So here’s the bad news: after five days of fostering October, I realized I made some rookie mistakes when picking out our first foster dog for Rufus.
1. Mismatched energy levels (not a huge deal, but in this case, she was extremely overwhelming for Rufus because…)
2. Dominance issues. October wanted to be the alpha very, very badly. Surprisingly, Rufus started to become fearful of her pushiness and even started to shut down around her. He would keep himself from getting excited, because whenever he did, she would “correct” his excitement. It took us by surprise because our guy usually doesn’t give in so easily.
3. Although she is dog tolerant, she is not “dog-friendly” – while we could have managed her interactions with Rufus while fostering, the truth is we couldn’t have kept this up long-term. I knew going into this that she would be a long-term foster, so separating them constantly and keeping them calm is not an option for our small living space and busy schedules. Not to mention we share a yard with our upstairs neighbor who also happens to own a female dog that October reacted very poorly to upon meeting her.
Ugh….it was incredibly heartbreaking to have to return her, but I am comforted by the fact that she is safe in a rescue and now I can tell people how great her people and house manners truly are! I plan on continuing my volunteer work with Lucky Dog, and I will be showing October at adoptions events in hopes to find her forever people (or a better foster fit).
The Good News?
1. It turns out Rufus does enjoy the company of another dog in his home. Every morning, he greeted her at her crate with enthusiastic tail wags. Then he remembered how bossy she is as the day wore on..haha.
2. I found a rescue I could really have fun working with, and I plan on becoming much more involved with them (and possibly finding a better foster fit?)
3. Even if we don’t find a good foster fit through them, we will be fostering again! Also, we have already decided that the first foster Rufus falls for will most likely be our second pup. Let’s face it..he’s not an easy guy to please.
:sigh: So there you have it folks…a little bit of failure, but a whole lotta hope. And now I leave you with a couple of brindle cuties:
Note: October is an incredibly sweet and well-behaved dog. She is houstrained, crate trained, and aims to please. She would be a great fit as an only dog for a wonderful family looking to add a little spice to their life. If you think you have the perfect home for this adorable girl, please pass this info along (or contact me and I can direct you to the people in charge)!