We rescued Mojo, formerly “Baby Huey”, from Ramona (San Jacinto) shelter at the end of January. After his initial temporary foster, our amazing volunteer Calais (who has temporarily fostered quite a few of our pups over the years), we had a tough time placing this adolescent, strong untrained huge puppy. He was endearingly cute but quite a handful. While he doesn’t have an aggressive bone in his body and exuberantly loves all people and dogs, he didn’t really know how to properly interact with them. As we lightly joked, he didn’t really know how to “dog.”
After many pleas for a foster, Jim from Ojai stepped up to foster-to-maybe-adopt and it was a great match. Although Jim ultimately decided that he was not quite in the position to adopt, he dedicated much time and energy over the three months to training and socializing Huey and teach him “how to dog.” Jim took him to the beach, to shopping outings, and posted him to social media. He even renamed him “Mojo” to help make him more adoptable!
In late April, we received a great application from a couple who had previous large breed experience. They wanted a dog to take with them on grand adventures including outings on their boat. After three days of the 2-week trial period, they were smitten with Mojo and it was official.
Mom Hillary writes “We are so in love with Mojo. He’s a bundle of love and of energy. We’re going to get him some training. He’s gets super excited to see us, jumping like..... a kid. He’s stuck by my husband and my husband loves it! He took him to the boat and slowly acclimated him to the ocean.... which Mojo seems to really love. Although, he did have a verbal match with the seals. He is our new child and we are so grateful for you guys.”
As with most of our rescues, it takes a village and lots of coordination! Huge thank you to Helen and David for pull and transport, Calais, Pauline and Tamanava for temp fostering, Becky and Lisa for transport, Becky for taking him to the vet, Terry for delivering supplies, Kensington vet, Wag Hotels and Samantha Meckes, Alex Gant of Behave - Dog Training & Behavior Modification, and especially his foster dad, Jim.