If I would have known this would have been the last time I would see Chevy, I would have kissed him on his little wet nose for luck.
Our foster's time has come and gone so quickly. We cared for him for just two weeks before he had gained enough weight to be placed onto the adoption floor at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society.
With each foster I've been blessed to come across, I like to take a little bit of time and ponder on how their life has impacted my own.. knowing that they are out there somewhere.. hoping that someone can see the good that they can bring into their life and give them a chance at life with a successful adoption.
One thing that I would like to add to Chevy's future and potential adopter is to be patient.. He is willing to please and listen to you.. you just need to know how to listen to him and his needs. He needs an owner that understands that he isn't going to be perfect the first night, week or maybe even the first month.. ( Millie, my rescue is still growing and learning and it's been a whole year!!) With time, I assure you he can learn to be pretty close to perfect if you ask me.
Chevy is highly trainable and confident. He will walk wherever you walk and loves all people big and small, male or female, young or old. He never meets a stranger!
He learned to sit within his first couple days at my home before I would feed him and his quick temper towards my own dogs subsided after a stern correction. If you are looking to add a second dog into your pack, I believe Chevy could work well with a submissive dog because he loves being the alpha but like any relationships.. It will take time.
He needs a calm yet assertive owner that can teach him right from wrong. I'd like to also brag on how it just took one time for me to tell him NO and he didn't use the bathroom in my home again during his two weeks with us.
To whoever gives Chevy a chance. you will not only save his life but you will also be rewarded with a dog that will live for your approval.. That's a pretty good pal if you ask me!
We are going on two weeks with our foster Chevy. Many of you already know he has had no issues making himself right at home.. as I continue to learn more about him, I realize that he doesn't know how to play.
Oh perfect.. that won't be an issue here at my home. I have two pups that want to play 24/7 and would love to teach him how to play a game of tug or fetch and even show him how to wrestle..
Well.. there may be a slight issue as I think he confuses playful pups as fighting.. It makes him extremely anxious to where he wants to jump down in the middle of their play time to break it up.. and that he does..
The girls quickly retreat back to their couch time and quickly lay down.
That's okay.. we can start him off with baby steps to play time. He seems to have become intrigued by the squishy rubber balls that he observes Millie and Lola chewing on.. It didn't take long for him to find his own squishy rubber ball as my girls were gracious enough to share with him.
He now walks around with the toy in his mouth but doesn't quite know what to do with it. He won't let the other dogs near it and he doesn't know how to retrieve it.. so for now, he just holds it in his mouth.
From my take on Chevy.. this poor guy has had more positive experiences with people than he has other dogs. He seems more nervous around dog behavior than human behavior.. so hopefully with a little bit of socialization, he will be part of someone's pack in no time!
When one of the GBHS staff members told me about a recent surrender who was in need of a temporary foster home, I couldn't help but want to be a part of this guy's journey. His condition was skin and bones plus being heartworm positive with the addition of some deep gashes and open wounds from a recent injury had me wondering what kind of story he had.
He weighed in at roughly 29lbs.. which brought back many recent memories with how Millie was when we first brought her home. I was preparing myself to have a similar experience with him when I went to pick him up.
Nope.. Nothing alike.. He immediately ran towards me as I met him for the first time.. Many of you may recall my first encounter with Millie, my rescue. She wouldn't even make eye contact with me and she would sit with her back towards me in hopes to avoid all human contact.. she was scared to move and was shut down towards everyone and everything.
This guy, who goes by the GBHS name, Chevy, has done nothing but seek out our affection and the affection of every single person he makes contact with. He has already made himself at home and is making my foster experience much easier. He walks everywhere I go, loud noises don't startle him, he rarely barks, he asks to go outside to use the bathroom, he has a great temperament towards all people and aims to please with with anything that I ask of him.
I have gathered that Chevy seems to be more of a people pleaser than he is interested in bonding with other dogs as he rarely acknowledges Lola or Millie. If I'm not careful, he will try to boss them around with a domineering attitude.. but it just took a few days of patience, observation and learning his personality so I could work with him accordingly to his disposition.
This little skinny dog has the confidence of a 100 lb Mastiff.. which amazes me. He most definitely has a zest for life and a love for people. I know he is going to make someone a very, lucky owner one day.. and if I had to give my report on him right now.. I would say, he loves interacting with people more than dogs.. BUT he would make a great pet for someone who may have other dogs within the home as long as the potential adopter is assertive and shows authority.
Chevy is also extremely intelligent. He is a quick learner and only needs to be corrected once if he gets into something he shouldn't or behaves towards Millie or Lola in a negative way. He aims to please and seems to have a deep longing for human interaction. He just needs to find the right person so he can shine like the star he is meant to be!!
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