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Please contact Andrea for more information on Indy4 Year Old Male (New Berlin, WI)

March 3

Indy has had another great week with us. He was tested on sheep and did beautifully. Check him out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhdCGRzEl8E He dreamed loudly the first night after the special field trip. He did well with the other dogs, other people, and the car ride to and from the ranch.

Other things that I love about this dog are as follows:
-Even though he is so excited to be released from his crate when I get home, he makes himself sit even with a butt that is so wiggly because of his happy tail.
-He never attempts to get up on the furniture. My dog is allowed but Indy doesn’t ask to be invited; he just sits very near us.
-When he has a toy in front of him, he guards it and clenches onto it with his paws. He allows me to take it away which is wonderful. He does the same thing with my dog. He tries to keep the toy but if my dog comes in to take it, he allows and jumps right into play mode.
-He has an off switch. I don’t give him super squeaky toys any more because those seem to get him too excited.
-A week ago, I was struggling with putting his harness on for walks. I had to really try to maneuver or force it over his head. Now he let’s me put it on without the struggle.
-The last few days brought some small branches to fall in the neighborhood. Indy loves to pick them up and carry them.
-I really appreciate that if my dog is resting and done playing, then Indy rests as well. He is still alert but he is quiet and lays down near him.

Indy’s forever family will need to provide him with plenty of exercise and stimulation without it getting out of hand. Intense play is good from time to time, but he definitely can hit a point where he is too excited or too focused and we stop playing and take time to settle down.

February 25

Indy has been with us for a week and is doing fantastic. He is really a fun, well-behaved dog. However “well-behaved” is relative because it relies on the opinion of the dog he is herding. Indy’s herding behavior is appropriate as long as the other dog doesn’t mind which is the reason he shouldn’t be around young kids. He wants to herd my dog all the time while we are indoors and my dog approves. Indy keeps his distance and doesn’t interfere with ball play which will be a great fit for certain dogs.

Here is a list of adventures we had during Indy’s first week in his new foster home:
We met two neighbors and their little dog. He was a little nervous but gave everyone kisses within 30 seconds of meeting them.
We went to the vet for a microchip and he did very well with the exam. Peanut butter coated pretzel rods made him a friend to everyone. He slept in the car there and back.
Indy toured the pet store and picked out a new ball. He was interested in all the smells and apprehensive of a woman who wanted to pet him. He let her pet him but turned his back to her and licked his lips to show his nervousness so we kept moving down the aisle.
I went for a two mile jog. The first block he was excited and thought about herding me but then quickly settled into a nice pace without pulling.
His jumping on me and other people has really decreased. It may be something he does when he is excited so now that he knows the routine, it doesn’t happen as often. When it does, I just turn away and he doesn’t do it again.
In the beginning of the week he tolerated being brushed but now he rolls over and lets me brush his tail, sides, and backside.
We received Indy’s full vet records from the time he was a puppy. The file even contains a puppy picture of him. He was well cared for and is in great health.

February 18

Meet Indiana Jones aka Indy. He is a four year old who arrived yesterday from Illinois. He is doing very well in his new foster home and wants to play, play, play. Although food and petting can get his attention from playing with every toy in the toy box. So far tennis balls seem to be his favorite. He walks nicely on leash and rides well in the car.

Indy came from a loving family where he was the only dog. He has some anxiety with televisions which started when the Cubs won the World Series. A very exciting time, but a little too exciting for Indy with the family cheering loudly. They also had three sons, and the youngest was a toddler that Indy was trying to herd. The family realized that a new home with less commotion, but more time for exercise, was in the best interest of Indy. So it was with heavy hearts that they relinquished him.

Currently he is sleeping at my feet with a tennis ball next to him. He does like to jump up on people to show his happiness or to get their attention so we are working on that already. Last night the TV was on a slow moving still shot with music and it didn’t bother him. He was too busy chewing on a Nylabone. We will continue to try minimal exposure to the TV while he adjusts to his new life.

The first 24 hours seems like he is a very happy, healthy dog who is looking for a fun, ball-loving, calm home.