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Meet EElsen!

Posted: Thu Oct 30, 2014 9:49 pm
by Amanda
My brother and his wife have just volunteered as puppy raisers for our military! They picked up their Belgian Malinois pup today. He's 9 weeks old and a very confident little fellow. He is from the EE litter which is why they spell his name EElsen, but it's pronounced Elsen. This is a great program for a guy like my brother, who wants a Mal, but probably doesn't have the practical experience to know what it means to be owned by a Maligator. ;) EElsen will be staying with them for 4-6 months before going to the airbase to train as a "Guardian of the Night." Wish them luck. EElsen was already in another home, but it is suspected he was too much dog for this other family. They made a lot of excuses for not keeping him, but the topic of his extreme "confidence" came up a lot. If that turns out to the be the case for my brother, the team will come in to support him or place EElsen elsewhere if that's better for him. It sounds like a good training program. Anyway, here he is. :)

Re: Meet EElsen!

Posted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 4:53 am
by connie
That's awesome! I wish them all the best with the little fella!

I also nominate "extreme confidence" as used in this context as the greatest understatement of the year. :lol: Oh, a Malinois puppy ... my life seems incredibly calm in comparison! :wink:

Re: Meet EElsen!

Posted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 6:35 am
by SherriA
This sounds like a really great program. What a handsome fellow! Good luck to your brother and SIL with an "extremely confident" puppy. I love that description :lol:

Re: Meet EElsen!

Posted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 8:53 am
by Calypso
Cute! I give anyone who is willing to deal with baby maligator HUGE props! And I must say, at least from my experience with Mals in the Midwest, supreme confidence is waaaaaaaaay prefered to "OMG! It's going to kill me! I'm going to die! I'm going to bark-attack and then hide."

Re: Meet EElsen!

Posted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:30 am
by emmas_mom
Eelsen, what big EARS you have! :love:

Re: Meet EElsen!

Posted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:39 am
by Yankee
Those ears are big! Cute.

Re: Meet EElsen!

Posted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 12:40 pm
by Amanda
Oh yes. The ears are going on forever.

Re: Meet EElsen!

Posted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 1:08 pm
by UpwardDog
Holy EARS! Good luck to him. For Xmas you can buy him a kevlar suit lol

Re: Meet EElsen!

Posted: Fri Oct 31, 2014 2:14 pm
by Sabine
What a cutie! Those ears are pretty incredible.

Re: Meet EElsen!

Posted: Tue Nov 04, 2014 10:11 am
by Trademarkbark
EARS!!!!!

Re: Meet EElsen!

Posted: Fri Nov 07, 2014 11:23 am
by 2dogpack
OMG, he's adorkable with those ears! I'd have to nickname him Satellite!

Extreme confidence. Sounds like what my Akita boy Jack had. I'd rather have a confident dog than a fearful one. Extreme confidence: I learned quick. Thankfully, Akitas aren't high energy at all.
That, I got with The Ronanator. Best of luck to them! I recall lying in bed many a night and staring at the ceiling, wondering WHERE this dog got so much energy and HOW I was ever going to survive it. Lord, he'd SCREAM in his crate because he still wanted to do stuff. Walks, runs, didn't phase him. He didn't have the "YES! I can do that!" attitude of a Mal for obedience. Noooo. No ball drive or food drive. Just mischief drive. That's when i had to find ways to mentally wear him out before The Ronanator killed us all with boundless, mischievous, 18-hr a day energy. Heck, I finally repaired the walls he chewed as a pup just a year or two ago. Mental stimulation, and lots of it, saved us from ripping our hair out.

A baby Mal! They get the gold star of the day!

But what a truly great program!