Wednesday, July 30, 2008

DOG CALENDAR ENTRY


REECE, CHOCOLATE LAB/PIT

Angela Jergler.


I do some volunteer work here and there for Labrador Friends of the South and even tried fostering once. This one time fostering led to Reece. Reece is a 1 year old Chocolate Lab/Pit bull mix (Pitador) that I adopted from Labrador Friends on August 14, 2007. I think this foster failure thing happens to every foster parent at least once! Reece has come a long way since I adopted him. He was found by a LFS friend by the side of a road, emaciated and infested with ticks and fleas. He hasn't stopped eating since! I cannot get over how much of an attention hog Reece is. He is always looking for love and always wanting to be right under foot (which I know is a trait for both breeds). I really noticed how much Reece wants attention from everyone so tested him in my Therapy Dog organization that I am a member in with my other Lab. So, on April 19, 2008, at only 1 year and one month old, Reece became a Therapy Dog with Happy Tails Pet Assisted Therapy! He goes on visits with children in hospitals and behavioral facilities, drug rehab patients and psychiatric patients, and educates the public on being around dogs and how to treat them, and just offers his love to everyone! It's such a rewarding activity for both of us.Reece is a very active, fun, and all-around happy dog. He loves his big brother, Bennie, and every person and dog he comes in contact with. I am so happy to have Reece as a part of my life and know that he will bring me, and many other people, joy for many years to come!

34 comments:

Jenny said...

Angela,

He looks great... It is great to be a Labrador Friends foster flunkie...

many of us have and many will still foster flunk.

thank you for giving him the his wonderful forever home.

Frank said...

Just like kids, they are different in every way!

He is lucky to have such a great big brother that sets an awesome example.

Misty said...

Angela,

Reece and Bennie are very lucky to have you as a wonderful mom who loves them very much and provides them with all the security and comfort man's best friend deserves.

It is also wonderful to see you both sharing that love with others in need through your therapy program! Keep up the good work!

Reece is beautiful and this picture of him makes me smile!

Beth said...

Reece not only looks great, he is great! I have had the honor of personally experiencing Reece's charm. He is wonderful with children and everyone he encounters, and i bet he makes a wonderful therapy dog with his kindness and patience. Anyone who meets him wants to hug him and take him home with them!

Kristy said...

Awesome pic

Mrs. Smith said...

This is the best picture on here! What a dog!

Michelle said...

Reece is precious! He obviously brings a lot of joy to you and everyone who meets him! You are such a wonderful "mom" and your care for animals (especially dogs) is inspirational.

Jenny said...

What a cutie! I hope that he wins, Angela!

All the best,
Jenny DeVaughn

dhiane said...

Who could look at Reece and not just fall in love with this puppy dog? This is a great pic and obviously a wonderful dog!

mefem2 said...

Reese is such a cutie, I babysat him briefly the weekend Angela was married. He is so sweet.

He's gotten so big since then...

ML

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AMJ said...

This picture makes me want to kiss him ALL day!!

jodie said...

Awe! What a great picture!! He's adorable.

Love,
Jodie and the boys

Karen Ling said...

He's so handsome! He's such a great dog and you've trained him really well.

Good luck, Reece!!

juno12685 said...

He also makes a great nephew, and hopefully will have a new cousin soon!

Lenore said...

Reece is a great dog. I know that when we went to the dog park togethe, Reece was so well behaved and had so much fun. It's so great that you both volunteer to help others in need smile a bit. Good luck to Reece, I hope he wins!

sixnrand1 said...

I remember the day Angela called me on the phone when she was trying to decide to adopt Reece. She knew it would be a big responsibility and an uphill battle. Now, one long year later, through ups and downs, Reece has come a long way and we are all so proud of him (and his parents)!!

Mandy said...

Cute AND gives back to the community!

Cursilloismylife said...

Reece is adorable, he's an awesome choc lab, and I am happy to say he and his pal Benny are both in my screensavers at work and at home.
Reece has got my vote.

Chad said...

By far the best picture in the group. I love the way he seems to be paying attention to only you. I can sense true admiration from your dog to you!

Dan said...

What A Good Puppy!!!

jimbobjonz said...

What a dork this owner is

jimbobjonz said...

What a nice dog!!

Becker said...

What a hot dog!

............. kinda like his owner!

Loretta R said...

Reece, thank you for all you do for the people of this world who need a little love. You have a great Mom with a very big heart.
Loretta R

GRANDMA MARGIE said...

He's the orphan that has survived, learned alot and wormed his way into everyone's hearts. he's the mischevious one, and he's grateful for the home he has found. He's everything a Grandparent could hope for. PLEASE PICK REECE , HE'S A WINNER

DSAAMINS said...

Reece was a very good office dog while he was staying at my office. he was friendly and had lots of tail wags for the customers. he loved the little kids and is a small town dog! Pick Reece

Kristen said...

What a great picture! Definitely a winner!

adriana said...

This dog looks so sweet! I can see how he could make many people happy who are in not so happy situations!

amos2trainer said...

Too cute!! Good luck Reece!

Mel P. said...

What an expression! That face and those eyes say it all - a puppy that just wants to love and be loved.

Barbara Said said...

Angela - You know that I can attest to Reece's good nature and friendly demeanor. I have enjoyed having him over and also enjoyed keeping his big brother when you are out of town. I became a believer in Pit bulls after meeting Reece. Of course, it helps to have a great mom who is constantly teaching them how to behave around others. Love Mark and Barbara (And Jules, Chance, Jodee, Lucee, Bandit and Coco)

Kelly said...

Reece is as lucky to have you as you are to have him. You have given him a great home and big brother, too. Lucky dog, lucky you!

lkap said...

Reese has blossomed into a wonderful pet therapy dog.