This Week’s Success Story!
We love getting updates from our adopters! Here’s a great update from the new family of a lovable shih tzu, named Ethan here at WARL, but now renamed Remi. Thanks proud parents Shayna and Jamie!
I’m writing to update you on our 2 year old shih tzu, Ethan (now renamed Remi), whom we adopted on January 12. Remi came in with two other shih tzus,
Concord and Mia, but we didn’t know much about their background.
When I met with him in the playroom, Remi wouldn’t even look at me. He circled the room, marked instinctively, and didn’t seem interested in human contact at all. I was told that all three of the dogs might have separation anxiety, and that this was the reason for Remi’s behavior. My boyfriend and I did discuss possibly adopting two dogs together, but Remi is my first dog and since we expected neither dog to be housetrained, we decided to only take Remi. Now that he’s been home for a few weeks, you wouldn’t know that it’s the same dog!
First of all, we were delightfully surprised to learn that Remi is fully housebroken and crate trained!
He walked right over to his dog bed and crate and laid down on his very first night, as if he knew exactly what to do. Slowly, his personality has also come out. In addition to being extremely happy and playful, Remi is a smart dog and has picked up on his daily routine and knows a few commands already.
During the day, he loves sitting on the benches in the sunroom and watching the cars outside. Since we also live near a fire station, Remi is quick to jump up to the windows and watch the action unfold whenever a fire truck is dispatched.
He also loves a good nap, and his favorite spot to do this is on my shoes–which I find adorable.
On his walks, Remi loves sniffing all the city smells, marking trees, and trying to chase squirrels in the park. He’s gotten over his shyness, and loves greeting other dogs and trying to keep up with runners going by on the sidewalk. He also drinks up the attention of passersby and as a result, gets frequent compliments and pets when we’re walking.
He still has some separation anxiety issues when he’s alone, but we’re working with him on that. In the meantime, I enjoy having my little shadow following me around and playing at my feet all day. We feel very fortunate to have been able to add Remi to our family. He is a complete delight and we love him very much!
Shayna and Jamie