Ty arrived here on October 29th, 2017. What we know of him is from scraps gathered here and there from different people.
He’s 7 to 10 months old and not yet neutered.
Australian Shepherd mix.
He weighs about 25 pounds.
He’s good with other dogs.
Is great with older children.
Loves car rides.
Is leash trained.
Is crate trained.
Is house trained.
Is non-destructive of bedding and toys.
Ty was an apartment dweller, which is hard enough for an active dog, but that apartment was located above a BBQ restaurant! Can you imagine the torture that was for him? So that was not very successful; which is not surprising since he is an Australian Shepherd. (Aussie’s are true working breeds: unemployment does not sit well with these guys! Since being here he has assigned himself as Head Beagle Herder — much to Josephine’s chagrin.) Continue reading Ty Steele: Notes On A Rescue Dog→
Before I get started, let me just say that what I’m about to say will also apply to fostering other animals: cats, rabbits, horses, guinea pigs, whatever. I do canine fostering, have for a long time, so that’s the soap box I’ll stand on to pontificate.
What Is Canine Fostering?
Fostering is the short term care of an animal you don’t own. Programs vary: some will provide everything you could need: equipment, bedding, food, medications, everything. Some provide only veterinary care. Most are somewhere in between these. Before joining a fostering program ask what is provided to you and what you need to cover. Get it in writing.
I have on occasion heard dog owners proudly state, “Oh, yes: we rescued this dog. She was going to die in a shelter.” Sometimes this statement is perfectly true: they went to a kill shelter, adopted a high-risk dog, and trained her: thus rescuing her. Many other times people adopt a dog from a canine rescue agency. In this case, the story is far more complex — and interesting. While the adopter may claim to have rescued the dog, that credit must be shared with many who played a part along the way.
As of January 2017 we have fostered 38 dogs in 4½ years. That’s not an astounding number: I know many people who foster several times our annual average. Sometimes they have 6 or 8 dogs at a time, we generally have two or three (plus our two). But we take in the hard cases. We get the heartworm positive dogs that need to be nursed through a long treatment and recovery period. We take in those with “behavioral issues” and turn unmanageable hooligans into adoptable companions. It is trying work. Not all have been major challenges (most are simply large dogs who were never trained to behave) but there have been a few. Continue reading Validation of Why We Do Canine Foster Care→