Meet my dog Enzo. He came to me from fellow racing family in California. The poor little guy was the only survivor after his entire family had been hit by a car. He was found all alone by the side of the road. My friend Brandi had posted pictures up on Facebook of this dog that needed a home. He looked like a black lab and you could tell he was going to be a big dog. It was looking bad for getting a home for him so I expressed some interest.
My mom was able to fly to California and bring the little black ball of fur to Arizona. When I picked him up at the airport I fell instantly in love! He was this little fluffy ball and he just curled up in my arms! Yes he was working it!
Upon arrival to my home he seemed to need a lot help eating. Potty training him was a real challenge because the previous foster home was using pee pads. He required a huge dose of patience. He hated to be left alone. I believe in the method of Crate Training dogs. The crate gives the dog a secure den area feeling. It took him a while to get use to his crate but it is one of the best methods to train your dog. A really good article and video is on the Humane Society WebSite. Check it out at HERE
I guess I should tell you where his name came from. I named him Enzo after the dog’s name in a book called “The Art of Racing in the Rain” by Garth Stein. You can find it HERE. It is one of my favorite books.
Enzo and I have attended pet school twice. He his now 1 year old and continues to be a big ball of energy! He needs exercise every day and he enjoys going to local barkparks. One of our favorites is Shawnee Dog Park in Chandler, Arizona. Here You Can Find Out More On Their Facebook Page
He goes with me just about every where so having the skills he learned from school has helped with the travel aspect. When he can’t go with me, my parents watch him.
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