- Posted by Gilleen Witkowski
- On January 31, 2019
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- dog-walking, featured dog, pet care, pets, story
We want to feature some of Toronto’s finest dogs. Follow Cody’s ongoing story on Instagram @codythewheaten. We’re a little biased – Cody is our dog-walker Rachel’s pup. But we think his story is worth reading!
By Rachel Wong
“The Wrong Puppy”
The wheaten terrier puppy cowered in the corner, as far away from us as possible.
“Definitely not that one,” I said to my mom, “Absolutely not.”
A week later and he was mine.
He was brought out of his first house and set down in the grass, a good distance away. A couple lingered nearby, also picking up their new family member. Ignoring everything else, Cody ran straight into my arms – and I was in love.
Cody turned out to be the sweetest, but mischievous, puppy. He pushed my buttons but didn’t overwhelm me.
Training him was straightforward because he was sensitive to our words and tone. We often played a game of “Out! Out!” where he would run into prohibited areas and then sprint back out. We worked hard to help him learn that the world is a fun place. It was difficult for him at times —
He scared himself on a walk while he was sniffing around because he farted. He jumped in surprise and barked when plastic bags floated down near him. He wouldn’t go to sleep unless I sat next to his crate and told him a story.
He has grown up to be a mostly confident dog with a sense of adventure. He’s glued to me at home, but is curious and eager to explore the great outdoors. Particularly, he enjoys inspecting the edges of every park and sprinting in big circles.
Here’s a nutshell of his story now:
- What makes him bark: hugging without including him; playing hide-n-seek
- What scares him: vacuum; thunderstorms
- He wants to be friends with: small dogs; skunks
- Favourite toys: giant IKEA shark; stuffed chicken; smelly rope
- Places he likes to creep: at your feet; under the table; in the bathroom (when you’re in there)
- Favourite food: bananas; your toes
- Strengths: adjusting to new environments; meeting new people; going to vet’s office
Cody wasn’t my first choice, but he’s become a best friend. He is sweet, gentle, and playful — curious, smart, and teachable. I wouldn’t trade him for the world.
Check out the story of Gilleen’s first dog Colly – and how Colly saved Gilleen from a developing phobia with her gentle nature here.
If you’d like to share your dog’s story, shoot us an email!
Walk My Dog Toronto offers dog walking services and in-home pet care services in downtown Toronto. With easy online booking, we walk your dog while you are busy or at work. We give your dog love, socialization, and exercise, and we keep in touch with you every step of the way with our walk tracker.