is a tiny itty bitty pocket foster pittie!
Meet Blue. Blue was found as stray, covered in urine and stinking to high heaven.
The shelter staff thought she might have been kept in a box or a crate, and finally managed to escape somehow.
She was brought to the shelter, but didn't do so well there as she is shy when meeting new people.
The shelter foster coordinator thought of me, as she knows I have a thing for shy dogs. I agreed to take her, sight unseen.
Blue is a tiny, velvety, calm, 31-pound pocket pittie. She loves me and Florian, loves to be pet, loves to eat, looks around her new home in shock and wonder.
She's good on a leash and, at about 4 years old, seems to be totally housetrained and seems to enjoy the crate.
She even likes having her teeth brushed!
She likes Fozzie and loves to follow him around. For some reason, she keeps trying to stick her tongue in his ear.
Unfortunately, she and Lamar are not off to a great start. Lamar has this lovely habit of snarling at most new dogs he meets, in response to which Fozzie and the other recent fosters have all looked away and given him space. Not so our little bitty Blue--she took umbrage at his snarlies and decided to show him a thing or two. No real harm done, and she was easy to pull away, but poor Lamar is now scared to death of this little squirt less than half his size.
Blue, respect your elders! Even if they ARE grumpy!
Young woman, we are going to do some serious work on Wait and Leave It! And Lamar is going to get treats for watching you work! (Don't worry, you'll get treats too).
I am hopeful that even if she's a scrappy little thing, she can learn to temper those tendencies once she sees there's something in it for her.
On the plus side, I've been so proud to watch Fozzie show such appropriate and mature signals all around. Toward Blue, he is tolerant and gentle. And with Lamar, watching how quickly Blue took offense made me realize just how tolerant Fozzie has been for 2.5 years of growlies.
I love my household full of poorly-adjusted, personality-rich canines.
May we all learn from each other how to live a greater degree of acceptance and equanimity.