Wednesday, February 16, 2005

Bye bye, Zeke!

Zeke went off to his next foster home tonight. Since we're going out of town soon, we had to move him. Also we've learned that four dogs is a bit too much for us, the dogpark visits and walks are really challenging.

We've taken Zeke to the dog park a couple more times now and he does really well. Although he really likes the humans (couple big jumps and licks), he's started really enjoying the other dogs in the park too. He'll chase after them and play. He and Max have also started playing a lot more...in the morning, afternoon, and evening. Zeke is so funny when he wrestles, he makes these honking-type noises and wookie noises combined. Its great listening to him. Max seems to have gotten over his jealousy too, he doesn't sulk as much as when Zeke first got to the house.

Overall, Zeke is a really great dog. He seems to bond pretty hard to his foster home. When we first got him, it took him a few days to settle down (other fosters usually take 24-48 hours at most) and he was constantly pacing and panting. Once he did settle down though, he was totally velcro; he'd follow us around everywhere. As soon as we got off the couch, he would immediately pop up and go wherever we went. He's definitely very people-oriented and needs to find a home that doesn't mind his constant affection.

He is so orally fixated! When he's not trying to lick off your nose, mouth, chin, etc he's got to have something in his mouth. He walks around with stuffed animals (sans the feet...he bites them off), kongs, balls, whatever he can find. He really does well with nylabones and plastic bones, but if they aren't around, he'll make do with plastic. We've caught him eating tennis balls. He peels off the fuzz and chews on the rubber and then swallows the pieces. He's also done the same with plastic squeaky toys. He'd probably do great with rawhides, but since he needs to watch his svelte figure, we haven't given him any.

I do really like Zeke a lot. I think he's really sweet and active for a 6 year old. Personally, I think he's really affectionate because he's not used to it and he loves being around people. I have a feeling that once he's in his permanent home, he'll start to settle down and slow down a little (as long as he gets his daily walks/play sessions). I hope he finds a great home!

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