Lou…Just look at him now!

This is a very big weekend at the kennel. Memorial Day weekend is the kick off to our busy season.

We love Lou!

Meet Lou.

Last Thursday he was dropped off at our kennel for the first time. His owner is a wonderful lady. Lou was found on the streets of California. They think he is about 3-4 years old and they don’t know much other than that…

She warned me that he is quick to growl and be assertive although he has never actually made contact.

I went ahead and introduced him to a VERY small group. Molly our resident grandma was part of that group. She is our old boxer soul that likes to make sure everyone understands the rules of the land.

Lou was quick to pronounce his stance with some good assertive growls…Molly in return decided to one up him. I decided to be the winner of the noise game.

I let out a nice big scream…holding both of their collars….I won!

It takes a minute for dogs to understand that we are on their team.

My heart always softens for animals that  had to endure who knows what…but because of the past, reactive assumptions is how they are wired.

We take the time to earn their respect, build history, so they can trust that we want them to be safe.

We want them to get out here and play.

The first couple dog runs we kept Lou with just a few select friends. Just look at him now!


You can tell his posture is still very hesitant but he sniffing out those cell phone numbers!The key is his tail. Every dog run that tail wags a little bit more. :0)  He decided that he is going to test the waters with his “almost” friends. Even though, he keeps coming back to check in to make sure he is okay.

Busy holiday weekends are like a social anxiety boot camp.

They get to play four times a day. Twenty-three opportunities during the 4 days to be reminded he is safe.

It is like your parents throwing you out in the deep end in the pool growing up. Sink or swim!

Yes, I was pretty mad at my Dad for tossing me in, but I knew he was a good swimmer…so I knew everything would be alright.

Lou trusts his new family. They will have to continue to renew that trust everyday that he is in their care. What Lou gives back to them is more than enough to keep moving forward as a family.

Dogs know how to forgive easily but most do not forget….it is the forgetting part that I wish we all could be blessed with when it comes to some of our past (not so great) times.

We are happy for Lou and the bright future he has in front of him.  We were thankful we were trusted to watch his tail wag.

~Just Krista






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7 thoughts on “Lou…Just look at him now!

  1. Candy Meyer

    Very sweet story! I was so excited to see our Jake’s little behind in the second photo. We know he has had a great time with you all and are looking forward to reuniting with him tomorrow morning. Thanks for the wonderful care you give him when we are away!

    Sent from my iPhone

    • Jake has been Lou’s buddy. Jake usually has such an opinion about who can be in his circle of trust. Lou made the cut this visit. In that funny stubborn way, Jake is a very good friend!

    • Hey Candy…I wanted to make sure you knew that picture is actually a video…You can see Jake in all his glory!

  2. As Lou (& Hank’s mama), it made my heart smile, while I sit in a casino in Las Vegas, to read about Lou at the kennel back at home!! Over the weekend, I’ve said many times to my friends … “I wonder how Lou is doing?” … I heard that first growl when I dropped him off! But, I had faith, as he’s been in our home now for five months, and I’ve seen him blossom! Found on the streets near Yosemite, I found him in the last kennel at the Humane Society. I had gone in to adopt another Boston, to join Hank, but I was too late … I thought I’d just take a spin … and see who else was available. Lou had had multiple surgeries and was groggy from medicine. But, I thought I’d take a chance. As the saying goes … Lou changed my life! He’s happy every single moment, and so, so sweet. He’s made himself right at home, and I feel so lucky to have found him. Thanks for taking such good care of him, and it makes me so happy to know he’s found his way into your hearts as well.

    • We love Lou! I’m always in awe about how dogs change our lives….at least add to our enjoyment along our journey of life. I’m glad you enjoyed my post today. We have many friends here this weekend that have us entertained. We can’t forget Hank! He is always up for a good romp with friends that welcome him…and friends that don’t. :0) Enjoy your time in Vegas…throw a quarter in for us here at Reynolds Kennels.

  3. Candy Meyer

    Hi Krista. I just realized that was a video when we got home. I had only looked at it on my iPhone in the car and did not see it the first time. We just watched it and were so happy to see our little Jake in action. He is a funny little guy, but it is possible he and Lou have a special connection because Jake was also found on the streets somewhere in Portland. When we adopted him we were told that he had some “quirks”, but he has been the love of our lives for the past 5 years even with all his little quirkiness. So glad he became Lou’s buddy! They may be kindred spirits. Thank you again for all the love you shower our babies with while we are away It means the world to us that he is loved and so well taken care of in our absence.

    • Jake beats to his own drum that is for sure….but I do think our pasts connect us to people in the future. I think dogs are the same way.
      It has been a fun weekend!

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