Adoptability Factor 2: Abundance of Cute

I wrote a couple days ago about how smart Laynie is. I consider that her Adoptability Factor 1. But what else would make Delaynie a great forever dog? Adoptability Factor 2: She is just so darn cute.

That nose, those bring brown eyes, the way she grunts when she’s getting comfortable, the way she sleeps on a pillow like a person and the way she smiles when she’s sleeping on her back- these are all things that just make her cuteness undeniable.

If you’re interested in adopting Delaynie please fill out an application with BURN. If you would like more information about her, email me at:

Nola Muffin Monday: The Way Life Should Be

I’ve been writing a lot about Laynie recently (we are still looking for her forever home!), and I feel like I have so much to share about our resident pup, Nola (the blog is named for her after all!). So, here on out, the first day of the work week will now be ‘Nola Muffin Monday.’ Hope you enjoy learning a little more about our first love.

Nola is the perfect Mainer. She loves playing in the snow in the winter:

Loves digging in the mud in the spring:

Loves lying in the leaves in the fall:

And loves swimming and boating in the summer:

She also LOVES the beach in any season.

One Smart Cookie

Everyone who meets Delaynie asks us, “What is she?” Jim and I have discussed several possibilities based on what we know about her so far- dog (she barks and wags her tail), pot bellied pig (she snorts, a lot), or gorilla (well, just look at that nose!).

Regardless of what breed/species she might be, Laynie sure is one smart cookie! She’s been with us for only three weeks and she’s already mastered sit and wait for her food. The minute I pick up her food bowl she goes right to her spot and waits. Take a look:

This week we have started working on ‘here.’ She mastered it on a 6′ leash in no time. Then we moved on to a 30′ lead. It took a couple of tugs the first time, but eventually she got it and now she comes on the first ‘here’ with no pull on the lead!

She even left her baby to come when called.

She came all the way and never looked back!

Next, we’ll try in an area with more distractions, like at the baseball field at the local middle school behind our house. We’re hoping that with enough practice the little monkey will become reliable off leash when called.

We also started working on ‘leave it/take it.’ Laynie picked this one up super fast as well. I put a bunch of treats in my hand and let her sniff. The moment she pulled back and stopped sniffing I said ‘leave it’ and gave her a treat. Once she masters ‘leave it,’ we’ll get to ‘take it,’ where I can put the treat down and she will wait until I tell her ‘take it.’

Laynie being a good girl and 'leaving' the treats in my hand.

We ended the training session, like all good ones should, with some play time as a reward.

Playing with her 'baby' as a reward for being wicked smahhht!

If you’re interested in adopting Delaynie please fill out an application with BURN. If you would like more information about her, email me at:

Big Weekend Happenings!

Delaynie had a BIG couple of days this past weekend. Since her spay incision is all healed and she is no longer restricted to on-leash walks only, on Saturday morning we decided to go all out and take the dogs to Fuller Farm for a run. After more than an hour running in the field, the woods and the mud, both pups were tired and happy. Laynie seemed to be so happy to get some of that pent up I-have-to-stay-calm-after-my-surgery energy out, and Nola is always happy whenever she can run.

Later in the day Saturday, Jim and I brought Laynie to her first adoption event at Planet Dog in Portland. I also volunteer through Almost Home Rescue of New England and they were nice enough to let us piggy back on their event. Laynie was so well behaved. She sniffed all the dogs she met, let lots of people pet her and she walked around the store exploring. Only a couple of people showed interest in her, but it was just nice to see that she is great in a busy environment with lots of dogs, people and kids. We are planning to take her to another one in a couple of weeks at PetLife, and hopefully someone will fall in love with the little monkey.

Laynie sporting her new "Adopt Me" vest.

Then, when we got home Delaynie had a package. It was her new collar from Sirius Republic! She didn’t waste any time and tried it out for a nap. I think she likes it, and she looks beautiful! On Sunday after another long run, we had a trainer come by and give us some tips on how to help Laynie walk better on a leash. She is such a fast learner (she has already learned to sit and wait, which I will write about later) and so eager to please, we just have to learn how to communicate what we want her to do. We will be practicing “watch me” in which we give her a treat every time she looks up at as so she will learn to pay attention to us while we walks. The other one we need to practice is “leave it.” To teach her this we will work on putting a yummy treat in between our feet and rewarding her when she doesn’t try to go after it. This is important so she learns that when she sees a squirrel or a bird, she must keep walking and not try to chase it.

The trainer also introduced Laynie to a couple of her dogs, and watched how she played with Nola. She said that the little monkey is great with other dogs and when she plays with Nola she is perfectly well behaved. We just have to continue to monitor her and make sure she doesn’t get too overexcited while playing. It was great to have someone reinforce that Delaynie is such a great dog!

It was a busy weekend, but Laynie showed us that she is easy going and well behaved in a number of different enivronments. She was super tired by Sunday night and enjoyed some more snuggle time with Nola Muffin.

If you’re interested in adopting Delaynie please fill out an application with BURN. If you would like more information about her, email me at: