Yes… this is going to be an update on dogs. It’s my blog and I’ll do what I want to! A couple of weekends ago, I spent the weekend dog sitting for my parents, so it was me and FOUR dogs, but that actually turned out to be a lot of fun. Look at this faces.
First up… Piper. She has been mentioned on the blog a few times before as she’s my baby girl. Buuuuttt, my baby girl ran away from home a month or so ago. Thankfully, we were right behind her the whole time, but she is FAST and very hard to catch, so it ended up being an adventure of all kinds of not fun. This ended with Matt fishing her out of a river, since her dislike of swimming seems to be the only thing she likes less than letting us take her home.
So now Piper is enrolled in puppy school! Well, dog school! Only one puppy in her class, it’s mostly made up of troublesome adult dogs. We’ve done three weeks so far, and it’s actually going really well. She’s learning things! Slowly.
Obviously the big things we’re working on are COME and STAY, but she has also become a much better walker, which is a really nice bonus.
I don’t know if I’ve really talked about it here, but Matt and I started fostering dogs this year. Our first foster was a chihuahua. His name was originally Killa (ugh) but we changed that to Dobby… and then once he was adopted, they changed it to ChiChi. We’re admittedly not small dog people, but he grew on us by the end. Even if we were calling him “alien baby” most of the time.
After that, we took about a month off before getting our next foster request. At first, we were somewhat hesitant, as this little guy had been hit by a car, and had a broken leg. We weren’t sure what would be involved in helping him recover, but in the end we opted to take him in and are so glad we did.
This is Dustin. Formerly Duster. Possibly Dusty in the future. (We had a family come last night and meet him… looks promising!) He’s a five year old Schnoodle, and an incredibly relaxed little guy. He had to stay crated for his first two weeks with us, just going out for potty breaks, so taking care of him while he had his cast on was all kinds of painless. I really can’t complain in the slightest. He took absolutely everything like a champ.
A couple weeks ago now, he got his cast off, and has slowly been working back up to using his leg. He’s still walking on three most of the time, but we’re getting there. Also a bit of a weird thing, but he won’t eat out of food bowls, so we put his breakfast and dinner right on the floor for him every day and he pigs out no problem. We know he came from a multi-dog household, but can’t really begin to guess what scared him off of food bowls (but not water bowls).
This guy lovvesss to cuddle, puts up with Piper’s “enthusiasm”, is generally really quiet, and has just been such a treat to be around so far. Honestly, we’ve been super spoiled with our first two foster dogs. They’ve both been fantastic!
And here’s Dustin post-cast, enjoying the spring weather!