You get an idea of Bruce’s life before Shedd during a short video in the new aquatic show, “One World: Make a Difference,” which officially debuts on the Fourth of July. The brindle bundle of energy who shares the spotlight with dolphins was adopted by Shedd from Chicago Animal Care and Control through Safe Humane Chicago. Bruce was a “court case dog,” rescued from what was suspected to be an abusive situation. Bite scars suggested that he was being trained as a fighting dog.
That’s all in the past.
The year-old pit bull-terrier mix is a good-natured, attentive pup with cocked ears and a melt-your-heart face. The white star-shaped blaze on his chest goes with his star quality. From the start, he loved his training sessions, and you’ll see his tail wagging in high-energy circles as he demonstrates how training can make a difference in a pet's behavior during "One World."
“He is doing well in the show,” says Ken Ramirez, executive vice president of animal care and training, “and we are still in the early stages of training for him.”
Bruce is one of three dogs adopted by Shedd from Chicago-area shelters. During each aquatic show in the Abbott Oceanarium, one dog’s story will be shared as he or she demonstrates the “Shedd Way” of animal training through positive reinforcement. As Bruce and a dolphin simultaneously do parallel behaviors, you’ll see how marine mammal training and world-class animal care at Shedd directly connect to family pet training and care at home.
And you’ll see a dog, a dolphin and two trainers having a lot of fun working together.
“One World” is presented by Toyota.
—Karen Furnweger, web editor