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Walter (or Mongo) the Bulldog
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2 May 2021 - 7:44 am
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Hi all.  Most of you have probably seen and know, I lost my best buddy Wally to HSA less than a month after he had become a Tripawd.  It was such a devastating loss (as anytime when you lose your best friend).  Anyway, that’s not what the post is about.  9 days ago I adopted a new rescue: Walter the bulldog.  The poor guy was abandoned by his previous owners so the rescue wasn’t sure exactly what he is.  They think he’s either an Olde English Bulldog or an English/American Bulldog mix.  Either way he’s cute as can be (as you can tell)!  I’ve been providing updates on him Wally’s recovery thread, but better to move the discussion to here.  Thanks in advance for any comments or suggestions along the way!

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Hey thanks for hopping over here with a thread all his own!

“Mongo” for his new name cracks me up. The new name is so appropriate. It fits! How did you even remember that character from Blazing Saddles?

Oh that boy is just such a charmer. He has the most expressive eyes I’ve ever seen. Most dogs use their eyebrows, a head tilt, but Mongo just knows exactly how to look at you to win your heart.

So I think his reluctance to go on stairs is interesting. Who knows why he doesn’t want to use them, maybe at some point he had a fall? Or there was someone upstairs in his old home who was mean to him? Soooo many things we don’t know when we bring a rescue into our life, but figuring out the puzzle is part of the education of being the best pet parent we can be. I can tell you will be learning so much from this guy, and he from you.

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I’ll add a link here to the backstory of Wally and Walter.  We all fell in .ove with Wally. This link will tell you more about that very special boy and also how he brought Walter to his hooman…and to us.

https://tripawd…..treatment/

Now we have the privilege  of getting to know MONGO (previously  Walter)!    Yep, great name fitting that adoravle fella’!😎

And I agree, Mongo knows how to say everything  that needs ro ve said with those expressive heart melting eyes!

My main “siggestion”…….the more pictures of his cute self the better!!!

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Thank you for that link Sally! So kind of you!

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Thanks Sally!  Really nice of you to post the link and thanks for the such kind words on Wally and Walter/Mongo.  While I do like Mongo and it definitely suits him (I caught him eating the cloth from one of his stuffed toys SMH) I have still been calling him Walter more.  But I have been mixing in Mongo a bit, so we’ll see if I end up there or not.  BTW Renee – I’m a big Mel Brooks fan, which is why I remembered Mongo so well, lol.

He’s back to going up the stairs to be with me.  He had run into the wall bounding up the stair previously so maybe that’s why he decided to stop.  I could tell on Sunday night though that he really wanted to come up stairs for bed, so I came back downstairs and encouraged him up.  He still trying to play “stay off the bed” and trying to wrestle when I finally manage to get in it.  Then he’s a huge bed hog.  I’m sure he’ll get better, or at least I hope lol.

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Yep, there it is….his  expressive eyes that melt your heart💖.  He really knows how to use the camera to his advantage.   I know we say it all the time, but he is sooooo cute!!!  

This picture really shows off his markings/coloring.  I hadn’t  really seen the brindle.  Love how the black on his front leg showcases his white fur with the freckles. Quite unique.

His bedtime adventures  with you tickle me😁   I bet trying to make a spot for yourself in the GED and moving him over is like trying to move a solid chunk of concrete block!😂   Yeah, I imagine getting a running start to run up the stairs and bumping into the wall would definitely  deter him. I love that you gave him the reassurance he needed to try the stairs again with your encouragement.  Another bonding moment that cont to build his trust😎

I DO like the name Walter and I like Mongo as well.  I think giving sich an exquisite  dog two names like Walter Mongo is very fitting.

Thanks so much for the update AND the picture. It is so much fun hearing  about this “adventure” you two are on.  

Oh, how has it been leaving  him when you jave tomgo work?  And has he gotten settled in   enough to “greet” you in some form yet??

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Oooh Sally’s onto something, Walter Mongo! I love it smiley_clap

I have to admit I cracked up when reading the story about how he ran into the wall. He must have seen stars to have hit so hard that he remembered he didn’t want to go near it! Poor pup! 

Well I’m glad he’s able to get upstairs again. And honestly after living so many years with a dog who refused to get on our bed for more than a few minutes, I gotta say I’m a bit jealous that you have a canine bed hog on your hands 🙂

Great update and adorable photo!

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Hey guys,

So ups and downs this week.  I found and figured out that he has been eating parts of his stuffed toys, so I had to put those all up.  I’ve been watching to see if he passes it and haven’t noticed yet, but that was a couple of days ago and he’s been eating and pooping fine so thinking/hoping it got mixed in well enough with his food that it’s not noticeable.  He had previously eaten part of a stuffed grinch toy and successfully pooped it out no problem, so hopefully that’s the case.  He also got a pretty good tongue lashing this morning for taking one of my books off of the book shelf and chewing it all up.  Not the end of the world I suppose, but it sucks b/c the book was a Barnes and Noble exclusive that probably can’t be replaced (maybe I can find a copy on ebay) smiley6.  I also worked from home on Thursday which didn’t go all that well.  He was wanting to play ball nonstop in the morning (not his fault, I know) which was obviously pretty distracting.  Then when he finally figured out (or decided) to leave me alone he peed twice in the living room.  I had been taking him out pretty frequently so wasn’t too happy about that either.  When he’s been having accidents it’s been right next to his dog bed, so maybe he’s marking it??  Since I let him up on the couch he hasn’t been laying in his bed, so maybe I should just put it up.  I think I did mess up by letting him up on the couch too soon as it was only a day after he seemed to figure out his bed was for sleeping, but probably too late to go back now.

Other than all of that it’s gone pretty well.  I’ve taken him on some longer walks the past couple of days and he’s doing pretty well with those.  He does get anxious around strangers still, but seems to be warming up to the neighbors.  He also does really well with his crate.  He goes right in it in the morning with no resistance.  Probably b/c I put his favorite bone, carrots in his carrot toy, and a frozen PB treat with his Kong in there with him, but still he goes right in.  Then when I get home he’s always relaxed and not trying to force his way out of it or anything.  The poor guy had to spend 10-11 hrs in there most days this week, but as stated did fine.

Well that’s the update for now.  Other than the book it’s probably going out as well as expected I suppose.

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Well, overall not so bad! I’m sorry he chewed up your book though. Of course it was a special one. Sheesh. 

That photo of him on your bed, it cracks me up. He’s got a look of “Oh, wait, you want to sleep here too? 

He’s definitely made improvements, that’s awesome about being more relaxed on walks! Of course like any rescue he’s got some challenges but it’s never too late to go back on anything you’ve allowed him to do, you’re both learning as you go. But I do think it would take the help of a really good trainer to figure out how to do that backwards maneuver the right way. Now that you’re figuring out all of his, uh, issues, you have some good information that will help a trainer come up with an action plan. I know you’re short on time and working hard these days. My friend Sarah Wilson of MySmartPuppy is an excellent k9 behaviorist who does phone consults and video calls if you’d like to give her a try.

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Thanks Renee.  I tried contacting the trainer Mongo’s foster moms had worked with but haven’t heard anything back.  I’ll try again 1-2 more times and if I still don’t hear back then I’ll reach out to Sarah.  

So we did have another incident yesterday afternoon, but this one was no big deal and probably more funny than anything else.  I was outside doing yardwork and hit a good stopping point, so I went in the house through the back door to check on Mongo.  He came greeting me with his head held super low like he knew he had done something wrong.  It took me a minute, but I figured out that the bag of popcorn I picked up at the grocery store earlier in the afternoon was no longer on top of the stove.  There wasn’t any yelling this time around since it was my fault just as much as his for leaving it where he could get it (although I didn’t think he’d be able to get to it on top of the stove).  I was more relieved than anything else that he didn’t eat the plastic.  Lesson learned, popcorn and other snacks need to go up higher, lol.

Something else he’s doing that’s not that big of a deal but kind of annoying:  when I’m grilling and he’s outside with me he starts barking nonstop and obnoxiously loud when I’m ~80% of the way done.  Don’t know if he’s trying to tell me to hurry up or what, but a little of that goes a long way smiley5

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