You could say that this Snoopy had his own Peanuts Gang. It was the staff members who walked him each day at the Connecticut Humane Society, and foster volunteers who took him into their home, and the veterinary team who kept him healthy.
This Snoopy had lots of friends. But unlike the cartoon version, they weren’t his very own people. It would take the treeing walker coonhound a while to find that.
The 2-year-old pup had bounced around to different homes, his energy level usually being the culprit. He didn’t go for strolls; he liked speed walking. He loved jumping. And no toy got away unscathed.
While Snoopy could be a lot to handle for people, the same went for other dogs. They couldn’t keep up with him, and he didn’t know when to stop pleading for playtime.
Deep down, beyond all his excitement, Snoopy was a sweet boy. But he needed training, stat. Could other activities keep his mind active, too? CHS’ behavior team was up for the challenge.
Puzzle feeders? Check. Toys for tough chewers? Check. Fetch, agility work, hide and seek with treats? Check, check and check. Then there was training for manners, like how to walk nicely on a leash and listen to commands like “drop it.” He even spent time in a foster home learning how to be a good family member.
Snoopy was surprisingly perfect in one particular area: bathtime! He sat still when getting rinsed and lifted his paws for scrubbing between his toes.
Turns out after enough activity and brain exercise, Snoopy did know how to relax. When CHS Waterford’s Snow Team stayed overnight during a snowstorm, he curled up in laps for a movie and gave kisses at bedtime.
As Snoopy learned how to channel his energy in positive ways and be a good listener, it was time to find a home. And today, he has his own Peanuts Gang that officially belongs to him.
“We’re in love with him!” says one of his new family members. And the photos of him on their laps show that he feels the exact same way.