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Old 12-21-2012, 02:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Introducing.... Juno? Goldie? I think I need my head examined. Help!

Ok......
So I've been wanting to start fostering again. My last foster Buster was adopted almost 4 years ago.......to my brother. ha

And since then I've been on the road with tours of Broadway Musicals.
So ....no place to tote around a foster dog. Though I did tote my own dobes.

There are so many reasons why I do not need a third dog in the house....
- I maybe back on tour again soon....
- Lily is 12 and needs some peace....
- The house I'm in now is a triplex and I'm on the main floor. Not tons of room inside this apt, but there is a huge fenced backyard. I own this house so I don't have to worry about having dogs. My last house....which was a normal sized house all my myself, I've rented now.....so having a smaller space to work with is challenging.
- Do I really need three dogs!!!

I wanted to foster a dobe, but thought it might be better to foster a smaller breed. Honestly, my life right now is balanced, happy, easy, relatively trouble free. Adding a new dog is going to be a lot of work! But after the shootings in the USA of all of those small kids.....you realize life is short and fragile. It's Christmas, I have the time and resources.....I should be contributing. So.....I sent an email to a new rescue group that just started. 3 women who got together and are learning and just jumped in.
I was interviewed, references and vet called, home visit.....IN ONE DAY!
ha

Because they were leaving this morning to pick up a load of dogs from Montreal and could only bring back as many as had fosters lined up.

These dogs are from REALLY REALLY Far North in Quebec. By James Bay.
Where they are currently culling dogs for $25/head.
There was a small shelter there that closed, and the dogs had to go somewhere. So they shipped some of them to a kennel in Montreal, owned by a woman who is a trainer/behaviorist. She keeps them until rescue moves them out to fosters.

There are two dogs that are being considered for this house.
I wanted a playful female not too submissive that Rudy would get along well with.

These are the two.....

Juno - Chocolate lab 1 1/2 yrs, is fine with cats, young puppy still, needs to be taught manners but is already learning to walk on leash....is a quick study. She likes garbage cans though, will get into things as she was left to scavenge for her food out in Baie James. This is stuff that can be corrected. I would suggest crating her absolutely so you don't come home to a royal mess. She needs lots of exercise, love and an experienced dog owner / foster who can guide her and teach her manners. I just brought her to have her vet check, she's been vaccinated, basic shots plus Bordetella and rabies. She has slight frost bite on her nipples but it will heal. Other than that, she's healthy as an Ox.


And

Goldie - Golden / border collie mix. 2/3 years old? This is a doll of a dog. Who ever gets this one is gonna be so lucky. So so gentle, enough to be a service animal. She is also from Baie James. She walks great on a leash, just give her the commands, she sits and gives her paw so gently. I am training her re mouthing (meaning being gentle when playing, she gets it. Very very smart, curious and calm. Sits and waits for you. Loves to play, no problem at all with cats or dogs, does not get into the garbage, clean in her kennel. The only problem apparently and I haven't seen this as of yet, is that she likes to bite the tires on cars???? Probably a chase mechanism but I have not yet had time to try her on it as I'm swamped and need someone to drive the car for me while I do the correction. She is a fabulous dog.


I don't know which one. They asked me my preference.
Any opinions???
They both look sweet.
OMG. I can't believe I'll have one of these cuties here tomorrow!!!
What did I get myself into!
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I'm crazy and would end up taking both! Thank you so much for helping out!
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When I found out that one would have to be left......I told them I would!
They are trying to find another foster so they both come to Toronto and get the heck out of that kennel.
Sigh.
People are going to start calling me the crazy dog lady soon......well I think maybe they already do.....ha
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ah! that makes me want to foster so bad I've been toying with the idea for a while though I don't think I'm quite in the position yet, pretty sure I can't handle 2 dogs especially with Row being only 10 months but Goldie sounds and looks so sweet and I'm moving to Brampton in 2 weeks... ah
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They both sound like such wonderful girls. Hopefully meaning they will be short term fosters and will find forever homes quickly! (Which is exactly how I would crazily convince myself to take on both if I was able.)
I don't think you could go wrong in your choice here. Goldie may be better for Lily in the mellow sense. But I think you could work with either.
Thanks for taking one of these girls in for the holidays and until they find a home.
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Well....word on the street is that Juno will be coming to stay!
Luckily there was another foster/adopter lined up....a nurse who wants to train a therapy dog. So Goldie is going to her. I'm so glad they both got to make the trip and will be in a house for the holidays!
Looks like I'll have the little energy ball pup. I do think that she and Rudy will have tons of fun together. I hope they like each other! ha

Tomorrow suppertime I get to meet her! I'm excited. But still think I must be crazy! ha
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I don't think you're crazy at all! And Juno will be so lucky to have you. :-)
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Well. Bit of a twist today.
I went to pick Juno up....and when she came out of her crate, I could tell right away that she had kennel cough. Not a huge deal in itself, but as my senior girl Lily is 12.....I really didn't want to expose her to something that could cause her problems. She's no spring chicken. ha
Juno was sweet, smart, gentle, and with some work will be a great adoptable dog.
She needs to learn some manners, but her temperament is fantastic. And walks right into her crate and settles nicely.
She's a chocolate lab, but looked like a silver lab as she was so dirty.
She's definitely had a litter before, as her undercarriage is quite loose. And she has frostbite on her tummy. Poor thing was tied up in a backyard WAY UP NORTH.
I spent 2 hours with her at the vet. She's going to live with a different foster who does not have any other dogs at home. I have no doubt that she will do well.
And perhaps she will still come to live here when she's not coughing in a couple of weeks.
So that's the update.
At least she's somewhere warm and cozy now.
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