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A Little Dog-related Update

Nothing really major has been happening of late in my doggie world, so I thought I would just update all the little random tid-bits.

  • My SPCA volunteering has gone down for the time being due to renovations being made at their shelter site.  All of the dogs have been moved to another SPCA site that is on the other side of the metroplex, making it hard for me to get there easily.
  • I was going to foster a dog with the SPCA starting last week, but the best thing happened.  He got adopted!  I actually wrote about him in an SPCA post (his name was Chico)
  • I continue to pet sit this year more than last year, and I’m loving it.  Right now I’m petsitting but I usually wait until after the family has returned from their vacation to write about it.  So, that may be a future post!
  • My dogs are as crazy as ever.  It’s been raining all week, and while they have a doggie door to give them the freedom to go outside, they prefer to spend most of their time inside when it’s raining.  It’s suppose to rain for the rest of the week as well, so I’m hoping to take them out for a nice long walk once the rain as cleared!

I’m really blessed to be able to do these kinds of things, the kinds of things I love doing.  I’ve always loved dogs and always had them in my life, but now my life is just so amazing, being able to take care of rescues and care for dogs that are part of a family.  It really makes my heart happy.  But best of all, I love my two furry pups who love to snuggle with me on a bad day, help me with my fosters, and follow me on all my adventures.

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Do you love dogs?  What is your favorite animal (pet or wild)?  

First Foster of 2016!

I foster dogs as a behavior foster for the SPCA.  Typically, I work with socialization cases, cases where the dog hasn’t had much interaction with humans.  But when there aren’t any of those cases, sometimes I pick other needs or behavior issues that need to be addressed through fostering.

So this is my new foster.  His name is JV, and he’s a little over 3 pounds, and he’s a little over six weeks old.

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I know, I’m in trouble.  This dog is so cute, and he knows it.  He’s in fostering because he’s too young to go through the neuter surgery and too young for some vaccinations.  But he’s also a bit of a punk as well.  Apparently, he had other fosters who were unable to keep him because of his behavior.

DSC_0015.jpgHe needed to learn boundaries with other dogs, which my dogs are excellent boundary teachers.  He also needed to have some boundaries with humans as well.  He’s what we call spoiled, which is totally understandable with that little face.

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He’s actually coming along quite nicely.  The dogs have put him in his place.  He isn’t barking at everything anymore.  While he used to chew everything in sight, he is spending more time with the doggie bone instead.  And he will even allow us to put him in his crate without constant crying to come out.  (Although when I do let him out, he goes running straight into me, burying his head in my shirt or my neck, or making his home in my lap.)

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I still spoil him.  He spends a lot of time in my lap (in fact he is there right now).  And I carry him around at times (although that’s mostly to keep an eye on him while I need to do something else).

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He will definitely be a hard one to say goodbye too, but I’m sure he will find a home right away.  I mean, how could he not?

Have you fostered any dogs?  What are some ways to make the parting easier at the end of the foster time?  I might need advice for this one!

My Experience with Dog Fostering (So Far)

Last week, I said goodbye to my fourth foster.

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The Fourth Foster

She returned to the shelter so that she could be put on the list for available adoption.  When we got her, she was terrified of every little sound or movement.  She didn’t trust humans at all.  A lot of people think that this kind of behavior means that they were abused.  Sometimes it does, but it also can mean either they had very little to no exposure to humans or it could just be their breed.

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She spent the first two days under the chair in our living room.  She started trusting our dogs immediately.  One of the advantages I have in my foster situation is I have two pretty calm dogs who create a low key environment.

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Eventually, with time, a lot of patience, and about a month and a half, she warmed up to me and learned how to trust and interact with humans.  She was still jumpy and not very social, but she could walk on a leash, which she couldn’t do before fostering.

But not every foster experience is the same, and each foster can be there for different reasons.  My first foster, which I talked about in this post, was another socialization case.  She’s in a happy home now, living it up and being spoiled.

But my second foster was a home evaluation.  It was just a day long, and it was to see how he would do in a home environment.  The shelter is pretty stressful.  It affects some dogs more than others, which makes it hard to tell how they will do if they go home.  Hence, the home evaluation foster.

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The Second Foster

Another kind of foster is the high energy behavior training.  My third foster had a crazy amount of energy.  The stress of the shelter can make that worse.  So he came into my home for 5 days to be observed and to work on some of his challenging behavior.

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The Third Foster

Fostering is something I really enjoy, something I’m truly passionate about.  All of my foster dogs have found forever homes, except the last one (as far as I know).  I’m so glad I had the opportunity to be a step on their path to their families.  Have you ever thought about fostering, or do you foster animals?  What is something you are really passionate about?