Monday, May 6, 2013

New Dogs

I had some medical things going on so didn't keep up with the blog for awhile, but I am back now, hopefully.  To catch everything up, I'll just say that everyone I have ever introduced on this blog is either adopted or in another foster home now, except of course Ziggy.
I now have a whole new crew of fosters, some of whom have been and gone already, here's a brief introduction. 

Annie B. is a Beagle mix who was pulled from Animal Control by a new volunteer.  She didn't work out at her house, so she ended up at my house, where hard-to-adopt animals come to stay.  Annie B. is extremely sweet and well behaved, but she is scared of strangers, and she deals with that fear by snapping at people.  This does not make her easy to adopt out.  We're working on getting her used to strangers and in the meantime, she's doing well with all the other dogs and loves to sleep under the covers any chance she gets.

As if one Annie in the house wasn't enough, another dog came into All Paws and also needed out of the foster home that took her in, so she also ended up with me for awhile.  Since she also already knew the name Annie, instead of changing it I just refer to her as Annie C. (because she is a Coonhound mix).  Fortunately I am not the only volunteer in the rescue group who takes in the dogs no one else has room for, and Annie C. is now at another volunteer's house while she waits to be adopted.  This not only makes it less confusing when I call "Annie" but it means she gets to be in a home where she gets more attention and has a dog door to go in and out whenever she wants (which is often!)

Then there's Loco, a Boston Terrier mix who was named Loco at the shelter.  I should've thought about that a bit more before I pulled him.  But he was going to be euthanized (he bit the plastic hand that tried to steal his noms) so one look at his picture and I said "I'll take him!"  Sadly, the little guy truly is loco.  He has boundless energy and almost no manners whatsoever.  Fortunately another volunteer actually wanted an energetic small dog to foster, and before she knew it, she was regretting that decision because I gave her Loco to foster.  I still expect he'll come back to me someday, but for now I am enjoying the time without a loco Loco, and his current foster mom is enjoying the newly discovered toys that actually let you turn the squeaker off when it is about to drive you loco.  Loco is a big fan of squeaky toys and tennis balls. 

I currently am fostering three-year-old Rugby, a deaf Australian Shepherd.  He was turned in by his owners to an animal control facility in central Illinois, and I jumped at the chance to foster a deaf dog who wasn't part pit bull.  It's been a nice change.  Rugby is very smart and very energetic.  He loves tennis balls and playing fetch almost as much as Loco.  He is friendly to everyone he meets and has learned how to act loving and adorable to potential adopters at adoption events, so I am thinking it won't be long at all before he finds a forever home. 

Takara is another dog I pulled from Animal Control who turned out to be a bit more challenging than I expected.  It turns out that Takara doesn't like other dogs very much. Especially rowdy dogs that get too close to her.  Other than that, she is just about perfect.  Fortunately another volunteer with our rescue group has no other pets and was able to take Takara in as a foster dog.  She's doing very well there and is happily waiting for her forever home to come along. 

It's not the best picture of him, but this is Tater Tot, an eighteen month old Cocker Spaniel.  He's at my house right now and he's an extremely sweet guy.  He loves to play with other dogs and has a great temperament.  Tater Tot was turned in by his owner who could no longer care for him.  He will probably be adopted by the end of this week. 

Then there's Eeyore, a deaf eight-month-old pit bull who has never lived in a home before and has absolutely no manners.  I thought I might have another long-term foster on my hands, because even though Eeyore is incredibly sweet, he is not yet house-trained and he sometimes didn't like to share with other dogs, and he has many bad manners.  But in spite of all of that, someone came along and fell in love with him and adopted him! 

Stanley is another dog I expected to have for quite awhile, and was pleasantly surprised to be wrong!  Stanley is a great dog - very friendly and happy - but he has a ton of energy.  He also can jump fences, and he loves to counter-surf.  But the perfect couple came along and saw what a happy loving dog he is and decided to adopt him! 

Joey is a five-year-old Chihuahua that I pulled from a local shelter.  Although I don't usually foster small dogs, Joey was one of those perfect little dogs that I could've totally kept forever.  So of course he was quickly adopted! 
 Maggie Moo is a twelve year old mixed breed dog that was pulled from a local shelter.  She was one of those dogs I wanted to carry around and never put down, and she never seemed to mind.  She is definitely a lap dog.  And she's great with other dogs and very sweet - it was no surprise that she was adopted rather quickly!
Sparky is a two-year-old Yorkie mix that wasn't doing well in a local shelter.  I pulled him and had him for less than 24 hours before he went to another foster home and then was quickly adopted.  I'm not even sure it's fair to call him my foster dog.  But I did pull him from the shelter and he did spend the night at my house and slept in my bed, so I am going to say that qualifies. 

Last but not least is this momma dog and her nine puppies that were born in a shelter a week ago.  A shelter is not a good place for newborn puppies - there is a higher stress level and a higher risk of infection to the pups.  A neonate rescue group is going to take the mom and pups in another week or so, when they have an opening, but until then I took them home so they would have a quiet place to stay.  Please don't judge me for the fact that they have no bedding - I keep putting it in and the momma dog keeps taking it back out! 


Cyndi and Stumpy said...

You are absolutely amazing! I'm so happy to know there are people like you in this world.

Cyndi and Stumpy said...

You are absolutely amazing! I'm so happy to know there are people like you in this world.

Barb's Cats and Quilts said...

I understand completely about no bedding in the puppy box. In my case, the two cat moms kept taking the kittens out of the box and putting them on the floor. Kids!

Two Pitties in the City said...

I can't believe how many you're able to take on! Curious...what is the total number of dogs you have fostered?

Dog Foster Mom said...

Thanks Cyndi & Stumpy :-)
Barb - I knew I could count on other foster moms to understand!
Two Pitties In the City - As of right now, 247 dogs and 112 cats.

acd6pack said...

Welcome back!

A great update and what a cute bunch of fosters, especially the little tiny puppies. As for the bedding, our Breeze has a thing for removing bedding so I know where you're coming from.

nsav said...

So glad you are back to posting. I absolutely love your blog and admire you so much.

Anonymous said...

If only there were a million more just like you!!!