I was a little worried about how she'd do with Fozzie and Lamar, but for a weekend I knew I could manage keeping them separate if I had to.
First thing she had to do upon greeting them in my back yard was of course to put her paws up on their shoulders, not exactly the most polite way to meet a new friend!
Fozzie let her know how he felt about that vocally and loudly, and I was very happy to see that she backed down.
The rest of the afternoon and evening, those two had a wild time in the back yard. Circles around and around and around and around, until everyone was wheezing and gasping for breath and they still didn't stop.
There were some intense wrestling matches too, which got very vocal and made me nervous they were going to escalate. The first couple of times I intervened, and then they both got more angry because there was a human holding them by the collars.
I separated them, and fortunately separating them was easy and they seemed to bear no ill will toward each other.
The next time they got loud and intense, I decided to just let them be. I watched as they got loud and intense, the snarling getting louder, rearing up on each other, mouthing each other, and then just...stopped. They stood next to each other, panting, and then went over and had a beverage together.
Then started running around again, until they stopped, again, and had a drink.
Star definitely can get aroused more than some dogs. But thinking back to Sandy or Pager or Colette, or certainly Fozzie when I first had him, I don't think she's much worse than any of those dogs--all of whom had very happy endings.
We spent some time in the yard raking leaves, and she got very excited about the rake and started going after it and biting it.
She was easy to redirect though and happy to sit for a treat instead. She shows very little of that frustration intolerance she did the first couple of times I was with her--she's much more willing to go along with what the humans want.
Inside, she pestered Fozzie a little bit just the way my previous fosters used to, but eventually she followed his lead and plotzed out.
She got more and more affectionate the more time she spent here.
As if she couldn't quite believe her good fortune or contain her excitement at first, but then the natural goodness that is inside all dogs just started to express itself as she relaxed.
I am keeping her separate from Lamar, mostly as I have bad memories of Blue and want to be extra safe this time around.
Lamar is getting extra therapeutic massage. I hope he understands that sometimes his mom just has to foster, there's no choice in the matter.
How could you not give this girl a chance?