Fostered/Adopted on Nov 23, 2011 – Stephenie James – Vallejo, California

On November 23, 2011, I picked up Yasha in order to foster him over the long Thanksgiving holiday. By November 24 (Thanksgiving Day), I had decided to keep him. He was such a cute wiggly puppy! I renamed him Indiana (like Indiana Jones) since he had already been on such an incredible adventure in his short life. My parents, who despair of every having grandchildren from me, even adopted Indy as their grand-puppy.

Since I work full time, I decided to enroll Indy into a doggie daycare center so that he could play and socialize with other dogs during the day. The daycare center is awesome and he is so excited on the days he gets to go. We also signed up for puppy training classes so that Indy could learn basic manners. He is so food motivated and easy to train! He will do anything for a “cookie”. I couldn’t have asked for a better dog. AND he graduates in 2 weeks.

At home, Indy has made fast friends with my 2 year old male Siamese cat, Dexter. They love to wrestle and play together. It’s amazing to watch them play, even though Dexter usually wins the wrestling match! He’s a tough kitty.

Indiana is such a joy to have. He still has a cute wiggle butt when he gets excited and loves to go up to everyone to say “hi” and get some love. He loves to chase tennis balls, play tug-of-war, and play in the sprinkler. I recently took him to the beach and he had so much fun playing tag with the incoming waves and digging in the sand! At home, he loves to pull soft blankets or pillows off the couch and bed so that he can cuddle up with them on the floor. I’ve nicknamed him my “Chenille” dog.

It’s fitting that I got Indiana for Thanksgiving, because I couldn’t be more grateful to all of the people who helped bring darling Yasha over. He was a sweet puppy and is growing up to be an awesome dog. You all worked together to give him a chance at a better life and I promise that we are going to make the most of it.

With Thanks and Much Love

Stephanie and Indiana – then Yasha


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