May 9th 2011 5:16 pm
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I came to my foster home over a year ago. My two brothers and sister came with me. We were not the easiest dogs to catch, but our foster mom managed to get us here. My brothers and sister have turned into sweet, playful, and loving dogs, but I am still afraid. It is hard. I watch all the other dogs run up to foster mom and play with her or wait for their food, but I just can't manage to do that.
Foster mom was really proud of me the other day. We get chained up when we eat, so no one tries to steal food when she is not watching us. She came over and unhooked my leash and instead of cowering down or backing away, I put my head on her knee. This was the first time I ever initiated contact with her. She rubbed my chin and talked really quiet and sweet to me for a few minutes. I could tell she was really proud of me. The next day I walked with her just holding my collar. Normally I only walk if I have on a leash. If she just grabs my collar I pull backwards or refuse to stand. I know they are only little things, but foster mom says it is something and I just have to keep taking puppy steps.
I love going on leashed walks. It is like my favorite thing in the whole world. We go on long walks through the woods and sometimes other dogs go with us too or even cats. I am supposed to be extra nice to the cats. Foster mom let me try jumping the agility jump too. She didn't think I would do it and at first I was afraid, but after awhile I got pretty good at jumping over that little pole. She would rub my chin every time I jumped it. That was a good day. I hope we do it again soon.
I don't know if I will ever find a family that is right for me. Foster mom says it will be difficult for me to adjust, but I can always come back if it is too much for me.
I am glad the right rescue group found me. I wouldn't have made it in a shelter and I can imagine that lots of foster parents wouldn't have known what to do with me. I want to run up and give foster mom a big lick, but that will have to wait. Maybe next year.
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You are a beautiful girl and you just keep takeing those puppy steps everyone counts