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Michelle’s Dog 

Leelu is now 3 years old and is still kickin’ like a puppy! She’s the wiggliest boxer ever, which is why her nickname at home is NoodleButt. She loves running through the woods and dragging giant branches and whatever else she can find. She loves squeaky plush toys that she keeps in almost perfect condition. She loves playing tug, and, of course snuggling. She sleeps like a human and is the little spoon when her people go to bed. She is Michelle’s baby and never leaves her side, because she knows that something awesome and fun is sure to happen whenever she follows her people.

Yvonne’s Dogs 

Sasha (left) was a fairly new stray to Animal House Shelter in Huntley, Illinois. The Feeneys had a list of several dogs they were interested in, but none felt right until they brought out the newbie. She was estimated to be a year old and had a sweet, calm demeanor. With her striking blue and parti-blue/brown eyes, it was love at first sight. Once arriving in Chicago, it was clear that everything in the city was new to her: stairs, buses, cars, people. A leash? Oh my! One thing felt comfortable to her: squirrels. That’s when AnimalSense training came in handy! Now she is a Canine Good Citizen and a Safe Humane Chicago Ambassador dog. She has appeared in the Chicago Red Eye, on WGN, and a AAA Travel with your Dog book. She even stars in her very own book, made for her by her mom.

A good samaritan had been feeding a pack of feral dogs and contacted Chicago Canine Rescue when a litter of puppies were of weaning age and asked if they could help them. The Feeneys went out with CCR to help catch the 3 month old pups. Kyle and Kenny were vetted and quickly adopted. Unfortunately, Kyle was returned a month later for being “too aggressive” with their 2 year old dog. Being regular CCR fosters, the Feeneys took him in. He was a mouthy puppy who now showed some signs of hand shyness. After some basic training, he’s become the perfect foster failure/permanent addition to the family. He practices agility weekly with his buddies at Hawk City K9.

Jennifer’s Dogs 

Sweetness, aka Sweets, is a 7 1/2 year old puggle who came home when she was eight weeks old. Bellaboots, aka BB, Beans, and Baby Beans, is a 3 1/2 year old lab mix. She came home around twelve weeks old. Sweetness is a silly little wiggly butt who loves to snuggle, and usually will hop up into laps whether she is invited or not! Bellaboots can be on the shy side, and is working with mom to get over some of her fear-based issues, but she also is a fan of snuggling up on the couch with her sister and mom. Both Sweets and BB love to play and run around in the yard with their cousin pups in the building. One of their favorite things to do is go to the beach with mom during the summer, and run in and out of the water chasing balls! And if they could ensure that there is one thing in the world that would never be in short supply, it would be antlers to chew on.

They think it’s funny that mom says she is a dog trainer because they really have her wrapped around their little paws. They are pretty sure that she would be lost without them.

Alison K’s Dogs 

Hello, I’m Dexter, the handsome blonde boy. Mom and Dad are not sure what mix of breeds I am, but they know I have some Shepard in me. I was the first four-pawed member of the Kao family. Mom and Dad rescued me when they moved to Colorado. I was a young puppy but had a hard start. I love to play fetch and play with my sister, Delilah. Mom and Dad are also unsure about Delilah’s breed. They think she is a pit/boxer mix. She joined our family a year after me. She was about 1-year-old when we found her and she had been returned to the pound a few times. Before she was at the pound, she was a stray in Pueblo, Colorado. Mom says she was brought back to the shelter because she doesn’t like to be left alone. She says that I help her with this problem when Mom and Dad need to go to work. Delilah loves to run and be crazy but when she is not running and playing she LOVES to cuddle.

Nate’s Dog 

In August 2012, Nate researched the dogs available for adoption at the Champaign County Humane Society. Three of the four dogs he checked out online were ruled off his list, though he wasn’t too sure about the last dog. Ready to go back and do more research on available dogs, Nate turned to leave and just then saw a beautiful, medium-sized dog sitting quietly at the front of her kennel simply wagging her tail. After taking her out, Nate knew that she was the one. A couple days later, Nate brought home his new dog, Bailey. Bailey is one of the quietest, most well-mannered dogs Nate has ever had the privilege of being with. Although Bailey is excellent with people, she and Nate are working on her nervousness around other dogs and seeing great improvements. Bailey is Nate’s first dog and he feels so grateful that he adopted such a wonderful, easygoing dog while he’s also able to work on some of her behavioral issues. He feels so fortunate to have Bailey as his faithful companion.


Nancy’s Dog 

Hi, I’m Abby!  I am a nine year old English Setter mix.  I’m sweet, petite and love to cuddle or play with my lab siblings.  A long, long time ago I was taken out of a humane society in Ohio by a bird dog rescue group and brought to Illinois where I ended up where I am today.  The couch is my most favorite place to be because I am a little shy especially around new dogs and people.  I’m very happy just hanging out in the city or at the lake and making sure that Bree and Gunner don’t get into too much trouble!

Nancy’s Other Dogs 

Meet Bree and Gunner, two bundles of energy!  Both would be considered foster “failures” but Nancy and her husband don’t see it that way. They feel like winners with these two crazy labs! Both came from a Humane Society in Indiana where Nancy volunteers, but are two and a half years apart.  Bree is a 6-year-old black lab mix, who is very loving and just wants to be with people.  She has taken multiple training classes, including agility, and is preparing for her Canine Good Citizen test.  Gunner is a one-year-old yellow lab and is currently working on his focus.  He is very smart and eager to please, especially when he brings socks and shoes that weren’t requested. Gunner looks forward to one day taking the CGC test just like his sister. Bree and Gunner’s favorite place to be is in the lake.

Sarah T’s Dog 

Cali is a beautiful nine-year-old Australian Cattle Dog mix. She was adopted at 3 months of age from Adopt-A-Pet. Her name at the time was Louise, and she had been raised with her sister (and partner in crime) Thelma. Now, she is known as Cali Louise. She has come a long way in her years, from an excitable herding dog to quite the lady. She used to assist Sarah at her previous dog training job and was well loved by the employees and customers. She has a real knack for tricks and agility, one of her favorite tricks is to give “Hugs” by jumping into Sarah’s arms.

Sarah T’s Other Dog 

Meet Kennedy, a seven year old Beagle/Coon Hound mix with floppy ears and a talent for nose work (go figure!). She tends to be reactive on leash, but is making progress with her training. She is very intelligent and knows the names of her toys such as frisbee, ball, turtle and peanut. She is sweet and cuddly and always willing to please, unless there is a rabbit to chase.

Lynda’s Dog 

I’m Surf, but you can call me Surfy!  I’m a Doberman / Lab / Rotty mix and my mom adopted me from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, where I lived from 4 to 15 months of age.  I spent my first three months near-death in a hoarding situation with my siblings, so I will always be a little bit shy and anxious.  Everyone who gets to know me really loves me though!  When I’m not assisting my mom at her day job, I can be found snuggled up somewhere soft, dissecting toys, or frolicking around with my friends.  I love squeakers, cream cheese, cuddling, long naps, avoiding conflict, and my feline sister, Rikku.

Lynda’s Other Dog

My name is Ryan, and my DNA test says I’m made up of Akita, German Shepherd, Sheltie, and much more.  I can be very scared of new people, but once you’re in, you’re in for life.  I also came from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary after being in a hoarding situation for a long time.  I have come so far since then.  I enjoy rolling in the snow, hopping around like a bunny, and chasing squirrels.  I love puzzles and training to boost my confidence and work my brain!

Chris’ Dogs 

My name is Georgie and I’m a 3 year old shih tzu/silkie mix. Mom got me when I was a year old, and I didn’t how to do anything, except have fun! Over the past two years, I have learned to walk on a leash, to go potty outside only, that chickens are not for chasing (most of the time!), and a whole variety of other things. My favorite thing to do is tagging along with mom, whether it’s following her around the farm, riding in the car, or exploring the city. She’s never out of my sight for long!


Chris’ Other Boys 

We are Georgie’s brothers who live on the farm in Lemont. We are Charlie, Rudy, Frankie, and Leroy.

I’m Charlie, and I’m a cat who just loves to snuggle. Although I was a stray at one time, and had a BB in my back to prove it, now I’m living the good life.

Rudy’s my name, and I’m a 7 year old Shih Tzu. I really love to learn new tricks, and am proud to say that I’m a Canine Good Citizen. I know all kinds of tricks, and love to sit up and bow to try to persuade people to share their food with me. I’m a handsome boy too, I’ve even been in some photo shoots!

I’m Franklin, and I’m a “seasoned” Maltipoo. People don’t know how old I am, because I was left outside a shelter in a crate one night. That’s okay though, because now I’m the top dog here on the farm. I may be small, but I know how to throw my weight around. And, I don’t care what the other animals have to say… I’m deaf, so I can’t hear them anyway.

I’m Leroy, and I’m a Chihuahua. Like Frankie, I was a stray, so mom doesn’t know how old I am, but I’m pretty old. People say I have a bad heart, but I take my medicine very carefully, and it doesn’t stop me from chasing the squirrels up the tree every morning.

Nicolette’s Dog 

My name is Otis and I’m a French Bulldog! I am a pretty typical bully: I snort, snarf and fart a lot. My mom adopted me when I was 8 months old, and I’m very glad she did because my first mom made me participate in dog shows and I did not like that very much! I have some quirks, and I’m still working on my leash manners when I go for walks, but other than that, I’m a very good dog. My favorite things are eating, sleeping, chewing on my bones, sleeping and eating. My favorite food is peanut butter, and my favorite thing to chew on is a deer antler. Whoo, I think I need a nap now after writing all this!

Greg’s Dog 

Ernie is a ten-year old West Highland White Terrier known sometimes as “Ernesto,” “Ernie Bernie” or “the monster dog.”  That last nickname comes from his barking and growling at fellow dogs, as well as at a wide variety of other “scary things” such as skateboarders, motorcycles, horses, vacuum cleaners and delivery trucks.  In spite of his “monster dog” side, Ernie also has a very loving side.  He definitely considers himself to be a lap dog but will (sometimes) wait to be invited before jumping up.  When not enjoying someone’s lap, he enjoys playing catch, chasing rabbits and pushing and pulling his pillow bed from one room to another. His owners have often wondered if he is simply a frustrated interior designer, always looking for the perfect placement of his furniture.

Alison’s Dogs 

Huck is a three-year-old yellow lab.  He enjoys long walks, chasing squirrels, and receiving belly rubs.  Recently his favorite hobby is sniffing the back deck to ensure the opossum living underneath did not skedaddle without saying goodbye.  His sister Sonar, a young terrier mix, is a ball of energy and spends most of her time trying to instigate play with Huck by nibbling on his legs or waiting until Huck yawns so she can stick her whole head inside.  Though we know she is deaf, Sonar either doesn’t know or doesn’t care and lives her life without reserve—a life philosophy she attempts to instill on her brother and human parents everyday.  When she has finally exhausted all her energy, you can find her headfirst under the blanket on whatever warm lap is nearest.

Betsy’s Dog 

Biscuit was named after the famous racehorse, Seabiscuit, because of her great heart and terrific, graceful speed. Her breeder described her as the “thinker” of the litter—she loves to investigate new things, solve problems, and learn new behaviors, especially through clicker training. Some of her other favorite things are playing in the snow or open water, babies and kids, and when her extended human family comes to visit. She doesn’t like vet visits, fireworks, or tall strangers suddenly reaching out to pat her on the head. One of her nicknames is “The Supervisor,” a role she takes very seriously whenever her people are working around the house or yard. Biscuit has earned her Canine Good Citizen certificate and her AKC Tracking Dog and Tracking Dog Excellent titles, and is working towards earning her Variable Surface Tracking title to become an AKC Champion Tracker.

Katie’s Dogs 

Tucker is a black lab born in 2009 and who came to live with the Moody clan at 9 weeks of age. Now that’s he’s worked his way through that pesky teenage period, he has become a fabulous family dog. He loves nothing better than playing fetch. He will retrieve anything from a floating kong flung 20 yards out into frigid Lake Superior to a tennis ball kicked 10 feet in the living room. If it moves, he’ll bring it back and beg you with big, brown eyes to do it again. He also loves romping in the woods of northern Wisconsin, food and anyone who’s in bed and will cuddle.

Tucker recently acquired a roommate named Hobo. He was adopted from Orphans of the Storm in November of 2013. He’s a five pound terrier mix of some sort. Times were pretty tough in Hobo’s prior life in a hoarding situation, and he is now determined to make sure that Tucker knows that his newly acquired chews, fabulous toys and soft, cozy sleeping spots are “MINE! MINE! MINE!” Luckily, Tucker’s life of luxury gives him little reason to argue with Hobo’s claims, especially since there’s a 65 pound weight difference.

Sarah’s Dog 

Eddy is a Rhodesian Ridgeback/Pit Bull Mix from an East Michigan Rescue. His favorite pastimes include, but are not limited to: snuggling, sleeping, eating and learning new tricks like “Spin” and “Crawl”. At first, he can be a bit shy, but that is what makes him so endearing. Once Eddy becomes your friend, he will rarely leave your side, unless there is food to be found somewhere in the near vicinity. Eddy’s favorite class is Doggone Issues because while he doesn’t always act nicely to other dogs, he wants to work on his less than desirable qualities.

Nicole’s Dog 

Hi, I’m Finlay! I like escorting my mom to the office, the basement, the kitchen, the bathroom, etc. In other words, wherever she goes, I go, if I can. She affectionately calls me her stalker. …now that I write that on paper, I’m not sure it’s a compliment. Hmmm.

Anyway, I share my home with two mini humans as well. They’re pretty cool. The older they get, the more tolerable they become since they drop food on the floor and fight over feeding me my meal.

Oh! I’m a Clumber Spaniel. There’s not that many of us out there, but I like being unique. I’m supposed to be a good partner for a hunter, but I’m I lover not a fighter. …and loud noises are spooky.

My favorite activities are showing people a toy that I don’t want them to take, a nice, steady walk, and good butt scratches on the couch.

Ivonne’s Dog 

Meet Pancho, a 6-year-old Golden Retriever. He was brought from Puerto Rico to Chicago when his previous family couldn’t give him the time and attention that he deserves. He is a very noble, gentle soul that loves endless attention. In fact, he is an expert in attention seeking behaviors! If you pet him once, you bet he will ask for more. His favorite season is winter to roll and roll in the snow. Pancho loves eating fruits and his favorite one is banana. He can be a mile away and if he hears the word banana he will come running as fast as he can. Now, that is a great recall! This picture landed him the cover page for the Animal Wellness Magazine, June/July 2010 Edition. He is very much loved and cherished by his family.

Erin S.’ Dog 

Bailey is a Westie and proud of it. She is a runner and loves to jaunt around the park or dash around the apartment in quick-sprint figure-8 patterns. Bailey is also quite a leaper and often bounds up and down in front of the TV when something she likes comes on. Her favorite shows include The Colbert Report, old episodes of classic Star Trek, and anything with animals in it. A bit of a busybody, Bailey would be happy to spend hours sniffing around the block to see what other dogs in the neighborhood are up to. She is a cuddler and a very friendly, upbeat pooch, who recently passed the Canine Good Citizen test. Turn-ons include tuna, treats and Kongs, and turn-offs include recliners and bedtime.

Paulette’s Dog 

Meet Sitka! He can often be found roaming around the AnimalSense office, playing with Lulu or sleeping under the desks. A certified therapy dog, Sitka loves to hang out at Westlake Hospital to cheer up the patients and St. Mary’s of Providence to play with the resident women. He gets along with everyone and thinks everyone wants to be his best friend. Some people find his enormous size (120 pounds) a bit daunting, but he thinks that just means there is more of him to love! He enjoys when people stop him and his mom on the street to ask them what breed he is. The answer: Alaskan Malamute, Newfoundland and Golden Retriever, maybe. All we know is that he is awesome and mostly ridiculous.

Lynn’s Dogs 

I’m Rafe, a border collie, better known as Rafe the Wonder Dog.  My Mom thinks I am really, really smart.  But I think the truth is that I just can’t take my eyes off of her,  and I can’t wait to work for her.   I’ve heard Mom telling people that she never wanted a border collie, but when she met me her life changed.  The feeling is mutual.

Fayette is a black and white border collie and the newest addition to the Brezina family. She is universally acknowledged to be the cutest puppy in the wuuuuurldah. You can watch Fayette grow up in The Dog Trainer’s Puppy, Lynn’s new photo series on the AnimalSense blog.

Fayette 1

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