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Phoebe – Adopted!

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Please contact Julie for more information on Phoebe1 Year Old Female (Madison, WI) – Adopted!

September 30

Phoebe has been in foster care for over 2 weeks now! Her personality at home has continued to shine brighter and brighter! She’s getting very comfortable at home and on our walks. While walking, she continues to be good about not pulling me everywhere. We’ve seen cars go by and she hasn’t had much interest. She comes back to me every time I call her name. We even passed a neighbor out walking his goat. She noticed the goat and definitely didn’t know what it was, but then ignored that it was there. No prey or herding drive appeared. She enjoys taking a couple laps around the yard on the long line, but doesn’t run around like a crazy dog. In the house, she LOVES to lay on anything comfy. This includes dog beds, couches, blankets, and people bed. She also loves attention from people! She’s started to show interest in toys when playing by herself, but hasn’t had an interest in playing with them with people. I think her dream world would be a yard she can run around in a couple times a day, some good dog beds, people who will sit on the couch with her and love on her, and a bed she can sleep in at night. Preferably the bed her people are sleeping in!

As far as going to new places and meeting strangers, she’s still very nervous. She will warm up to people over time, but it can take her a while.Walking into new places is also very scary. She tends to get comfortable within 10 minutes, but walking through a new doorway is tough for her.

She is definitely still a puppy. She chews on things she shouldn’t, but will quickly stop with a short uh-uh. She’s learning that feet on counters and tables aren’t allowed. She’s learning pretty quickly. I believe she just hadn’t had rules before.

Her physical improvements have been great! She was spayed last Monday and is healing well from that. Her hair is growing back nicely in the areas where she had none. Her scabs have also healed and she rarely scratches herself anymore.

Here is a video of our life together at home. I haven’t gotten video is new places. Please don’t judge me on my lack of video editing skills. 🙂 https://youtu.be/xv3gPKirXEQ

September 13

Tonight was exciting so I wanted to share! I don’t believe Phoebe is used to being alone, which makes sense if she was always around a ton of other dogs. Every time she’s put in a kennel or x-pen and I walk away, she whines a lot. If I leave the house, she scratches the bottom of the kennel for a while (she does calm down within 10 minutes and is quiet the rest of the time I’m gone). I have her kennel right next to my bed. When I first lay down in bed and she can’t see my face, even if my hand is over the side and partially in her kennel, she would whine for a while. Tonight, she just laid down! No whining!! She’s currently looking out the bedroom door since my husband is still out there. Not sure if it’s because she’s getting used to the routine or if I finally tired her out enough. But she’s learning!

She really is a great dog and has been a very easy foster so far. She’s super sweet, loving, and happy. I think we’ll find a home for her very easily and she will be loved so much!

September 10

Our new female foster made it to her final foster home last night. She was nervous at first and preferred to stand in one spot and not move. She wasn’t interested in food and wouldn’t go potty outside. Once we got into “her” room, closed the door, and took the leash off, she started exploring. She was definitely still uncomfortable, but would sniff around and then stand on her foster mom’s lap for pets and cuddles. Within half an hour she was already starting to relax. We tried leaving her alone in her kennel with some food to give her time to decompress, but she was not happy about being alone. We then moved to the dog room and let her explore that room along with her new foster sister (Zeal, a 3 year old BC). She wasn’t very interested in Zeal, but didn’t mind her being there. Within an hour of arriving, she was loping around the dog room, rubbing her body up against walls, and holding her head and tail up in a happy manner. It didn’t take long for her to make herself at home. She still wouldn’t potty and a big storm rolled in, so we tucked ourselves in bed for the night.

Even though she went over 12 hours without going potty, she didn’t have an accident inside. This morning she went potty outside on our walk down the road. She walks SO NICELY on a leash. She stays next to her foster mom and if she does get to the end of the leash, she stops and waits for you to catch up before going again. This may change as she gains more confidence, but for now we’re enjoying our leisurely walks. We saw a neighbor our walking his goat (yes, his goat, we live at the end of a dead end country road) and she responded beautifully. At first, she started walking towards them. Then stopped when her human stopped, was interested for 15 seconds, and then was ready to continue our walk. There was no pulling, lunging, or barking. Later, what I’m guessing was a bunny, ran through the brush right next to us. She started a little, but immediately recovered and we continued on our walk. She’s enjoying all the smells and taking in the new environment.

In the house, she loves to be touching you and getting pets. If she’s standing on your lap and you stop petting her, she’ll place her paw on your arm and look at you with her big puppy dog eyes. It’s very cute and you can’t help but pet her. There is a cat in her foster home that isn’t a big fan of new dogs. The cat hisses at her when they’re in the same room. For the most part, she’ll notice the cat and then look away and ask for more pets. When she was in her kennel and the cat hissed at her, she did growl a little, but that’s the only time. As the cat gets used to her being around, I’m sure they won’t have any problems together.

She came to us in a bit of rough shape. Her coat is very dirty, she’s underweight, her nails are very long, and she’s missing hair in some areas. She also has some scabs on her ears and body. She’s gotten a couple baths and will get her nails done when she’s spayed. We’re hopeful with the fleas gone and being on a good diet that her hair will soon grow back and be silky soft. For now, her happy and bright personality is starting to shine through as she learns to love life. We’re happy to introduce you to Phoebe, which means “bright”!