Blizzard or no blizzard The Anti-Cruelty Society’s foster program is hopping! We’re continuing to send out animals left and right and are receiving wonderful updates about animals out in care. Like the one below from foster mom Erika about her current charge Butterscotch, the adorable Pekingese Chihuahua Mix.
Princess Butterscotch (fka Butterscotch) came to stay with me because she was very stressed at the shelter and wasn’t eating. She needed to gain some weight before her spay surgery so a shelter vacation was requested. I brought Princess B in to the house and she made herself right at home running over to the cats dish and helping herself to some kibble and grabbing one of his mouse toys. This made me laugh since she had rejected even high value treats at the shelter and was so willing to eat kibble in a new environment.
Her previous family let her on the furniture (she claimed her spot on the couch that first evening) and I have continued letting her sleep on the furniture although she does sometimes choose to sleep on the various dog/cat beds throughout the house. Although Princess B is a little slow to trust, she is an absolute cuddle bug once home. She wants to be with me at all times and will wake up from a nap to follow me in to another room. Her favorite is to cuddle on the couch while I’m working or in the evenings. If I leave the apartment for a few minutes she stays right at the baby gate waiting for me to come back. She does whine a bit, but doesn’t bark. She is crate trained and, although not always happily, goes in the crate and sleeps through the night.
Princess B is a protective little girl and does bark when she hears people outside the building, but is easily redirected. As she gets used to the noises this seems to be getting better.
She loves to go for walks and enjoys sniffing everything! She is a little leash reactive and has a tendency to bark at strangers, but this is something we are working on. She is both potty trained and pee pad trained.
Princess B is a very picky eater, but loves some of the chicken stew type canned dog foods and I’ve been mixing in boiled chicken to help her gain the needed weight. Unfortunately she had a touch of kennel cough from the shelter and she is now on medication to resolve that. Hopefully she’ll be back to gaining weight when she is feeling a bit better.
This little Princess is so tolerant and doesn’t react to being handled at all. She allows me to give her pills or medicine with a syringe. I have cleaned her ears, paws and trimmed her tail fur. When she’s back to 100% we’ll take a bath as well.
Princess B is living with an older cat and is probably the most relaxed foster I’ve had around him. She will run up next to him and egg him on to play (he wants no part of that), but she is accepting of his choice and then leaves him alone. She is not a hard chewer so loves her Nylabones and her Kong Wubba. Her Kong Knot toy and small stuffed toys are favorites for fetch.
This beautiful girl would be a great and easy addition in to homes without small children and, ideally, a family where she wouldn’t be alone more than 8 hours a day as she does value her together time.
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