Gordon, The Foster Dog

This is Gordon.

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Gordon was adopted but then surrendered again.  So, the SPCA behaviorist asked me to take Gordon on as a foster to see how he does in the home.  The surrendering family said that he had problems with housetraining.  He is afraid to go outside so I could see how this might be a problem

But he did great in our home!  Granted, he mostly just wanted to snuggle on the couch (and by snuggle, I mean practically laying on top of me while I was on the computer!).

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But he did go outside and potty.  And he never made a mess inside!  You do have to prod him with a leash to go outside, but he started getting the idea pretty quickly that if he went to the bathroom, then we could go back inside and snuggle.

He got along with my pups as well.  They loved taking naps together.

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He was a big dog, but so sweet and gentle.  He will make a great addition to any family!

 

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The Streak is Still On!

So every dog that I have fostered has gotten adopted so far, after being fostered in our home (meaning they didn’t have to go out to another foster or anything).  I thought this streak was going to end with Shayla, the foster I had a couple months ago, but she was adopted in the last week!

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The family who adopted her have another active dog, which Shayla really doesn’t care about, but it will give the family another dog to fill in the affection void while Shayla warms up to them.  I know she is capable of great love and I’m so happy she is finally home!

Another Happy Ending

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I talked about this lovely a few weeks back.  She’s deaf, but oh so smart.  I was told that the family got a sign language book to help communicate.  Granted, dogs speak mostly nonverbal anyway, but it was fun to teach her some signs while she was here.  And I’m glad the family will try to continue that.

Of course, we had several adoptions this past week at the SPCA, but this girl definitely had a piece of my heart.  I’m so happy that she is finally home!

Wonderful Day at the SPCA

So, in this week’s SPCA shenanigans, I got to witness the adoption of these two precious, pair-bonded pups!

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I talked about them in an earlier post.  They came to the shelter with a lot of health problems, but the diligent work of the vets and staff have made them healthier than ever!  And the family that adopted them this week was a perfect match!  They have probably been the longest residents at the shelter while I’ve volunteered there (I think they came in last October).  I will miss seeing these two cuties, but I’m so happy they are finally home!

I did also play with this pup.  Super sweet and beautiful.  I don’t see her on the site, so I’m not sure if she has been adopted already or what, but she would make a loving addition to any family.

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Just look at that blurry tail wag.  So cute!  She reminds me of our sweet Loco who passed away in January.  It might have been a bit therapeutic to get some play time and kisses from this sweet girl.

Do you adopt from rescues or volunteer at shelters?

 

Another Awesome Dog

I had another afternoon at the SPCA, and I met this beautiful dog, Magnolia.

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I absolutely love this coloring.  The white fur and blue eyes are simply gorgeous, but there is another special thing about her!

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She is deaf!  And the coolest thing about that is she is learning sign language!  I know a lot of signs (I used to interpret when I was 12 in church), so I thought I would test her with the simple command of sit.  And she understood!  It was highly addictive to watch her respond to the signs.  Simply a fun dog!  Can’t wait for her family to adopt her.

Oh, by the way, the dog I shared earlier this month?  Jasmine?  She was adopted!  Just thought I would give an update!

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The Longest Day

Today is the first day of summer.  It is also the longest day of the year when the sun is out the longest.  The Alzheimer’s Association is encouraging people to do something special during this day to raise awareness.  I’ve decided to do something a little fun throughout the day.

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Today, on my Instagram, I will be sending out a story every hour from sunrise to sundown (approximately 6:30 to 8:30).  I will be sharing information about Alzheimer’s disease, some from my personal life and some statistical information.  So check me out @katyslifestory on Instagram.

If you would like to give a donation to support funding for Alzheimer research and advocacy, one way you can do that is by giving to our team as we walk in our eighth Alzheimer Walk this year in September.  The link to that is below!  Thanks!

Link to Our Team Page!

A Foster Update

I haven’t really updated on Shayla, but she is still in our home.

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Shayla enjoys the quiet of our house.  She has a nice little corner in the office that she spends most of her day, quite contently.  But that’s because she isn’t really interested in human interaction, or dogs for that matter.  Her anxiety levels were so high before I got her that she can’t seem to cross that line far enough to really enjoy interacting with others.

So, last week, after some talks with the vet, we have some new, nifty things to try with her, including a little anxiety medication to help her along with a spray that will also help her feel calm.  And she is actually starting to trust me.  In the morning, she stays close to me outside of the crate, which is a huge indication!

And last night, she spent the evening following me around as I made dinner.  And she even snuggled on the couch!  Granted, she still gets very jumpy and when she is scared or startled, it takes a good hot minute for her to calm herself down, but progress is being made!

I’m so thankful for the SPCA.  They have equipped me with training, one-on-one time with the behaviorist and the vet, and all of these tools to provide the best care for Shayla. They truly love the animals that walk through their doors, and they always try to do everything they can to help give them their best chance.

I think she still has a long way to go, but she is making wonderful strides with the new tools we are using to help her.  And some day she will be in her own home, with her loving family, and all of this anxiety will be a distant memory.