A New Foster - Tabi

As much as I would have loved to do a mini-foster with Francie, I knew that her personality wasn't a good fit for our family. Still, I decided to give it a shot by bringing Francie home for a few hours last week.

cabana and white muscular pit bull francie touching noses in our side yard which is gravel but with flowers all around, both dogs have their ears up and back in an alert stanceCabana and Francie had been introduced a couple weeks ago at the shelter, so I knew there weren't any issues with aggression. But Cabana only tolerates Francie. Francie's body language and play style are just so different from Cabana's. "Playful" to Francie translates as "way over-the-top" to Cabana.

francie chewing on a toy while laying on cabana's ottoman, cabana is on the floor next to the ottoman, looking at me as I take the photo, with a woeful expression, her ears pinned way back on her headCan't you just see the discomfort on Cabana's face? Francie is a bit like a bull in a china shop, jumping all over the furniture, grabbing all of Cabana's toys, claiming all of us by sitting all over our laps whenever we sit down. Fostering shouldn't mean sacrificing Cabana's comfort. A little inconvenience is okay, but misery is not. Still, Francie is completely house broken, never barks, doesn't dig, doesn't counter surf--so, for the right family, she'd be a great dog.

cute face of a medium brown dog with dark brown eyes, mouth open in a slight smile, fur is a mottled black, brown and tan confusionMy husband has taken an immense liking to Loki, a mystery breed dog who was found in a swamp. Loki has the face of a lab, a black tongue like a chow, a dark ruff and tail like a shepherd, and dew claws on her hind legs like a hound. She was so skittish that it took two weeks for the man who found her to be able to get close enough to bring her into the shelter. After he finally did bring her in, he came by daily to check on her--such a kind person! Loki was definitely afraid of men. Her tail was tucked way under when my husband first approached her in her pen. But he quickly got Loki to warm up to him, and now she is his buddy.

full body view of loki with her crazy genetic mixture, walking away from my husband, who has white pit francie sitting and leaning up against his legsWe had hoped to foster Loki this weekend, seen playing here with Francie and my husband in the shelter play yard. But before ending up in the swamp, Loki seems to have come from a nice family. Even though she has some fear issues, she has very good obedience and manners.

little black dog tabi laying on our carpet, looking at the camera, while cabana is playing with a toy behind herMeanwhile, Tabi is a dog that was surrendered by her owner and came in shortly after Loki. Tabi makes Loki look like a courageous superhero. The two scaredy-dogs have been kenneled together, and Loki has helped Tabi gain confidence. The shelter folks were worried that if we brought Loki home, Tabi might feel totally lost without her friend. So, we brought Tabi home for a mini-foster instead because Tabi has never been taught anything and could benefit greatly from an in-home experience.

tabi's black head with cute black nose, in front of a big growth of bright orange nasturtiumsTabi reminds me of a little black bear. She's sweet, petite, and smart. With Cabana's friendly comfort, Tabi has had almost no fears in our house. Her tail is always high and waggly. She follows Cabana outside to do her business whenever Cabana does. Oddly, they don't really play together, but Tabi tries to curl up next to Cabana and always licks Cabana's ears and nether-regions. I have a feeling that Tabi doesn't know how to play--I've been told that she has had zero socialization and was left in her backyard for her entire life.

cabana and tabi in the midst of many dogs and people, in various positions of play and chattingWe took Tabi to our dog park this morning, and she did great. She wasn't afraid of the dogs or activity or people. I didn't let her off-leash, though, because she won't even come to me in our fenced backyard. We'll work on sit, down, come and leash walking while she's here. She's a quick study, so I think it won't be long before she's mastered them.

Becky  – (June 19, 2011 at 4:22 PM)  

I have learned so much in your sharing about this experience. I didn't know anything about how dogs were cared for at the shelter and knowing they get to come for a visit to your home warms my heart. You and your family giving of your time and love also is such a great, inspiring example. Hope the weekend goes well.

Kari in WeHo  – (June 19, 2011 at 4:59 PM)  

She beautiful and it sounds like the weekend foster is just what she needed


Amber-Mae  – (June 20, 2011 at 10:02 AM)  

I love her ears! She's so beautiful.

Mango  – (June 20, 2011 at 6:10 PM)  

Oh dear, that look on Cabana's face. Priceless.

Mango Momma

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