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Now Fenway's Proud Mom!
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Hello everyone! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted and many of you may not even remember me. I have a sweet golden boy named Fenway and his little pal Tango, a female rat terrier. Fenway just turned 1 on September 10! I’ll have to get some pictures uploaded so that you can see how he has grown.

I’ve been checking in on the forum off and on, but for the most part have been away for awhile. Our family has had some major struggles in the past year that I won’t go into detail about, but suffice to say, it’s been enough to turn life on its’ head for awhile.

Because of all the trouble in our lives, Fenway’s training has been zilch. He’s still as loving as ever, but I have failed him in so many ways by not giving him the time he needed to properly train him. I care nothing about him competing or performing, but I know full well that for him to be the integral part of our family that I want him to be, he needs solid basic obedience. I read something last night that talked about how few privileges an untrained dog has because they haven’t been taught to behave, and I cringed knowing that it described exactly what has happened with Fenway. With Tango, the rat terrier, the lack of obedience training affects the family much less because she’s tiny and if she jumps up into your lap it doesn’t bother anyone. If she runs in the door ahead of you, no one even notices. Whereas, Fenway jumping in your lap or trying to beat your through the door can leave bruises! He’s a big boy.

Despite my failure, he’s absolutely an angel. He’s as docile as just about any animal I’ve ever been around…has never shown any aggression…just wonderful. He simply hasn’t had opportunity to learn the manners that he needs.

I’m posting today, though, to commit to you all that I refuse to short change him anymore. Regardless of what’s going on in my life, I'm going to do my very best to get him the time and training that he deserves. I’m hoping that I can stay in touch with you all and you will encourage me to keep it up even when things are tough. I also hope that you can be my source of knowledge when it comes to his training. I watched my grandfather train border collies to work sheep and cattle for years, but I have very little hands on knowledge of it myself. I’m a researcher by nature, though, and am willing to read, watch, and study as much as I need. I actually purchased simple training book last night to start with.

So, if you’ve stuck around to the end of this, thanks for reading. Thank you also for showing me, through your posts about your own dogs, how much more of a loved companion Fenway can be if I’ll give him the instruction he needs. I have dreamed in the past of getting him to a point where we could do therapy work, and I still think that would be wonderful. First things first, though. My goal is to have him ready to test for his CGC within a year. I'm sure a pro could have him ready in much less time than that, but we've got no time limit and our training time together will be fun. Whenever we achieve it, it will a proud accomplishment for us both!

I’ll be around with lots of questions and pictures.

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Now Fenway's Proud Mom!
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Thanks again for all the encouragement everyone!

Beth, thanks for the compliments on Fenway's name. My hubby is from a town near Boston and is an avid Red Sox fan. So it was natural for us to name him Fenway as that is the name of the park where they play.

Oh and he just turned 1 on Sept 10th.
 
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