Hurricane Sandy’s One and Only Fan

When Cory and I adopted Campbell we had no idea what we were in for.

Needless to say, rescuing an abused dog is tough stuff. It’s very rewarding, but also absolutely exhausting. And although we’ve been lovin’ on Campbell for a year now, I still consider him to be a huge enigma (and he us, I’m sure ;) )

Campbell love people and hates - with the fiery passion of one thousand suns - dogs. He paces constantly, but will find time to relax in order to Ellen DeGeneres.

He doesn’t know how to play with toys and he’s convinced another dog lives in our fire place (aka: his reflection.)

That said, we have made progress. You know, he’ll now come into the kitchen, which means he’s overcome his fear of tile. He walks through sliding glass doors, which means he’s overcome his fear of sliding glass doors. He trusts us now, which means he’s overcome the fear of us – which is huge.

But he still confuses the hell outta me.

He fears the Swiffer and the sound of a cereal bag, but he gets over-the-moon-excited about frolicking outside in a hurricane (?!)

Sandy, meet your one and only fan.

Let’s chat – Do you have any pets?

Joking aside – I hope everyone is Sandy’s path is staying safe! It’s just rain here in Richmond, VA. 

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13 Responses to Hurricane Sandy’s One and Only Fan

  1. I’m in upstate NY – and thank goodness, we did not get hit that hard!! During the last hurricane (Irene) a 2 ton tree fell on my house, so I’m just glad that nothing came flying through the window!! I have a 16month old puppy name Fiona (and 2 cats as well!) – Fiona makes life interesting, and she’s always good for a laugh — and lots of picture taking because I think she’s cute almost all the time (except when she eats receipts. and cardboard. and wants to play while I’m in downward facing dog! ok. that’s cute). Fiona loves the wind, especially right now, because it’s blowing the leaves up and she can chase them <— her favorite game! But she HATES the rain… so she was happy to stay inside during that part of Sandy :)

  2. Kelly says:

    When I first adopted Jackson, he was only 8 weeks old. He discovered his reflection in the mirror one morning and charged at it. It cracked me up to no end when he ran into the mirror as a wee pup. My then-boyfriend and I got him as a companion to his dog Barrett who had severe anxiety. He would freak out and get distructive when we would leave the house, he had MAJOR leash anxiety. It was so bad, we had to walk him around the back of the apartment buildings to avoid other dogs and people in which he would bark like crazy at. But, if we took him to the dog park and let him off the leash, he was a social butterfly and would play with other dogs and let strangers touch him. He was very protective of me and Chris. I never wanted to have people over because his anxiety was that bad. I didn’t want people to mistake it for aggression (especially because he had “aggressive breeds” in him). He is a big ole’ sweetie and thinks he’s a lap dog. Getting Jackson helped Barrett significantly. Maybe a second dog would help Campbell. Dogs always seem to do better when they’re in a “pack”.

    P.S. You’re puppy is so cute!

  3. Christine says:

    You aren’t alone! We live on NoVA have a 10 month old chocolate lab. He was completely unphased by the hurricane and wanted to frolick in the breeze (read: wind gusts of 40+ mph), chase leaves that were being blown around and splash in the puddles. Hurricane?? What hurricane??

  4. Jessie says:

    ^^Just read the above comment. How cool girl! I used to tell the hubs I always wished we could be on it! JEALOUS!

    anyways.. Campbell is absolutely adorable girl! I think it’s so wonderful that you and Cory took her in. So sweet xo

  5. Aw, Campbell is adorable. I adopted my pug, Stewie, a few years ago. Thankfully, he didn’t/doesn’t have a fear of people or dogs, but he does flinch sometimes when we go to pet him, so we think he might have been hit at some point in his life (he was a stray at a shelter and we have no idea where he came from!). Rescuing dogs is THE way to go!

  6. Haha Campbell is too cute! We have two labs, and they crack me up everyday. Half the time, they make no sense to me either. Our yellow one is incredibly smart in so many different ways, but then he sees a reflection on the wall and he starts barking at it and trying to get it and I wonder how such a smart dog could be so dumb. Lol.

  7. We almost hit a stray that was just sitting in the middle of the road last year. I had no intentions of keeping him, a year later, he is happy, healthy, and most comfortable under the sheets and with a pillow, please! ;) I couldn’t imagine NOT having him. Dogs are so quirky and fun!

  8. Glad all is well with you! I agree with you, dogs can be pretty darn confusing!

  9. My dog, Koda, cuddled with me from 2:30 am onward (I got up just before 4am, so it really wasn’t all that long). She’s nearly 50lb though, so it was like snuggling with a vibrating child — not exactly condusive to good sleep, but I still love her. ;)

  10. Sara says:

    We just rescued a yellow lab on Friday. She is terrified of me, I’m glad to see that Campbell grew to trust yall! Gives me some hope!

  11. Aw, that’s so amazing that you rescued a dog! I kind of want to cry just thinking about what he might have been through :( Poor little guy! Good thing he has a good home now!

  12. Kristin says:

    We have a 3(ish) yr old rescue and we got him when he was about 1 1/2. He’s a plott hound/lab mix and such an interesting guy! We immediately clicked, but it has taken him awhile to fully come out of his shell. He still absolutely hates loud traffic, or really anything loud. Around other people he is always on REALLY good behavior. He is the most grateful pup I’ve ever had. Rescuing is definitely the way to go! He had a really tough life before getting rescued, but now he is the center of our universe!

  13. Your pup is adorable! And the picture of him watching Ellen is hilarious :P

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