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Balzac the Troublemaker

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17 beagle-mix puppies were rescued at the end of last year.
They were separated into small groups, but still the fighting among them never ceased.


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Among the pups, there is one boy that stirs up trouble no matter which group he's in.
Meet Balzac.


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His former owner called him "Mushi," short for "Yowa-Mushi" which is Japanese for "coward."
The nickname is misleading, however, as it turns out that he's not the target of bullying, but rather that he causes trouble by being a sassy smart aleck!

Once a fight breaks out in Balzac's enclosure, the barks of excitement spread like wildfire to the other enclosures and soon the puppies there are fighting as well.

So, the "Tiger"s Den" was alerted about this state of emergency.
The call for help was received by "The Educators" in KK's home.



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Kind to the well-mannered, they welcome polite pups with exposed bellies and sniff-able bottoms, but one impolite gesture will garner a smack from Koruri, followed by a chomp to the head by Kamome's huge mouth (look at Kamome going at him in the picture!), while Michiru and Lega vocalize their approval.

It is interesting to see what's acceptable and what behavior is crossing the line. The rules and boundaries between dogs are really quite intriguing. "The rules of dogs should be taught by dogs."


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Balzac was constantly butting heads with the other puppies at the shelter, but he was being very obedient with our 4 dogs.
Study hard so you can become a well-mannered dog, Balzac!


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That being said, Balzac is very friendly and interacts well with people.

But, Balzac, that doesn't mean you have to greet everyone you meet on your walks. That way we'll never get anywhere!


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We took a trip to the home centre together.
He didn't act particularly frightened or panicked, but remained still like a cat.
Let's experience a lot of things while you're still young, Balzac.



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He was immediately able to use his toilet pad successfully.
Even if he's sleeping, he'll wake up and go to the toilet pad, finish his business and go back to his bed.

He isn't skittish, he doesn't bark, and he doesn't get carsick.
Where did the troublemaker from ARK go? Why, he's a very easy boy to take care of!



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It was only for a few days, but his stay at my home allowed me to see personality traits and qualities of Balzac that were not visible when he was among other puppies at the shelter. These qualities are the characteristics that are important for potential adopters to know about.
Was it a good experience for you too, Balzac?

We'd better not hear about more fights breaking out, or it's back to the Tiger's Den for you!





Kobe GREEN DOG Adoption Event
  Date: Feb. 21 (Sun) 12:00-16:00
  Place: GREEN DOG SQUARE
  We are now deciding the participants!


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