Tony, Tony, Tony — I sure do miss that little guy. He came to us from a family that didn’t socialize him and so the whole outside world was a very BIG and SCARY place. Tony reacted by trying to run and hide. If that wasn’t successful then he became a whirling, churning biting machine. Thank goodness he went from a home to my foster home and didn’t get into an actual shelter; I think that experience would have done him in. As anyone who has worked with fearful dogs knows, it is a very long, slow process. The good news is that after two years at my house with multiple dogs that he could observe and learn from, Tony became a confident little lovebug – but only with his pack. If anyone came to the house, he immediately tried to hide or stood his ground (shaking in his boots) and loudly barking. Fortunately, we work with an experienced foster who considered him a challenge. I realized his options were (1) become a failed foster and stay with me for life or (2) work with Kathy and her family including three very calm, experienced dogs. Tony has come a long way and Kathy and I agree that if we can find the right person — with the right dog buddy — Tony is adoptable. Incredible work but well worth it. Tony is a total sweetheart as long as you know what you are doing; we just need the right pack to find this little treasure.
We’re looking for a foster home for Tess. She is a great family dog — especially with older kids who won’t get knocked over when she walks by. Tess is such a love, the first time I picked her up to take her to an adoption event, it took me 20 minutes and lots of treats to get her into my car. Not in the crate in my car, mind you, just in the actual car. Now that she has seen me a grand total of 3 or 4 times, she readily hops into the car, right into the crate and gets a treat for remembering me between adoption events. She doesn’t easily trust that first time but is willing to trust pretty quickly which is a difference from dogs that have been strays or come from a shelter situation. Tess is adaptable and willing to learn. Her current foster family is going away for one month this summer to visit family so… Tess is looking for a foster OR forever family. If you could help her…very cool! Please call 503-285-0656 to meet Tess.
Cassie is the first pitbull that I have fostered and I have learned A LOT. I think she was a drug dog in a previous life because she LOVES smelling cars. Honestly, if I just stood next to her and pointed along the bottom of the car and around the tires, it would like like she was trained to sniff out drugs. In reality, she circles the car (any car) two or three times and carefully smells the whole way around. I don’t know what is up with that but I am not necessary to the process.
Marti is a cattle-dog, she is pretty insecure and while walking she will turn her head and suck on your fingers as you are walking along with her. Really wants approval and listens. She has found herself one dog friend and is learning to play and wrestle. It is such a privilege to watch her gain confidence and grow.
Peas in a pod. Both need slow introductions and both are scared of “giant humans” that reach forward to pet them. Both are excellent, loving dogs at home and just need to experience the world a little more to be comfortable in new (to them) situations. Each are with an experienced foster and are eager to please and constantly learning. They will each need an experienced home but – well worth the effort!
What a great dog! I hope that someone steps forward to adopt this collie mix soon. Her family could not keep her but they gave her a good foundation. She is really good at adoption events and welcomes people as they enter Western Pet Supply to shop. She loves to hike and is a happy walking companion. She doesn’t like big, bouncy dogs that get in her face instead of calmly introducing themselves but – who can blame her for that. I don’t know where her forever family is but I want her to meet them soon! She is ready.
Who could not love this cuddle bug? He is absolutely delightful. OK – he is scared of a lot of things because he was not exposed to “life” but he is catching on fast. He mutters under his breath while we are walking if he see something or someone he isn’t sure about. He has a firm position at the foot of the bed. He is just the right size to pick up and smootch!
Can you imagine that? Sweeney and Miss Lovett were placed with an experienced cat-foster several weeks ago. Our foster offered a quiet, child-free home with one other cat. For FIVE WEEKS Miss Lovett was a ghost. Oh, she came out and ate, she used the litter box but she was not seen. Sweeney was out and about (all 18 lbs of him!) but no sign of Miss Lovett. When she finally decided it might be safe to come out, she proved herself desperate for love and attention. Where is her forever family? Someone who is willing to just let her be for however long it takes for her to feel safe enough to tip-toe out of the shadows? Being a cat-foster is challenging, sometimes it takes every ounce of experience you have to coax a scared animal to trust a human one more time and then build on that experience. Where are the adopters who are willing to put in their time without reward for a few weeks. It’s not like a playful little kitten who frolics and plays with you and every dangling piece of string within 10 feet from the moment you lay eyes on it. Yes, they are cute when they pounce and play – it is hard to resist a kitten and many of our fosters request to foster kittens and certainly we need kitten fosters especially during kitten season. Unfortunately, we never seem to have enough adopters/fosters with the experience and patience to make a life-changing impact on all the Miss Lovett’s of the world. Are you one of those people who are willing to put in the effort without reward until trust is given? Miss Lovett needs someone of her very own. Even watching Sweeney easily transition into the household was not enough for Miss Lovett to trust. I can not imagine her in a shelter instead of a foster home. It would be too much for her – it IS too much for many animals in transition.
I love fostering dogs! They are so much fun to watch transition from scared little “I-don’t-know-what-is-happening-and-I’m-scared” to pups who are confident and loving. It doesn’t matter what their circumstances – from little Gizmo who had a loving family but when they moved into their new home, they decided he would live in the garage to Chico whose family was impacted by cancer and needed to find him a new living situation. Both dogs have experienced love. Both dogs have had their worlds turned upside down. Princess Sophia found wandering in a cornfield, Ziggy whose man died from cancer and his widow emotionally could not keep Ziggy. In all these instances someone stepped in – for example, the neighbor who talked with Gizmo’s family convincing them that there should be more in his life than four garage walls. Are you that person? Are you alert to who and what is around you? I hope so! Be aware, get involved. These little ones are voiceless and helpless without caring people who take the time to step in and help them get to a better situation. Do you remember Cooper? He is 80 lbs of love. Cooper was brought to our attention by someone who knew his circumstances and stepped in to help him experience a better life. Now, I get pictures from his forever family of him playing in a lake, riding in the truck, playing tug-o’-war and basically experiencing love and acceptance. What a great picture! You can be an artist for some little one who is waiting for you to help them draw their new picture.
So many pups in their new homes and doing so well with their new families. It is always encouraging to hear good stories of the kindness and concern adoptive families have to make the transition into the new home as seamless as possible. We had a cat in the “cat room” at Viking Vet who has now moved to a foster home as the next step of her transition to hopefully a loving home. We appreciate the opportunity to display our wonderful cats at the vet clinic because it exposes them to potential homes and allows people to see their personalities.
Today we participated in a volunteer fair at a local company that gives their employees XX amount of paid volunteer hours during the year. Of course, there are a number of organizations that had displays as well as NWAC. I learned a lot just being part of the options available to employees. I always enjoy talking with people interested in animal rescue – a large number of whom have rescue animals in their homes and just can’t say enough about how wonderful their dog/cat is and how well it fits into their family. Rescue doesn’t work without adopters. Yes, we need foster homes for the transition but ultimately, we need adopters who are willing to put the effort into welcoming a new family member. Maybe that describes you…
Cooper has left the nest and is now with his new family. It is always bittersweet to transition the beautiful personalities that I have the opportunity to meet. Cooper has landed with a loving family, a dog companion and a CAT. When I drove away yesterday, he was so busy playing that he didn’t even miss me! That is how it should be. I hope all good things for Cooper and his new family.