Did You Say 2 Foster Puppies? Part 2: Meet Bandit

On Monday I introduced everyone to the first of my two current foster puppies Gypsy. Today I am going to introduce you to my second and younger foster puppy Bandit.

Meet Bandit, a 9 week old 11lbs Black Labrador Retriever Mix. It’s he a cutie?

Bandit

Bandit

See my white markings on my chest (my two back paws have white on the toes too).

See my white markings on my chest (my two back paws have white on the toes too).

Bandit came to be fostered with me on a complete whim. He, along with his siblings were rescued out of a shelter just in the brink of time. Can you believe these guys were slated to be *gasp* put to sleep! The shelter was over crowded and unfortunately because they were all black puppies they were seen as being less adoptable and were put on the list. Ever heard of Black Dog Syndrome or Black Dog Bias? It’s a bias where black dogs (and cats) are often passed over for adoption in favor of their lighter colored shelter mates. It’s a very sad thing indeed.

How could someone not want to adopt me?

How could someone not want to adopt me?

Funny thing is, I'm not all black. Can you see the brown tint to my coat? It's very pretty in the sunlight!

Funny thing is, I’m not all black. Can you see the brown tint to my coat? It’s very pretty in the sunlight!

Anyway, now that Bandit has been scooped up and placed into a loving foster home, he is getting a great start on life. As like most puppies Bandit’s age, he is full of energy and constantly on the move. He loves playing with his foster sister Gypsy. If they aren’t playing together, they are napping together. At first foster mom & foster dad referred to him as a little “spitfire” cause when he was awake, he was just go-go-go! Now that he’s gotten used to the routine around the house and is kept on a fairly steady schedule, he has begun to calm down and get into the swing of things. Like Gypsy, he is also learning some of his basic life skills. He knows how to “sit” and target “touch” your hand and is currently learning how to “down.” He knows how to “sit” for his food and for attention too. Potty training is getting better every day. He has learned what the “potty door” is and when he needs to go out he will walk over to it and paw at it to be let out. Foster mom *knocks on wood* and dares to share that he hasn’t had any accidents in 2 days! Crate training is also taking place and he is doing fairly well with that.

Practicing "sit" with my foster sister Gypsy and older foster brother Brewer.

Practicing “sit” with my foster sister Gypsy and older foster brother Brewer.

All-in-all, Bandit is an all around adorable pup. He is very self confident and likes to adventure out and investigate new things. No holding back with this puppy, he will be a great companion to an active family who is willing to put his energy to good use.

If you are interested in adopting Bandit or his foster sister Gypsy,  please go to Mutts Matter Rescue and fill out an adoption application.

Bandit cuddling with his foster sister Gypsy

Bandit cuddling with his foster sister Gypsy

Did You Say 2 Fosters Puppies? Part 1: Meet Gypsy

Hello there, I know… it’s been a while. At least 6 months in fact since my last blog. Life got a little bit busy on me and unfortunately this blog fell to the back burner for a little bit. Hopefully, now that I’ve gotten a few things taken care of I can get back to blogging on a regular basis. With that being said… did you see the title? Yup, you read that right, it say’s 2 foster puppies. That’s right, we’ve started fostering again and decided to just jump in feet first and take not 1 but 2 foster…PUPPIES!

Meet Gypsy a 3 month old 25lbs Shar Pei mix. She is the first of the two foster puppies I will be introducing to you on this blog in the next day or so. Isn’t she adorable!

Sweet Gypsy Girl

Sweet Gypsy Girl

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Gypsy came to be fostered with me because she needs to build her confidence with herself and around new people. She was a VERY shy girl when she first came to stay with us but is slowly but surely coming out of her shell. The first day didn’t want to come out of her crate, and if she did venture out, she kept her distance from us humans but was perfectly comfortable playing with her 3 foster brothers. Over the next few days, we made sure when she met new people that they remained calm and let her come to them. When she did, she was rewarded with yummy treats. Every day she started getting more confident. She started to play with toys and solicit attention from me and foster dad. She has also had the opportunity to visit a few new dog friendly places around the area and have positive associations with strangers in public as well. She has made A LOT of progress over the last 8 days. For the first time this weekend, a new person came to visit the house and instead of walking away and hiding under the table or sitting behind/beside foster dad and me, she approached our guest with tail wagging and gladly accepted a yummy treat and a gentle pat underneath her chin near her chest and around her shoulders.**Note: We made sure to tell people not to move quickly and reach over her head because actions like that (although seem perfectly normal to us humans) can be a little scary and even threatening to a timid/shy dog**

Gypsy gathered all these toys one by one before settling to play with them

Gypsy gathered all these toys one by one before settling to play with them

Along with building her self confidence over the last week, Gypsy is now also completely potty trained. She hasn’t had 1 accident since she’s been here with us, and when she needs to go, she approaches you with a wagging tail and a little whimper to get your attention before walking towards the “potty door”. She is also learning her basic life skills. She knows how to “sit” and target “touch” your hand (only of people she knows, not so much strangers). She is also learning how to “down” and seems to be responding fairly well to her name in “recall.” These are all things that can be transferred to her new family when she gets adopted.

Gypsy working on "Sit" with her foster brother Bandit.

Gypsy working on “Sit” with her foster brother Bandit.

She is going to make a wonderful addition to someone’s family. She has not yet been tested with kids under the age of 7yrs old. But with children who understand that they need to be calm and approach slowly she has done fine. We are also recommending that she go to a home with another dog. I don’t think Gypsy would be making as big of progress as she is today without the help and confidence of her foster brothers. Sort of a “monkey-see monkey-do” type thing. If the other dogs approach something new and scary without any sign of anxiety or worry, Gypsy is less anxious or worried to approach as well. It’s a win-win for her.

Gypsy cuddling on the dog bed with her older foster brother Brewer.

Gypsy cuddling on the dog bed with her older foster brother Brewer.

If you are interested in adopting this sweet Gypsy girl go to Mutts Matter Rescue and fill out an adoption application http://www.muttsmatterrescue.com/adoption_app.html.

Stay tuned for our next post on our 2nd foster puppy Bandit.  He is a cutie!

Bandit!

Bandit!