April 26th 2009 10:15 pm
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In my opinion, Huey is definitely ready to be adopted out -- to the right home-- and I'm going to try to see that he's officially cleared up for adoption ASAP.
Over the past couple months he's definitely started to show a lot more affection, seeking my lap within moments of me sitting down on a couch or chair, and soliciting affection by rolling onto his back, inviting me to rub his belly.
His adoptive home will just have to understand that he's going to be somewhat timid at first, so they shouldn't plan on trying to handle him much until he adjusts (which should take a couple days or a week). I think he may have been carried & dropped by a human at some point in his life, so he still doesn't like to be carried around unless he's bonded with & is trusting of the human wanting to handle him. Some dogs/breeds can just be placed into a new environment & instantly be calm, trusting & friendly with everybody -- Huey (as with many small dogs) will NOT be like that, but the wonderful thing is that over a period of time, you will see him relax & become more trusting & affectionate.
He is housebroken, not very vocal, and could get along fine with other small or medium-sized dogs in the household, maybe even a cat. He probably should not live in a household with children under about 10 years of age.
I've just uploaded two videos I've taken of Huey so you can see him in 'action.'
If you're interested in adopting Huey, please contact me now with any specific questions you may have. Obviously, you need to be in or plan on coming to the San Francisco Bay area to meet him in-person.
February 11th 2009 10:03 pm
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Here's a long-overdue update regarding my foster-dog Huey.
Huey is not yet officially up for adoption, but based on my experience & knowledge of him, he could be adopted out now to the right home.
Huey is pretty much a quiet, calm little couch-potato and is perfectly content with hanging out inside a fairly quiet home (with or without other pets), with potty breaks in a (fenced) back yard, and then sleeping in the same bed as his human(s). Every once in a while I'll see Huey playing with a chew toy, but I have yet to see him running around & acting like a crazy little doggy. I take Huey for walks around the block occasionally & he is starting to enjoy the new sights & sounds, but he's always very happy to get back home & nestle up on the couch. When it comes to leashing him, I have to hide the leash as I approach him, or he'll trot off from me -- he's that much of a homebody. He's good in the car -- usually just snoozing on a blanket in the back seat, and he's been very good when I've had friends come over -- sometimes disappearing to a quiet room until they've left, other times just sitting on the couch & snoozing, as long as they don't bother him.
Obviously, the goal is to make Huey more sociable, to where he's happy to leave the home, meet strangers, etc. & I'm slowly working on that. Huey does go to the animal shelter with me & hangs out there in an office area with other people while I'm working with dogs, & once a week Huey attends a class there & has someone else work with him.
But if anyone is looking for a small dog that loves affection (especially belly-rubs) from the person(s) he's bonded with but otherwise doesn't need nor want a lot of commotion in the home or a lot of exercise, please do contact me via this web page immediately (assuming you're in the local area).
December 27th 2008 3:59 pm
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Huey is doing great!
It took him a while (about two weeks) to really start to get comfortable in his new home, but I'm finally seeing some happy & playful behavior from him, plus he now loves it when I rub his belly.
When I'm in the kitchen making him his breakfast or dinner, he starts doing this little 'happy dance' which I'll have to try to catch on video. He gets along fine with the other dogs, though he isn't really playful with them.
Huey isn't very physically-active at all. Perhaps this will change over time, but in the couple weeks I've had him living with me, he seems very content to just hang out on or under his blanket on the couch or bed for most of the day, so he'd probably be perfect with someone who lives a pretty slow lifestyle, or at least someone who is looking for that in a dog...
I haven't started to expose him to other people yet, but will start doing so soon, and his reaction to them will determine how soon little Huey is ready for adoption.
Meanwhile, if you are seriously interested in possibly adopting Huey, feel free to send me email telling me about yourself & your home, or just keep checking this web page for updates.