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Tommy is NOT our dog! However, Tommy is a large part of our family, being that he boarded with us for over two years, and he boards here at least once a month these days. We got to know and love Tommy very much.
From the pictures, you can probably guess that Tommy loves to be warm. He is always seeking out sun spots or warm places to cuddle including the back of my chair when I am on it!
How did we meet Tommy? A friend of the owner's spotted our truck at the library in York Maine one day. This friend called Tommy's owner, who was in Switzerland at the time. The family had moved their temporarily because they work for one of those large corporations that like to ship their workers off to far and wide places. Tommy had been flow, as well, to Switzerland. Turns out, this is not the place to have a dog whose breed falls under the designation of "pit bull breed" even if they are a mix. So the family wanted to get Tommy out of the country ASAP! They also wanted him to still be here, if possible, upon their return.
Luckily Mannerly Mutts Dog Training (and puppy training of course), has not met a breed of dog that has been a problem for us. Traditionally, our Maine Training Center is very experienced with fearful dogs, aggressive dogs, reactive dogs, regular dogs, and dogs with a list of behavioral problems.
And so Tommy came to be with us for two plus years. his family came home four or five times a year to visit with him during that time. The first day that Tommy came here, he was so shell shocked. First he was flown to Switzerland, then flown back and at a stranger's house! We needed to do three weeks of board & train with him, so that we could have a dog that would get along with human and dog guests at our place (or at least obey a command quickly). Tommy was smart and quick friends with my dogs, and our various client's dogs.
He has many nicknames here. ("Timmy Tommy Jimmy Jomdy" for one or "Tommy Knockers") for another. We frequently refer to him as "round and brown" LOL. And if you need Tommy to be protective of you, he will be ready for that job. Likewise, if you tell him to cut it out, he will cut it out. Tommy is the dog I most want in the house if my husband is travelling! He is very loving and friendly to people he either knows or who he has been shown are welcome by us or his owners.
Also despite his "seeking warmth photos" Tommy is a very active guy. I taught him to do jumps, and he loves performing these in the woods. He can jump quite high even as he is aging. He also loves to race in the woods, especially with friends Ollie and Boris. Tommy is probably seven or eight now.
Tommy is like family here. We always refer to him as our fourth dog. That is why Tommy is the dog of the week this week.