OK so we’re a few days late on the 48-hour report, but after the Attack of the Killer Stomach Bug that hit Foster House over the holiday weekend, we were doing well just to make it back to work in one piece. But as they say, dogs don’t care if you’re sick, so the show (blog?) must go on.
Our time with Kaylee started out wonderfully – two dogs playing together, having a great time. Two dogs sleeping on their respective couch/dog chair/person at the same time allowed for actual peace and quiet in Foster House – a rare occurrence when Tucker was with us! Two dogs being respectful of the other’s eating space. We thought, man, this is going to be cake!
Well before we could pinch ourselves, the dog poo hit the fan. Oscar decided to let Kaylee know exactly what he thought of her muscling in on his toys, his People and his cuddle time so quickly….a scuffle ensued.
We had fallen victim to a classic foster-rookie mistake: we introduced the dogs too quickly. We had taken Oscar’s chill-attitude towards Tucker for granted, and assumed he would be as easy-going with whatever next dog we brought in. Turns out, not the case. Maybe it’s because Kaylee is female. Maybe it’s her young age and puppy energy. Maybe it’s her size. Whatever it is about her, something set Oscar on edge.
So, we take a step back. Separation. Baby gates. Rotating time with People. It’s not the most convenient for us, but it’s important for the dogs. Moving slowly now will help foster a trusting relationship, both between the two dogs, and between the dogs and us.
When they are together, we use lots of praise (read: treats) for calm, relaxed behavior.
We are happy to report that things are progressing nicely, and hope to be back to “happy relaxed couch time” before long.
But aside from the drama, we have had the chance to learn some wonderful things about Miss Kaylee. She’s smart – she knows her basic commands (sit, down, stay, wait, off) very well. She loves to play – her favorite game so far is to chase a toy at full speed and launch herself into the Dog Chair. A close second is chasing a Kong around the kitchen – she loves the funny way it bounces. She loves Cuddle Time – especially in the morning. She’ll climb right up in your lap and nibble on your ear, then lay her heavy head right on your shoulder and let out a big siiiiiiiiiigh like she’s never been more content in her entire life. She’s definitely got plenty of puppy left in her – her energy and clumsiness make that much perfectly clear.
We think because Kaylee spent the first seven months of her life on a chain, she’s making up for lost time, making sure she plays as much as she can, cuddles as much as she can, and is just being a dog as much as she can. And we’ve been having a blast watching her do it!
To adopt Kaylee, contact Agape Animal Rescue.