Sent: Sunday, January 14, 2007 11:11 PM Subject: RE: Forman’s doing great
Very good to news, and we very much appreciate you sending us a quickupdate. I think he will do fine as it sounds like he is off to a greatstart. He’s not a puppy, but you will get the chance to see him come out ofhis shell like we did. Hopefully this time it will be a few weeks insteadof closer to a few months.
And here I was all worried he’d be nervous/skittish is first night away.You have definitely made him feel welcome/comfortable.
Keep the updates coming, placing dogs in good homes is the best reward wecan get.
Sent: Sunday, January 14, 2007 10:44
Forman’s doing great
Hi Mike and Scott,
I just wanted to
check in… he’s doing really well so far. I’ve attached a couple pictures (my
in-laws came over to meet him). He ate up his dinner, so his appetite is still
fine; when we ate dinner, he came in under the table without having to coax him
to come with us, and when Rob was working on the computer, he lay right at his
feet under the desk just like you said he liked to do – I think they both have
found a new friend. He seems comfortable in his kennel where it is, he tucked in
there when we were just talking and couldn’t keep his eyes open.
I’m hoping all will
continue well, but I thought you might find some relief that he doesn’t seem as
Sent: Sunday, January 14, 2007 7:25 PM Subject: Forman’s home visit
Forman’s home visit when very well. He did better than both Scott or Iexpected, he did well with their 3 year old daughter (which meant ignoringher as she ran around the back yard). He liked their back yard (~1/4 andwell fenced with Squirrels one yard over to watch) and was adventurousenough to walk around on his own without his tail tucked. He led me aroundtheir house, including bounding up the stairs, once I motioned that it wasokay for him to go and as long as I stayed within sight.
Scott gave them a good run down of his ‘idiosyncrasies’. And they know itwill take him time, weeks, to get comfortable, they seemed up to the task.They both seemed to genuinely like him and good with dogs.
We both felt comfortable with leaving him there. They will either stop bythis coming Sat and fill out the contract (first choice), or if for somereason they cannot make it Sat we will stop over with a contract. We leftthem with the large crate (that he has been sleeping in) to borrow as wellas a bucket of food, his bowl, 2nd dog bed, two of his toys, a bottle ofdoggie shampoo, and the Red Folder. He ran right into his kennel when weset it up and came right back out. The father instructed the three year old(as best he could) that she was never to go in the cage after the ‘doggie’.We stressed this with both the parents and they were clear on the issue. Hemay be ok but no sense risking it.
While perfectly fine the entire time we were there, Forman was expectedlyrather upset when we left. They have our home and cell numbers as well asemail with instructions to call if there is a problem. They are about 20minutes away (<5 minutes from the PV kennel). She may call you Charlieasking for a local vet recommendation, the folder only listed emergencyvets.
At about 3pm we took Foreman over to his new home. They have a wonderful house with a nice large fenced back yard. They parents look like they are between 25 and 30, and they have a young daughter that is 3 and a toddler. They were both experienced dog owners and seemed to be very prepared for Foreman. We took the crate that he sleeps in, his bed from the basement that he slept on during the day, his Kong toy, a bucket of food, his favorite bowl, a rope toy, and a bottle of Shampoo. When we put the crate in the house, Foreman immediately ran inside and seemed to be content. We went into their back yard and Foreman was fascinated with the squirrels. He was inquisitive and seemed happy. The first time we put him in our back yard, he dropped to the ground and cowered. It was great to see how changed he was and how comfortable he seemed.
I’ll miss Foreman. He changed so much since we took him in and he was such a better dog. He was a great companion and shadowed me everywhere I went. He was beginning to be a good watch dog for the house and was just learning how to use the doggy door. But, as much as I will miss him, I am really happy that such a good family took him in as a permanent pet. This makes fostering completely worthwhile! Here is a classic picture of Foreman. No expression…just that silent look of being scared of everything around him.