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here's my new foster

Discussion in 'Dogs - all breeds / types' started by Jamiya, Sep 7, 2005.

  1. Jamiya

    Jamiya New Member

    His name is Chomper (I didn't name him, LOL) and his petfinder page is here: http://www.petfinder.com/pet.cgi?action=2&pet=5036325. The new description I wrote for him hasn't made it onto the page yet. They are calling him a beagle mix, which is possible. I used to think his head looks like a small rottweiler, but now I am almost thinking aussie. Anyone else have an opinion? His coat is *exactly* like Nala's!

    He's a good boy so far! I can't believe they haven't neutered him yet, though, so I made an appointment for him but they can't get to him until next Monday.

    I was worried about him being crated this morning, but I went home at lunch and he was fine. I think I heard him start to bark as I left after lunch, but of course there was nothing I could do at that point. I hope he stays calm and doesn't shred his blankets for fun! He seems to be okay crated as long as my dogs are in the room, at least so far.

    I don't understand boy dogs. With a girl dog, you take her outside and she squats and pees. Then you can be fairly sure she is empty, although they always seem to manage to come up with a little more if a good spot needs annointing. But a boy dog. You take him out and he does a little squirt here and a little squirt there....how the heck do you know when he's empty and therefore safe to bring back inside?! Silly boys.

    Emma May got adopted on Saturday. She didn't go to the family that I liked the best, though, so I am worried about her. I guess they are having housetraining issues with her. Funny, because she never had even one accident in the house in the week I had her. She didn't even start to squat. I *told* them she needs to be watched and let out frequently. Anyway. I was almost hoping they would give her back and the other family could have her, but it seems they are working it out. I hope she's happy! I cried when she left. :cry:

    Little Chomper has been in the shelter for most of the summer, it seems. I guess he was there in June and then mysteriously disappeared and was brought back as a stray in July. Weird. The shelter is full and his time was up. He would have been put down today if I hadn't taken him home. He's a very happy guy - I'm glad he'll get his chance at a good home now!
     
  2. Samsintentions

    Samsintentions New Member

    What a cutie!!
    definatley looks maybe Aussie beagle?? Could have some terrier in him too..

    Yeah, boy dogs are a wonder.... And just when you think they can't "squirt" anymore.... They keep doing it!!!
    I don't have a tree in my WHOLE place that Smokey didn't pee on every day... I haev 5 pear tree's, 15 pecan trees..(this is just the front acreage) about 20 oak trees.... and in the back... can't count how many oak tree's and tallow trees....LOL...

    But with the girls, They take one or two squats, and their good to go!!

    Precious can pee a whole pond though!! She pees alot!! Kabuki on the other hand does the whole "walking Pee" she keeps on walking while peeing... silly girl. She won't even slow dow to releave herself! LOL.... Such a party animal.

    Anyhow good luck with your foster!!
    We've got a BUNCH of horses from Louisianna coming in daily. So far about 66 or so...And more coming!!!

    If anyone would like to help with the Katrina relife and donate to the horses or animals. Just feel free to give me a call or email me privately!!!
     
  3. someday

    someday New Member

    Wow...he's certainly a unique looking dog! I really don't know what the mix would be. I'm so glad he's getting a second chance with you! He looks like a sweetie! I'm sure he'll find a good home soon!
    I'm thinking about talking to my landlady to see if she would possibly let me foster or adopt another dog. I live down the street from the city shelter and it's the worst...I have to drive by a see them out in pens everyday...several times a day...which of course means I have to stop and visit them and get attached...I almost don't want to volunteer though because then I'll know which ones made it out and which ones didn't....but..I can't not do anything...so i may have a new addition, permanent or temporary to post as well..:)
     
  4. Jamiya

    Jamiya New Member

    Good luck with that, Katie. It is really hard to let them go, but it helps when you know when they come in that you are not keeping them, no matter what. I think one of my biggest fears is that I will someday place a dog into a situation that turns out to be bad and I will feel responsible.
     
  5. Jamiya

    Jamiya New Member

    Yay! He was a good boy in his crate today. I think having my dogs in the room with him is the key. Whew! What a relief! :eek:

    Hopefully every day will go as well.
     
  6. honeybears

    honeybears New Member

    glad to here is being a good boy, keeping my fingers cross he continues to
     
  7. dogangel

    dogangel New Member

    Jamyia!!! First of all congratulations on your foster!! He's a cutie! Boys... :roll: you gotta love them!!! :roll: :roll:
    After he gets neutered he will get better about "marking" everything in sight... I'm sure you already knew that.. Plus, if you're girls are both housetrained, he'll pic up on that in no time!!! Believe it or not, other puppers that they share the home with make for a lot better teachers than us mommies.... :roll:
     
  8. Jamiya

    Jamiya New Member

    Just like Emma May, he has not had even one accident in our house. I think you are right and the other dogs "show him what to do." He hasn't even tried to mark in the house. Who can blame him for marking in PetCo, though? I mean, every dog in the world has peed on those displays, LOL.

    The people who adopted Emma May had trouble with her pottying in the house I guess. She never had even one accident here. They were saying they'd take her outside and she did nothing and then would pee as soon as she got inside. Weird. I just let her out a LOT - like several times an hour. But she could hold it all night and all day in her crate just fine.
     
  9. nern

    nern New Member

    Guess I missed this post....

    Chomper is really cute. Its nice that Emma was adopted so quickly, I sure hope they can figure out her "housetraining issues".
     
  10. dogangel

    dogangel New Member

    She may be testing them... I had a couple of fosters that did that when they went to their forever homes... :shock:
    When they realized that was not going too far, they got back to their perfect training in a matter of days. It just takes time and patience out of the adopting parents to let them know that rules have't changed...
     
  11. Jamiya

    Jamiya New Member

    I can't help but wonder if they just didn't stay outside with her long enough. My dogs (and my fosters) don't regard going outside as a "quick potty trip." I let them out and they play and sniff and potty, etc. Generally they do go potty first, because I go out with them and tell them "go potty." When they have gone, I usually leave and go inside (unless I want to watch them play). They can stay out and play or come back in with me - whatever they want. This way, going potty does not end the fun.

    Of course, with my dogs I don't have to follow them out and tell them to go anymore. But I did this for quite a long time. Nala was housetrained very quickly and had very few accidents, even though she was only 14 weeks when we got her. But I didn't totally trust her inside without me watching her until she was about 9 months old. I'm sure she was reliable before then, but I wasn't convinced she would ask to go out, or hold it if there was no one there for her to ask.

    I suppose I err on the cautious side, but then again my house doesn't smell like pee so the fosters aren't tempted to pee in it! I'm sure having the scent of my dogs outside also helps the process.

    I told our foster coordinator to tell Emma May's people to put her on leash and go stand outside with her and tell her to go potty and then stand there until she goes! Once a dog goes once, they are more likely to use that spot again.

    I guess they were also taking her for walks and she didn't go potty then either. I didn't take her for walks, so I am sure she was too terribly distracted by the whole exciting prospect to take time out for something as ordinary as going potty!
     
  12. dogangel

    dogangel New Member

    You're doing it the perfect way. It is indeed very important that the fun and freedom to play does NOT end once they potty... Otherwise they're going to asociate going potty with the end of playing, and that's not good... This is one of the reasons I choose homes with fenced in yards, where the puppers can go out and stay out safely. That's not to say that an apartment wouldn't work, but then the new parents would have to take the babies for loooong walks, or spend a lot of time at the doggie park...
     

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