My pack has a new foster brother, Coal, and boy is he one sweetheart. He's a gentle spirited guy who LOVES walking outdoors on a leash and running with other dogs. He also loves tennis balls and we are teaching him to catch and fetch. He now can catch nicely from about 3 feet away and he seems so proud of himself!

He is timid and shy.... loud noises and sudden movements frighten him. He acts just like a dog who has been abused and neglected. However, that life is now behind him.  DRC will find him his LAST HOME!!!!!!  With the help of a wonderful animal trainer he is learning life skills he hasn't yet been taught. He's actually tall and lanky, only weighing in at 46 lb. He can be a little stinker and scoop up anything I happen to leave in the kitchen sink or on the counter. Hence last evening after I made myself a bagel with cream cheese and left the foil wrapper on the kitchen counter. He proudly pranced into the living room with his foil treat in his mouth. I went into action, getting some savory chicken (rotissarie) and passing it under his nose and then throwing the chicken over my shoulder so Coal immediately left his foil prize for the tastier chicken. We are teaching him to no longer resource guard and that he will always be safe and well fed. It is a process however our sweet boy is already on the honor roll!

Did I tell you that he is also a prize kisser? When I sit on the floor with him he promptly rewards me with sweet slobbery doodle kisses on the face. I never knew my ears are ticklish until Coal decided to kiss them nonstop.

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Comment by Monica on January 30, 2012 at 4:04pm

We used to call all the food actions from Hank "Counter Surfing" He is tall enough that his nose can sniff the counter. He doesn't do it anymore. My Hank is very well trained. Just takes patients and the younger you start the training the better off you are. Good Luck Liz, Seamus and Coal. I am sure you will be a wonderful partner to the lucky person who gets you.

Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on January 21, 2012 at 6:50pm

Your Petfinder description is perfect in outlining Coal's needs and his wonderful attributes.

Comment by Liz and Seamus on January 20, 2012 at 8:11pm

Here's Coal's link. He also is in the petfinder box on our homepage.

Thanks, Susan.

Comment by Susan Harms on January 20, 2012 at 5:58pm

ok, is he listed on petfinder yet? I'd be happy to post the notice when he is.

Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on January 20, 2012 at 4:56pm

Thanks for fostering Coal and helping him become the most wonderful dood he can be.

Comment by Liz and Seamus on January 20, 2012 at 12:17pm


I'm in Windsor. We are very lucky in New England to have a large pool of excellent adopter applicants. And each day Coal gets more comfortable and appears less stressed. My eldest son, who exercises and walks all the dogs mentioned to me last night what a  great dog Coal is and how lucky his new adopter will be.

Last evening I was bringing in groceries and Coal wandered out the door in the dark. I then saw him happily peeing on my neighbor's front lawn and didn't want to come when called. So I pulled the hot rotisserie chicken out of the back seat, and told him I have "chicken".. and he happily bounded across the yard to the backdoor. I think my boys secretly LOVE when Coal gets some "contraband" because then they ALL get a piece of fresh chicken!!

Comment by Jeannine Smith, Vice President on January 20, 2012 at 10:53am

Lizzie, I can't tell you how thrilled I am that you have Coal with you...I've been worried about this guy for so long and now I know he can get the attention and training he needs to become the doodle he was meant to be and find his forever home...finally!

Comment by Ginny Nightingale on January 20, 2012 at 9:06am

I am sure Coal will end up to be a terrific dog!

Comment by Susan Harms on January 20, 2012 at 8:46am

Where are you in Connecticut? I grew up there and know people who still live there (FB friends). You never know if one might be looking for a new forever dog. I'd be happy to post on FB.

Comment by Kim and the doodle boys on January 18, 2012 at 7:36am

My guys might start guarding if they figured out I was going to toss rotisserie chicken their way! lol    Thank you for helping Coal - with your help and understanding (and chicken) he will be sharing kisses with his forever family in no time.

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