Our latest fosters have arrived and are settling in. With new dogs, I never know what to expect out of the ordinary or what issues will arise while integrating them into the household routine. Other than knowing that “something” always comes up.
Assessments are made as to whether or not they are crate trained and clean in their crates … are they housetrained or do we need to utilize belly bands for a while … can they be transitioned over to a new food or will they decide to go on a three-day fast when presented with a new kibble? Kibble wasn’t the issue, it was the bowl … Budha will only eat out of a particular bowl. Will they sleep through the night in a crate and continue to sleep quietly well past the dark hours that see hubby up/out of the house? Can they tell me they need to go outside or should we just count on potty runs every couple hours or so? How will Teller react to them and vice versa … what’s the best option for integrating the three males together so they get along without it becoming an indoor pissing contest (literally and figuratively). If they don’t get along, who is the instigator?
Sammy and Budha are, at first glance, two peas in a pod. Both small, both black and both very similar in facial expression, Hubby is having a hard time telling them apart without looking at their collars … lime green for Sammy and bright red for Budha. Sammy is the more reserved of the two while Budha is a happy outgoing fellow. Sammy is content just to hang on the back of the couch or nestled in the couch pillows while Budha works at getting every. single. toy. strewn across the front room from not one – but two – toy boxes.
We’re finding the moment needed to make a verbal correction about something is lost as we try to figure out what dog’s name we need to be speaking in that correction. While Hubby hasn’t resorted to calling them both “Larry” because he can’t remember their names, I suspect it’s only a matter of time. We are, however, referring to them as “the Littles.” At about two-thirds the size of the two male Apsos in the house, it fits them perfectly. Can’t say “the boys” because – with the exception of yours truly – everything in the house is male! Then it would become a question of “the big boys or the little boys?” So, the Littles it is.
Once through the assessment period and vetting procedures, Sammy (age 5) and Budha (age 2) will be looking for a home(s) of their own here in Colorado. Ideally, I’d like them placed together but am well aware of the realities of placing a pair. If interested, please contact me directly at: ApsoRescue@aol.com. Please note we require an e-application, vet and personal reference checks and, finally, a home visit. Sorry, no out-of-state placements.
I came across this saying from another rescue group, one that helps find foster homes and permanent homes for dogs in rural areas, coming from high-kill shelters …
“When you adopt a rescue pet, you help save TWO lives: the one you bring home and the one that takes its place.”
There’s always a period of adjustment for the foster placed in a new home. However, with consistency, patience and a set routine, it isn’t long before the “new dog” (literally and figuratively) just shines.
Our latest foster, Leo, is no exception. The first couple days in his new home were a little rocky for all involved. Jody, f/k/a Jasper and previously adopted from our group, definitely wasn’t happy with the prospect of a new roomie (not entirely unexpected). Leo wasn’t sure what was going on. Joan and Rich were left scrambling to come up with ways to integrate the two that didn’t include Jody growling (we have links and articles just for this scenario). Days three and four saw “the boys” almost joined at the hip. While they weren’t playing together, they were following each other around the house. If one moved, so did the other and vice versa. Yesterday I got word that Jody and Leo were, indeed, playing together and racing through the house. Given what I knew of the two dogs, I didn’t think it would take too long before the canine bond was established between these two.
Here’s to Leo’s new life with Joan, Rich and Jody! Many thanks to Debra and Mark of Berthoud for fostering this boy.
Leo isn’t the only winner with this adoption. Rich and Joan have volunteered to help out in their area once they get moved and settled into the Canon City area. Likewise, Tootsie’s new family — Jane and Jerry — have also stepped up in southern Wyoming for transports, pulls and home visits. “Local” is a relative term out here in the west and can mean 30 minutes to three hours for driving time. Having volunteers along the Front Range means rescue can be more effective. Our sincere thanks to Leo and Tootsie’s families for their involvement … welcome to rescue!
… hit the jackpot at the recent Fire Hydrant 5 in Fort Collins! He amped up the charm and captured the interest of a family from Loveland. Turns out they were about as perfect for him as they come and he rounds a family of Mom, Dad, Brother, Sister and canine sibling, Annie. Plans are in motion to have him certified for therapy visits at hospitals, nursing homes and schools.
Didn’t take him long to settle in and, we hear, wrap his new Dad around his paw! Not suprising with this little guy as he greets everyone as a long lost friend … whether he knows them or not.
Jackson will do well and go far with his happy-go-lucky attitude!