Monday, March 30, 2009


Congratulations to Bandit. This from his mom. "Bandit passed the TDI Therapy Dog test today. He is now a Therapy Dog and as soon as we get all the paperwork set, we will be going into the retirement community here."

He has come such a long way from his frightened beginnings. What a success story and tribute to those who helped him get this far.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Bandit's good news

Bandit found his very own furever home in February. Here's an update from his new mommy:

Bandit is doing great. Max and Bandit have bonded but still push each other for the attention. I am convinced that he is a southern boy because he does not want to stay outside too long. He does his thing and then right back in the house. He still thinks that he should be on the bed at night but is slowly beginning to understand that the dog bed next to the bed is his. I think over time, both dogs may sleep together. During the day they lie on the bed in the office almost on top of each other and watch the squirrels together. Right now there are three squirrels in the cherry tree just outside the window. The tree is about four feet from the window and both dogs are dead still watching. It is so funny. Can they drop there ears any lower or be more still.

Staying home this week has been great in getting him acclimated to us. He is comfortable with the tile floor; now goes in the basement without a problem and is learning the command “wait” at the door. We have walked the boundaries of the yard many times but I have not yet worked with the electric collar. I didn’t want to put too much on him at one time.

Thanks so much.


Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Quite Settled In!

Bandit is quite comfy at his new foster home.
His foster mom Alison writes: Bandit is a petite guy but with BIG Man Love! He is about 40 lbs and about the size of my hobbit pointer. He gets along great with other dogs and loves people! He is perfect size for my 5 and 9 year olds. Bandit follows them around the house and they love a dog that obeys them! Bandit listens to their commands of sit and stay.

Bandit will also play. The kids hide their face in their arms while laying on the carpet and Bandit crawls under their armpit and licks their face until they giggle and roll over. He loves attention. He is sitting next to me ready for me to pet him---looking at me with his big eyes. He eats like a champ and is on the road to recovery after testing positive for a tick borne illness that is completely curable. Bandit was diagnosed with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. He is not demonstrating any symptoms but IBR tests any of our dogs that could have been exposed and sure enough he tested positive. He will be healthy in a few weeks He has such character and is waiting for his furever home once he is healthy.

Bandit stops by at Auntie Lisa's Place

Bandit came to visit IBR president's Lisa's place on the way to his foster home.
Oh---he's not so sure about the being carried thing, as Jim Michener is holding him---but boy is he glad he's out of that shelter...

Bandit gives Thelmalou a little kiss.

Bandit says "Thank you for rescuing me!"

A great boy!

Brandy (left) with Bandit at his temporary foster home.
Bandit did wonderfully at his temp foster home. He's sweet, cuddly and got along wonderfully with the other fur kids.

At the last moment...

Bandit was at a Missouri shelter and his time was running out. Luckily we found a temp foster for this boy and IBR was able to get him into safety.