...
- Sit (from down position)
- Stand (from sit)
- Wave (like waving goodbye)
- High 5
- Bang! (most fun trick to show people!!)
Can't rmb if he knows anything else that I didn't list down... Hmmm. What else should I teach him? Can't get him to fetch so far cos he refuses to pick up the toy or hold it in his mouth for long. *facepalm* Want to teach him how to look at the camera for photos! And how to carry things in his mouth! And how to balance stuff on his face! Hahahahaha.
So here's Mango doing bang in slow motion! Hahaha. Laugh so hard every time I watch this.
|National Day picnic!|
|Mango's 3rd birthday on 23rd Sept|
Happy Adoption Day! So happy you came into our lives. =))