Meet Cappy!

We adopted him yesterday at the Thomas J. O’Connor shelter!

He is a mix of boxer and puhbuhh. I said, “Boxer and…puhbuhh”. BOXER AND puhbuhh. FINE, PIT BULL.

Here’s the thing, though. Make no mistake, Cappy here is a big (about 55 lbs, though he’s a little overweight) powerful guy, and there’s no mistaking he’s mostly pit bull. But he is the calmest, sweetest, mellowest guy. He has been nothing but friendly to everyone he’s met, including the kid who ran up squealing to him at Petco. He just wags and lets himself be pet. Missy and Josh (who is a preteen kid) came over last night and Cappy didn’t bat an eye, just hung out with them and us.

He’s neutered, housebroken, and we’re working on crate training him. We’re also practicing leaving and coming back so that he doesn’t develop abandonment issues. We’ll be doing obedience training with him, though he seems to be pretty smart and eager to please. (He pulls a lot on the leash, so we want to deal with that.) He rides in the car like a champ, just looking out the window. The only time we’ve heard him bark was when he got excited about the tape measure, thinking it was a toy.

The shelter said they weren’t sure about him around other dogs, but we haven’t seen any issues so far. We’ll gradually introduce him to some dogs and see how it goes.

He’s been at the shelter for four months after being abandoned by his owners! How sad is that? But he’s a gentle, friendly, guy. Here’s his write-up from when he was the Pet of the Week.

His original name tag said “Capone”, which the shelter changed to “Cappy”. Becky, through no urging of mine, is suggesting we alter that to “Cabby”.

Believe it or not, I kind of lean more towards “Cappy”. I mean, if I can’t have my other choices: “DJ Facey-Face”, “Beebo 2: Be Boer”, or “Talking Raccoon With a Wristwatch and Bazooka”.

Technically he’s with us on a trial basis, but I think we’re kind of hooked on the guy, so you may want to get used to him around here. We’ll let you know how the name thing shakes out.

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17 Responses to Meet Cappy!

  1. Kurt says:

    Rock on! He seems awesome. If he’s pulling on the leash, you may want to try the ‘gentle leader’ which works really well with strong dogs. Congrats on finding each other.

  2. Blathering says:

    Both Sienna and Bosco are/were part pitt bull…(urban dog mixes). And they are/were both excellent dogs. Enjoy!

  3. Mrs. Mancer says:

    I’m also favoring “Hippopotamus” as a name.

  4. Andrew Weiss says:

    Awwwww, what a cutie.

  5. Chris says:

    Awesome! Congrats to cappy for finding an awesome new home. I’m excited for you guys!

  6. Stewart says:


  7. bugink says:

    Oh my …soooo sweet! Congrats!

  8. Bobbio says:

    He’s adorable Dave. I think you guys are already in love, and by that I mean Cappy too.

  9. cap says:

    Double on that “gentle leader” thing. Mazie pulls like a train, and it cured her like a miracle. Also a fan of “Cappy,” for obvious reasons. Finally, someone to sleep on your couch for me in proxy!

  10. T. Derscheid says:

    You have won the DogQuest! You have unlocked secret Obedience Training mode!

  11. sistawoman says:

    Why not “Cap’n” ? You know.. Captain.

  12. Mattwran says:

    I can confirm that Cappy is great – not only is he cute, but he didn’t bite me even once!

  13. Missy says:

    He really is a great dog, Dave. I liked him immediately & can’t wait to see him again. In fact, I tried to get a quick visit in this afternoon, but you guys were out (I did leave a little basket of soem of Beebo’s old toys on your doorstep.) I really do think he looks like a cab driver. Or like my Uncle Morris.

    Take him for lots of walks. My first obedience class mantra was “a good dog is a tired dog.”

  14. Missy says:

    P.S I just read his “Pet of the Week” write-up, and I notice that they called him Capon, not Capone. A capon is a big fat chicken. Just sayin.

  15. Missy says:

    From the “What is a Capon” website:

    “As a result of caponization, a capon becomes much more mellow, losing the aggression commonly associated with roosters. This makes capons easier to handle, and also changes the way in which their meat matures. Capons have more tender, fatty flesh because they are not as active as roosters are. They also tend to taste less gamy, because they do not develop sex hormones, which can impact the flavor of the flesh. In addition, their bodies undergo small physical changes, including the development of a smaller head, comb, and wattle.”

    I can see that the “smaller head” bit hasn’t kicked in yet. But I think there’s a wattle or two.

  16. Cathy says:

    Awww! Look at that face! What an adorable dude.

  17. JayT says:

    How cute! Congrats to you and Becky and welcome to your new home, Cappy!