Wild Dingo Hires New Talent

June 2, 2008

Wild Dingo Hires New Talent

June 2, 2008
Posted in: Dogs | Reading Time: 5 minutes

In an effort to restore canine balance to Wild Dingo’s staff, I’ve been busy interviewing and searching for just the right fit into this dysfunctional organization I call a business. The search was difficult, as the talent pool is saturated with an abundance of heartwarming quadrupeds that all deserve much better than the histories they had. Mr. Wild Dingo and I had a few requirements:

  1. Must be a rescue.
  2. Must be medium size (no big dogs as we only have a dog door suited for a medium dog). Weight: 30-45 lbs. Height: about 22” high.
  3. Must be smart yet ridiculous.
  4. Somewhat a clean dog, no big slobbery messes or high maintenance on the cleaning.

Meet Loki.

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  • Breed: Mixed German Shepherd / Taiwanese Mountain Dog (no, seriously)
  • Height: 24” Weight: 58 lbs. (Um, oops. Sort of missed the boat here)
  • Age: Roughly 1.5 years old.
  • Likes: bones, stuffed animals, avocado, cars, car-rides, yoga, spooning, sprinting, playing, pre-cleaning dinner dishes,
  • Dislikes: pinch collars, people who leave in cars

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Loki (named after the Norse God of Mischief) was adopted in Taiwan as a puppy, but when he grew up, his owner no longer found him cute, so he abandoned him far away from home. It took Loki three months to walk back home, hungry, thirsty and fending off vicious attacks from feral dogs, but he made it. When he showed up at his owner’s door, he was shunned. Each day, he’d go out begging for food and each day return home to be rejected again and again. Sadly and patiently, he waited outside the owner’s house, but to no avail. A rescuer saw Loki’s sweet, faithful, docile behavior and saved him from a life on the streets, running with a canine gang of punks.

Loki was brought to the states and fostered by a few who found him to be too challenging. He played rough with other dogs and was overly protective of his food. His final foster parents were dog trainers who worked with Loki and softened his rough behavior. Because he is a bit difficult, it meant it would be difficult to find him a home. He was about to be sent to “dog sanctuary” -- a place for dogs to “retire” and be in a pack. But Loki’s foster parents believed in his intelligence and desire to do the right thing and felt strongly that he needed his own “person” instead of a “pack” of dogs, especially since he was shunned by his first person.

Because I have “sucker” written all over me when it comes to “difficult dogs” I immediately jumped on his adoption. When we met Loki, we were surprised to find a 58 lb dog (not a 35-45 lb as we thought he was). His bark was manly and gruff, but it didn’t take long for him to slather us with kisses. His mouth was very clean and made it easy to be kissed by him. We thought about naming him Hershey since he loved to kiss so much. His face was so adorable. But 58 lbs of pure muscle was intimidating! We weren’t even sure he’d fit through our dog door. Oh, who needs a weight requirement anyway? He was ours.

When we got home, Loki drank two full bowls of water, half of which landed all over the first floor of our house. I sure am glad I cleaned the house and mopped the floors for his welcoming. It made it so more meaningful for him to turn our home into a muddy slip and slide. So much for the “neat” dog requirement. We moved the water outside so most of his water can spill out of his mouth before he comes back in. Thankfully he fit through the dog door, and was thrilled to have one.

For the last two days, Loki has stayed glued to my side. (We could have named him Elmer for his glue-like behavior.)  He’s an excellent watch dog and lets me know immediately when he hears or sees something that doesn’t belong. He's got some big fear-based challenges to collars, leashes and even walks.  He never wants to be far from a house possibly because he wants so badly to belong and stay. It always takes some major convincing to get him to go for a walk in the forest, which most dogs would just adore. Since he’s so big and intimidating, his training will be more difficult that I thought. I’m either going to get very strong biceps or bursitis. But then again, it’s only his first few days here, so he’s getting a hall pass for several weeks before real obedience kicks in. We’ll eventually enroll in school this summer but if he flunks, I’m calling in Mr. Milan.

His role at Wild Dingo is yet to be determined. Guard duty is obvious, but Wild Dingo requires more than that of its staff members. No matter what his role becomes, one thing is certain: I am getting a demotion.

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10 comments on “Wild Dingo Hires New Talent”

  1. Julie, this is by far, one of the best article I have ever read. It is clear, easy to read and very humorious. I am really impress with your writing skill.
    Thanks for being so patient, kind and your unconditional love for Bobby. What a lucky dog

  2. I am so thrilled to hear that you have adopted Loki, what a terrific story! He does look more like an Elmer, than a Loki, BTW.

  3. Can't wait to meet the big baby huey- sounds like his neuroses are nothing a few well-placed needles can't fix!

  4. Oh YAY! we get play stick the pins on the doggie again! My favorite game! He's actually a perfect gentleman off leash. he's just a little nutty on leash and going for long walks. what is it with me and nutty dogs?

  5. Ha Ha! Well, Hershey "could" be his middle name, but Scott insists that dog's don't have middle names. however, I was toying with Jacob as his middle name so his name would be: Loki J. Starling.

    Oh and talent requirements are: quadraped, tail, fur, canine. So, sorry, you didn't make the cut!

  6. Congratulations on your new family member! He is a lucky dog!
    Before you call "Mr. Milan", please call me- I have worked/trained with AHAN's dogs many times (ask Vicky) and would be delighted to help you out.
    Street dogs have special needs for sure.
    http://www.wilddogdown.com
    Enjoy!

  7. WOW!

    What a wonderful story about Loki. We are the foster parents of Joey, about whom you inquired, and is another Dingo-like rescue from AHAN. We were hoping you'd adopt Joey because he likes to walk, run. He has a sweet demeanor, stays fairly clean. But Joey isn't mischevous.

    After reading about Loki, we are very happy to see another successful adoption. He obviously is in the right place, with the right parents. Congratulations!

    As for Joey, we are continuing to enjoy him --- he is the sweetest and least trouble of all the AHAN dogs we've ever fostered.

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