Community Blog: Lunch with Hamburger Jeff

Diamond in the Ruff

On the Menu: Hamburger Jeff took Russell to Big Bun for a cheeseburger and tater tots.

Notable: Russell’s ears seem to have a mind of their own!

Russell and H.J. enjoyed lunch on the covered patio at Big Bun. Russell was happy to demonstrate all the tricks that he learned while in the Idaho Humane Society IDAPI program. For each bite he would high five, shake left, shake right, sit pretty and the list goes on and on. If you have food in your hand you have Russell’s full attention and if he’s not sure what you want him to do he’ll offer you a paw!

After lunch: Due to the rain a walk at the park was out of the question so H.J. took Russell to the NAC thrift store for an indoor adventure. Russell enjoyed walking around the store and sniffing all the merchandise. He was greeted by many people and they were all impressed with his polite manners. Poor Russell was subjected to a little fun in the Halloween department at his expense. He was a good sport trying on hat after hat. When it came to the book department Russell decided to lie down and read a book about mortgage lending after all he is trying to find his forever home! There was a really nice sales clerk that helped Russell try on some neck ties. Russell is a total gentleman and he found the prefect tie to signify that. Russell was a bit sad when he visited the Christmas department because he has never had a special Christmas with a family that loves him.

His only wish for Christmas this year is to find a loving home. Hamburger Jeff can’t seem to figure out why Russell has been waiting for a home for over a year. H.J. says, “Russell is so easy going and he’s so full of love. He just wants to be someone’s buddy.” For some reason Russell keeps getting passed up when it comes to adoptions. Russell was one of over 50 dogs that was part of a hoarding situation. He was the biggest of all the dogs and the only one still looking for a home.

Russell has been staying at Emerald Street Kennels so that he can get the special attention he so deserves. Before going back to the kennels H.J. took Russell to the shelter to say hi to all of his friends on staff that have been routing for him since day 1. It was quite a joyous reunion when Russell saw Dee Dee Bowring, Kennel Manager. He jumped right into her arms and did a happy dance. Dee Dee was there the day Russell was rescued and even though he must have been so scared at the time when the house door opened and he saw her standing there he ran right to her as if he knew she was there to save him! H.j. always has a hard time returning the dogs to the shelter but Russell was a little more difficult than the others knowing that he has been waiting for so long for a place to call home.

Videos: Russell will work for food!       Russell modeling a tie in the NAC thrift store      Russell at Big Bun    Russell IDAPI Graduation 8/10/13

More about Russell from the Idaho Humane Society: Russell was one of over fifty dogs rescued from a hoarder a year ago. Russell never had the chance to learn good doggy manners in this situation but since coming to the shelter, he has been totally obedience trained, crate, leash and house trained as well as learning a number of new tricks.  He is a smart, energetic dog that will do most anything for food treats and lots of praise but he does like to be in charge which some other dogs occasionally resent.  Although Russell is a larger dog who is strong, he is also quite sensitive and does not like to be handled roughly or verbally abused.  He loves to be petted, handled and cuddled (yes, even this big guy likes cuddling!) and responds very well to positive reinforcement.  He loves to play with tennis balls and Kong toys. Russell, although not overly energetic, does like to be mentally stimulated and will find ways to entertain himself if allowed too much freedom.  He likes to lean on you to be petted and willingly shows off his winning personality when shown affection.  This guy is a “diamond in the ruff” that will make a wonderfully loyal, loving canine companion with an owner that will keep up on his training and socialization. Russell would probably get along better in a home with older children simply due to his size and will need canine companions that understand that he likes being in charge.  He will need an indoor home as he has a very, short, easy care coat of fur.  Although we do not know the exact parentage of Russell, he appears to have the markings of a German Shorthaired Pointer possible mixed with an undetermined breed.  Russell is currently in very good physical condition and currently weighs approximately 62-lbs. 

Russell recently completed training in the Inmate Dog Alliance Project of Idaho (IDAPI Program) where he lived with and was trained by inmates at one of the Idaho correctional centers.  During this two-month period, the dogs live with the inmates in a prison setting and are trained daily in basic obedience.  They are also house, leash and crate trained.  The dogs are frequently taught a number of fun tricks such as shake with both paws, bow, spin, speak, sit up, crawl, wave and many times can also perform some agility commands.  They also learn to be good indoor companions while at the same time, they get to interact, play and bond with the other dogs in the program.  At the end of the training period, these dogs are evaluated to make sure that they have been trained to do all of their required commands.

To apply for one of these dogs, you must complete an IDAPI application.  If chosen, you will then be asked to attend a 2-hour workshop where you will so learn the commands that the dog knows and how to work with him. If you are interested in applying for this dog or any dog in the IDAPI program, please contact Dee at the Idaho Humane Society and request an application.  The phone number is 208/331-8552 and the e-mail address is:

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Photos courtesy of Jenn Graham





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