Thursday, April 15, 2004

Makinzi, very cute very cuddly

One of the foster homes had Easter plans and so we were snagged to foster Makinzi while they were out. We got her on April 3rd and she'll probably end up getting adopted this saturday. She's a small compact black lab who is 7 years old. The thing is she definitely does not act 7 at all. Before we looked at her folder, we thought she was 4! We took some photos of her I need to post because they were pretty funny.

She's a great dog. Housebroken, has some obedience and of course quite affectionate. She came from a home whose kids grew up and nobody really had time for her. Its really a pity because she's so easy and sweet, its difficult to think that someone would give her up. Makinzi seems very comfortable and is less "velcro-y" than our other foster dogs. She's happy to be near you, but if you're not paying her much mind (watching tv, working at the computer), she'll get up and wander around. Other foster dogs have often stayed as close to us as possible. She has no problems with laying on top of me when I'm on the couch and she'll sleep there while I read (or nap along with her). She has a great habit of coming up to you and just give you one cute little lick to say hi.

Its fun watching Makinzi entertain herself. She'll take a nylabone, toy, or tennis ball and start throwing it around the room and chase it. Then she'll settle down, start chewing on it and flip onto her back...while she continues to chew on the object! She'll use both of her front paws to stabilize whatever she's playing with and just hang out with her legs up in the air chewing away.

Monday, April 5, 2004

Patty Part 2

She's also a very nervous dog. She has no obedience training at all and we've been working on sit. We've noticed that when you grab her collar (even with no pressure), she drops like a stone to the ground. Also, if you try to guide her anywhere using her collar, she immediately balks and refuses to go anywhere. Its unfortunate, but watching her actions, it seems like she has been mistreated. If she feels threatened, she cowers, breathes hard, and is frightened out of her wits. This is when its something as simple as trying to coax her down the stairs!

She's also big into biting dog beds (or soft things). She's ripped a hole into one of our dog beds and we've had to correct her a few times when we catch her chewing on the dog bed. She's such a submissive dog, but she has some sort of passive-aggressive thing going on, because we've seen her hump the dog beds!

She needs a lot of affection and she needs to gain some confidence. She loves food, so using food has been a good way of gaining her trust and training her. She does need very affectionate (willing to be licked a lot) owners with patience to help her find that confidence. She'll probably stay in the system until she gets a little better. She's going to be harder than some of our other dogs, but she reminds me of Lady (our first foster, http://www1.mfischer.com/tiki/tiki-index.php?page=Lady). I think she just needs a little bit of TLC.

So she's already gone from the house for the vet to see her various lumps to make sure they aren't a problem. And she's already slated for a foster to adopt by a family that loves her. Since she has a few obedience issues, we're making sure the family really wants her by doing a foster to adopt. Hopefully this is the family for her!