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Josephine’s Urgent Request

Josie's request
‘Scuse me, I have a request.

Josephine came to us with a request.  We were sympathetic because poor little Josephine has had a hard road through life.  When she became known to us she had been a pregnant stray, was mangy and terrified of being in an animal shelter.  She came here as a foster dog for rest, healing, and sanity.

After working with her for a while we decided that the best thing for her … was to stay here.

Since then, she has met many foster dogs.  She really liked some of them.

Fosters are sent away once they are healed and trained.  That’s how fostering works.  Recently Josie heard us discussing plans for our current foster dogs, became upset,  and approached us with an urgent request …

Josephine’s Request from Doug Bittinger on Vimeo.

Callie has been here for treatment of heartworm since December  2017.  By the time treatment and recovery is complete, she will have been here for nearly a year!  That’s almost unheard of in our type of foster care.

Callie is settled in and convinced that this is home.  Marie and I have been discussing what it might do to Callie if we put her in a crate and shipped her off to another rescue who would then try to find her a permanent home.  She’s been abandoned before.  Maybe she’d be okay as long as she found another home quickly.

Callie is a Pit Bull — is it realistic to hope for a quick adoption?  Not really!

By their true nature, Staffordshire Bull Terriers (A.K.A. Pit Bulls) are wonderful, gentle, loving companions who were once known as Nanny Dogs because they were the preferred breed for affluent families who wanted a companion for their children.  Really!  But today it is this breed’s turn to suffer persecution by ignorant people because of what HUMANS have forced these dogs to do.

Callie is a sweet, gentle, affectionate, goof.  We love her.  She loves us.  And all of our dogs have accepted her as family.  We might as well make that official.  We’re signing the papers on Friday.

Bed Check

Callie is a sweet, gentle, lovable gal.  She is a Staffie mix after all.  She gives us almost no trouble at all and so she has earned the right to be a full-time, free-range house dog — except when we leave the property for an extended period of time.  But that’s not Callie’s fault.

Josephine likes to play rowdy.  If I’m here I can monitor that and shut it down before anything gets torn up.  When I’m not here, she and Blondie sometimes knock into things, moving furniture around a bit, but rarely tear anything up.  If Callie gets into the mix, Callie likes to play tug-o-war.  Dog beds are handy tug toys because all three can pull on it at once.  That leads to tearing.  Tearing leads to stuffing poking out.  Stuffing poking out gets everyone excited about pulling out all the stuffing.  We’ll arrive home again to find an “exploded” dog bed.  Not good!

So when Marie and I are both going to be gone a while, Callie gets crated.  But she doesn’t mind. Continue reading Bed Check