“She did a bad bad thing”
I snuck out the door, but I was happy to go right back in after I explored the ‘gardens’
“She did a bad bad thing”
I snuck out the door, but I was happy to go right back in after I explored the ‘gardens’
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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London is a beautiful 1 year old Pit Bull Terrier Mix who came to the Society shortly after giving birth to five tiny puppies. London and her pups lived with us until the babes were old enough to be weaned and adopted. Now that her puppies have found their forever homes – London’s next!
This super social gal loves greeting new people. She is very affectionate, food motivated and loves pets. Her love of food will be helpful in basic manners training which is recommended to brush up on the basics and teach her new cues.
London is currently a part of our Foster to Forever program. Her foster mom Megan will be caring for her for 4 weeks while we all work together to recruit this lovely lady an adopter. Here’s the most recent update sent to us by Megan about London:
London walks great with the easy walk harness! Ripley hated it and we are in luck that it fit London. She gets excited when the harness and leashes come out and has helped Ripley overcome her recent dislikes of walks.
We definitely have the “sit” command down. We are working on the commands to lay down and go in her crate (unfortunately, Ripley tries to follow her in most times). Her play bite is hard but we are getting her to be more gentle with like accepting treats. She definitely isn’t food aggressive.
She is getting better at not having accidents in the house, but we are have to be very diligent. She drinks a ton of water and we have to make sure that she is taken out within 45-60 minutes after a big drink from the bowl. She’s never had an accident in the crate and outside of over night can at least last 6 hours in the crate without any messes.
She definitely prefers to be the center of attention and bulldozes her way into getting pets and giving licks first. And she is much better than Ripley with separation anxiety. She’ll bark a little, but settles down quickly.
Hoping to get her out and about more this weekend and introduce her to people.
If you’d be interested in setting up a meeting to meet London in person – please contact our Foster Coordinator, Stephanie Bruno, at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’d love to have you meet this beautiful gal in person!
We received another delightful update on our favorite foster kitty Pishtachio!
Pishstachio has really flourished in the past couple months! She is playful, talkative, and very sweet. She loves climbing and exploring new spaces, but spends most of her time in a cozy little spot (wherever her pet bed is). She’s a great companion kitty! Look at those green eyes!
If you’d be interested in scheduling a meeting with Pishtachio and his foster mom – please contact our foster team at email@example.com
Harry and Hermoine are doing magically in foster care with Anne Vopat! She has provided us with some adorable pictures of the kittens and an update on how they are doing.
“The kitties are doing WONDERFULLY; they are eating, drinking & playing and having a wonderful time…..they currently are weighing in at 1.7 & 1.8 lbs.”
If you would like more information on Harry and Hermoine please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.You can also send us an email if you are interested in becoming a foster parent. More information can be found at anticruelty.org.
Spat is quite the heart-throb here at The Anti-Cruelty Society! This spirited little gal has stolen the hearts of both staff and her foster mom with her big personality. Spat is a sweet gal who will do almost anything for a good belly rub and cuddle session. Her foster reports that she is house-trained, doesn’t chew, loves toys and Kongs, is very social and super affectionate.
Spat is currently available for adoption from The Anti-Cruelty Society – read more about her and our adoption guidelines here: http://anticruelty.org/adopt-a-new-companion/adoption-information/
Here’s the foster mom’s full report on this adorable dog:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. If you’d like to learn more about our foster program, visit The Anti-Cruelty Society website here.
Marvin is an energetic, majestic and social boy who came to the Society from a shelter in the south. This striking looking Coonhound is 8 months old and ready for his forever home! As a part of the Foster to Foster program, Marvin is available for adoption while he’s in his foster’s care.
Here’s an update on how this exuberant pup is fairing with his foster:
Marvin has been a joy to have around. We went to the hot dog festival on his first day with me and he met a ton of people, including kids and other dogs. There was a lot going on, and he just went with the flow. He allowed anyone and everyone to pet him, and would often roll on his back to encourage people to rub his belly!
I live in a condo building and was curious how he would do in this type of an environment. Well, he thinks he owns the elevators and plops down right in the middle (unless someone has take-out, then he is right next to them as their new best friend). He has also done great in the dog run area. He is very social and wants to meet everyone. He can become frustrated if he is not able to go meet the other dogs, and will show his frustration by barking. He can be a bit overwhelming to other dogs that are not as interested in meeting him! I have no doubt that he will learn the proper social skills with time and help from his new owners. As far as my condo, I am very proud to say that my neighbors do not even know that Marvin exists! He has not barked at anyone walking by, not even once! He seems to be a very confident dog who is not anxious when I am away. He has also not had an accident in the home, but I am making sure to take him out fairly often as I know he has not had extensive potty training in his past.
Speaking of training, Marvin is learning new things on a daily basis! He is extremely food motivated and eager to please, so training is pretty simple with him! Because he has grown up in a shelter, he will need some basic training classes. My gut tells me that he will be the star student as he really seems to enjoy the mental challenge of training and the joy of making his owner happy.
Marvin loves to get exercise, and will walk or jog with me, as far as I want to go. He loves to play ball and to chase leaves. My favorite thing about him is that he will sit on a bench and people watch with me. He is the perfect balance of athletic and calm.
Because Marvin is such a social guy, he does love to snuggle. He will lean in when you pet him, and will try to sneak into bed. He is pretty hard to resist!
Marvin is very adaptable, and will likely fit into most living situations. He just wants his new owner to enjoy the outdoors, even if it’s just a walk around the block and to give him lots of belly rubs.
If you’d be interested in scheduling a meeting with this hunk in person – contact our foster team at firstname.lastname@example.org