Sprite (formerly known as Peter) came into our lives from Animal House in September 2013. He had been found roaming around an oil field in Oklahoma with another pup. He was transferred to Animal House over a series of weeks.
He was a nervous pup at first, and as he grew into his comfort zone at his new home he manifested signs of anxiety. Jennie Willis (professor at CSU and behaviorist at Animal Behavior Insights) worked with us to alleviate Sprite’s anxiety. Through counter conditioning exercises, physical exercise, and medication Sprite has transformed from a timid, aggressive pup, to a more well adjusted cuddlier and wilderness explorer. We’ve also worked with local veterinarians at the Pet Wellness Clinic and Pet Urgent Care to find the optimal environment for medical check ups. The patience and understanding of so many of the people in our Fort Collins community in accepting Sprite and working with us to make sure he’s happy and healthy has been a wonderful gift.
Sprite is now an active, happy dog. He enjoys climbing rocks at Horsetooth Reservoir, playing at the dog park, exploring the Poudre River Canyon, roaming around the Benson sculpture garden, and exploring new trails and natural areas.
We are so thankful to have Sprite in our family. He gets along well with his cat sister, Aria, and is learning every day to be a little more relaxed.
Thank you, Animal House!