Age: 8 Years Sex: Female Weight: 11-25 lbs
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Foxy Face, Monkey dog, Foxy Bear, Foxalicious, The Foxinator, Foxarelli
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February 15th 2005
Reassurance that she's safe and good and loved.
Don't touch my tail or my hiney! And don't grab at me!
Likes stuffed animals, with squeakers
Just about anything, since she probably went without while she was on the streets.
She loves to go in the car and on a walk, anywhere, anytime.
Making monkey noises! Sit, Down, Shake hands, High 5, Bark, etc.
I fostered this Katrina survivor for over a year before she got adopted, and took he back after several years when her adopter had too many health and financial problems. Originally, she was such a pitiful little thing, so traumatized, wouldn't eat or let anyone touch her; just quaking in her boots at the Celebration Station temporary shelter/adoption site where I volunteered in New Orleans in February '06, a few months after Hurricane Katrina. So I made arrangements to foster/adopt her and got her home. Chicken nuggets were a big hit with her on our drive home(!), that's when she decided it was OK for me to touch her and pet her. --> --> We didn't know anything about her history before she got picked up as a stray in the New Orleans area in early February - but based on her fears and behaviors; I think she was on her own for awhile, and evaded a lot of attempts to catch her. (I posted her picture and info on the internet in case previous owners were looking for her - there were still reunions happening many months/years after Katrina.) Her previous owners were actually found, and she was officially "owner surrendered". --> --> At first we had to keep a leash on her all times just to keep her under control. (I could grab it instead of her so she didn't feel so scared.) Gradually, she and I got more comfortable with each other and she got more and more free roam of the house. She loved going in the car and on walks, and playing with toys (takes a lot of her cues from our dog, Sascha). She enjoyed occasional cuddles on the couch while we watched TV at night; getting all relaxed and sleepy. Then I'd be able to sneak in lots of loving; T-Touch massage, etc., get her used to having her tail and hiney and face touched and petted and loved.
She's not a cuddler or a lap-dog, but she turned out to be a real sweetie-pie behind all that suspicion and fear - got along well with our cats and with Sascha! She made very rapid progress. (After a short time, she let down a lot of her defenses, came to me pretty easily, was very responsive, and has learned lots of our household rules/manners/etc. She's very strong-willed and independent; doesn't respond well to punishment - needs a soft but firm hand.
--> --> Foxy lost her eyesight due to glaucoma during the 5 years that she was adopted out, and provided with prosthetic eyes. When her adopter experienced prolonged health & financial issues, she asked if we'd take Foxy back - and of course, I said YES. So she is now again a part of our household. I was concerned that taking care of a blind dog would be difficult; but it's actually been surprisingly easy. She maneuvers around the house and yard real well, and loves going for walks!
Livin' the good life now!!
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♥Artistic Creations♥, +++Hurricane Katrina/Rita Survivors and Rescuers+++, "Just One Litter" Is Still Too Many
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February 16th 2008 6:15 pm
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It's Foxy's third birthday. She's been gone about 4 months; and I still miss her. I've talked with her new mom several times and it seems that she has settled in real well and they adore her; so I know she's being well loved and well taken care of . . . but I miss her.
She lived with us as a foster doggy for over a year, and learned so much about being a good pet, being loved, and being a cherished family member. . . and she snuck into my heart.
I hope she's living a wonderful new life.
November 4th 2007 8:38 am
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Foxy's picture and story were posted on PetFinder.com; and there were many people interested in her. I interviewed them until finding someone who seemed just right. I was quite determined to find someone who would understand her past and be able to work with her limitations and continue to use positive based training.
She has found a wonderful new mom who lives in North Carolina. After several phone calls and emails, reference checks and discussions about Foxy, we decided to meet halfway in West Virginia. It was a very sad undertaking for me; as I'd grown quite fond of Foxy and found it very difficult to relinquish her to someone else.
However, she seems to be adjusting well and her new mom is delighted with her. I 'm sure she'll be well loved and well treated.
Foxy's former foster mom
February 22nd 2007 7:46 am
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I'm all of 2 years old now, and have become quite the well mannered and comfortable youngster in my new home, where I've been for about a year now. I love my humans and my animal siblings (another dog and 5 cats . . . well, actually 4 of the 5 cats. One grumpy orange cat doesn't like me so I have to just stay out of his way.)
I've learned lots of tricks and commands - sit, down, catch, stay, fetch, shake hands, gimme 5, gimme 10, back up, wait, jump in the car, jump out, etc. And I've learned manners - to wait for permission before jumping up on the bed or the couch or charging out the door, to sit instead of jumping up on the humans, to respond appropriately to "come" or "here".
I haven't chewed up any more chair legs lately (sorry mom), and I've stopped "marking" (peeing right beside the other dog's food bowl). I've finally learned to walk politely on leash instead of pulling the arm off of anyone who takes me for a walk.
My health has inproved considerably. I look really good - I've filled out from the bony condition I was in a year ago and my fur is thick and lush. The homeopathic treatment I've gotten is helping me to recover from getting too many vaccinations when I was rescued. I've calmed down considerably - some from getting a bit more mature, some from feeling more secure and safe, and some from the medical treatment I've gotten. I hardly ever panic and go crazy anymore, and my back legs haven't gotten weak and collapsed in quite a while.
I'm still a little suspicious of new people, but I'll let most of them pet me now. And I like playing with other dogs at the dog park, but I'm not supposed to bark so loud in their faces - it might make them mad and they'll bite me. I'm not so good with crowds and sometimes new places or noises scare me - maybe they make me remember scary times before I came to my new home.
Everyone thinks I'm as cute as can be - I have really distinctive features and coloring. I'm very photogenic, so my mom takes lots of cute pictures of me!
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