Rescue Dog Tells All…Part Two

May 15, 2012 at 8:42 am 6 comments

My Mom Peep says the biggest thing to remember about rescue dogs is that they come with a lot of love, but that sometimes, they need time to get past some issues in order to show it.

She’s right. I came here to my new home with issues. One of them was not liking to be touched. Now, Dad could touch me all he wanted. There was something about him that brought out the Cuddly Charlie Bear in me. Mom…she was all about the big dog. Hey, in my mind, if she wasn’t going to show me much love, I wasn’t going out of my way to show love to her either.

But guess what she started to do? Little by little she began to show affection to me. She’d walk past me and lightly run her hand across the top of my head or softly pat me on the back. Often, she’d whisper, “You’re a good boy, Charlie Bear.” Then she’d continue on her way.

Because I had those “issues” and went after her big dog, Rex, she had a hard time with me, but there’s this thing Mom talked about once on an old blog post. She calls it PUT and she says anyone who takes on a rescue dog should PUT this into practice. Here’s what it stands for:

P – Patience
U – Understanding
T – Time

Mom also says it’s important to know that dogs often go through tough times in the adjustment phase. They may bark (I did that), dig (I didn’t do so much of that), chew (yup, the tops of some books in her office), nip (yup, I snapped at her and even drew blood once). Yet, she still gave me patience, understanding, and time. And I’m happy to report there is a happy ending to the story.

Have you ever had a rescue dog that needed time? Tell us about YOUR experience, and send us a photo of your dog(s). Mom already started her featured rescue dog posts with “Meet Skippy and Bailey.” Send in your pic today to:

Woofs & Wiggles,
Charlie Bear

Charlie Bear: What a Headstrong Rescue Dog Taught Me about Life, Love, and Second Chances  On the Publisher’s Website here: 
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6 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alice  |  May 15, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    Charlie Bear; you and your peep mom are both two smart cookies, and you will do fine with all the issues each of you might encounter, so just “Keep on Keeping on”, and everything will be fine. Does she plan on getting you a playmate so you can have a someone to play with when shes not around?, maybe that might help you when you get used to them, but it will take awhile for that to happen.. My Beaugie is alone now also and i am wanting to get him a playmate, i want to get him a female playmate, Beaugie is about your size and is looking so much like you til he could be your twin, but wonder how that might have happened, but seriously doubt it did, but stranger things have in time i guess. I want a little Pug Puppy, but don’ know bout that they are so hard to find..
    Woof Woof to you both.



    • 2. bjtaylorblog  |  May 15, 2012 at 2:52 pm

      Mom Peep says to go online and look up Pug Rescues and she bets there will be a lot of rescue sites with little ones looking for homes. She’s amazed (and even cried this morning) looking at a photograph of a dog in a shelter. She wishes she could give all of them homes, but she tries to remember that she at least gave me one.
      Wiggles & Woofs,
      Charlie Bear


  • 3. Julie Garmon  |  May 15, 2012 at 1:00 pm

    Charlie Bear, your mom peep is one smart lady. I’m going to remember PUT. I have a feeling it might help in all sorts of situations!!


    • 4. bjtaylorblog  |  May 15, 2012 at 2:49 pm

      Julie and Clyde,
      Yup, Mom Peep says PUT is where it’s at. I think she uses it when dealing with all sorts of other things, too.
      Wiggles & Woofs,
      Charlie Bear


  • 5. Marsha Hubler  |  May 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm

    Our mom peep is reading Charlie Bear’s book, and she is about 100 pages into it and laughing and crying and enjoying every word of it. She said she’d read it to us, but we didn’t feel like laughing or crying … just barking. Skippy and Honey


    • 6. bjtaylorblog  |  May 15, 2012 at 2:47 pm

      Dear Skippy and Honey,
      I’m happy your Mom Peep is enjoying the book!
      Wiggles & Woofs to you both,
      Charlie Bear



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