Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Oscar, Theo, and Ziggy

Oscar, the deaf Boston Terrier, has been adopted!  You can see here the scar on his back from where someone poured lighter fluid on him and set him on fire.  It hasn't stopped him from loving people one bit though.  Oscar is always happiest when someone is holding him and giving him attention.  He often stands on his back legs and uses his front paws to tap people on the arm and say "please pet me!"  Now he has a home where he will get all the attention he wants.

Theo the kitten was also adopted, before I even had a chance to take his picture!  Theo was a cute brown tabby kitten who had been at animal control for over a month when I brought him home.  Within a week of being at the local PetSmart store, someone spotted him, fell in love, and adopted him.

 And last, but certainly not least, is Ziggy.  Ziggy won an awesome, personalized collar from Gangs of New Yorkie via a contest on Kol's Notes.  He looks so handsome in his new collar.

Unfortunately Ziggy is having some trouble settling in to his new home. He was adopted by a great guy who is doing everything he can to help Ziggy settle in, but Ziggy is showing some aggression at times.  I am sad because I know this is Ziggy's only chance.  If he can't make it in this home that is perfect for him, with an owner who really loves him and is doing everything he possibly can to make this work, then he's not going to be adoptable.  I'm trying not to dwell on that, but just hoping for the best.  I saw Ziggy a couple of days ago at a training class, and I wanted to lecture him and yell at him and beg him to straighten out, but I knew he wouldn't understand.  Ziggy's adopter is working closely with the trainer, and I'm just praying it works out.

"Sorry, mom - I'll try to do better."
The rest of the fosters are doing well.  Molly, Chloe and Roo went to training class last weekend.  Some other rescue volunteers are working with them during class so they can all attend at the same time.  Roo and Chloe are both working toward earning their Canine Good Citizen certification, and Molly is just working on some basic obedience.  They've all mastered "sit" and "down" and are starting to learn "stay" and loose leash walking.


Kolchak Puggle said...

Oh Ziggy, we're rooting for you buddy. I can't imagine what a tough transition it is going to a new home even for dogs who are totally easy going and carefree. I'm so glad his new person is working with a trainer to try and make it work. Clearly, he believes in Ziggy and we do too. (Plus he looks so darn handsome in that collar! How precious is he?!)

Berts Blog said...

WE are so happy for all the little ones who you have helped and are keeping our paws crossed for Ziggy and his new friend who is trying so hard.


H Ski said...

Sounds like Ziggy's new owner is doing everything he can for him. Hopefully, all that is going on is the fact that Ziggy is a little scared in his new environment and will adjust shortly. I am keeping my fingers crossed for him.

And great news on the other adoptions. I can never understand or comprehend how people can be so cruel to animals. But now Oscar will receive the respect and love he deserves.

Jess and Glacier said...

Oh Mr. Z. Please behave. Maybe he's acting out because he's been used to living in one place for two years? Praying for him.
And good luck to the others who have found homes. :)

Anonymous said...

Most of these comments will be for Ziggy, but mine is for fostermom. I'm sending her all the positive hopes and thoughts I can send, because I know this is as hard or harder for her than it is for Ziggy. Best of Luck! And Ziggy, behave for goodness sake!

Amanda said...

OH man, so excited for Ziggy on the one side...so I'm going to channel that into hope that dust will settle (vs. worry that it won't). Some dogs transition so easily and others need a little more evidence that the human on the other end of their leash has life under control enough for them to relax and not act foolish. ;) What kind of aggression is the issue, if we may ask Laurie (human, dog)?

We had a dog get placed once who within 12 hours was growling and snarling at humans--completely against her nature--but the adopter totally stuck it out, worked with a trainer, wooed the dog to make sure she got the message ("Chill gal, I got life handled") and so thankfully all turned out wonderfully and she represents herself, her family and her breed well now. It just wasn't all sunshine and rainbows in the beginning. ;)

Congrats on the other placements too!

stefanie said...

Really praying that Ziggy eventually settles in. Don't blow it Ziggy! So glad that his new human is working so hard to try and make it work. Thank you dog foster mom and thank you to all those who adopt from rescues and shelters and know the value of working with a dog/cat as the aniamls try and adjust to their new surroundings.

Anonymous said...

Come on, Ziggy!!

It's awesome that his adopter is so committed though, with the training classes and all. I hope it pays off! It did for my aggressive foster-turned-adopted dog and I.

Of Pit Bulls and Patience said...

C'mon Ziggy!! Sinatra went through a little naughty spell in his new home, but working with a trainer straightened him out. Hopefully Ziggy just needs time and structure, and his new person wounds like he's willing to give him that. Good luck!

brooke said...

Aww Ziggy. Must be tough on him transitioning into a new house after being with you for so long. Hopefully he settles in soon with his new owner and everything works out! We're all rooting for you Zigster!

Pibble said...

Wonderful news on all of these adoptions! It's amazing how a dog like Oscar can endure such horror and still manage to love humans.

Now, Zigs, straighten up and fly right! We're all crossing our paws that he will settle in. I'm banking on Ziggy, especially since his new human is so willing to make it work. He just needs a little extra time.

Kari in Vegas said...

Keeping paws crossed for ziggy

Stop on by for a visit

Purrfect Haven said...

we so want it to work out for Ziggy and his owner. We wish he could understand how important it is. Love Helen, Darcy and Bingley xxx

Macho (And Nicole!) said...

I've been so out of the loop lately because of my blogging absence that I didn't even see that Ziggy was adopted! I'm really glad to hear this, but I'm hoping that things will get better for him in his new home.


Maggie Mae said...

We is hoping dat everything works our fur Ziggy. Our paws is crossed fur him and his adopter.

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae and Max

ForPetsSake said...

Positive, hopeful thoughts to Ziggy and his new dad! That Oscar sure is a looker - his new family is very lucky, indeed!

Brandon - The dog with a blog said...

We have our paws crossed, that everything works out fur Ziggy!!

Anonymous said...

Hope he settles into his new home. It takes time and patience and a lot of tlc.
Sending best wishes from another dog foster mam in UK