Añejo Mockingbird

Used to be this place was mostly about music and pop culture, but it's slowly morphed into a launching pad for finding our foster greyhounds new homes. So be it. We love the hounds and are more than happy to use our modest little blog page to reach out and snag some attention for these greyt dogs... Oh, we'll still post the occasional odd music review or rant at the state of the Redskins from time to time, but they'll hafta take a back seat to the dogs 'til further notice

Location: Pennsylvania, United States

Music geek who appreciates everything from power-pop to indie-rock and most everything in between. I especially dig Reggae and its predecessor, Ska.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Jack Gets Adopted!

Handsome Jack found himself a forever-home over the weekend and will be making the Northern Virginia area a little more beautiful by his mere presence alone! High-fives all around!
We'll miss your expressive ears, Jack :-)

Monday, March 16, 2009

Handsome Jack!

Jack's been with us for a week and we've got nothing but good things to say about him! Jack has had no accidents in the house for over a week, so we're gonna say the he's housebroken. Jack's had no problem with steps and is very nimble and adaptable in new situations. Loud noises don't seem to bother him, though he is curious about where they come from. Curious and adaptable seem to be the words that best describe Jack. He's not afraid of doing new things and going new places and he just loves people. He's a bit of a shadow sometimes and will follow you around just to see if anything new and exciting is going on in, say, the laundry room - while nothing exciting EVER goes on in the laundry room, Jack doesn't mind one bit! If you're there, that's good enough for him! All this curiosity does come with a small price tag: vigilance. Jack will try anything once (maybe twice if it was fun!) and seems to like the taste of small, rubber toys like those Polly Pockets and Littlest Petshop things, so families with kids will need to keep those things out of reach 'til Jack learns that they're not his (unless ya like sifting through dog poop to recover them, though why you'd want to do that is anybody's guess). Speaking of toys, Jack has learned to play with dog toys over the past few days and really, really likes the one's that SQUEAK!
Jack is doing well on the leash and has no problems going potty while leashed. I've also had him for a jog of approximately 2 miles with no problems, so he should make a good running/jogging companion.
Those with cats would probably be better off with another hound as Jack is NOT cat-safe. Seriously, he'll go to great lengths to get a hold of them...
Other than not being suitable for homes with felines, Jack should do well in most environments. He's quiet, loving, friendly, adventurous, and likes people of all ages. We've not seen any separation anxiety issues and Jack has been crated for several hours at a time without any problems. He could go into a home as an only hound or he could go into a home with other dogs.
Curious, adaptable, and handsome - that's Jack! Drop a line to Denise if you think that Jack is the one for you.

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Jack Be Nimble, Jack Be Learning Quick!

So here's Heart Attack Jack....
Heart Attack Jack? Yep, that was his racing name, but we're just calling him Jack - no heart attacks involved here! Jack was welcomed into the house for fostering on Monday afternoon and has been doing really, really well. Jack will be 4-years-old in April, and is a very handsome brindle boy who currently weighs in the neighborhood of 71 pounds. He's a little on the skinny side now and will probably be around 82 pounds (give or take a pound) when he fills out a bit.
Jack is curious, intelligent, loving, and has proven a quick learner so far. Housebreaking is going very well and he's already been up and down several sets of stairs without a hitch. He's fairly good on the leash already, and we expect him to improve even more with more practice.
Jack is getting along well with his foster brother, Coastal, and should be fine in a household with other dogs. How well he'll do with cats is still up in the air. He got excited and aggressive with a neighborhood cat while on a walk, and we've yet to introduce him to the household cat, so the jury's still out on this aspect. Obviously we'll update after some more interaction has occurred .
Jack has settled into an easy routine here already and is sleeping, eating and behaving very well. He's very fond of our daughters (ages 8 and 11) and should be fine in a household with kids in this age range.
Jack kennels up with no problem when needed, and hasn't shown any separation anxiety issues when left alone.
Between Jack's mellow and inquisitive nature, and his loving and easygoing personality, all of the early indications suggest that he's going to make a very fine companion.

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