Blaze Steele

Blaze was the submissive one in a bonded pair of brothers. He has now learned to have a life of his own and has become an affectionate, gentle companion.

Last updated: July 22, 2019

Base Info:

  • Arrival date: April 17
  • Breed: Hound mix
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: Young, Adult, Mature, Senior
  • Weight: @ 60 Pounds
  • Spay/Neutered: Yes
  • General Health: Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor
  • Temperament: Submissive, playful, timid
  • Gets Along with Dogs: Yes
  • Gets Along with People: Yes
  • Housebroken/Crate Trained: No
  • Departure date: Undetermined


Blaze was one of 6 puppies and their mother who were owner surrendered to Newport Animal Control because the original owner went to jail, the owner’s father didn’t want the dogs and his mother could do nothing with them because the mother dog became aggressive after she gave birth. All of the dogs were adopted out, Blaze and Rocky together, but Blaze and Rocky were returned because they were kept outside and they barked, causing neighbors to complain. Blaze and his brother had become bonded, with Blaze as the submissive. Rocky tended to bully his larger brother, eating his food, taking his treats, but also played the role of protector and alpha.

Progress Notes Summary:

Detailed update notes are posted below this Summary and the Photo Gallery.

Dog to Dog Behavior

  • Relates well to other dogs: Yes
  • Can eat food/treats near other dogs: Yes

Dog to People Behavior

  • Is affectionate: Yes
  • Jumps up on people: No
  • Mouths: No
  • Walks well on a leash: Yes

House Dog Training

  • Willingly enters his crate: No / Yes
  • Is calm/quiet while in crate: No / Yes
  • Understands going outside to potty
    No / Yes
  • Alerts me of need to go outside
    No / Yes
  • Is destructive of bedding and/or toys
    Yes / No
  • Refrains from kitchen counter cruising: No / Yes
  • Stays off people furniture: No / Yes


  • Comes when called: Yes
  • Sits on command: No
  • Down / Off: Yes
  • Shake / Paw: No
  • Kennels on command: Yes


  • DA2PP: 08/21/18 (NAC)
    Booster: 12/13/18
  • Bordatella: 08/21/18 (NAC)
  • Worming History:
    . 08/21/18, Pyrantel Pamoate: dose? (NAC)
    . 12/13/18, Pyrantel Pamoate: 3.5 cc (NAC)
    . 05/10-12/19 SafeGuard, 10cc PMFC
  • Rabies: 10/03/18 (Cedarwood)
    Also Microchipped
  • Neuter: 06/13/2019
  • Heartworm Test: 6/13/2019 – Neg.
  • Flea/Tick preventative:
    . 05/01/2019, Effipro 45#+
    . 07/02/2019, Unknown
  • Heartworm preventative:
    . 06/14/2019
    . 07/15/2019. ValueHeart


In roughly chronological order, newest at the bottom. Click the thumbnails to enlarge. Some pictures are linked to a Doggy Tale or video about Blaze, click those to open the related story or video.

Rocky and Blaze, bonded brothers at Animal Control

Supervising construction of new kennels

House sitter

Blaze using his hound dog voice (video)

Running in the yard, ears flapping.

Hanging out with Blondie in the watch tower.

Da Boyz first time dining separately.

Rooming together again to make room for Luna

“Where is my BROTHER? What did you do with him?

Detailed Updates:

May 1, 2019

Blaze and Rocky are bonded siblings: two of 6 puppies that were surrendered with their mother to Animal Control. The others were all taken away as they were adopted, leaving just these two, clinging to each other for moral support in a scary environment.

When I pulled them from Newport Animal Control, Blaze (the bigger one) tended to cower behind his brother, who would bark fiercely at anyone who stopped at their kennel door. They were so unruly they had to be carried out to my truck because they would NOT walk on a leash.

Since coming to Piney Mountain Foster they have remained quite close, but not so fearful. They’d still sleep in a pile, and they love to play together in our big yard. But Rocky has been nowhere near as protective, and Blaze has started to develop a will of his own.

For full details, read the story: Breaking Brotherly Bonds

May 15, 2019

When our current gang of foster dogs arrived, the nights were not silent. Definitely not silent! Rocky and Blaze were vocal day and night. They barked at anything they could see or hear moving around, they barked at other dogs on the mountain, even quite distant dogs, who were barking at something or just being conversational.

Their first few nights here were exhausting for I had to keep going outside to sit near their kennel to convince them to not bark — and awake our neighbors. Thank God it was spring, and warm enough I didn’t freeze out there!

After a few nights they caught on and were far less vocal at night. And that trend has only improved since.

For full details read the story: Silent Nights

May 17, 2019

We had a pop-up thunderstorm roll in this morning as we were getting our day started. It gave advance notice in the form of continuous, distant thunder so I dashed out to feed The Brown Dog Gang and let them run in the yard to relieve themselves before it arrived. Lennon and Blondie went with me to help. The rain started just as we were finishing up and getting them back into their kennels.

The inside dogs were in a mild panic.  The outside dogs never made a peep. They do not seem to be bothered by the storm. But then, they had had their breakfast and a potty break, there was no wind to blow the rain around, and the new roof with its wide overhangs easily kept all of them dry. The new slab is designed to make sure run-off from the mountain cannot flow across the new kennels. So they hung out and watched the show.

For full details read the story: Pop-up Thunderstorm

May 18, 2019

Of the two brothers, Blaze is gentler and more affectionate.  He can turn the steam up and play hard with the other dogs, but with me he’s usually pretty subdued and well behaved.  He has also learned to walk on a leash:
Foster dog notes for May 18th, 2019

May 27, 2019

Blaze has lead the charge in munching down my berry bushes. I grow blueberries, blackberries, Boysenberries, black raspberries, and red raspberries. These grow in a berry patch in the play yard and have gone mostly unmolested by the dogs until now. Blaze decided that the ripe red raspberries were a refreshing snack, then he started on the others, and now is chewing on the unripe blueberries. Rocky and Sable are following his example. This is rather distressing since they are eating the bushes as well as the berries. These doggoes seem to think they’re GOATS!
Foster Dog Notes for May 27, 2019

July 5, 2019

Blaze has never been a problem in this regard, always gentle.

I have had to move the Da Boyz back into one room to make room for Luna.  This should not be an issue short term as they have learned to enjoy themselves while not in each other’s company.   And I feed them separately by calling Blaze to come out of the kennel to eat while Rocky eats inside.  I do give them treats together and Rocky is doing better about focusing on his treat and not on taking Blaze’s away.
Foster Dog Updates for July 5th, 2019

July 12, 2019

“Where is my BROTHER? What did you do with him?

Rocky was suddenly claimed by SAVE and he left us today headed for New Jersey.  Blaze was a little upset when we returned in the truck without his brother.  But I let him out to play with Luna (who is calm) and then brought him his dinner and he has settled down to where I do not see obvious signs of separation anxiety in him.

July 22, 2019

Chillin’ in his room

Blaze has not suffered anxiety over the departure of his brother, Rocky.  He continues to be a friendly, outgoing, playful fellow.  He and Sable get into rough play.  Luna and most of my dogs are not into the rough stuff and he will respect their wishes.  Josephine does like active play, but not with Blaze.  When in solo play time, he finds ways to amuse himself.  He’ll play with a ropey toy, a yard bone, a stick. With Blaze the bigger the stick, the better he likes it!

When play time is over and I call him back he comes running, eager to get his treat, and goes right into his kennel.

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