Mike (Kona) finally adopted!

1/18/2010 Update:

A nice happy ending to the dog adoption story!

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Mike (now Kona) finds a loving Hoboken home!

Jeff from Cornerstone Pets (105 9th St.) sent in a nice conclusion to the “Adopt Mike” story!

“Dear 411,
After spending over a month in our house, Mike has moved on to a new home. Before I go any further, Mike is now Kona.

Strangely enough, he was brought to C-PAW (Cornerstone Programs for Animal Welfare) by a guy named Mike and he was adopted by a guy named Mike, and his wife. To many Mike’s in the pot so they had to change the name. Training would have been a little tough.

We couldn’t me more thrilled with his new parents. It was a tough adoption because Mike had never been in a house before and never had and early socialization. Well, he’s a quick learner and I think a month with our dogs Baxter and Basil helped him learn a thing or two. We needed to find someone who wanted an energetic dog (he is obsessed with fetching and loves his toys) who is quick to learn but still needs some guidance, patience and training. Well, the perfect young couple came along looking for this exact dog. They run, walk, they travel and they wanted an energetic dog that would not just sit around. They took to Mike immediately and the rest is history. He’s now living the high life on the waterfront. They have already started working with a trainer to make sure the groundwork is set. They know the importance of putting in the time with a new pet.

During our first interview with the new parents (it was a week long process because we didn’t want Mike bounced around) the new dad said that if you put in six months of time when they are young you will have a good dog for the next 13 or so years. That was the clincher for me. I have since spoken with the new parents and they are thrilled with the adoption and mike is being an angel. They stopped in the store today with Kona and he couldn’t look happier.

Thanks 411 once again, for all you do to get the word out about dogs and cats that need good homes. You’re the best!”

Catch up with the whole saga after the jump!

12/28/2009 Update:

Looks like that happy news a couple weeks ago about Mike the dog finding a home – was just a false alarm.

Dog Mike Hoboken NJ still needs a home

Mike is back on the market!

Jeff from Cornerstone reports that: “The couple that was going to adopt Mike after the Holidays had a change of heart and felt it was not a good fit due to his size. He’s not a big dog at all, about 40lbs, but their building has weight limitations.

At any rate, I do not fault them at all and I am happy that they thought this through before taking Mike. He is quite comfortable with Baxter and Basil. He loves my girl Basil. That’s dangerous. I don’t want to be a “foster failure” again so we are looking for a new home for Mike.”

If you or anyone else you know is in the market for a very loving dog – now’s your chance!

12/16/2009 Update:

Mike the dog found a home!

Ran into Jeff from Cornerstone Pets the other day, and had a chance to meet Mike the dog – who as you read previously, was a sad, nameless pup who just needed a good home. Jeff said that he found a nice couple whole braved the weekend rain to come meet the dog, and are a perfect match! Good work!

Mike seemed like he was adjusting perfectly, and played nice with other dogs like a seasoned veteran. Had tons of energy (and was hard to photograph!)

Anyway, I snapped a few pics of Mike and other dogs (including the 411 Mascot Oscar) over at Elysian Park.

12/9/2009 Update:

Jeff from Cornerstone Pets provides an update about the sad dog!

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Mike is adorable!

“He has been at my house since Monday when he was neutered. He’s really a sweetheart and doesn’t seem to have any discrediting issues, except of course for the house training. We’re working on that and today he went out and peed, even in this tsunami. He’s really a great dog and will make someone a loving companion. He loves to play and cuddle, discover new toys and attaches himself to anyone with a little love in their heart. He reminds me of Oscar (the 411 mascot), except he has short, thick hair. Other than that, he’s about the same size, 40lbs and probably not going to get much bigger. They say 7-months old, but who knows for sure?

We are going to foster Mike as long as we can, but I am hoping someone will fall in love with Mike and adopt him. He would be great with another dog. He’s very submissive and will not cause any hierarchy problems. Anyone who wants to apply for adoption can contact Cornerstone Pets at 201-653-4644 and I’ll set up a meeting.

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11/30/2009:

Look at his eyes!

Whether you can foster this poor dog, or even provide him with a permanent home – your help would be greatly appreciated!

Please contact Jeff from Cornerstone Pets (9th at Washington) at 201-653-4644 right away!
He says:
“The Cornerstone Programs for Animal Welfare (C-PAW) has no real way of housing this dog. We, unfortunately, are not a shelter. We can take in cats, but dogs are a different situation. C-PAW can help financially with vet care but we only have the funds that people donate and will take any funds that people are willing to throw our way. We have a couple of hundred bucks in the bank but that doesn’t go very far with veterinary care.”

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No name, bad home

He is about 6 months old and had been with his current owner since he was about 12 weeks. He was taken from his litter by a man who knows nothing about dogs and doesn’t understand life on a chain is not only cruel, it breaks the animals spirit. Until last Sunday, the dog has endured living alone at such a young age with no toys, no affection, and NO SHELTER!

When I heard of this I gave the owners grand daughter 1 day to provide shelter before I reported them to the police. The grand daughter asked that I please find the dog a home because it upsets her to know the dog is tied up out there, alone.

The dog appears to be a Shepard mix. He is very smart, he sat for this picture with one “sit” request, having never been asked to sit before. He is not house broken, and has never even been to the vet. He needs to be checked out and needs to get his shots. This poor dog has never even been given the dignity of a name.

Oh, the dog is in West Orange currently.

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99 Comments on "Mike (Kona) finally adopted!"

nacholibre
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nacholibre

That’s why Nacho only serves his pup delicious and natural Iams(tm) dog chow since it helps keep him active and happy! For even better results, I add some Alpo Chophouse(r) select meaty vittles for that fresh taste dogs crave.

I am all for some internet networking and suggestions, and since my time is valuable, I like to use reliable and fast Verizon Wireless(r) to connect my sleek and powerful Macbook Pro(c) via a Bluetooth(tm) modem connection when my craptastic apartment connection is driving me so crazy I could swear mt temporal lobe is about to explode and the only thing that can ease the pain is a strong and fast-acting Aleve(r) Maximum Strength.

Well that’s all for me, but thanks for tuning in here for another fun and informative chat on Hoboken 411(r). Hoboken411: Hoboken’s #1 news site AND making our community stronger through technology?(c) Sound too good to be true, right? Well that’s what I thought until I bought a Snuggie for me and my dog 🙂

pawzclawz
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pawzclawz

I am utterly thrilled about this. I stopped in Cornerstone over the weekend. One of my bosses adopted a shelter dog. I stopped in to buy his dog a toy and a bully stick. I saw the sign that Kona got a home. I spoke with Jeff. He said they are great people. They are thrilled with Kona. Kona is thrilled with them. I love happy endings.

1025maxwell
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1025maxwell

Wow, I had no idea my dog was so popular! If you haven’t guessed I am Kona’s new Mom. My husband and I could not be more thrilled with him, he is a real sweetie! Nice to see so many people were so invested in getting Kona/Mike a home. He is happily sleeping at my feet right now after a long walk downtown and back. Thanks to Jeff for everything! If you see us around say hi!

In response to pawzclawz who said:
I am utterly thrilled about this. I stopped in Cornerstone over the weekend. One of my bosses adopted a shelter dog. I stopped in to buy his dog a toy and a bully stick. I saw the sign that Kona got a home. I spoke with Jeff. He said they are great people. They are thrilled with Kona. Kona is thrilled with them. I love happy endings.

pawzclawz
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pawzclawz

“Congratulations & Good Luck”! I am so happy to hear that things are going well. We live within a few blocks of each other. I will definately say hi if and when I see you around town. If you’re ever in need of a petsitter keep me in mind.

In response to 1025maxwell who said:
Wow, I had no idea my dog was so popular! If you haven’t guessed I am Kona’s new Mom. My husband and I could not be more thrilled with him, he is a real sweetie! Nice to see so many people were so invested in getting Kona/Mike a home. He is happily sleeping at my feet right now after a long walk downtown and back. Thanks to Jeff for everything! If you see us around say hi!

DEADMAU5
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DEADMAU5

Stop advertising, buy a banner like everyone else

In response to pawzclawz who said:
“Congratulations & Good Luck”! I am so happy to hear that things are going well. We live within a few blocks of each other. I will definately say hi if and when I see you around town. If you’re ever in need of a petsitter keep me in mind.

lhoward222
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lhoward222

Yo DEADMAU5, a little over the top reaction.
411 is about sharing news, ideas and networking, even if the networking results in biz. Chill DEADMAU5.

In response to DEADMAU5 who said:
Stop advertising, buy a banner like everyone else

DEADMAU5
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DEADMAU5

popular? Mike is a celeb in town, supposedly more popular than both cake boss and the mayor combined I was told

In response to 1025maxwell who said:
Wow, I had no idea my dog was so popular! If you haven’t guessed I am Kona’s new Mom. My husband and I could not be more thrilled with him, he is a real sweetie! Nice to see so many people were so invested in getting Kona/Mike a home. He is happily sleeping at my feet right now after a long walk downtown and back. Thanks to Jeff for everything! If you see us around say hi!

nacholibre
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nacholibre

Since I see a lot of dogs that look like Oscar and it wouldn’t help for me to sniff his butt to confirm, I think I will most easily spot him by seeing his owner, who reliable sources tell me is identifiable by his wearing of shorts in all weather.

mooshu
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mooshu

Yay. This is great news!

nacholibre
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nacholibre

Awesome to hear a good follow up story! I think I may have seen Mike at the dog park, hard to keep track of all these celebrities in town. I still haven’t seen Oscar (“I hear he only flies in for games”).

In response to mooshu who said:
Yay. This is great news!

mooshu
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mooshu

Celebrities! I think I saw Kona at Elysian, today. If not, I saw a dog that looks a lot like him. You know, adorable. Congrats to the new parents :).

Wait ’til you see Oscar. He’s awesome.

In response to nacholibre who said:
Awesome to hear a good follow up story! I think I may have seen Mike at the dog park, hard to keep track of all these celebrities in town. I still haven’t seen Oscar (“I hear he only flies in for games”).

barbpf
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barbpf

I’ve sent Mike’s photo and story to all my friends in the tri-state area and asked them to pass it on. Would be great if everyone did this so we can get some interest and a great home for Mike.

It is a shame that the original couple can’t take Mike but let’s focus on getting him a home – not on what they should have done. I’m sure they feel pretty bad about it too.

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