As her foster mom, my hope for Spat, the totally perfect dog, is that an equally perfect person – someone who is looking for unconditional love and to love unconditionally – will scoop her up and take her home. Ideally, she would be the only dog so she can have all the attention and would spend her evenings snuggling and cuddling after a long walk. She would love a yard, but would do well with several walks a day.
I can honestly say Spat is the best four legged houseguest ever! She is so well behaved she’s a delight to have around! She’s totally housebroken, doesn’t on chew anything that isn’t hers to chew, wants to be in the middle of whatever is going on, and is super affectionate – kisses freely given!
Spat has spent the last several weeks living with us in our home. She spent her time with Timo (our Rottweiler mix) and Lola (our Shih Tzu), my husband and me when we were all home together. She settled right in after she let the resident dogs know who the queen bee was, and adjusted well to our schedule. We both work full time so she was home from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm without going out for a break. We didn’t crate her when we were at work; she had her crate in our study with a gate up. I didn’t want her to feel uncomfortable with the other dogs so I didn’t give her the run of the house. If she had needed to stay with us longer, I would have started to ease her into having access to the whole house.
Spat is a bit stout and we’ve been working both on weight loss and toning her up. She eats twice a day (a third of a cup of dry food with ¼ can of wet food – both Science Diet) – 6:30 am and 5:00 pm. She adjust pretty well to schedule changes so a variation on this would be fine. She goes for a 6 block walk right after her morning meal and visits the yard after her dinner. We also go out right when we get home, right before bed and take an evening walk. She loves to run around our yard and is a born hunter! She really should never be left alone in a yard, especially if she might be able to slip through a fence (no fat jokes allowed) and she should always be on a leash when out on the street. She may look short and stocky, and come across as calm and quiet, but can really move! Especially if there’s something to chase – squirrels, opossums, rats, whatever!
Speaking of leashes…she is a perfect princess on her leash. She walks really well, and pretty much avoids the grass unless there is something delicious to smell or she has to relieve herself. She stops when you stop and waits for you to move ahead unless she’s picked up the scent of something and is on the hunt… We usually do our evening walk (8 – 10 blocks) at about 8:00 and she truly turns into a total huntress after dark – she’s looking for something to chase so hold on tight. We do walk her with our dogs, but she doesn’t pay much attention to them (they act like crazy dogs when on a walk). She seemed a bit fearful of and uncomfortable with strange dogs we met along the way and she totally ignored dogs barking from the neighbors’ yards. She may growl at another dog if she’s afraid or threatened.
She loves her Kong for little dogs and with a tiny bit of peanut butter and a few low calorie Charlie Bear treats, she is a happy puppy. We give her the Kong when we leave in the morning. She’s also become more playful the longer she stays with us and has started “borrowing” toys from the other dogs and even dragged Lola’s bed into her crate.
She has had a few baths since joining us – not her favorite thing. I recommend a deep sink, a bathtub or a groomer (:^}). She does tolerate it, she just looks very, very sad, and it’s really only a problem because she tries to escape and for such a little thing she jumps pretty high.
She loves to get up on furniture, to sit with you (as close as she can get) and to flip over so you can rub her belly. She will shamelessly direct your hand to her belly and sigh deeply when the belly rub starts. She also wants to sleep with you in your bed, but we didn’t let her due to our other dogs not having that privilege. She was just fine in her crate and snored the entire night.
Other important things to know about Spat:
She does do the reverse sneezing thing that sounds like honking. She usually does this when she’s overly excited and sometimes first thing in the morning. If you rub her chest, it stops.
She doesn’t bark – unless the other dogs in the house bark first – then she joins in.
While she can jump up on furniture and easily go up and down stairs, she shouldn’t jump off of things – and she does so fearlessly. She needs to be discouraged from doing this so I pick her up and set her on the floor when she needs to get down.
When giving kisses, if she’s overly enthusiastic, she sometimes will jump up toward your face. It’s a bit unsettling the first time, but she’s giving kisses … We have been working on not doing that. A firm no and putting her down seems to work.
She also sheds a bit – but with regular of brushing of her and a lint roller for you…it’s not a problem. And, I wear black 99% of the time so I know about shedding and dog hair!
If you’d be interested in meeting this amazing little gal in person, contact our foster team at email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like to learn more about our foster program, visit The Anti-Cruelty Society website here.
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