We've had Simba for a little over a week now and he's a total cutie-pie! He doesn't have quite as many quirks as Austin did, although he does have a few. Simba is a yellow (very American) lab about 2 yrs old. His previous owners were having a child (unsure if it was their first or second) and felt they couldn't give him the time he needed. *sigh* I wish people treated their dogs less like disposable creatures and more like members of their family; however that could just be unfair since I have no idea what their situation was like...besides I digress, time to get off my soap-box.
Anyways Simba is an incredibly sweet dog that thinks he's a wookie and a prairie dog. He loves playing with Pete, they have some pretty good wrestling matches and you should see them zoom around the yard playing chase. Without Pete in the house, I think Simba would be more annoying to people about playing but he gets his energy out with the dogs and just comes to us for affection. He has the softest fur, a lot like Herbie and Harper had, so he's pretty fun to pet. If you stop petting him or just aren't giving him enough attention, he'll put his paw on your hand. If you still continue to ignore him, he'll stand up on his haunches with both front paws on your hand/arm and just stare at you. This would be his prairie dog impression. Simba has great balance since he'll do this until you give him the attention he so richly deserves. Course if he can't reach you to prairie dog, then he'll make soft wookie noises at you instead. It's humorous how much he sounds like Chewie sometimes; Mike and I just stare at Simba and start laughing.
Given the chance, Simba would hop on the couch and bed but Pete makes it pretty clear those are his territories now so Simba only gets on the empty couch sporadically and only on the bed in the morning when we call him up for his morning scritches. He moves to a different foster home on saturday but he's quite enjoyable while he's been here. I've even heard Mike state that if we weren't seriously thinking of adopting Pete, he'd be tempted by Simba. I have a feeling that Simba will be an easy one to adopt out in 2008.