I Think Spring Might Be Here

It’s really wet, there are daffodils everywhere, and I have an overwhelming urge to change things. I wish I had the overwhelming urge to clean things but, unfortunately, I just want to spend money. I find that if I don’t find a way to channel this, I just buy something online that is ridiculous and expensive on a late Sunday night and regret it later. I tried to be thoughtful and focus on doing something I’ve been putting off, such as framing some pictures I’ve had for a good long while and updating my emergency bags. I also picked up a few things on sale that I’ve been needing and tried the trick of leaving it in the basket for a day or two before pulling the trigger and buying it. That actually did work. I went back and removed some things from the basket that seemed cool at the time but I just had to admit to myself that I had no place for them in the house.

More on these small tweaks when they get hung/placed/used.

We have a new foster! This is Joey. Joey boy has bounced (been adopted and returned) three times. The adoption group asked if I could foster him because I’m “patient.” OK, we’ll go along with that. Joey was supposedly a nervous, anxious boy who whined all the time and had nightmares. I’ve had spooky dogs and nervous dogs and we are a pretty chill house so I thought we might be a good place for him.

Isn’t he gorgeous?

As usual, I’m given this near-perfect boy who has some minor fears (like the slippery floors, but who isn’t afraid of that?) and is actually a loving and sweet big boy. He whines a little but he does it when things aren’t up to his standards (such as getting kibble for dinner instead of hot dogs). He likes a routine and doesn’t like change so he lets me know when his bed isn’t available and when he would like pets and kisses. He’s persnickety. That’s all.

His first meeting with the other dogs. Stryker was very impressed. You can see how big Joey is though! Stryker is a giant Golden at ~120 lbs.

I’ve lived with persnickety dogs before and they aren’t a lot of work. In fact, I find it pretty helpful if one of the dogs is telling me I’m late with dinner or if a blanket has gotten mussed up. It saves me thinking about it and realizing at 9pm that I forgot to feed the dogs. (man is that a terrible feeling!) The persnickety ones help keep the house running. Frankie didn’t like change either. I moved his bed from one side of the room to the other once and he stood at the spot where it used to be and whined and whined. He finally lay down on the floor where his bed USED to be instead of just walking 7 feet over to the new spot. He got over that tragedy though when he realized the bed wasn’t coming back.

I’ve actually gotten Joey’s whining down to almost nothing by simply ignoring it and rewarding good quiet boys. When they know they are being heard, they don’t have to keep doing it. I generally acknowledge him, make sure it isn’t something bad, and then either help him with his trouble (let me move that nasty old blanket for you) or ignore it and he has learned that if I ignore it, he might as well also. It hasn’t even been 48 hours yet and he has this figured out. He’s kind of awesome actually.

I haven’t seen any nightmares yet but Frankie used to bolt up and out of the room when he was sleeping too. You don’t have to do anything. They wake up and realize where they are and that they are safe and they just go back to bed.

Someone told me recently that a veterinarian was warning someone about working with rescue groups and saying that if a dog was returned there was a good reason. I kind of flipped out. My experience, 100% of the time has been the problem was with the adopter, not the dog. It doesn’t make the adopter a bad person. If someone is going to get stressed out when a dog is whining, they shouldn’t live with a dog like Joey and it is better for both parties to find a better match. Joey’s adopters brought him back to us which gives us the chance to find a better match for him. But never be afraid to work with an adoption group. Especially one that has a foster system like this because you get a really good profile of the dog before you bring it into your home. I’ve even been able to tell new families if their dog would be better to free-feed or have mealtimes.

I couldn’t live with a high energy dog that would be happier running every day. But I can handle the dog that has high standards and a little trouble with change.

The nervous dog in action. This is the way he is most of the time.

Of course, I cannot stop singing this song to him. I’m always a little surprised I don’t sound this good when I sing.

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5 Responses to I Think Spring Might Be Here

  1. Amy says:

    I’d over-compensate, too if someone bounced me three times.

  2. Sue says:

    What a beautiful boy – might he be a foster fail for you?

    • LoveThisSpace says:

      If he is a good fit here with all the other dogs, I’m not letting him bounce again. If he isn’t, I’ll make sure to help find him the right home that appreciates and adores him.

  3. Chris K in Wisconsin says:

    We have a “nervous” Grey also. Adopted in Aug (7 mos ago today!!) and we have learned a lot. We have another one, and they became best friends right away. It was nearly 2 months before she would let us pet her, but with constant love, seeing the other dog wanting pets and rubs, she did come around. We are retired, so we have all the time in the world. She has come along SO FAR since last Aug. She is 2. Her name is Isabella, and we love her dearly. She, too, does NOT like any change at all. Many times the cat takes over her bed, and Izzie lets us know about it immediately. What fun!! Izzie is our 5th Grey, and each one is different, but all are so lovable and kind. Greatest dogs!!!

  4. Sue says:

    Definitely looking like Spring at Pookie Town Central! Enjoy!!!

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