(written by Bubbles' current owner)
"It breaks my heart to have to write this but here is a little bit about Bubbles for you.
Bubbles, approximately 1 yrs old, came to stay with us the week before Thanksgiving 2011 and settled in with us pretty much right away. We have a 4 year old puggle that did not take to Bubbles right away. But with time, they have become best of friends and are constantly playing. Bubbles also lives with 2 cats, though they stay away form her. Bubbles in curious to the cats, but we keep them in the spare bedroom (their own sanctuary).
Our family (I, my wife, 16 year old son and 12 year old daughter) took time to work with a trainer this past winter to help in some simple obedience. She walks well on a leash and will sit, lie down and stay on command. Bubbles, is a very gentle dog when it comes to food and will gently take treats from our hands. She does get excited when she sees us go for the treats as she knows what’s on her way.
Bubbles knows the sound of the ice dispenser on the refrigerator, she loves ice and will sit as you fill your glass anticipating getting a cube.
Bubbles loves to play, her favorite is a tennis ball being thrown and will place it on your lap and give only a little space for you to get it before she’s going for it herself. She also loves tug – of –war and when we start it she will pull forever, Bubbles even plays tug-of-war with our puggle. It’s funny she will let Buster think he’s winning and will let him pull her across the family room only to yank and pull him back with no effort.
Recently last few months Bubbles has grown very protective of us and seems to get her hair up when she sees anyone outside our family, not in all cases but more so with some men. When she is being walked now she is more easily distracted by others and other animals, we pull and change directions but it takes some work to change her mind.
We do not want to let her go but do not feel we can handle her in our situation and want her to have a good life with a suitable family that may make for a better fit."
Sadly, this is very common with this breed. People fall in love with the Corso "look" and/or the unbelievable loyalty that the Corso has for their humans. However, this is a guardian breed and they are super intelligent. They need confident leaders to clearly show them their boundaries. In addition, a busy household with strangers (non regular family members) coming in/out of the house, does not make for a good Corso household. Again, it is important to understand and respect that your Corso is your protector in the home. Until they know that a stranger is not going to hurt the family, they should be alert and fussy about that person being on their property and near their family! If you think you are a good match for a Corso and you are interested in Bubbles, please fill out an application.