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Meet Kilo, an adorable three and a half-year-old pug mix.
Kilo’s person Susan shares his story:
We started fostering him in August 2014 from a lovely organization called ‘Homeward Bound Rescue.’ His foster person of 2 weeks could no longer care for him. He had been through at least three homes before the first foster, so we were number 5. We eventually adopted him, as he became part of the family.
He is funny affectionate and he makes us smile every day.
Kilo arrived poorly house-trained, poorly socialized and very anxious and reactive. However, he has always been the biggest love-bug with the family. He lives on my lap or beside me and gives the best pug hugs. He loves to play games, get massages and chew his toys.
His favorite things in the world are food and me, so I have used positive reinforcement with love, praise, toys, and treats to train him. Kilo is now crate-trained, mostly toilet-trained, and knows approximately 30 tricks and behaviors. He needs a lot of physical and mental stimulation between snoozes (snoring). We walk, play and train for at least ten minutes every 2-3 hours most days. He still sometimes lacks focus and a reliable recall but every month he gets better. He is a very athletic resourceful jumper and will steal food and “treasure”. Kilo’s definition of food is quite broad and occasionally includes dirty tissues. He likes to check through the recycling and hoards any empty plastic bottles.
Kilo does not like strangers, the mail person or other dogs. However, we have had several breakthroughs the last three weeks. He attended Canadian Pet Expo for an hour and was very well-behaved. Linzy even taught him to ride her skate board. He also had a relatively successful walk with Aria’s puppy Beau and visited his only friend Stan’s house last weekend and was amazing!
Kilo makes my life better and I couldn’t imagine it without him now.
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Thank you Susan & Kilo,