No, No, No, We're NOT Adopting Him

Today, I dropped Seamus off at the shelter so he could be there for people to see and meet. If no one adopts him this week, we'll probably do another mini-foster next weekend. I was afraid that Seamus would be really unhappy to go back to the shelter, but when we got out of the car, he seemed fine, like, "Okay, I know this place. Whatever." I told the shelter director what I had observed about Seamus--he's housebroken, very teachable, extremely social, doesn't beg, doesn't bark, doesn't dig, no real bad habits at all that I could see. However, he was VERY stressed in the car, panting and breathing heavily, but we took him on a number of short car rides, and by this morning, he had already improved greatly. Anyway, I was really happy to have so much positive information to give, and the director thanked me profusely.

black german shepherd mix seamus in our living room, surrounded by several squeaky toys, one in his mouthBut I miss Seamus a LOT. This morning, my husband went for a 2-3 mile run with him and said he was a great running buddy, was awesome on leash and kept stride with him the whole way with barely a pant. There are so many things to love about Seamus, like how fascinated he was with squeaky toys. It seemed like he hadn't played with one before, the way he cocked his head at the sound and threw them in the air like a puppy.

cabana laying on a dog bed in a huge black wire crate, with a red giant kong in the corner, she has her paw on it and is peering inside itCabana will miss Seamus' huge crate, provided by the shelter. I would put a frozen Kong in his crate at night so he wouldn't be too unhappy in there. The first night, he whined for about 5 minutes. By the third night, he didn't need the Kong anymore--he went to sleep without a peep. Here, Cabana tries out the crate and checks to see if there's anything left in his Kong. She probably thinks, "That lucky guy, how come HE gets to sleep in a crate with a Kong and I don't?!" Freedom is so overrated, especially where peanut butter is concerned.

cabana and seamus on large green field with english springer spaniel and brittany spaniel, english spaniel is biting cabana's face in playSeamus got along so well with all of Cabana's doggy pals. He rivals Cabana in his good social skills.

seamus sniffing bottoms with huge black german shepherd with a feathery tailIn this photo, Seamus is the little one! Big Leo makes him look like a dwarf.

cabana looking back at seamus as he chases her on big green fieldCould two dogs get along any better? Cabana loved running and playing with Seamus...

seamus has caught up with cabana and is biting her on the butt in mid-run...even when he was biting her on the butt.

Here's a full minute of them playing bitey face, which is probably more entertaining to me than to all of you. But it's sweet the way Seamus always lets Cabana have the upper hand.

Arrrgghhh, I KNOW he's a great dog, a perfect fit for us, and handsome, too. But please refer to the title of this post! We don't need a second dog, we don't need the expense, we don't need the dog hair, no, no, no!

Let's change the subject. The winner of the treat pouch giveaway is RAISER ERIN! Thank you again for all your wonderful feedback. I will post photos of the updated treat pouch with new and improved features soon!

Kari in WeHo  – (May 10, 2011 at 5:02 PM)  

sounds to me like you are having a hard time believing that!


Martha G  – (May 10, 2011 at 5:40 PM)  

Two dogs are easier than one. Four dogs are easier than three. Just saying.

Erin and Co.  – (May 10, 2011 at 6:45 PM)  

Honestly the expense increase is barely noticable, and since you already have baby-sitters lined up that's even less cost you have think about.


Can I have him? Having only three dogs is such an odd number and Rob needs a big playmate.

Becky  – (May 10, 2011 at 8:34 PM)  

Okay, I won't go to the topic of sounds like a good fit, are you sure about not adopting, etc :) and just say congrats Erin on the super cute treat pouch!

Raiser Erin  – (May 10, 2011 at 10:46 PM)  

Don't convince youself not to adopt a dog that is obviously so perfectly fit for you and your family. Why stop something that seems so perfect? I worked at a shelter for a long time before getting involved with GDB and I couldn't even hope for such a perfect home for one of "my dogs." Not trying to convince you, especially because you're the one giving me an awesome treat pouch, but if you find yourself wanting him but seriously having to try to convince yourself that you can't have him, think again with all the reason you should have him. :D

Or, send him to Scotland with me. I could use a buddy.

Amber-Mae  – (May 11, 2011 at 11:56 AM)  

But but but it sounds like he's destined to be with YOU & your family. Anyway, congrats to the winner!

Martha G  – (May 11, 2011 at 2:39 PM)  

I keep checking in to see if peer pressure has convinced you yet. I know you're going to adopt him - you're teasing us too much with how much you like Seamus! Dooo it!

Beth and Alfie  – (May 12, 2011 at 10:13 AM)  

Ohhh...I'm in love with Seamus too, after that post! Such a handsome boy, and what a great buddy for Cabana! Aaack, we're all making it hard for you. ;-) Do what's right for your family...even if you DON'T adopt him you have made him much more adoptable for someone else!

Sierra Rose  – (May 15, 2011 at 5:52 PM)  

So fantastic to be a foster family!!! Seamus is so lucky to have your family to stay with, be comfortable, and all your efforts to find him the best home possible looks to have had amazing results!
Love that you will do more fostering!!

Sweet hugs,
Sierra Rose

Tessa99999  – (May 16, 2011 at 6:17 PM)  

So cute! This is what Addie and Sadie are like when they play. Sadie looooves playing with Addie...even when Addie bites her face...and her butt...and her legs...Hehe!

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