Monday, July 26, 2004

Ultra sonic yawn

I gotta say Holly is a pretty easy foster. Currently she's just vegetating on the floor while we work. She's definitely into the human comforts of the sofa and bed. This morning while in the shower, I noticed that Holly wasn't in the bathroom. When we got out and into the bedroom, she was sprawled out on the bed looking quite comfortable. Last night after game-playing in the office I came out into the family room and found her cuddled on the couch on top of a few pillow.

So far the silliest thing is her yawn. Her yawn is extremely high-pitched every time. At a higher volume, it could probably shatter glass. I guess its just the way she yawns, because it sounds the same every single time. Last night she was pretty good, and slept most of the night on the floor. I guess she got lonely, because when Sheba and Quinn got on the bed early this morning, she popped up on the bed too. I was definitely a bit squished since Mike still had tons of space on his side, but I had to deal with 3 dogs. I don’t think my body is supposed to contort like that.

Holly seems to get the puppy-crazies pretty easily. After coming back from outside this evening, she grabbed one of the dog towels and looked at us expectantly. So Mike started to chase her around the family room and again she had a ball! She also loves to play tug-o-war but the tennis ball doesn’t seem to interest her much. We’ll bounce it on the patio and she’ll go after it, but then she’ll just drop it instead of bringing it back to us.

Ugh, we have to clean her ears out again. That’s not going to be fun.

Sunday, July 25, 2004

Holly's turn now

No break for us. LRR received approximately 6-8 new dogs in the past week, so the foster homes are all busy. Holly is our current new foster dog. We got her on Saturday. She's a 6.5 yr old chocolate lab. She's about 70 lbs and slightly smaller than Sheba. She's a little bit tubby and needs to lose some weight. She's got a great face made cuter by the fact that its a bit odd-looking. Her snout is a bit short, and her face is a bit wide. Her nose and eyes are chocolate and match her face perfectly.

The previous foster home adored her, but none of the potential adopters that looked at her wanted her. The director thinks that maybe Holly was so comfortable in her previous foster home that she just didn't show very well. Having her here for one day, I don't understand why someone would not want to adopt her though.

The first day we got her, we blocked off the first floor so that she couldn't wander far. Our experience has shown us that all new foster dogs sniff everything and then pee somewhere (most probably marking). We were more nervous because of Delta and we just shampooed the family room carpet. She was perfect though, no accidents anywhere. She did sniff like crazy, but she's been very good.

She loves attention and will climb into your lap to lick you all over. The difference between her and Delta is that she is pliable and will get off you. Also when I'm relaxing on the couch, she'll lay down on the floor and vegetate without bothering us.

Holly has some dirty ears which we had to clear out...boy, she did NOT enjoy that. But afterwards, she got the "puppy-crazies" and Mike and I chased her all over the family room.

She's turning out to be quite an easy foster. She follows us around and begs for food, but she's not pushy. She does need to lose some weight though, so that means Mike and I will need to get off our lazy butts and take her for long walks since she doesn't seem to play with the tennis ball.

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Delta gone already

Delta was only at our house for about a week and a half. We found a lump near her ear and so needed to send her to the vet. The vet has decided to operate because of the size and hardness of the lump, she doesn't believe it is just a fatty lump. I think we will no longer pet any of our fosters anymore. We keep finding various problems with them, most which seem to be harmless (fatty lumps, itchy skin, etc), but a good number of our fosters have had the see the vet for one reason or the other.

Delta is extremely cute, but I have to say she was probably too much for us. The first week was pretty tough for her I think. She's been moved so much that it took her about 4-5 days to settle down. She did a lot of pacing and panting for a couple of days. She started to calm down and follow us around everywhere.

We ran into two issues with her though. The first took us a few days to figure out. Delta doesn't seem to empty her bladder at once when she's outside. She'll go outside and pee, then anywhere between 1-10 minutes later, she'll pee almost as much as the first time. We didn't realize that at first. We'd let her out to pee and bring her back in. We didn't understand why she would have an accident in the house 20-30 minutes later. When we finally figured it out, the accidents around the house stopped.

The other issue is that she LOVES attention. Its very cute until she becomes insistent. We'll be sitting on the couch and she'll try to climb over you for attention. If you push her off, she starts to get excited and a little mouthy (nothing ever more than a little pressure). The spray bottle (water only) worked great in training her to not climb on us. She is extremely velcro-y though. I think she'd do great in a house by herself. We noticed she would battle for affection when other dogs were around, but when she was by herself, she was much more calm. Also, she picks up on the mood of the other dogs and when they get playful or excited, she is all over the place.

The cool thing is that she picked up retrieving while with us. When we first got her, she would only play ball inside the house. When we threw the ball outside, she would completely ignore it. However as we played more ball inside, I guess she grew to really love it, and so she started playing outside. By the time she left, she would play outside until her tongue was hanging to the ground. She's definitely a medium energy dog and needs to play or take long walks to move some of that energy along.

The oddest thing was that she was one of the few fosters we had that bonded to Mike instead of me. She would follow Mike around everywhere and was constantly looking for attention from him. That was ok with me because it allowed me to lay on the couch and read a book without having to constantly pet her.

This entry probably sounds like we did not like Delta, but that wasn't true. We found her to be extremely adorable and fun to be around. She's affectionate and sweet. She loves people and she got along with our dogs well (after the first encounter). She was very good around the 3.5 year old daughter of potential adopters. She loves nothing more than to be around us and would stay in one place while we continued to pet her. She'll make someone a great pet. I think it was tough for us in only one respect (after the housebreaking part). Mike and I tend to be pretty laid-back people (aka lazy) and we enjoy quiet time after work. Delta would not allow that from us which frustrated us a little. Otherwise, she's a really great dog. I know she'll find a home pretty easily.

Thursday, July 8, 2004

New foster, Delta

Got a new foster last night by the name of Delta. She's a little black lab that reminds me of Makinzi. She's a little smaller than Sheba, but more solid, so I'm guessing she probably weighs about 70 lbs. She came last night and spent ALL night panting and pacing. I guess new places make her nervous because she did not stop moving the whole time.

She's a sweet looking dog and likes to try to sit in laps. When we went upstairs to the bedroom, she kept pacing and panting. I coaxed her on the bed and she looked over at the dresser mirror. She saw herself reflected in the mirror and starting growling. She would growl, then inhale more air, then growl some more. After she got off the bed, she would circle to the dresser, put her front two paws on the top of the dresser and stare at herself in the mirror some more (at least no more growling).

When we went to sleep, she continued panting and pacing until Mike couldn't take it anymore. He took her to the crate downstairs and she seemed to like that. She went straight into the crate and laid down. She was quiet and settled until we took her out this morning.

I think there are potential adopters coming to see her this weekend, so we'll see how it goes. Hopefully she'll have settled down a little more by then.

Keebler's been adopted!

Keebler has finally been adopted from LRR. He's been in the system for about 6 mos now and even though he's a total sweetie, he seemed to "show badly" when potential adopters came to see him. I think his age (6), his size, and his exuberance at meeting new people turned off some adopters.

During the 4th of July weekend, Mike and I had family come over and we didn't want the chance of Keebler bolting out the door with all the kids in the house. We moved Keebler for the weekend to another foster home with a scheduled visit from a potential adopter. The adopters had seen Buster on the lrr website and had their heart set on him, but LRR told them to visit a couple other dogs that may be a good fit too. They first saw Buster and loved him right away. Then visited Holly and although the husband liked Holly, the wife liked Buster a lot more. At this point, they still really like Buster and don't feel like visiting Keebler, but do so anyways.

When they visited Keebler, he must have decided that this was the family for him. The foster home told us he was on his best behavior. He was very sedate and rolled on his back so they would scratch his belly. When they took him for a walk, he was very good on the leash (that's thanks to Mike), and they absolutely adored him. Something seemed to click between Keebler and this family and they adopted him on the spot.

We got a mail from the family saying that he's been a sweetheart since he's moved in. He's already made himself comfortable on their bed and has taken long walks in the forest. He's very well behaved and is very good with strangers. The cats are still a bit nervous around him, but they haven't declared war yet. Keebler sounds like he's having a blast in his new home and we are so happy he's found the right place. I can't wait to see him at the reunion picnic!