Doogie taught me a lot about living with a quirky dog. My second ever foster dog, Doogie came to me from Clackamas County Dog Services in 2004. Unable to be crated due to crate fear issues, it’s because of Doogie that I came up with the tether system for inside the house. After he teleported out of an airline crate while we were gone, I was brainstorming on how to safely contain him while we weren’t home and the tether idea was born.
Doogie was adopted out and subsequently returned for jumping their fence and pooping on their bed. (I told them they couldn’t crate him but they did it anyway and he broke out and pooped on their bed. I thought it was funny, unfortunately they didn’t.) Doogie was adopted out again and returned for fence jumping. So he stayed with us. When I got him back, I started working on crate training him. After about a year, Doogie forgot he was afraid of it and voluntarily went in and laid down in it. He’s loved his happy house ever since.
It’s hard to imagine a little 40lb Pit Bull scaling a six foot wood fence but Doogie was able to Spider Man up the corner and hop right over. He even broke into the neighbor’s house through their doggie door to play with their two dogs.
As ironic as it sounds, as my only 100% Pit Bull, Doogie was also the only 100% dog friendly dog I had. He was my tester dog with new fosters and with cats. Doogie always had the unique ability to suck the fight out of other dogs…..he utilized the Jedi Mind Trick.
Doogie was a fantastic ambassadog and attended many a dog event, always a shining example of the breed. He made a lot of friends along the way.
Doogie and Kisses became fast friends and were inseperable.
Doogie was a quirky, fun little dog and I’m ever so lucky that he came into our lives. So long, Doogie doggie, we’ll miss you.