June 22, 2008

Better Than Good

As you know we have had some stick with Denver. The last post we made regarding some ridiculous advice ended up with some unpleasant emails from people who were obviously bribed to send them. Enough said on that – you know who you are – and you know how pathetic you are.

On the up side things have been going great! We had completely lost focus on what was really going on here, lots of people randomly giving their ‘opinion’ and handing out ‘advice’ threw us into a total spin. We were starting to get depressed over the whole thing and whenever Denver so much as sat up to quickly we would create panic.

Things have mellowed out now as we have now had some of the most unbelievably amazing professional help, and we are finally feeling like we should have all that time ago – proud to have have just rescued a beautiful puppy and given it a happy home.

Julia at Paws In The City popped us onto her partner Karen De Wit, and I can’t stress enough just how wonderful she has been.

A few weeks back we did our first session at home and I learned more in those 2 hours than I even did at Puppy School. Now don’t get me wrong, the Puppy classes were good but they were just not reaching what we wanted and despite needing more from them they just couldn’t offer it. For now we have given them up.

As I said though we have learned loads already in the two weeks with Karen D. Denver can shake paw and roll over and did all that within one day. He can fetch and drop. He can sit and stay and his whole manner has changed completely, he is the daftest, silly puppy you will ever meet, with some amazing manners thrown in.

Last week I met Karen in the park and we took Denver round the shops to meet people. He was incredibly well behaved for such a young guy and I was very proud of him. Not only is he gorgeous but he is clever too!!

It’s been a hard few months. It should never have been like that but the barrage of opinions, lost friendships, and naff ‘professional’ advice left us up stream without a paddle. We were pushed to the point where we doubted what we had done, and although we never doubted Denver we lost focus on who he really was.

And who he is is a lovable, gorgeous, friendly, happy puppy who brings stunning joy to our lives.

We will offer one word of advice though – just make sure you do cross the road when you see us.

Would hate for you to be licked to death….

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  • Mam Lee

    June 22, 2008 at 9:58 pm

    Who on earth are these people e mailing you about Denver!! I think they should be named and shamed, looks to me like you are doing a great job. x

  • Anonymous

    June 22, 2008 at 10:11 pm

    Oh my goodness, really? You got nasty emails? Very interesting!! Would love to hear more on that!


  • Anonymous

    June 22, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    Tell them to go take a running jump. How horrible for you lovely people. I have never heard of this woman trainer so she can’t be that good!!
    Lesley Mulroy – Otaki

  • d

    June 22, 2008 at 10:52 pm

    I was just thinking about this today, and wondering how things were going. Glad to hear you’ve gotten past the negativity and are back on track!

    People certainly do have their opinions, don’t they? In the end, though, you guys love each other and your daughter, and if anything were to go horribly wrong (god forbid!! and by the way – could happen with ANY dog) you would handle the situation in the best way possible. You aren’t idiots, and people should stop treating you as if you are!

    Also, what’s up with anonymous #2’s comment? One moment supporting you, and with the next sentence insulting your trainer?

  • Vintage Amethyst

    June 22, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    What a shame you have had to put up with so much and so many horrid comments. I really can’t believe people have actually sent horrid e-mails either!!! Have they got nothing better to do with their time.
    I am so glad to hear you are moving on and have found some great help.
    love Alison x

  • Rachel

    June 23, 2008 at 3:15 am

    Am so glad that you’ve gotten to this point with the help of a trainer, it just goes to show that with the right support we all can achieve anything hey! – am sorry that you had nasty emails from people too, no way do you deserve anything like that when all you’re trying to do is offer a puppy a chance to become a good dog – good for you for keeping going – Rach x

  • Mam Lee

    June 23, 2008 at 5:41 am

    Hi d I think anon 2 comment was on about the first trainer Karen Sadler the one with the attitude, correct me if I am wrong!!

  • Anonymous

    June 23, 2008 at 8:35 am

    Hi its me Lesley. Yes I did mean the first trainer who is also called Karen. I was just too lazy to go back to the post and find out the surname!! Lesley Mulroy.

  • Sarah

    June 23, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Congratulations on all your hard work and perseverance. Just like a new baby, a puppy is tremendous work, but with that work comes great rewards and I’m so pleased you’ve found the help you need in bringing Denver up to be a happy, well-mannered dog! I’m still working on getting my children to behave – perhaps that trainer could pay us a visit!

    I’m also so sorry to hear you’ve had some nasty correspondence; when all you are doing is being incredibly responsible and caring owners of Denver. There are many dog owners out there that could learn from you. Any dog, of any breed, not brought up correctly can ‘turn’. There are also cases of dogs of purportedly ‘good’ breeding, and good upbringing that for some unknown reason ‘turn’. I suppose just like some children that are brought up by loving parents and then later go off the rails. It isn’t always the parents fault. I know some very caring parents of my parent’s generation that have been incredible and then sadly their children turn against them and hurt them.

    Good luck and well done. I really admire you.

  • Caroline

    June 23, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    All I can say is “YAY, YOU!!” – how I wish a fraction of the people I have to deal with were as caring, loving and intelligent as you.

    Again, I say, Hoooorayyyyyy!!

    Ignore the idiots – what on earth have they been saying?


  • Anonymous

    June 24, 2008 at 11:15 am

    Such a shame eh?! Seems the dog drama continues. As D said you are not idiots so I think you probably have a good handle on it all. Pity there are stupid people, thought we might have left all those types in the UK!!

    Ron Beswich

  • Anonymous

    June 24, 2008 at 1:00 pm

    Glad to hear you finally found a trainer who could connect with Denver and help you so much after all the frustration of the puppy classes (and your first expert).
    It was lovely to see you on Saturday and meet him in person. Having met him I had to laugh at your comment about being licked to death – so true! He’s a cutie.
    Catherine xx

  • The Pescini Family

    June 25, 2008 at 4:30 pm

    Me thinks we need this new trainer for our rescue pup too Smile x

  • Domestic Executive

    June 26, 2008 at 7:55 am

    Sounds like Denver could teach Fortnum and Mason a thing or two! I’m so pleased you’re looking foward and enjoying Denver again.

  • Prin

    June 29, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    You know, I could have told you it would be hard. It’s always hard in the beginning, even if you buy a new puppy from a big, bad breeder. You’re adjusting, he’s adjusting…

    It’s like with your baby girl- you can get advice from all over, but in the end, only you know what’s best for your family.

    I’ve had rescue dogs all my life and I’ve fostered a few and it’s never easy. But it seems the harder it is, the more rewarding it is in the long term.

    Look into his eyes and you’ll see his soul. That’s all that matters.

    Even dogs of breeds with the best reputations can have bitter, worn out souls.

    And from what I see, his is light and loving. Smile

    Also, I think there’s a valuable life lesson in it for Bethany- one of determination, responsibility, tolerance and learning to love people for who they are rather than for what package they come in.