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  1. So very true. When I tested her outside of the crate twice today, I was a bit concerned. I was watching her on the houndcam while in my car. She paced and whined for about 10 minutes, intermingled with some wild running while playing with a toy. She tore through the living room and landed on her dog bid, skidding it into the (non functional) fireplace. She also jumped on the back door, dislodging the blinds. She is definitely NOT ready to be trusted uncrated for any extended period of time, especially if I cannot get right into the house to intervene. These were mainly test runs, and she got a C-. It could have been both a lot worse, and a lot better:) She doesn't like to go into the crate. We basically have to shove her in. But she did pretty good today while crated. We give her a frozen peanut butter kong, which she enjoys. The first stint was 3 hours. She settled down as soon as I left the house, and was calm when I checked on her periodically. The second time was after my partner got home, and had to re-crate her for an hour when she ran an errand after work. She had to shove her in, too, but once in, Bette immediately settled and slept the whole time. How does one know when to make the transition from crate to out-of crate, especially with a dog as young as her? Just thinking into the future . . .
  2. I hope this is her trajectory, too.
  3. It's early days, and we are kind of holding our breath. We want to make sure she can be happy and content as an only dog. We have debated getting 2, just so they will have a sissie to keep them company. But if we did that, it would take us out of the foster pool, and we really want to be able to keep fostering. So, we are holding out for a dog that can be happy solo, and I'd love for it to be Bette. We are on day 3, and she actually seems a little more clingy as the day has worn on, and was a little more whiny and pacing when I left for for about 15 minutes. She has been left alone, crated for the past 2 days, each for about an hour duration. Today, that gets upped to about 3 hours. We will see how it goes. I'm not sure exactly when to confidently say "she's a 100% for sure keeper". If the decision was based solely on lovableness, it would be a no brainer. Alas, there are other factors to consider. Please everyone, keep your fingers crossed for all of us.
  4. It's odd. With our first one, I suppose we were operating under an "ignorance is bliss" motto. There were a few things that spiked our concern, like the initial food aversion, and making sure we had the martingale JUST RIGHT, and her first little boo boo that sent us straight to the vet . . .$80 dollars later and a band-aid, and she was just fine. But this year (after losing her), we have had several pups in our home via foster (and a failed adoption), and I feel far more nervous now, mainly bc of a couple of challenging experiences with SA. I am now far more aware of a temperament that is clingy or lacking in confidence. I can tell that I am way more of a "big ole bag of worry" than the first go around, which is kinda messed up. But I am glad to hear that at this point in the process, you are feeling more relaxed.
  5. That didn't take quite as long as I had imagined. Downloading pics from FB is far easier than resizing and uploading them here. Anyway, head on over to Introductions to meet Ms. Bette.
  6. We brought home this little bundle of joy on 11.16.19. Her name is Bette and she is a foster. We are assessing to see if she will be happy being an only pup, and if so, she may very well be a keeper. She just turned 2, raced 14 times, and is ready for retirement. She came in like she owned the place. She was immediately intent on checking out all the rooms. She did not appear apprehensive about exploring the house. Granted, it's small, but still, it is refreshing to bring in a pup who seems confident enough to set out on her own for some exploring. She has excellent house manners, walks well on a leash, sleeps through the night, navigates the hardwoods with ease, and so far, has done "ok" when left alone. She does a little whining in the crate, but then settles down. We have even left her uncrated for a few short (20minute stints) while working outside. Again, a little whining, but then she settled down and started napping. She is on the smaller side, weighing in at 58 pounds. This means she can wear all the hand me downs from our previous girl, who we lost last Thanksgiving suddenly, from hemangiosarcoma. We were shattered. So far, she has been a balm for our still broken hearts. She is affectionate, playful, funny as hell, and GORGEOUS, don't you think? Whether she ends up staying with us, or finds another forever home, it will be one lucky household with Bette in it.
  7. ok, wow. I am going to need a lot more available time and mental bandwidth to figure out how to post pictures from my Mac.
  8. Well then by all means, stand by . . .
  9. Hi all. Well I jumped the gun by about 12 hours too soon when I posted the original query. She started eating last night (at 48 hours in home), and also ate breakfast this morning. We fed her the chicken based kibble with a little chicken stock, and she so far, so good. I suppose I was overly concerned. Yes, we have had GH's before. My partner had to remind me that when we adopted our Rosie 10 years ago (wow, I can't believe it was that long ago), she did not eat for 3 days. She was our very first GH ever, and I was beside myself with worry. But, she started eating, and while she was never had a huge appetite, she also ate enough to keep it all runnin'. Our last few fosters have been pretty good eaters. Hopefully now that this one seems to have found her appetite, she will hold on to it. She is still not sure about treats. It's almost like she doesn't know how to take them from our hand. We have tried handing them to her with our fingers and palms, and she will eventually take them, but it seems like a foreign concept to her. It is VERY EARLY DAYS, so I trust that all of this will get figured out. I am just glad Greytalk is here, for all of us nervous nellies when it comes to the pups. Re; posting an intro ~ do people do that for fosters? If we end up adopting her, most certainly I will give her a proper introduction.
  10. We brought a new foster home 2 days ago. She had been fasted the day before so as to not get sick on the haul. She ate a good dinner the night we got her, but has barely picked at her food all day yesterday and this morning. We are feeding her the foster food, which is salmon based Natures Select. We had some chicken based NS left over from our last foster who had some dietary issues, so we tried that this morning. Nada. What should our approach be? We have wet the kibble with both water and chicken stock. We have added plain greek yogurt and canned pumpkin to try to coax her to eat What should our approach be going forward? Our foster rep says it takes some dogs a little while to get used to kibble bc it is not what they were fed at the kennel. Do we leave dry kibble down for a period of time in the morning, then pull it and try again at dinner? Do we wet it? I assume she will eat before starving, but it is so tough to see her not eating . . . I should also say that she was given a dose of Panacur and Advantage Multi on the day she arrived. Poop has been a mix of tootsie roll (2 times) and runny (2 times). We had a tootsie roll this morning from the tiny little bit she ate yesterday. She is 58 pounds, 2 years old, and seems quite confident, affectionate and playful, otherwise.
  11. This certainly seems like the most efficient, economical and easy solution. And because we live in the South, we will likely not need them all winter. Thanks for such a simple and obvious remedy.
  12. Just found these on Costco website: https://www.costco.com/3'-x-15'-coverguard-garage-floor-rubber-mat-xl.product.100011166.html They might do the trick.
  13. Unfortunately, the entrance is 12 feet long. I don't think we could find a baby gate wide enough to span the distance. I am going to look at rubber mats that we can put down when the ice and snow are present. I can store them in the basement when not needed. Luckily we live in the South, so this is not a terribly common situation. The past 2 days of an icy deck made me start thinking, though . . . Off to start googling . . . Thanks everyone for your suggestions.
  14. We had a 400 square foot wood deck built recently. We just had the first frozen precipitation, and noticed that as long as the temps stayed below freezing, the deck was pretty darn slick with a thin layer of ice. We are bringing home a 2 year old female foster this weekend, and are now concerned about what to do if (when) it is covered in black ice again. She must traverse it to get from back door to yard. I can only imagine what it will be like when she hits it on a blind run when coming back in to the house. There are only 2 steps down to the ground, and our other fosters have tended to leap onto the deck while running in from the yard without missing a beat. So far no issues, but if its icy, I'm worried about a bad wipe out. What do folks with frozen decks do when their hounds must traverse the deck and it is low to the ground? We were advised against salting it. Any other ideas on making it less of a hazard? Again, it's 400 square feet, so a pretty large area to contend with. Thanks in advance.
  15. Others with way more experience and insight can weigh in on the question of aggression (though it was encouraging to read what racindog had to say). I just want to offer up some empathy. Especially after such a great start to things, I can only guess how upsetting this must have been for you, given that it seemed to come out of the blue. Hopefully it is just Amelia having a snarky personality quirk. I know some very fine people who can be snarky at times, but are otherwise lovely and lovable. Stands to reason that the same can be said for our pups. I had a pug a long time ago who had been an only dog for many years. When my partner and I moved in together and blended the canine family, my pup was a total and annoying pill towards my partners sweet golden retriever. There was some growling and snapping but nothing ever super serious. Given that the girls seem to have moved past it and are calm and settled, I am wishing the same fo you
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