Lori and Doug Lentowski were committed dachshund owners before a friend asked them to watch a black Labrador retriever for two months. The Lab captured their hearts, and when she went home, they went online to find one of their own. Lab Rescue introduced them to a dog who'd been abandoned in Missouri, and they immediately applied to adopt him. Soon after, Waldo came home to Lutherville.
"We were told how scared he was and to not even let him outside in a fenced yard without a leash," says Lori. "The problem was, he didn't know how or want to walk on a leash."
A 10-week obedience class proved perfect, and the family now enjoys many outdoor activities together - with Waldo safely leashed.
Now 2, he loves treats (and the word "treat"), and he's a gentle boy who loves his family. Lori believes he understands he was rescued.
"Waldo was so scared and timid when we brought him home," she says. "When we took him outside, he'd immediately run to the sliding glass door and plaster his face against it like he thought he was being left outside. It took a few months for him to realize he wasn't being abandoned again."
These days, Waldo jumps with joy when they come home from work, and he races outside to play in that yard - carefree, running and leaping off the deck into the grass.
"We can't imagine our life without him," Lori says.
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-Kim Fernandez, for The Baltimore Sun
(Kim Hairston, Baltimore Sun photo /September 10, 2014)
How can I get my cat to stop tearing and eating paper?
The ingestion of any nonfood item is not a normal activity for a cat and should be diagnosed by your veterinarian to assess whether this is a medical, behavioral or nutritional issue.
You can assist with this diagnosis by logging and sharing the frequency, timing and consequences of this event. Does it happen each time there is paper in sight; is your cat alone when this happens; does this interfere with normal eating and elimination patterns of your cat?
Shredding and chewing paper could be the way your cat relieves his boredom. He may also be amused by the sound of the crinkling paper. Provide environment enrichment for your cat by providing safe cat toys. Change the location of his toys daily for him to seek out. Set aside time to actively play with your cat. This will provide him with a mental and physical substitute for choosing unsafe materials.
Be sure you are feeding nutritionally sound food to your cat. Again your veterinarian will recommend what is best.
Soon your kitty will be going "paperless." This week's expert is Betty Cox, hospital administrator at Cat Hospital at Towson (catdoc.com). To submit a question for a local animal expert, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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