We have a new foster dog at home. I wonder if I can do right by this dog.
The volunteer lives in an apartment and is already fostering a few
animals with no more room. She boards a horse and got them to
foster, but they kept her in a large hutch (3 people could fit in
it), plus walks, but it was outside. That's when we came in.
She's a bit bowlegged in the back; they say that's normal for a
puppy mill breeder. Their cages are so small, they can't full stand
up and kind of squat. the legs get bowlegged from it. (She just
stole my sock too, but I digress.) She's not housebroken because
she's never been in a house before, never been up and down steps (so
I have to take her up and down our deck steps), and she's never
known a human being to touch her until Oasis.
So we have to get her housebroken, which is tough because you tell
her no and she gets terrified that we'll turn on her. She won't
come to us when we call to let us pick her up; we have to corral
her. And teach her how to use steps.
She's got the sweetest personality. Even with her trust issues,
she's good to us: doesn't bite, snap, or growl. Even with the vet,
she took every shot, the needle for the blood and everything else
like a sweetheart.
She's not 10; the original puppy mill got her age mixed up with a
different dog. She has no gray fur on her muzzle, moves like a
younger dog, and her teeth are in good shape except some tartar for
ill care. We're guessing 4 - 5. The vet said if you went by teeth
alone, she could be older, but that's from poor food and conditions
She plays tug of war with Daytona which is amazing since she's never
had a chance to play at all. She's great with other animals, not
just mine. She distrusts men more than women (because men owned
her), so John is giving her ultimate patience, always talking
gently, and petting her. She does come up to us to touch our hands,
and she's started sleeping closer to us instead of across the room.
She's gorgeous. The last volunteer got her weight up. And she
thinks the yard is heaven on earth! She's even okay with a crate
after the first day, seeing Elphie and Daytona okay with theirs.
I worry I won't get through her trust issues to get her to come up
and be picked up, and to get her housebroken.