Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Update: September 20-25, 2012

Notes by: Dulce Garcia, Marjorie, Wendy Thiessen, Tauna Ready and Buffy Martines

The Barrio Dog's rescues at AC have been receiving lots of social time thanks to our volunteers who visit them during the week.  Short walks and play time in the yard have been helping them learn good manners and it's really showing.  Many thank you's to our volunteers who take time from their busy schedules to give the lonely dogs some TLC.  

Bruno is a strong boy and we recommend that you ask a staff member at AC to help you get him out of his kennel.  He plays rough, jumps high and is mouthy.  For safety purposes, we recommend that he only gets social time in the yard while you supervise him on the other side of the fence. Please don't attempt to take him out on a walk without any help. Until he learns to sit and calm down, his activities should be confined to the back yard at AC.

Cooper looking handsome

Cooper has come a long way. He is certainly a whole different dog since we first met him. He is great on walks and doesn't pull. He is now sitting down to get attention from new people without jumping as much as he used to. This bright boy is ready for a forever home! 

Derek cooling off after a walk
Kiddo is back from being fostered temporarily by Marjorie Jackson, who had to make a trip overseas but will pick Kiddo up when she returns. Sweet girl Kiddo is still a bit shy but thanks to Marjorie, has learned to gain more confidence, walk on a leash and explores her surroundings. To keep her safe when going out for a walk, place a slip leash on her with a body harness since she becomes nervous at times and may try to pull out of the leash.

Hoover and Molly


Derek had a sleep over with his rescuer Claudia Almaguer and really enjoyed spending time in a home away from the kennels. His favorite thing is going out for a walk. It breaks our hearts placing him back in the kennels because he doesn't want to go in and begins to cry. He's been attending adoption events and we hope he can find his forever home soon!


Hoover and Molly have been spayed and neutered but are still staying at AC.  We worry about them because they are missing out on the most formative months of their lives living in a kennel. They can really benefit from play time in the yard and going out for walks. Most importantly a foster or adopter will make their dreams come true!

Sweet Phoebe is new to AHFA

Phoebe is new to the AHFA program. She was found at Bohemeo's coffee house in the East End during a Barrio Dogs' meeting. We couldn't leave her behind so we took her with us. She has been vetted  and spayed. She's 8 months old, was treated for intestinal worms and has a mild case of demodec (non-contagious). This sweet puppy really loves the company of people and going out for walks.


Raven is still only handled by supervised staff and experienced volunteers.  We don't recommend taking him for a walk at this point because he needs a nail trim; it is uncomfortable to walk with those long nails and we to get them trimmed, we will need to take him to Gulfgate vets.


Zoe is not a Barrio Dog but lives at the AC facility. If you ever have a few extra minutes, you are more than welcome to take her out for a walk. She has lived in the kennel a long time and needs company, socialization and time outside the kennel.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Update: September 9-18, 2012

Notes by Dulce Garcia

The rescue dogs boarded at AC have been quite busy lately attending Barrio Dogs' community awareness adoption events. They have also been receiving regular visits from volunteers but could definitely benefit from more visitors during weekdays.

Bruno really needs someone who can spend time socializing him. He has opened up a lot and is recovering from his skin condition. He enjoys going out for walks and playing in the yard but be aware that this big boy is a big jumper.

Cooper at Martini Hardware

Cooper has been doing so well! He has learned to sit for release from his kennel, at every door and when greeting people. He also attended his first adoption event at Martini Hardware and did great! He is definitely ready for a forever home. Did we mention he is great on a leash?

Derek at Stubbs

 Derek:  Don't let his big size intimidate you. This big boy is such a lap dog. He loves to play fetch, knows how to sit, is great on a leash and is obedient. He attended the Stubbs Cycle community awareness event but unfortunately, despite how great he did, he still hasn't found his forever home. We believe there is a special person out there for him.

Raven at Martini Hardware
Raven also attended his first adoption event at Martini Hardware and for the most part did well. However, we advise volunteers to be extremely careful with him as he is a resource guarder and will be aggressive when there is food nearby. Be sure and ask a supervisor for help with him. Do not give him any stuffed filled Kongs or treats because he may guard them. Otherwise, he likes attention and especially having his thick coat brushed. Let the staff at AC and Ernie feed him and give him treats since they are more experienced with him.

Izzy-  This happy girl will be going home with her rescuer Estelle Mack! She is such a social dog that loves attention from both human and other dogs. We know Izzy loves Estelle and is happy to be away from AC although we will miss her.
Kiddo at the beach

Kiddo has been having a ball at volunteer Marjorie Jackson's home. Marjorie is fostering her on a part time basis and it has helped Kiddo tremendously. She has a new friend in Marjorie's dog and has even gone on her first trip to the beach. Thank you Marjorie for giving this girl a break from the kennels!
Kiddo snuggling with her foster brother
Hoover and Molly are the puppies that were abandoned at AC by their owners several weeks ago. They really need a lot of social time. We hate for them to be growing up in a kennel and want them to be engaged with people and exposed to the outside world as much as possible. Right now is a crucial time to build their social skills so that they don't grow up to become fearful dogs. They will benefit from walks and social time with volunteers. Please consider fostering or networking to find them a forever home. A weekend foster would also be a great idea!


Markee in the swimming pool
Markee has gone into foster care with the family that adopted our rescue Sugar (former AHFA dog). They have a pool which is great for Markee's physical therapy. Thanks so much to this wonderful family for welcoming Markee into their home!


Zoe is not a Barrio Dog but this friendly girl also receives attention from the volunteers. She belongs to one of the staff members at AC but needs exercise and human interaction. She will benefit from daily walks considering she is overweight.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Raven Update

Raven was at our Martini Hardware adoption event and community awareness day on Saturday, September 8, 2012. He’s rarely out of the kennel and we wanted to take him out to see how he would do in public. He was great most of the time until late in the day when he nipped at a volunteer who had him on a leash.

Raven has never shown any aggression. Ernie Zenteno and the owners of AC are around him daily, move him and let him and in out of the kennel and he has been fine. We think the incident resulted from food aggression and happened because Raven wanted some food on the ground behind the volunteer; however, regardless of why it happened, we need to do a more thorough evaluation of Raven before we work with him closely.  

Raven gets out of the kennel and into the yard daily when Ernie is at AC and we think that is sufficient for now. We are asking all volunteers to please not work with Raven until we do a formal evaluation. We will keep you posted. Thank you.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

New Volunteer Orientation

This past Labor Day we had a great turnout for the new volunteer orientation and training. The new volunteers learned about the program and how it benefits the Barrio Dogs living at the boarding facility. They also had the opportunity to meet and interact with our dogs and meet other volunteers. Photographer Gwen Juarez was present to take photos of the dogs in the program. Thank you to everyone who showed up; we look forward to having you participate and work with our Barrio Dogs!

 Derek was looking so stylish for his photo shoot. Thank you Gwen Juarez for the fantastic pictures of him and the other dogs!