Puppy Love

Flipflop and Miss Ellie are in love, as in love as two dogs can be.  They first met on a cold wintery day in February, 4 years ago.  Flipflop was just 6 months old and Miss Ellie was 3.  She hated this young puppy who followed her everywhere and Flipflop wanted to be Miss Ellie’s friend, so badly.

As Flipflop matured Miss Ellie developed more patience for him and fortunately for these two dogs, their mom’s got along as well.   So Janet and I made time to ensure the two dogs got to play and go for walks together as much as possible.

Miss Ellie LOVES the water and would spend all summer wadding in the near by creeks and lakes.  The very first time Miss Ellie went in the water with Flipflop nearby, he panicked, he was so worried something bad was going to happen to her.  Needless to say, nothing bad happened, and when she came out of the creek Flipflop was so happy to see she survived her swim!  As Flipflop got older he found a love for the water himself, and now the two of them love to play together in the creeks and lake on hot summer days.

It became clear that Miss Ellie considered herself Flipflop’s girl,  when she started getting mad at him anytime he played with female dogs.   She is quite fine if he’s playing with other male dogs but for some reason does not like any other female dogs around her man, with the exception of his sister.

But we really knew it was true love when Flipflop’s stick floated out in the lake, and he was too scared to go deep in the water  to get it and Miss Ellie went in to the lake to retrieve his stick and gave it to him.  Janet and I looked at each other and our hearts melted, our dogs were so adorable!!!

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They spend every day together while their mom’s are at work, and most nights, Miss Ellie doesn’t want to go home to her own place, but she does, because her mom misses her.  When we are all just relaxing, it is not unusual for one of the two love dogs to get up and check on the other and then go back to sleep.

Miss Ellie adapts to all the fosters as they come and go as well, although she doesn’t live with us, she spends a lot of time at my place and it’s not uncommon for Janet to have me and all the dogs up at her place as well.  Miss Ellie always gets along with the fosters and just like Flipflop and Dahlia welcomes them to the pack.  Miss Ellie’s  favourite foster was also Flipflop’s favourite, Lucy, but she does seem to have soft spot for Solo as well.

As our fosters come and go, one thing remains the same, the bond Flipflop has with Miss Ellie is one he shares with no other dog.

So on Valentine’s Day he decided to make it official and as Miss Ellie to marry him.  She accepted, but there are no plans for a wedding in the near future!

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Miss Ellie with her engagement ring and gift.

 

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Solo – Post #4

Going onto week 4 and Solo has had no suitable adopters interested in him.  I’m not sure why, but then again, I am the fortunate one who got to know this sweet boy and what a bundle of love and joy he is.

Solo has done re-markedly well in with us.  In such a short time he’s gained confidence, trust and most of all, he feels safe.  He loves to run and play with other dogs, although in his play he’s not quite sure what to do, but he will get there.  He’s loves to say hello to people now, if they do not feel threatening to him (starring at him or coming toward him with too much energy).

Before and after every walk, he runs around squeaking what has become his favourite toy, a fox with ropes on both ends.  And he loves to snuggle up to a human when he’s tired and wants a nap.

In less than four weeks, this sweet boy has gone from being so broken and scared he retreated to the kitchen and wanted nothing to do with me or my pack, to being part of our family and  loving life.

He gets so many compliments from strangers on our walks on what a handsome boy he is, and he loves the attention.  He’s come so far and I know the right person is out there for him.

If you think you’re the one for Solo he is available for adoption at:

https://www.adoptapet.com/pet/24415259-mount-hope-ontario-boxer

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Helping Solo

Dogs like Solo are so special, well ok, all dogs are special!  But when I have a foster like Solo I’m always amazed at how much they learn and develop their trust and zest for life.

Solo has met so many new people and dogs, and is such a friendly dog.  He loves other dogs, and wants to say hello to every one he sees.  With people, he is less sure, but I simply tell the humans to ignore him, and when they do Solo goes up to them within seconds to say a gentle hello.

This weekend my good friend and neighbour, Janet, was planning to have Solo for a sleep over to see how he does.  Solo has been to Janet’s place with me and my pack and knows Janet well now, but he’s never been with her alone.

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Solo with Auntie Janet.

Janet has done this with past fosters to help them adapt to different situations while still feeling safe.  Dahlia used to have weekly sleep overs to help her with her separation anxiety from me, and it worked great.

Today, while working  from  home, (thanks to the lovely winter storm in the  GTA!) Janet texted to see if I wanted to take a quick break from work and walk the dogs.  We agreed it would be a short walk, as it’s awful outside and unsafe for everyone. While we were walking Janet asked if she could take Solo up to her place for the afternoon to see how he adjusted.  I agreed.

It turns out, Solo does not like being away from foster momma, he cried at first with Janet and then laid by her door, waiting for me.  Janet brought Solo home after half an hour, and we are going to continue having him go up for short visits and delay the sleep over, for now.

It’s not uncommon for my fosters to form such a bond with me.  Having that bond helps me know when they’ve found their forever parents.  When they aren’t sure of the family, the foster still sticks close to me, but when they find the right family, they want to spend time socializing with the family.

This is all the more reason why I know Solo’s forever home will be one that understands him and gives him his time and space to become the awesome pet he is.  Solo will let me know when he finds his person and it will be another bitter sweet day for me and the dogs of my life.

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Solo’s Big Weekend

It’s been almost two weeks since Solo entered my home and our hearts. This weekend Solo was introduced to new people and places and handled it like a champ.

Saturday afternoon the dogs and I were out for a walk with my good friend and neighbour, Janet, and her dog (Flipflop’s best friend), Miss Ellie.  There is a lovely couple on the ground floor of our building who love dogs and the dogs love them!  It’s a rare occasion to walk by their suite without one of the dogs wanting to go in and say hello.

I had not allowed my dogs to visit them since Solo arrived, as I didn’t want to overwhelm Solo with too much too soon.  But yesterday, there was no avoiding a visit, the dogs had seen Fabian in the window watching them, so we let them go.  Flipflop, Miss Ellie and Dahlia ran up to the sliding doors to be let in, Flipflop ran back to get Solo (who wasn’t sure what was going on and didn’t want to follow).  When Flipflop came back for him, Solo followed.

Having been around my fosters in the past, and also having dogs of his own, Fabian knew to just ignore Solo and let him be.  Solo didn’t show any signs of fear or uncertainty once inside.  While Flipflop, Dahlia and Miss Ellie danced around Fabian for treats, Solo explored the apartment and went up to Cleo (Fabian and Monisha’s kitten) to say hello.  Cleo gave Solo a swat but it didn’t even phase him.

Eventually Solo joined the other dogs to get treats, Fabian was careful to not get close to Solo and risk scaring him, instead he would toss treats to Solo for him to enjoy.  It was a successful visit.

That evening, I was on point to host a small gathering with some of my neighbours.  Fabian and Monisha were invited, along with a couple other neighbours.  In preparation, I had made arrangements for Flipflop to go upstairs to Janet’s and hang out with Miss Ellie, as Flipflop can be a bit protective of his pack (which includes people) and I wanted to set Solo up for success.  I was going to send Dahlia up too, but Janet requested Dahlia be allowed to stay with the people, because Dahlia loves to dance (no joke).

As I prepared for people to arrive  l laid out the food, worried about Solo eating it all so I kept a close eye.  Solo is such a good boy, he made no attempt to sneak any of the food, he didn’t even go near it.  As people arrived, Solo would walk to the door with me to greet our guests.  Everyone knew to ignore Solo and let him come to them.

Needless to say by the end of the night Solo was enjoying pets from everyone and was very calm.   Flipflop and  Miss Ellie joined the party later in the evening as well, and Flipflop shared his people with his foster brother with no issues.

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The pack enjoying the party.

As the night went on, Solo got restless, he didn’t want to leave the party but he was tired and wanted a place to lay down. I had removed the dog beds from the living room to make more space.  I asked if anyone minded if I got one of the beds to put back out and of course no one did. As soon as I put the bed down, Solo grabbed is favourite today and laid down and slept.

While a sleeping dog may not seem like a big deal,  a dog with Solo’s past, in a room full of people he just met hours ago, sleeping peacefully is amazing!!!

Later today, Solo is going to his first Super Bowl party, but after his amazing progress the past two weeks, I have no doubt, he’ll blend right in with the other dogs and people at the party this evening and have a wonderful time!!  GO RAMS!

Solo is available for adoption at:

https://www.adoptapet.com/pet/24415259-mount-hope-ontario-hound-unknown-type-mix?fbclid=IwAR11k5kn-Bky8lU0IWSjKxYOXuT5TTT1llRVNv2VNNVuvSYz5Sd2IeubbJ8

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