I am so happy to have someone who I can brag about our new dog with! Genki (we are going to give him a new name, but we haven't found the right one, yet) is quite possibly one of the sweetest dogs I have ever met. For a dog who spent the last 6 months of his life in a kennel situation, he acts like he has lived with us forever. We have 2 doggy doors that go from the inside of the house, through the garage, to the outside, and he figured those out right away on the first day. So far he has done all his business outside and he is so easy to walk on a leash. I will send you a picture of him sleeping on our 14 yr old's twin bed, where our son says that Genki hogs the bed during the night. So cute!
He is going to be easy to train because he loves treats, but he understood the 'sit' command right away. He also offers his paw to shake, but he is more enthusiastic about that when there is a treat involved. I will work on the 'down' command next. I am planning to take him to a 7 week training class beginning in March.
We have a basket with about 10 toys in it for Genki, and each night he selects the toys one by one, and plays with them for a few minutes each. Then he goes back to the basket and picks another toy. He loves to play fetch with the tennis balls. We have a pool in our back yard, and it will be interesting to see if he wants to swim when the weather gets warmer.
So please let everyone know that their efforts have made one family so happy. It is just so hard to believe that someone would give up or abandon such a sweet dog. I will send pictures soon.