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Crate Expectations

We are huge fans of crate training at Foster House.  Crates act as a dog’s “den” and become a safe place for them to go to sleep, hide, or just chill. They’re also extremely handy when potty training a puppy, or introducing a new foster dog into the house.  And we’ve had pretty good success at it so far.

Oscar slept in “his room” without complaint beginning the day we got him and never looked back.

I love my room.

Tucker took to the crate instantly and loved it as his little hide out.  Sometimes when we’d be watching TV or cooking dinner, we’d look at each other and say, “Where’s Tucker?” only to find him curled up in his crate taking a snooze. 

Don't mind me, I'm just chillin'.

Kaylee on the other hand has been a bit more challenging.  After starting her life on a backyard chain, then spending time in an outdoor kennel before coming to us, she hadn’t really had a lot of experience in a crate.  The first couple nights we had her, she cried for about 5 minutes before settling down to go to sleep.  Unfortunately it went downhill from there, to the point where at its worst, she was crying for upwards of an hour every night when we’d put her in the crate, and then off-and-on all night long, then again starting around 6:00 AM.  She would rather have slept anywhere but the crate, like here:

Here:

…or here:

It was rough.  Finally, we got a suggestion to move Kaylee’s crate from the kitchen into our bedroom, with the idea that maybe one reason she’s so distressed at night is because she’s separated from her “pack.”  So we did just that, and you would not believe the difference it made.  We thought for sure she’d still cry a bit, at least at first…but the very first night we moved her crate into our bedroom, she didn’t make a sound. Not. One. Peep.  All night long!

Then, last night, we had a major breakthrough.  As we were starting to power down for the night, Kaylee walked back to the bedroom and went into her crate on her own.  And laid down.  All by herself.  Without us even asking her to!

Let me say that again, because I’m not quite sure you really get how amazing that is: this is the same dog who would dig in her heels when we said “time for bed.” Who we had to literally drag into the crate at night, who could not be coaxed or bribed by treats or toys or anything.  When it was getting late, if we so much as said her name and took a step towards the kitchen, she would pancake herself against the couch, as if to say, “No way, no how, my friends, I am stayin right here.”

I'm good right, here thanks. No crate for me, no thank you.

It’s now been four nights since we moved the crate, that’s four nights of quiet bed times, and sleeping through the night without a sound.  We may eventually work on gradually moving the crate back into its normal spot in the kitchen, but for now we’re just enjoying the peace and quiet. Bliss.

For information on adopting our Sleeping Beauty, please contact Agape Animal Rescue.

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Kaylee and the Egg

We’ve gotten a lot of good advice over the few years we’ve been dog owners, and the few months we’ve been fosters.  When Oscar was young and in his Puppy Kindergarten class, our instructor introduced us to the idea of feeding him meals out of interactive treat/food dispenser toys, so we used to feed Oscar all of his meals out of “the egg.”   For some reason or another we’ve gotten away from it recently, but we decided to bust it out again with Kaylee because she just…Eats.  So.  Fast! 

These toys are great for a lot of reasons.   They help the dog eat slower, which obviously keeps them occupied longer (and gives you more time to do the laundry or cook diner undisturbed).  They also help exercise Kaylee’s mind as she tries to figure out how to gain access to her breakfast. 

Dogs need to practice their problem solving skills just like we do.  When their mind gets a work out, it mentally wears them out, just like a good walk physically wears them out.  This helps keep them engaged, sharp, and most importantly, not bored.  Because I think we all know what can happen when dogs get bored.

Kaylee is demonstrating “the egg” (as we call it, it’s actually called a Busy Buddy Kibble Nibble) here.  After Oscar got too good at it, it was no longer a challenge for him, so we added a Buster Cube to the rotation.  We’ll have to see how long it takes Kaylee to master it and move on to the Cube.

She’s pretty good at it so far, I don’t think it will be too long!

For more information on adopting Kaylee, please contact Agape Animal Rescue.

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Rub-a-Dub-Dub

Since Kaylee has been doing so amazing getting along with her foster brother and other dogs at the Dog Park, we’ve been making it a pretty frequent trip.  It never fails, we always come home with two very happy tired pups.  However, with the Dog Park comes lots of wrasslin’, slobber, mud, and delightfully smelly things to roll in.  We just couldn’t put it off any longer:  it’s Bath Time at Foster House.

What exactly is going on, here?

"Wait, why are you doing this to me?"

"But, I've been a good girl! What's going on?!?"

"Oh, it's over? Well that wasn't so bad...."

Even the collars got a bath.

All clean after a bath!

Dog Park and Bath Time all in one day is a lot of work!

"If enduring the evils of Bath Time means I get to snugle on Daddy's lap, then I'm in."

 
Kaylee, you’ve been holding out on us.  We’re on to your little secret now – that after Bath Time your beautiful brindle fur becomes as soft as velvet.  And since Snuggles are your absolute favoritest thing on the entire planet, I think you will come to enjoy bath time…since afterwords we are powerless against the draw of your sweet puppy shampoo smelling cushy furry face.  So I present to you this bargain:  if you promise to continue being as well-behaved during Bath Time as you were this time around, in return we promise to give you as many Snuggles as you want, for as long as we are lucky enough to have you with us.  Deal?
 
 
 
“Deal. Now get back over here and Snuggle me.”
If you would like to experience Kaylee’s post-bath snuggly softness for yourself, please contact Agape Animal Rescue
 
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Happy Birthday Kaylee!

We were told that Kaylee was “about 11 months old” when she came to live with us. Well that means she needs a birthday, doesn’t it?  We picked today because the first day she went to the vet after she was liberated from her chain by MTPRC was on July 11th, at which time they said she was about 7 months old.  Simple math brings us to today, December 11th: Kaylee’s first birthday. 

Unfortunately Kaylee is still on a restricted diet due to her recent infection, so  a cake* was out of the question.  However, that doesn’t mean she can’t be spoiled with a nice trip to the park with her foster family and a new toy!  Birthdays are special occasions at Foster House, so we suspend our “nothing stuffed” rule.   

Happy Birthday, Kaylee!  Now let’s find your People so you can spend your next one with them.

If you want to spend the rest of Kaylee’s birthdays with her, contact Agape Animal Rescue.

*Even though Kaylee didn’t get a cake, I just have to plug an amazing doggie bakery here in Nashville, which is where we would have gotten her cake if she could’ve had one: See Spot Eat.  It’s where we got Oscar’s cake for him on his first birthday and it was a huge hit!   They also just so happen to be a drop-off location for Agape’s Annual Toy and Supply Drive.  So show ’em some love the next time you need baked good for your pooch’s special occasion!

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Dog Park Princess

The weather: Clear.  Sunny.  Brisk.

The dogs: Bouncing off the walls.

Me:  Day off from work.

The house: A total freakin’ mess. 

Sounds like a perfect day for Kaylee’s first trip to the dog park!  We got there early, and on a “cold” (by Nashville standards) day, there wasn’t another soul around.  No worries, Oscar & Kaylee had plenty of fun, just the two of them. 

To adopt the Dog Park Princess, contact Agape Animal Rescue.

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All I Want For Christmas

Hey friends, it’s me, Kaylee!  Momma took me to a very cool place the other day, it’s called a pet store and it smelled like so many dogs!  I got to sniff and sniff and sniff and sniff and sniff and….oh, sorry, where was I?  Oh yeah, the pet store.  We went there to see a man in a red suit and big white beard called Santa.  Momma said I could ask him for one wish for Christmas, how cool is that?  This is going to be my very first Christmas (well, that I remember anyway) and I am veeeeeery excited to get my wish.  I bet you can guess what I asked for…..

Santa, if it's not too much trouble, will you bring me my Family for Christmas?

….I asked Santa to help my People find me.  You see, I know they’re out there somewhere looking for me.  They might not even know they need me yet, but boy they sure do.  I feel so sad for them that they don’t have a Kaylee in their lives.  I hope Santa works fast, it’d be super cool if they would find me before Christmas!   

If you’re the People looking for Kaylee, contact Agape Animal Rescue.

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Special Delivery!

Christmas came early at Foster House!  We got an exciting package from Sirius Republic today, with Kaylee’s gor-geous new collar inside: *

A girl with some fashion sense!

Now isn’t that better than that boring old brown one she had on?  While functional, it had absolutely no pop against Kaylee’s lovely tan brindle.  Notice the clear message that Miss Kay is searching for her People?

"Adopt Me" message embroidered on "Green Dots" design.

Sirius will emrboider “Adopt Me” on any of their collars – for free!  Yep that’s right.  How cool is that?  Oh and because they ship your whole order for just five bucks, we couldn’t leave Oscar out:

Oscar rockin' his new Sirius collar, "Bubbles" design.

I first found out about Sirius on one of my most favoritest foster blogs, Love and a Six Foot Leash.  Check ’em out, Sirius and Love & a Leash, because they both rock.

*I was just too excited to wait to upload the good pictures tomorrow (left my stupid camera cord at work) so we’ll just have to deal with Droid quality photos for now.  Please be assured that even though the picture quality is “eh” at best, the collars themselves are top-notch! 

If you want to pick out your very own Sirius collar for Kaylee, contact Agape Animal Rescue

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