Yes, it’s true. We’ve had a house guest since July 4th and all of us, including Tic Tac, have fallen in love with her.
My friend J is fostering Princess through the American Bulldog Rescue. She was a junkyard dog who learned to fend for herself. In fact, now that she’s being fed lots of good food on a regular basis she’s being re-trained to give up some of her “recycling” habits. Not only did this poor girl come in severely underweight but she has skin allergies that made her lose all her fur.
She’s looking so much better from when I first met her in mid-June. Getting Princess on special grain-free food has helped her look gorgeous and feel less itchy – unless of course she eats a loaf of bread while visiting her Auntie Suze. I couldn’t blame her; after all, she slept on the living room floor her first night with us and there was a laundry basket full of bread, cereal, crackers, etc. right next to her. And she left it alone until sometime after 2 AM. Poor thing, by that evening her skin was pink and she had the itchies bad.
We’ve been impressed with her interactions with our cat, Tic Tac. Actually we’ve had lots of hoots watching the two of them over the last several days. As you know Tic Tac is a cat-dog and he was determined to show Princess that this was his home and his pack. Tic Tac began almost immediately to “attack” Princess at every turn – no claws but he would pummel her butt (or face) every chance he got. He also kept using the door frames to stand on his hind legs and be “bigger”. The funniest scene that first evening was Princess lying on the floor with her head between her paws facing the hallway. Tic Tac got all wound up – he had the bottle brush tail going on – arched his back, turned sideways and came at Princess like a Halloween cat cartoon. He did it several times in a row – even after he wiped out in front of Princess on the slick wood floors. It’s day five and Tic Tac is still ambushing her – tonight Princess even seemed to be playing along with a little pounce and chase. We can definitely check that box that says “good with cats.”
We haven’t been on any walks, really. It’s just been too dang hot here, and we don’t have a fenced in yard like J but Princess hasn’t had any accidents in the house and has learned to go on the lead off the front porch. I still sit on the porch and give her encouragement – the last couple of times I haven’t even had to correct her little “recycling” habit. And check mark for “housetrained.”
I’m also thinking she would be a good Therapy Dog. She made friends with everyone in our neighborhood that she’s met. She has a great looking mug with her adorable little underbite. She also does a wonderful little dance when she excited and happy.
I just got a text from her foster momma, J, and she’s going to swing by on her way home from the airport to pick her up. It’s making me a little sad. I really like this sweet girl and she fits so nicely into our house. I know, I know. I really want to continue fostering and there was a big influx of dogs this weekend and they need me.
If you’ve ever thought about fostering check out what it takes by clicking here on the WCAC shelter site or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll make sure it gets to the right person. And if you feel like Princess just might be the perfect dog for you and your family send me an email and I’ll put you in touch with J.