Here are the pics of Caden that I promised. I took these pictures over the 4th of July weekend. Caden is 5 months (21 weeks) old in the pics, but I’m sure you know that.
He is a little over 30lbs and growing everyday! He is so smart, I have been blessed in life with very intelligent dogs, but to be honest, I truly feel that Caden has them
all beat. He is so easy to train and he loves to please us at every opportunity. He knew how to sit and to lie down before he was 4 months old, and he has learned how to
stay until I release him before he hit the 5 month mark. I had him at the Vet’s last week and the tech brought him back to me in the waiting room and couldn’t stop
complimenting him. She asked me if I take him to obedience school, and was very complimentary to me when I told her that he is home schooled by me, myself and I. I told
her it’s easy when you have such an attentive and intelligent student.
Caden is stealing hearts and changing minds almost everyday. He has converted many APBT haters
into OFRN lovers. People that aren’t educated in the truth about these dogs are usually very hesitant with him at first, but he breaks down their barriers in no time
flat. I have yet to introduce him to someone that walks away not liking him. He dispels all the myths that our media outlets love to create, and he is a true ambassador
to our superior breed and most of all the exceptional strain that the OFRN is. He has made many canine friends as well, these range from Labradors to Dobermans, but
his favorite is a little brindle one year old APBT down the street, he has really taken to her. I’m not sure why, but maybe he can sense that she is a different
from the rest of the dogs he has met. We joke and call her Caden’s little girlfriend. He has made friends with adults of all ages, dogs of all breeds, but I think most
of all he has developed a real soft spot for children. He can’t get enough of all the kids he comes into contact with. My niece wakes up every morning and asks for
Caden, this is funny to us because she has her own dog, but asks for Caden. She doesn’t see Caden all that often, but he did leave quite an impression on her. Where
ever the kids are is where he wants to be, he wants to play with them all day long. It’s easy to see why the APBT was known as the “Nursemaid Dog” when you watch our
boy play with kids.
I could go on and on about him, he is the light of our life. My wife and I are in love with him, and he is with us. My parents can’t get enough
of him either, he puts a smile on their faces as soon as they hear his name. People stop to compliment him every time I take him out of the house. I often get asked
if he is a rescue. I have rethought my response to this question. I began telling people that he is not a rescue, but I now tell people that they all are. The numbers
are so stacked against our breed that any APBT I have the privilege and honor of owning is a rescue because I keep him out of the hands of the evil doer. People tried
to make me feel a little guilty for buying Caden when so many are sitting in jail waiting for a home, but the truth is that you and Johnny are the best people I have
met in the APBT circles, and I support your effort to keep our wonderful and legendary strain pure. The truth is that any good owner of an APBT is rescuing their dog;
all happy APBT’s are recued, Caden just came from great stock and a loving home. I couldn’t be happier or more proud of our boy, he is everything a true OFRN should
be, he is intelligent, determined, athletic, obedient, comical, loving, he has a tremendous prey drive, and he is the most handsome dog I have ever seen…….I maybe a
little biased, but …..he is a quite a looker. Anyhow, I could go on forever about him, he really is that special. I want to thank you Alexa, and Johnny for everything,
I met you guys at a painful time in my life, and because of you guys, I have Caden, and he has made everything right. I needed him as much as he needed me. We make
quite a pair. Thank you for everything, and I’m glad we are keeping in touch. After all, we kind of are family now……lol.
P.S. Caden loved watching the fireworks on the 4th from his boat, he has officially claimed it as his boat now, and he absolutely loves cruising on the Hudson River.