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Gordon, The Foster Dog

This is Gordon.


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!).


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.


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


A Rowdy Foster

So, I have another foster.


At the shelter, he is super stressed.  He’s lost weight, and he shakes all the time.  The only exception is when he is outside.  He loves to play with other pups and runs around.  He’s like a different dog.


He’s pretty playful here, both inside and outside.  We have a lower energy level here, so it gives him space to orient himself.  Although he still prefers outside where he can run, he is progressing pretty well.

He’s still not a snuggle baby yet, but he gives us kisses when we feed him or change his water.  He feels comfortable hanging out in the living room, and will follow Michael and I at a distance.  I hope by the end of his stay, he will feel more comfortable interacting with humans.  That’s the point after all!

Have you every worked with a skittish dog?