Dog ID: 19-008
Surrender Date: 2/15/2019
Adoption Fee: $350, plus applicable tax
Age: 6 years
Energy Level: Medium
Interactions with dogs: Good with most dogs
Interactions with kids: Unknown
Interactions with cats: Unknown
Medical or Behavior Challenge Notes:
April 13, 2019:
Just wanted to share an update on Katie. She arrived early Monday afternoon to her new foster home, and seemed delighted with her new yard. Even though she is fearful, she prances around with her tail held high and wagging like crazy. Kudos to her previous foster mom for the work she did. Katie was introduced to my dogs and they are great friends.
I set up two ‘safe places’ for her to choose from. She ignored both and decided her space would be the back room where I keep my dog’s crates. She has been there most of the day, and sleeps there at night. My biggest concern was that she had frequent accidents in the house during the night.
I am thrilled to report she has not yet had an accident. Of course that means the first couple days I was up at 12:30 am, 2:30 am, and finally getting up at 5:00 am. I’m slightly sleep deprived but happy.
Yesterday was very special for a number of reasons. First, she now goes outside and comes back in without my having to stand well away from the door. This is the first indication that trust is building. Previously, I either had to herd her in and out, or back into a corner and look away. Second, she has discovered the toys. She will grab a bone and take it back to her room, but even more exciting, a couple times she laid down in the living room to chew her toy.
And third, and most rewarding, she never woke me up to go outside! I still woke up at 1:30 and let her out, but I slept longer and woke up because I needed to go to the bathroom, not because Katie did. This is a good indication I’ll be able to increase the time between her outings, and maybe some day sleep through the night.
I’m starting to see changes in her behavior. Even though she doesn’t approach me, she doesn’t avoid coming anywhere near me, and I’m starting to see the “it’s okay to pet me in passing” stage. I’m very hopeful. I don’t attempt to pet her, and I am waiting patiently for her to take the lead. Thanks for this opportunity.
April 9, 2019:
Katie is settling in to her new home. She has spent much of the day investigating her yard, prancing around with her tail held high and waving. The expression on her face actually looks like she’s smiling. She was introduced to her roommates, Clara and Rudy, and they hit it off immediately. We were fortunate to have a beautiful day, and the challenge was to get them to come inside.
Katie has some fears and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to help her overcome these fears and find a forever home.
February 21, 2019:
Katie has been settling in to her new home. She is very shy and timid, but likes having her luxurious coat stroked and having soft words spoken to her. The stairs down to the walk-out basement were very scary, but with lots of help, she mastered going up and down. Learning to go potty outside has also been a new skill to attain. She is becoming more successful with this and can go to the basement door in order to be let out. Next, she needs to learn to bark to alert us of her needs. The other dogs have been patient with Katie, showing her how things are done. She loves going outside to romp in the snow, but only allows herself short visits. Katie spends most of her time in a crate, not venturing out far, unless to go downstairs. We look forward to getting time to snuggle and to see her personality emerge.
February 19, 2019:
Katie is new in foster care. More information will follow.