February 20th 2007 11:30 am
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Well, it's official. No more follow-ups for me. The shelter does follow-ups at 3 days, 3 weeks, and 3 months. FM called on Saturday for my final one. I am still doing great of course. =) I am well behaved and have the run of the place during the day and kenneled at night. I get to chase rabbits and run around. My new dad said that I was so out of shape for the first couple of days that I could hardly walk after running around so much. All that has changed of course and I am in tip-top shape now! FM went over all sorts of HW stuff with my new dad as well. She told him that they generally do a test in April and then start on a monthly preventative usually going all-year round for outdoor dogs, but she said it's up to my new vet and they may choose to stop prevention for a couple months during the dead of winter. I mind well, am great with strangers and kids, and am just a great dog. Well, duh, FM knew that! So it seems I am set for life... I got a new mom and dad, a warm kennel to sleep in at night and bunnies to chase during the day. Oh, and my new dad said I am a picky eater and won't just eat a meal... I eat a few bites here and there but don't eat a lot. FM said that might be some of the greyhound in me. My new mom and dad know how special I was to FM so they might stop by sometime and keep the shelter updated on me. FM really hopes so but won't be surprised if they don't. As long as I am healthy and happy, so is FM.
November 20th 2006 9:00 am
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FM made my first follow up call on Friday!
New mom said things were going great! They have a very large dog run that I get to stay in sometimes and they had to build me a new dog house. Seems as if all the pre-made houses were too small for me so they built me a brand new, custom dog house. It's heated and everything.
They have been taking me of lots of walks around their property. They said I pull on the leash a bit (it's all those wonderful wildlife smells, I can't help myself!) so FM gave them a few tips on how to stop that. Eventually they will let me run off-leash but not before I'm ready.
They are keeping my name. I have been in the house occasionally, but my new mom said that I seemed to like it better outside. But I was well behaved when I was in the house. FM says as long as I am warm and dry then I should be ok.
My new mom asked about my history and wanted to know my story. She also asked about kids... seems they have grandkids coming to visit for Thanksgiving. FM told her that I love kids and that I am very good with them so I would enjoy their visit.
So things are going well. The next call is in three weeks and FM will be sure to ask about heartworm and will make sure that my new parents are completely educated about heartworm and HW prevention.
November 14th 2006 7:56 am
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Bare with me here, this is a little confusing!
Last Saturday I was adopted by a nice family. However they had a 5 year old JRT who had never really been around other dogs. Turns out the poor thing was terrified by me. There was no progress made during the week and the family had to keep us separated but once when we were together the little guy even bit me in the thigh! Rude, but he was scared so I couldn't really blame him. So the dad in the family called the shelter a few times trying to figure out what to do. In the end he decided that I couldn't be the dog I wanted to be with this particular family because of the dog they already had. So I was returned on Friday.
FM saw me on Friday night and Saturday morning. She was busy on Saturday so she couldn't spend a lot of time with me but she was back on Sunday morning and noticed my cage card was missing. She thought that was odd but didn't check up on things. Then Sunday afternoon FM picked me up and took me to the dog park with Riley. I had a lot of fun, not with Riley of course but with the other dogs that were there. We were there for over an hour! It was so nice to be worn out and played with. FM took me back to the shelter and put me in my kennel. She gave me a hug and a pat and told me I was a great boy and that she loved me.
Monday FM was cruising petfinder like always and to her amazement my picture was gone! She actually gasped out loud and said "where's Moose?". She made up an excuse about an appointment and left work 15 minutes early to see what happened to me. Turns out, I was adopted!
A nice older couple came in on Saturday to look at a couple of my buddies. Both are sweet girls but they were a little rough around the edges if you know what I mean. So Gina (office lady) asked if they wanted to meet me. They admitted that they were a bit intimidated by me because I like to bark at strange people when they first come into the kennel area. Gina assured them I was sweet and brought me outside. Being the ladies man that I am, the woman was charmed right away. The man looked at me and said "Moose, sit!", and I sat! (Thanks for that training FM) He was very impressed with me as well.
Gina was too busy and forgot to leave a note for foster mom... But they came and took me home on Monday. The nice couple live on 46 acres of land where they will take me for lots of walks. The woman is retired and the man has a shop and works from home so they will be home ALL THE TIME!!! They have a nice big dog run with a heated dog house if they do need to be gone during the day but FM figures that once I show how good of a boy I am in the house they will probably let me stay there.
FM will once again do the update calls and find out how I am doing. The first one should be on Friday. Wish me luck but I think this time things will stick and I am in my new forever home!!
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