Last updated: 28 Oct, 2020
Published on: 17 Sep, 2012
Scooby will doo nicely
Scooby and Paul...When couple Tracy and Paul made the decision to expand their family with a fur kid, they plumped for the adoption option and hit the PetRescue pages.
“We were actually looking for a female dog, but when our eyes met Scooby’s photo, we immediatelyknew he was the dog for us,” recalled Tracy.
Scooby was a pound dog, but because of his sweet nature, they’d kept him there for much longer than the average seven days. He was very underweight and craving attention. Lucky for him, his handsome face quickly won some hearts.
When Tracy and Paul got him home, they set to work on feeding him up, and soon discovered that Scooby was pretty fussy about his snacks.
“At first, he wouldn’t eat unless we were standing with him. He’d just walk away if we left him to it. He’s a weird one for sure,” Tracy laughed.
They found Scooby was easily spooked by water too. “To start with, he was only happy to drink from a small water bowl. That’s all changed now, he regularly drinks out of the shower and if we flush the loo when it’s clean, he’s in heaven,” exclaimed Tracy.
When it came to training, Scooby didn’t need to be taught any manners, but he did need to learn a few rules about walking on the lead and recall – a challenge that proved a little difficult as Scooby wasn’t interested in food rewards.
“We tried doggy school to get him to interact with other dogs, but it freaked him out too much, so we figured it wasn’t worth the stress for Scooby and for us.” said Tracy. “Getting a halti was a miracle solution to the lead training and when he does meet another dog, all he wants to do is play.”
At home, Scooby is the perfect gentleman. He sits nicely for his dinner. He doesn’t climb on the couch – although Tracy is sure he would if he was invited. And he only barks when someone is standing at the front door.
“For the first few months, we thought he couldn’t bark as he was so quiet,” Tracy added.
Although still a little slender, Scooby’s appetite for life is huge. He loves travelling in the car, he loves running at the local salt lakes and Tracy and Paul love him to bits.
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