Leroy – for ADOPTION

I have been asked to assist in trying to re-home this sweet dog.  Please share and if anyone is interested reach me at:  fosterdogmomblog@gmail.com

Meet Leroy!  Leroy is a Malamute mix who is very affectionate with his human.  Leroy is 6 years old, neutered and up to date with his shots.  He is due for his next round of shots in June, and his current caretaker has offered to take care of those for his new family.  Leroy has not been around small children or been cat tested, he does get nervous when around other dogs, so an experienced owner who can help Leroy work through this fear would be preferred.

Leroy’s current owner was unable to take care of him due to medical reason and left Leroy with his mom, who is not in a position to take care of Leroy long term.

Leroy is approximately 65lbs and has medium energy so we are looking for a home willing to give him the exercise he requires.

RESCUES:  Owner does not wish to receive money for Leroy, if you’re able to help foster him and/or adopt him out, your regular adoption fees would be yours.

If anyone is interested in adopting him privately through me, I will be charging $100 and donating it to rescue.  Leroy’s “Grandma” just wants him to find a loving home that can take care of him.

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Ben – Post 2

I know I fall for all my fosters (and every dog in general), that’s why I am compelled to do what I do with rescue.  Helping animals is what fuels me.  It’s always exciting (and stressful) when a new foster comes.

Ben’s transition went as well as most of the male fosters transitions do.  It took some time for Flipflop to warm up and now they are brothers.  And I have gotten to know Ben’s adorable personality.

As a foster parent, Ben is a dream, as he has no major trauma from his past.  He is playful, fearless and just a pup (around 16-17 months).  He still has the soft velvety puppy fur that is a dream to snuggle into. And snuggle he does.

From what I know of Ben’s past, his mom gave birth to him under a trailer on a farm in Florida.  The owner of the farm called the rescue to come and get Ben’s litter and his mom as he didn’t want them.  Before the rescue arrived, one of the farm hands took Ben.  I don’t know why, but for whatever reason, this person kept Ben for 14 months and then decided he no longer wanted him so called the rescue.

Ben loves to play, he loves toys and chewing on an antler.  Outside he loves to run and explore, and Flipflop is teaching him to play fetch.  Ben is learning quite quickly. He is mimicking everything and anything Flipflop does (the good and the bad!).

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Ben is a very social dog as well, he loves the dog park and daycare, where he can engage with other dogs.  He loves to play chase and wrestle and there hasn’t been a dog Ben hasn’t liked yet!

Ben does get startled easily by people and when he does he will growl or bark, but I’m finding that happens very little.  He has warmed up very quickly to those in my inner circle and has quickly won a place in our hearts.

Whoever adopts Ben is in for a lifetime of fun, with this young dog!

Ben is available for adoption through Royal Canadian Pooch.

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Ben – Post 1

Adorable, there’s no other words to describe Ben, he’s about 35 lbs, has the head of a lab on a short, long body!  He’s so cute!  When he got out of the van and I saw him for the first time, I was instantly smitten.  His photos made him look like a large breed dog.

Ben is a lab mix, from his mom’s looks and his, there is likely some boxer in there and I think he gets his body from Basset Hound but a friend thinks he has Corgi in him.  Either way he has a whole lot of cute in him!

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When he arrived my good friend and neighbour met me outside with Flipflop, Dahlia, their best friend Miss Ellie.  We took the four dogs for a walk in the park.  Flipflop would have nothing to do with me, as long as I was holding Ben’s leash.  My friend offered to take Ben’s leash and as soon as she did, Flipflop was instantly my baby again.

The introductions went as expected, and exactly as I described in my previous blog!  And as predicted on the fourth day (today), Flipflop completely warmed up to Ben.

I’m still learning about Ben but so far I can tell he’s wonderful with other dogs, he’s been to the dog park to play and to daycare with Flipflop and he LOVES the socialization and doesn’t make shy at all with other canines.

Ben seems to be nervous around people at times, I’m still working on what triggers him to be nervous with some people and not others.  Receiving him during the work week has made our “testing” time limited but I’ll work with him as much as possible on his people socialization since I know he’s got no issues with dogs! 🙂

His first night he barked at the cats, I think they startled him more than anything, but now he’s very calm with them.

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Ben is likely getting posted on the adoption site this weekend, I don’t expect him to be with me long once he is, as long as I can figure out his people issues.  He gives a little growl when feeling uncomfortable and while I know that’s all he does, I still want to work with him to correct it to give him the best chances of being adopted.

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When a new foster is coming…

I got the message yesterday, “Are you up to taking in a foster?”  Lucy was adopted weeks ago and doing well with her family, Flipflop is getting restless and board with his “senior” sister, and we have the space in our home and hearts, so “yes” I said and the arrangements start.

I put out clues for my dogs that company is coming, an extra bowl goes out, a dog bed is pulled from storage, Dahlia and Flipflop sniff and are curious.  But it’s not until the new dog arrives that my job really begins.

Ben is a 1-1/2 year old lab mix who is being dropped off after work today.  I have already arranged for a neighbour to take my dogs out to meet Ben and I.  I never introduce a new dog into my home in my home.  We always introduce the dogs outside, this ensures Flipflop (and Dahlia, but it’s usually Flipflop) doesn’t get territorial and try and challenge the new dog, especially when it’s a male dog.

I already know when we get in from our walk, Flipflop will be upset that this dog has come to live with him.  Flipflop will require extra snuggles and reassurance from me that he is the baby.  He will watch the new dog carefully making sure the new dog doesn’t hurt Dahlia or the cats.

Once we go to bed, Flipflop will again get territorial, over me this time. I will need to remind him I am the boss in the house and he needn’t worry.  He will then calm down and sleep beside me, I know likely to show the new dog I am his, which I shouldn’t encourage but I allow Flip to snuggle into me for the night anyway.

In the morning everyone will go for a walk, Flipflop may or may not like the new dog yet. Dahlia really won’t care as long as she gets her attention and morning hugs from me. And then Flipflop and the new dog will go to daycare, where they will spend the day together and start to bond.

Flipflop will start thinking his foster sibling is ok, and start being more welcoming in our home to the new arrival.  He’ll start showing the new dog his toys and seeing if he can engage his foster sibling in play.  Once and awhile he’ll still get upset and give the new dog a warning which I will continue to correct.

By day 4 or 5, Flipflop and his foster sibling will be the best of buds, wrestling and chasing each other.  The first few days of uncertainty and stress will seem like a distant memory as Flipflop takes his sibling under his paw and teaches the dog to play, trust and of course be a dog!

 

Unexpected lessons from my dogs

There are so many moments of our lives where animals show us lessons in compassion and love.  I’m sure we’ve all seen videos of heroic animals, read their stories, or seen cases where one species nurtures another in need of care.  Their instincts are both beautiful and majestic.

My 3-1/2 year Bahamian Potcake, Flipflop, saved as a young pup, but still bares his street dog instincts.  He’s fast and always on guard, protecting his pack, yet so youthful and playful, and such a snuggle pup with me!

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Flipflop’s instincts give him confidence like I’ve never seen in a dog, and also makes him a bit a jerk at times too, which of course, I correct him on.  I believe his confidence and his fearlessness is what makes him such an amazing dog with my fosters.  Flipflop teaches them more than I do about trust and play.

At Flipflop’s daycare, I’m told he always spends time with the new dogs who are a little unsure, until they get their confidence and then he will return to play with his own friends.  And sometimes he just likes to sit in the middle of the room and watch all the dogs interact.

He’s the protector.

My senior girl, Dahlia, who’s been in my life for only a year,  and yet in that year I have seen this broken dog turn into a younger, playful, confident girl.  Dahlia is my canine hero.

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A broken dog, literally broken bones and spirt when saved in a joint effort by Eddy’s Dogs and Royal Canadian Pooch, she came to me a few months after surgery. She was scared of me, but loved Flipflop and it didn’t take her long to warm up to me.

And now, no one would even guess that this girl is a senior rescue.  She is confident, mobile and so playful.  I send video’s to her saviours because I know it brings them joy to see how far this amazing dog has come in a year.

No matter what was thrown at Dahlia in her first 8 years of her life, she has overcome it all and has let go of all her fears and anxiety.  The only issue Dahlia has now is her assertive Catahoula personality that makes her larger than life and animated. She dances around like she’s a toy poodle and not an 80 lbs hunting dog, which makes her quite clumsy but so cute.

And then there is Dupont, my amazing collie/shepherd and first dog I owned as an adult.  Dupont was diagnosed with arthritis at 3 years old, along with that, he had ultra sensitive skin and environmental allergies.  All these minor elements made me an expert at dog care and put me in a great position of knowledge with helping Flipflop with his seasonal allergies and enabled me to nurse a recovering Dahlia to health when she moved in with me.

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Dupont loved to hike, he and I would go for hours every weekend and it wasn’t until his last few years of life that he couldn’t do his long walks anymore.  Instead, Dupont would enjoy spending countless hours laying in the grass under the shade of a tree.  When Dupont first started laying down and not wanting to walk, I would worry about him a great deal, and then I realized this is how he wanted to spend his senior years.  So, I would bring a book and some water for us both and oblige him.

When I think of these three very different dogs and the joy they have brought and continue to bring into my life, I reflect on some of lessons each of them have taught me.

Dupont taught me to slow down – that sometimes in life it’s nice to just sit still and watch the world go by.  There is never a hurry to get anywhere.

Flipflop taught me patience, he is far from a perfect dog, and there are days he drives me crazy!  But when I see him interact with the new dogs who enter our home, he takes his time to work with each dog.  I see him time and time again showing the foster his toys and how to play with them, until they learn.

And Dahlia, Dahlia has taught me resilience, no matter what life throws at you, you just have to keep trusting humanity and not let anyone break your spirit.