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Morty (Adopted!)

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Please contact Claudia for more information on Morty (1 Year Old Male) – Adopted!

December 27

Mort is doing well. He’s grown physically (he is now at least 50#) and matured in other ways as well. (I’m guessing he should be about a year old soon.) He is still a goofy puppy though. Mr. Mort has a really nice temperament and seems to learn most things fairly quickly. We still have some behaviors that will be ongoing training challenges. He is still mouthy and will chew on or eat anything & everything if not supervised closely and given other options. His nipping/mouthing of people has gotten better, although he will revert to that when excited or really bored. He has also started to grab my arm to let me know he has to go out. I am going to try to teach him to use the Poochie bells instead. He still counter-surfs all the time, and I am trying to figure out how to stop this.

He has learned many cues – sit, down, wait, touch, give paw, roll over, bow, spin & twirl- and we are working on stay, his recall, and some others. Morty’s energy level is on the moderate side (definitely not as high as my young dog, Rock), but Mort gets bored very easily, so needs to be kept engaged and busy, otherwise he gets into trouble. He plays really well with Rock and they seem to really like each other. I think ongoing training will be important with him. Physical exercise is obviously good, but keeping him mentally challenged will be just as important so that he doesn’t develop bad habits. I would like to get him into a Basic Manners class, because I think the opportunity to work with distractions is important (I also think training classes will be good for him in the future).

Mort is truly a joy to have around despite his shortfalls. He’s welcome to stay in foster care as long as he wants! A forever home would be preferable, but in the meantime, we’re enjoying this little gem!

October 25

Mr. Mort has now been with us for 4 weeks. He is still a big puppy that seems to be a bit less mature than his chronological age would indicate. To me he is more like a 20 week old puppy rather than a 7 month old. This is probably due to a combination of lack of exposure and training, although, I think some of it is just his personality and temperament too. Physically, he has put on a bit more weight and his coat looks good. His leg has never seemed to bother him and he did not require surgery.

His training is a work in progress. He knows sit and down. We are working on: wait, off, leave it, touch, watch and a few tricks. He is food motivated so it makes training a bit easier. House breaking is also a work in progress. He is not reliable about letting me know he has to go out so I take him out frequently and watch him for any signs that he may have to go out so I can catch it.

He has started to show much more interest in our cats and will chase them. Also, because he is very mouthy, he has tried to grab one of them. I do not feel that he has any aggression towards them though and is not obsessive about his interest. I’m working on”leave it” with the cats, but it’s slow going because they continue to run from him.

Like all puppies, he needs constant supervision. He does not have full access to the house and is always within my eyesight (or in his crate when he cannot be supervised). Even with this, I have some! items in my house that bear the scars of his teeth. He will put (and eat) anything and everything he can get, both inside and outside. He is also, a big chewer so I have lots of Nylabones out for him. He seems to prefer these over Kongs right now.

He and my dog, Rock, play together very well. Mort’s favorite game is to chase Rock or be chased by him. I have tried to engage him with toys (throwing them, tug, etc) and he does not have much interest. He does not chase balls or the flying squirrel outside either so far.

Mort is a big, sweet goof ball and we enjoy him a lot!

October 11

So here’s the update on Mr. Mort: Mort is super cute and super sweet! He is a really big puppy that doesn’t know much of anything- he hasn’t been exposed to things and obviously has had no training. We find him very amusing and refer to him as Forrest Gump. He can certainly learn things, but he does it at his own speed (which is usually on the slow side). The key word around here is Supervision. Mort must be watched at all times, except when sleeping. He is always looking for something to get into or to put in his mouth. He will chew or eat almost anything so we are working on “leave it’ and ‘drop it’. It is easy to redirect him to appropriate chew toys which he enjoys.

Housebreaking is coming along. Again, he needs supervision. He is not real obvious about letting you know if he has to go out, although that may change as he gets older. I take him out very frequently to prevent accidents.

He and my dog, Rock, get along really well and play a lot. Morty is the pesky younger brother though and does things just to annoy Rock and get a reaction. He has started to be more interested in the cats and will chase them so, again, working on ‘leave it’ with that too. I think he needs to be in a home that has another dog as he really seems to enjoy, not just playing with them, but also their company. I feel that he would be a bit lonely without that.

Mort is a wonderfully sweet, goofy puppy that makes us smile all the time. He is more of a low to medium energy dog right now. He likes to just wander around the yard sniffing everything. Physically he is doing well and his leg doesn’t seem to bother him at all. He has put on some weight and is looking good. He has grown and is as tall as Rock and I think still has some growing to do. I will continue to keep you up to date on his progress.

September 25

Morty came to a shelter in southern Mississippi with a broken femur, and the shelter did not have the resources to treat his injury so they eventually reached out to rescues. With a little help from our friends, Morty made his way north and arrived at his foster home after almost 20 hours in the car. He needs a bath and needs to gain a few pounds, but he’s using his leg a lot more than we expected him to (jumping into the car on his own, jumping up on people for some lovin’, and climbing up & down stairs without hesitation), so paws crossed that the vets/surgeons give him a good prognosis.

He loves to be petted and kisses your hands in return. However, when Morty was approached by a fellow traveler during a potty stop on the road, Morty backed up into the transporter and emitted a low, quiet growl. He had the same fear-response to a fabric sign in the grass, blowing in the wind, during a different potty stop. With minimal reassurance, Morty regained confidence, but it is interesting that he had only known that person for 2 hours yet trusted them to protect him from what he perceived was scary. He was too stressed to potty at all during the last half of his journey, but he did finally pee & poop the next morning.

He stayed at another foster home overnight on his journey north, and he met their 13-year-old dog through the screen door with tails wagging high. They greeted each other appropriately and remaining in the same room was uneventful save for the grouchy old lady telling Morty he was too close to her toy. Morty quickly backed up and just looked at! her with a “I didn’t mean anything by it!” expression. The following morning, Morty met Buddie (another young WBCR foster dog) and an immediate game of chase & wrestle broke out. It was adorable to watch the instant friendship bloom 🙂 I think it’s safe to say Morty gets along with other dogs!

September 23

We just got Morty into foster care. He came from Mississippi. He also came with a leg that’s been broken for a while. Wisconsin Border Collie Rescue is scheduling a vet appoint ASAP for more X-Rays and a visit with someone to see if surgery is necessary. He’s a super sweet guy already!