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We do not adopt to homes with no fenced area for the dog. They are a flight risk in the early weeks and we have the same goal - a safe, happy, healthy dog.
Oct 12/16 Update from the fosters:
He would be a good walk-in, probably to a quiet home or where the kids are old enough to understand not to rush near him.
We have been fostering Auddie for a week and have decided that he is an AWESOME dog that is ready and waiting to find a family to be with forever. He has settled into our lives beautifully and has made himself right at home. For the first few days it was just my husband and I but we had 4 kids age 12-17 with us on the weekend and he was just as good with them. We had guests come to the house and he allows them to come up (slowly) and then shower him with affection – he loves it! He’s already comfortable enough that he will hop onto the couch between my husband and I and nudge us for affection. He’s curious and will come to you and sniff you but if you turn to look at him too quickly he’ll back away. Yes, he is shy, but he’s not terrified or acting out because of it. If we move too quickly or block his way he seems to get nervous, but all he does is scoot out of the way. We’ve heard him bark/growl only twice and in both cases it was because he was startled by one of our kids. He did not bare his teeth or lunge, it was a simple “oh crap!” kind of reaction; I was upset with my kid not with Auddie.
He seems to respond well to stern voice commands like ‘leave it’. He picked up something at the park earlier today and I thought I’d have to fight him for it but he dropped it when I told him too; he did the same thing yesterday when he was checking out a flip flop he found. He’s also already caught onto our routine to have him sit when he gets in our vestibule so we can take off his leash. I think he will be easy to train once he bonds with his new family.
He is great on walks no matter which family member is holding the leash. A couple of times he tried to go see a squirrel but as soon as he hits the end of his leash he’s fine with letting it get away, but most times he perks up but doesn’t even try to run to get them and doesn’t make a peep. Auddie does a sweet ‘check in’ with you throughout the walk where he will slow down enough to walk at your side for a minute so he can nudge your hand or leg; if there’s two of you walking he’ll go between you and nudge you both. We love it! I feel like it’s his way of saying ‘This is fun, thanks for the walk.’
There have been no accidents or territory marking in the house at all. In fact, even on walks he only does his business when necessary, he doesn’t pull over to leave his scent everywhere.
This dog is a sweetheart and I can’t wait to see him find a home with a family that will love him as much as he deserves.
Oct 3/16 So many dogs this summer and we didnt have a foster for this awesome dog BUT WE DO NOW! He went to foster yesterday and here is what they say:
We are the family lucky enough to foster Auddie for a little while so we can get to know him and tell future adopters about him. So far we have had him in our house for less than 24 hours and this is what we know:
He has not marked anything, no accidents at all. He was quiet in his kennel all night long and wasn’t even in a hurry to get outside this morning.
He has paid no attention to our dog or his toys, no aggression or concern with sharing at all.
Within a couple of hours he was taking small treats from our fingers and he’s really gentle! It’s very sweet.
Last night he went for two short walks on his own and this morning we took him for a walk with our dog (see video) and it went great! He’s a gentle walker on lead. He wasn’t keen to pass through a crowd of people waiting for a school bus but we just kept moving and held the lead short and close to us and he was fine.
This morning I moved his bed upstairs beside me in my home office, he is literally 2 feet from me as I write this and he’s settled in for a nap like he’s done this a million times before.
He is a little timid/shy and will slowly move away if you get a little close for his comfort but when we’ve held his lead and moved in for patting and praise he doesn’t try to squirm or get away.
I love how he cocks his head and his right ear lifts a bit when you talk to him, it’s the cutest thing ever!
Aug 26/16 Auddie has been here almost a month and has been super shy and frightened of people. We handle him anyway of course and there is zero aggression but he has obvously not been exposed to people. We watch him play like a puppy with other dogs but as soon a human enters the area he goes to a corner and tries not to be noticed.
We keep a lead on him so we can catch him if needed altho he does run inside to his crate when playtime is over.
He is medium energy, 40lbs of cute, will be great with kids, not an issue for cats except maybe as a pestn HOWEVER that being said he is a FLIGHT RISK until he settles in and even after.
He will bolt in fear rather than fight and that is blind flight - out the door, into the road, anywhere, could be hit by a car or lost. He needs a lead on him 24/7 so someone can catch him if the worst happens and you have to be so careful of the door being opened, left open, able to open. Its HARD WORK to spend that much time being aware of the door, the dog all the time especially when you have kids. Not only is your kid on your mind more than the dog, kids love doors, kids have friends who love doors, those kids have parents not concerned about your dog and even you have friends like that and lets add CONTRACTORS and hydro guys and all kinds of people who dont bother to close doors OR GATES when they come.
Having a shy dog - while it WILL change of course - is not easy for the 1st months. Do you NEED a shy dog in your life if you have kids? The dogs will love the kids but not enuf not to bolt if frightened. Why not an already, easy, well adjusted dog to add at this stage of your life? The work needed is not impossible for sure but do you NEED it?
Sympathy for this dog is not what I am looking for in an adopter.
This is not about a dog that needs to trust in people again, this dog was in an environment that was not exposed to people and needs to learn what it is like to be around people and to be treated like a dog.
A scared dog will become more stressed if they sense that you are feeling sorry for him/her and treating them like they are weak.
This dog needs a leader and someone who will challenge him/her with experiences, sights and sounds rather than coddling him/her because they are scared. I need to know what your skills are and how you can demonstrate that you are the right leader for this dog.
If you have asked about taking this dog off of leash, relating to other pets or children then this dog is not for you. This dog has not had a normal life and is just learning to become normal so ‘normal’ questions do not apply.
ALL our dogs are HW tested neg (HW TREATED dogs are marked as such), have full vetting paperwork and obviously get along with other dogs since there are about 40 of them here on any given day.
We do a microchip clinic the first Sunday of each month for $40 to raise money to pay the bills for the rescues but will chip on day of adoption.
The Adoption Donation you give includes spay/neuter (except puppies under 6 mos), all shots, Heartworm test, deworming/parasite by us at least once and is $500.
NOTE: Puppies too young to fix are adopted out ON A 'FOSTER TO ADOPT' BASIS ONLY UNTIL S/N COMPLETED and proof is required to have the contract changed to ownership. You are responsible for spaying or neutering at the 6 mo point.
Please, if you want to adopt a dog - we require you take up to 24 hrs 'think about it' time and when an aggreement is reached you take the dog home as within 24 hrs. We can not 'hold' adopted dogs "til the weekend" or you "are back from holidays" UNLESS you wish to make a $40/night donation to cover their stay as there are many, many other dogs dying in shelters who need that space.
For coonhounds and beagles only :
If the dog you just looked at is a Coonhound or Beagle here's a little more info - A lot of people think Coonhounds and Beagles are stupid but they're not! They are just joyous dingbats for sure but very trainable. They are funny, happy clowns. They also do NOT spend all their time howling or baying. They are extremley quiet dogs but when they let one rip everyone knows it ;-)) and the sound is beautiful! So much nicer than a high pitched yap any day.
If you need proof watch this https://www.facebook.com/welovemboro/videos/vb.100267825266/10152657892365267/?type=2&theater
Rude owner of the company. She is vile and is completely unprofessional in her communication. If it wasn't for the animals, I would say to never give her money.