Being as aDORAble as she was, Dora was only with us for a little less than two weeks. She just needed a place to crash until she met her forever family. Which just so happens to be a part of my extended family. That’s right, my sister-in-law “REP” fell in love with Dora the moment she met her. She had been contemplating getting a second dog as a playmate for her current high-energy dog Max.
Dora and her new brother Max
“REP” has seen many of my fosters come and go but this sweet girl in particular just stole her heart. She was waiting for the right type of dog that would fit in her family and Dora just happened to be the one. “REP” and her boyfriend “B” are contemplating a name change for Dora but haven’t found the right one just yet.
Dora will be living with “REP”, “B” and Max in their home with a nice big back yard to run and play in. “REP” takes Max everywhere she can and she plans to do the same thing with Dora. She also is excited to have a larger breed dog that can accompany her on longer walks and runs around the neighborhood.
The best thing about Dora staying in the family is that she gets to come visit and play with her former foster brothers now new “cousins” Brewer and Bailey whenever she wants. Although I am sad to see Dora leave my home, at least I will still get the opportunity to watch her grow up with my sister-in-law. I couldn’t be happier with the outcome of Dora’s forever home! Congratulations Dora!
Remember Nan (Now Callie)
I know some of you were expecting Part 2 of Grooming for Training Tip Tuesday but we just had to share this lovely update we received about our first foster Callie (formerly Nan of Mutts Matter Rescue). Her mom wrote:
“Callie (previously Nan) has been with us for almost 6 months now and has definitely gotten used to her new lifestyle! The first couple weeks were a little rough as we were still confirming her training and adjusting our schedule, she was getting used to her new home, and Josie was getting used to having a little sister. She is now comfortable with our routine, loves the house, neighborhood and farms,and most importantly loves her big sister!
Callie loves her big sister Josie
I get ready for work in the morning and take the dogs out before I leave. She quickly learned to come inside and sit on the big rug we have by the door, waiting for her paws to be cleaned and dried. Then they’re released and run back upstairs, especially hyper if it was a bit nippy out 🙂 They play for a few minutes and then quickly turn to snoozing or sunbathing in the bedroom while Wes works. He finishes his morning reports and then goes looking for the girls to feed them breakfast. Lots of times they’re both disappeared and crashed out in the bed for their late-morning nap and have to be woken up again to eat! They spend the rest of the day playing and cuddling together, with a lunchtime walk on nice days. Callie’s gotten really good on the leash, especially with her easy walker!
Callie loves chewing on ropes, bones and her star mark ball and she and Josie trade off periodically when one looks more appealing to the other. They ‘talk’ to each other when they both want a toy and it’s sitting in neutral territory and each has a paw on it. We crack up listening to them until one breaks down and looks away or grabs it! They’ll also play tug of war. When one gets tired, they lay on the floor or in the dog bed and get drug across the floor. It’s especially hilarious when little Josie is pulling Callie around, who is at least twice her size!
This bed is big enough for the both of us!
She has become quite the princess (her sister was a good teacher) and loves to lay on as many pillows as she can find, or snuggle on some throws when it’s colder. She’s also decided that she really enjoys cuddling with us while we watch TV or a movie on the couch. When she first came home with us, she would squirm away to her own side of the couch or lay on the dog bed or floor. Now she strives to be the center of attention like Josie. She gives good kisses too 🙂
Weekends are usually spent at the farms which give the dogs plenty of time for walks, play and exploring. At my parents’, she learned really good recall and even learned to jump some of the horse jumps in the ring! At my father-in-law’s, she plays with Taz and Tootsie (two big labs) and goes for long group walks in the woods. She’s still contemplating joining the other dogs in the pond for a swim! She’s gotten to meet a lot of family and friends and is becoming more and more comfortable with strangers, especially when her big sister supports her.
We’re preparing to build a deck and patio and fence in the yard which will give them more time to play while we work and eat dinner out on the deck in the nice weather. She’s settled in to our family extremely well and knows she is well-loved!”
I couldn’t be happier for Callie, she has gotten so big since I’ve seen her last and has become quite the lady. Loves her sister and her parents and getting an update like this was perfect!
Would you like to add a dog like Callie to your family? Visit Mutts Matter Rescue and check out some of their adoptable dogs.