Traverse OutdoorLandscape Company in Traverse City, Michigan
Phantom’s Story PLEASE READ! 🐾
Adopted January 27th! After 116 days at the shelter, Phantom found his perfect forever home!
Phantom/Kaid came to CHS from downs...tate as a transfer, he was in need of a change of scenery. Being deaf Phantom was overlooked, returned, and would need some special training attention. Phantom loves to play with other dogs and would steal shoes to play with on occasion.
The Canine Behavior Training Program sponsored by Traverse Outdoor’s Scholarship Fund, allowed Phantom to get the proper and necessary training and commitment he deserved. While at the shelter Phantom shined bright and stole the heart of one amazing dog mom! 🌳
Phantom’s new mom fell in love with him downstate and followed her boy up north. Phantom now has a doggie sister to play with and a mom who works with his training everyday!
Below is an amazing update on Phantom/Kaid and how important commitment, consistency, and the proper training is when bringing a rescue dog home. WORTH THE READ! ❤️
“Here's your six week(ish) update on Phantom. I've actually decided to keep his name as Kaid, because that's the name he had when I met him and it's the one I've known him by for a long time.
The two-hour car ride home from Traverse City was rough, as were the first couple days. I quickly realized how this dog had almost zero manners. Within a week, however, I saw a vast improvement. As I shared with you earlier via a Facebook post, I was very relieved to find out Kaid already walked wonderfully on leash - didn't bite at the leash at all! He walks directly beside me or behind me, doesn't pull, doesn't lunge at people or critters. I owe part of this success to the backpack he wears. He carries five pounds in his backpack, and it keeps his pace perfect. He runs just as wonderfully as he walks, too. Kaid was described as a high energy dog, but I wouldn't describe him that way, and I think that's due in part to the new exercise he's getting, as well as the added weight. In the routine we've got now, I would call him medium to low energy.
Speaking of routine, I think having a daily, predictable routine has really helped Kaid. By two weeks in, he had settled in and chilled out completely (besides five minute play sessions he likes to have with his sister Tori almost every day). He knows the routine, and he knows the rules. Meal times are a breeze. He sits and waits nicely until I put his food down and release him to eat. I can leave the room with both dogs eating and there is no food aggression. It was important to me to make sure Kaid learned to load himself into his kennel instead of being dragged or forced. It took 1-2 weeks for him to get the hang of it, and there was never a real struggle.
Kaid has learned a handful of commands rather quickly. He was already good at sit, and now he's doing well at lay down, roll over, high five, back up, stay, and come. The ones we really need to work on and make solid are "drop it" and his recall. The recall is good, but not consistent. I just need to find the time to practice it habitually!
I hope all of you there at CHS got to see even half of the personality that I've gotten to see in this dog. I swear he is more like a human in so many ways. He snores louder than some of my family members, and farts often, both of which I think are hilarious. In the morning when we get up at 5:30am to run, I'll have Tori dressed and ready to go and Kaid is still laying in bed, wishing he could sleep in. One morning, I even got him dressed and ready to go and then he went back to bed, ha ha! If I'm at the kitchen sink, he sits with his back pressed against my leg. When I'm in the shower, he pokes his head behind the curtain to make sure I'm still around. When I'm sitting at the table, he sits at my feet and does that move that I love where he looks at me upside down over his back. I hope you guys got to see that one. He waits patiently to have his jacket and backpack put on and taken off and his feet to be wiped after a walk. He was mouthy about his feet being handled at first, but it doesn't bother him anymore. I've had to give him a few baths so far, and I feel incredibly lucky that he is such a champ about bath time. He can load himself into the bathtub and he doesn't try to escape or shake himself mid-bath.
All in all, I can say with confidence that everyone who passed on adopting this dog has severely missed out. Every person who has come over to my house and met him has commented on how "chill" and how sweet he is. This dog was meant to be mine and I'm so glad we made it into each other's lives.
Now that I have adopted two shelter dogs of relatively young ages, I can attest to the fact that a solid routine is invaluable for every dog. It took 2-3 weeks for each of my dogs to settle in to their new home and a new routine. Knowing that Kaid had been adopted out a couple times and brought back to the shelter, I feel like other people could have had the success that I have had if they had just stuck with it and given the dog his time to adjust. I think the advice given in the adoption folder you give to your adopters is excellent. I really think following those guidelines can help to shorten the "honeymoon period", as you call it. If anyone calls CHS wanting to return a dog they've adopted, feel free to use me as an example to show that a routine of exercise and discipline with limited affection (or affection at the correct times) WORKS. ❤️
Enjoy the pictures of my little piglet. The perfect little family member.
Thanks for everything you do and keep up the good work!”
- Kaid/Phantom’s Mom 🐕
Smiles all around! Dasher & Hunter found their forever homes last week and are very excited to start their new lives! ❤️
Traverse Outdoor has provided a scholar...ship to both of these pooches to attend Cherryland’s Canine Behavior Training Program! 🐾
Dasher, Hunter, and their families will learn the tips and tricks of how to succeed with adopting a rescue dog! 🐶
This amazing scholarship fund has provided families a way to communicate and better understand their new family members.
Nova’s Story ❤️
Adopted March 3rd 2018, Nova was brought home to her forever family! Nova spent 155 days at the shelter and boy was she happy to finally find he...r people. 🐕
Nova came to CHS after being abandoned at home, in a crate with two other dogs. These pooches were left without space, food, water, or a cozy place to sleep. Nova arrived with her sister and brother. All three were fearful and very hungry. Nova and her siblings warmed up slowly to CHS staff and volunteers, but eventually all came to love everyone’s company.
Nova was severely underweight and had a few wounds to her body. Staff and volunteers were quick to spoil her everyday with yummy treats, cleaning her wounds, and all the snuggles a girl could ask for. With time Nova began to gain weight and heal very well. Nova was put up for adoption and she was filled with joy to finally meet and greet every person that walked by. Then one day a family stopped in and won Nova over! After getting a teratoma removed from her eye, Nova was ready to head home!
Many rescue dogs that come to CHS all have a story. Some stories have tough beginnings, like Nova’s, that always require some extra love and attention. Thanks to Traverse Outdoor Landscaping & Irrigation, Nova was awarded a scholarship to attend CHS’s Canine Behavior Training Program. This program will help Nova learn to adjust to her new home and family as well as give her family the tools to teach her at home! Traverse Outdoor is proud to be able to provide outdoor loving dogs, like Nova, a chance to thrive! 🌳
CHS is happy to announce that Nova and her siblings have all found their perfect families! 🐾
Nala & Jimmy have received scholarships to attend our Canine Behavior Training Program! Thanks to the generosity of Traverse Outdoor by providing a scholarship ...fund for the program, these outdoor loving dogs and families can get the most out of their adoption as well as how to understand their new rescue dog. 🐶
Nala and her new family will be spending a lot of time outdoors hiking and enjoying the adventures together! Jimmy has so many new buddies to play with in the yard and snuggle up with on the couch.
We are so thrilled that these pooches are getting the attention and love they deserve!
Adopt yourself a rescue dog! 🐾❤️
Several of our adopted dogs have participated in CHS's Canine Behavior Training Program with the help of the Program's Scholarship Fund provided by Traverse Out...door! Check out what adopters and their pooches are saying about our Program and Scholarship Fund! Please contact CHS if you are interested in or would like more information regarding the Behavior Program! 🐾
February 10th 2018 🐾
After 231 days, Ace found his forever home!
Ace was surrendered to CHS. His former owners, a military family, could no longer care for him.... Ace was an extremely active dog and to be temporarily living in a shelter was tough. Ace had to learn how to trust the strangers caring for him and soon opened up and exposed his soft, tender, and affectionate personality. Ace connected with staff and a very special volunteer, who helped Ace develop into the happy outgoing young man he is. Ace continues to show insecurity, but hopefully not for long!
Ace was ready to head home right as his new Dad stepped through CHS doors! Ace brought tears of joy to his new family as they played around the room and shared some snuggles. Ace’s Dad inquired about training options and was absolutely thrilled to accept a scholarship to CHS's Canine Behavior Training Program, provided by Traverse Outdoor Landscaping and Irrigation. The training classes will assist Ace and his Dad build a happy healthy relationship and remove any of Ace’s insecurities. Ace will be attending classes shortly and is excited to be top of his class! 🐕
Ace has adopted a new best friend. Thank you for giving Ace a loving home and your commitment to helping Ace develop into a permanent family member through the Canine Behavior Scholarship Fund! Happy tails Ace! ❤️
Class is in session! 🐾🐾🐾
The Canine Behavior Training Program Scholarship Fund, generously provided by Traverse Outdoor Landscaping and Irrigation, allows train...ing classes to be included with dog adoptions! Awarding scholarships to rescue dogs will allow them to transition into their new home with ease, assist with basic behavioral training, and help new adopters build a relationship with their new furry friend. CHS has distributed several scholarships and we are thrilled to be able to provide these classes for our adopters! Come on in to visit our adoptable dogs! 🐕❤️
Mr. Murphy adopted January 19th 2018.
When Murphy was brought to CHS, he was very unsure of his temporary home. New people made Murphy nervous and he liked his ...personal space. With time and training, Murphy began to trust a select few which allowed Murphy to grow and express himself. Traverse Outdoor Landscaping and Irrigation has supported Murphy in his training efforts through the Canine Behavior Training Scholarship Fund.
After spending 172 days at CHS, Murphy found his forever family and loves every minute of it! Picture of Murphy in his new home! Below is a update from Murphy’s family!
“Just thought we'd let you know Murphy is adjusting well. He's such a great dog. We are so in love with him. He loves his walks and would play fetch 24/7 if we had the stamina. He's housebroken, we don't use a crate and he brings so much happiness.”
“He's quiet for the most part. He certainly lets me know when I'm not getting ready quick enough for a walk. On walks, he notices the other dogs but doesn't bark or get excited.”
“Thanks so much for letting us add him to our family. We sure love him!”
Thank you for giving Murphy the home and love he deserves!
The Canine Behavior Training Program Scholarship Fund allows dogs that need that extra attention to develop into a happy, healthy, and permanent family member. Adjustment for rescue dogs can take time and necessary training. With the generosity from Traverse Outdoor Landscaping and Irrigation, this has been made possible.
172 Days. Murphy found his forever home after 172 days! Traverse Outdoor Landscaping and Irrigation has provided a scholarship for Murphy to attend CHS's Canine... Behavior Training Program in order to make his transition into his new home a pleasant and permanent one. We are so trilled for Murphy along with Hef and Buddy, who have also received a scholarship, to become happy forever family members! 🐾
INTRODUCING CHS'S 2018 CANINE BEHAVIOR TRAINING PROGRAM! 🐾
Bodie would like everyone to know that Traverse Outdoor and the Cherryland Humane Society are working... together to find homes for outdoor loving rescue dogs. The importance of canine communication and training will dramatically assist in placing these amazing dogs in their forever-family homes. 🐕
Traverse Outdoor Landscaping and Irrigation has offered to establish a scholarship fund for dogs that display a greater need for behavior training, these dogs will receive a scholarship to attend the program with their new families! Before Stephen went home today, his family received the very first scholarship for 2018! What a great start to a new year! Thank you Traverse Outdoor! 🌳
If you are interested in attending or would like more information regarding the program, please contact CHS! ❤️
Congratulations to all the wonderful pups! Happy we can help! 🐶
Congratulations to Jasmine, Velveteen, Hannah and Melody! These lovely pooches have received a scholarship to attend CHS's Canine Behavior Training Program unde...rwritten by Traverse Outdoor Landscaping & Irrigation!
The Behavior Training Program will teach new owners how to communicate with their furry friends as well as build a foundation for these rescue dogs. 🐾
The program consists of five one hour sessions held on Wednesday evenings from 6-7pm. Owners and their pups will learn how to understand each other, solve problem behaviors, socialize correctly, walk properly on a leash and how to provide mental health and wellness. 🐶
This program is also available to the public for a discounted program fee! If you are interested and would like more information or to sign up for classes please contact the Cherryland Humane Society! ❤️
A huge shoutout to Traverse Outdoor Landscaping & Irrigation for supporting our outdoor loving rescue dogs! Check out their Facebook page and website for more information! 🌳
Ann gives a huge congratulations to Milo and his new forever family for receiving a scholarship for the Canine Behavior Training Program. Traverse Outdoor Lands...caping & Irrigation has underwritten the program for Milo!
Milo and his new family will have the opportunity to attend five training sessions to help Milo succeed in his new home! Milo's family with learn how to teach Milo how to walk on a leash, socialize, basic obedience, mental wellness, and how to solve problem behaviors.
If you are interested in attending the program please contact the shelter for more information! Classes are currently running Wednesday evenings from 6pm to 7pm.
Come one and all to Traverse Outdoor, tomorrow for our free sod give away! We would like to give back to the community and offer free sod to whom ever stops by after 8:00. The sod will be first come first serve, and we will only have 640 pieces so be here early! Let's grow together.
2700 townline Rd
Traverse City, MI