Jilly

We got Jilly home around 5pm yesterday and just wanted to let you know how
well she’s doing. She was excellent in the crate on the way home and last
night too. She woke me up around 3am to go outside to the bathroom then went
right back in her crate and slept the remainder of the night!  No accidents
in the house yet – she goes to the bathroom as soon as we take her out in
the yard.

She met our cat George as soon as we came home and they hit it off right
away. George seems to like the fact that he and Jilly are about the same
size – it evens out the playing field a bit since he was used to playing
with our 75 lb. Shepherd.

She has a fantastic disposition – loves to be snuggled and pet and gives
back lots of kisses in return. Although she gets excited sometimes she seems
fairly calm for a puppy of that age! She’s does pretty well on the leash. My
son and I took her for a walk first thing this morning as he couldn’t wait
to show her off to the neighbors.  Jilly already seems to know not to jump up to much on the kids and she seems very comfortable here – not nervous at all!

We’ll check in again soon and send some photos. So far so good and we
absolutely adore her!! She was definitely the one for us!!!

Thank You!!! 
Joanna

Brandy

I know your busy helping people find good dogs, but I had to let u know I took Brandy to the vet last night and they all fell in love with her, she was so will behaved and loving.  They were also impressed with the amount of info I had on her and how up to date it was.  They wanted to know everything about your org.  I am soooo happy I got this dog.   My 20 yr old son is home from school and he has just fallen in love with her, he has always been around senior dogs that i had, so brandy is like having a puppy for him.  If I ever get another dog it will be from petmatchmaker.  Oh and brandy does like the water, the seagulls, the beach and her 2 mile walks every nite and the cats.  thank again. 

Michele Poole

Toby

He’s doing fantastic!  We love him, and though it is good to hear there will be a place for him if something happens, we really have no intention of giving him up.  My husband has been taking him to the beach almost every morning, and has developed the relationship enough to let him run free most days (he has never owned a large dog before, so his confidence is growing, which is great!).  At first, Toby would run directly to the houses, and we’d have to pull him out of the trash, but now, he “behaves” (of course before he was behaving like a dog, but you know what I mean), and while he won’t go near the ocean water, he LOVES to swim in the river that runs off into the ocean.

At home, I’ve been clicker training him, and he’s responding great.  He’s staying for longer and longer (today, for up to 15 minutes, broken up into many 2-3 minute stay commands, WHILE the fencing guys were here and he desperately wanted to be barking at them at the door, but he stayed and was quiet, woohoo!).  This has helped a great deal with the chasing cat scenarios, and though it will take some time, we actually think the cat and dogs will eventually co-exist more peacefully (Alley is no angel in this department, so all the blame cannot be put on Toby).  Once the fence is up, we’ll be working on training with outdoor distractions, as well as fetching with “manners” and greeting other dogs calmly.

One very endearing habit is that he waits right outside the bathroom door for me to get out of the shower.  He cannot fathom what I would want to be in there for, and gives me very soulful eyes whenever I peek my head out (you know the ones dogs give…head on the front paws, big eyes, eyebrows raised in patient, long suffering inquiry).

My 6 year old loves the dogs, and though he is exactly half Toby’s weight, he attempts to train, plays tug of war, and finds it hilarious to get Toby to fetch, and then switch the thing he is fetching in mid play.

We are taking the dogs on our trip to Prince Edward Island, where we’ve rented a huge pet friendly house, on 11 acres of land and private beach.  Not sure how the car ride will be as we haven’t had both dogs at the same time, but we’ll be taking some mini trips for tests.

Anyways, I can go on and on.  But I’ll leave you with a couple of pictures.

Take care,
Tracy

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