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Michelleva

Our First Ever Foster Dog - The Final Update

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Princess Bonnie had to go to the vet yesterday. A couple of days ago she was making this funny coughing noise, then it stopped and yesterday she was doing it again. So I bundled her up and took her in. She has an upper respitory infection, so is on AB's for that. The vet also cleaned her ears, as she had some wax in them. The poor girl wasn't herself the rest of the day, I think she feels safe in the house with us, but outside of here is still very scary to her.

I did get her to walk in on a lead though, so that was a positive. But I had to carry her to the car, those steps out the front door are terrifying to her. :(

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With the continued love and security she is getting in your home, Michelleva, she will quickly be back to her latest progress status. Little things may upset the apple cart from time to time, but she'll never go back to square one.

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The outside world will possibly never feel entirely safe - and it most unfortunate that a vet trip was her first experience with you ... baby steps :) ..

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Oh and to further prove she is a princess, look how she holds her paws, she does this all the time........awwwwwwwweeeeeeee

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She still has manky skin on her back from having fleas and left untreated. She's getting flaxseed oil on her food, I'm told thats good for skin and coat, does anyone else have any other suggestions, otherwise it probably just needs some time and a decent diet, which she is getting now. It seems to be itchy because she's been walking under the outdoor chairs and dragging them all over the place, trying to scratch herself.

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It will probably take a while for her to "forget" the itchy feeling.

I was going to comment that her coat looks beautiful.

Other will have advise on diet, but I've alway been under the impression that Flaxseed was up there at the top.

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Already in a week the hair on her back is starting to regrow. When I got her she had a mowhawk running down her back, with bare skin on either side. She has flakey bits coming off all the time now, but I can see it improving. I was advised to not brush her, I think so it doesn't aggrevate that skin. She'd been to a groomers the day before desexing and they said she just had huge matts of fur come off her back, poor thing. But she's going in the right direction now.

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mita   

Danny the rescue sheltie came with flea allergy. For the itchy feeling the vet told us to give him Polaramine (the human allergy pills). I can't remember the dose, tho'. It helped him tremendously. He used to rub his back under chairs, too.

Shelley who came from the breeder... with no experience of the outside world... was the same as Bonnie. Even a couple of steps outside was frightening for her. But, like persephone said, it was a case of baby steps. Just one or two steps.... & a liver treat or two. Then same next day...until she could take a third step, & so on. Going like that, Shelley eventually was fine outdoors. Took a while, but it happened.

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Danny the rescue sheltie came with flea allergy. For the itchy feeling the vet told us to give him Polaramine (the human allergy pills). I can't remember the dose, tho'. It helped him tremendously. He used to rub his back under chairs, too.

Shelley who came from the breeder... with no experience of the outside world... was the same as Bonnie. Even a couple of steps outside was frightening for her. But, like persephone said, it was a case of baby steps. Just one or two steps.... & a liver treat or two. Then same next day...until she could take a third step, & so on. Going like that, Shelley eventually was fine outdoors. Took a while, but it happened.

Thats encouraging Mita. I think Bonnie will be fine too, its just a step by step process. Once we'd seen the vet she was quite relaxed there and would even walk on the lead with encouragement. She walked back to the caar without a problem, she's smart though, she probably knows thats the way home.

I just mowed the back lawn and Georgia did her usual carry on, OMG, the sky is falling, blah blah blah, so she ended up being crated. While Bonnie sensibily sat on the concrete away from the noisy thing, she didn't look scared at all. Its amazing that two dogs of the same breed can be so different. I'd always assumed they were all like Georgia.

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mita   

I just mowed the back lawn and Georgia did her usual carry on, OMG, the sky is falling, blah blah blah, so she ended up being crated. While Bonnie sensibily sat on the concrete away from the noisy thing, she didn't look scared at all. Its amazing that two dogs of the same breed can be so different. I'd always assumed they were all like Georgia.

Like chalk & cheese, aren't they.. Bonnie's sensible like Danny. The UQ eye-specialist vet used to call him, 'a fine young Scot'. Shelley was known as the lunatic. We thought we might put a pole in the middle of the yard, with an audio tape that said, every 10 minutes, 'Shut up, Shelley!'. But she'd have barked at the pole because it was obviously sent to kill her.

When she was the only dog, she stayed at the kennels while we were away. When we went to pick her up, the kennel attendant, said she''d put Shelley in with a a shy, retiring sheltie boy whose family were overseas for 3 months. 'To cheer him up.' That poor little sheltie... away from his home & someone puts a lunatic in with him!

So there are other sweet shelties out there... you've got your Bonnie.

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I just mowed the back lawn and Georgia did her usual carry on, OMG, the sky is falling, blah blah blah, so she ended up being crated. While Bonnie sensibily sat on the concrete away from the noisy thing, she didn't look scared at all. Its amazing that two dogs of the same breed can be so different. I'd always assumed they were all like Georgia.

Like chalk & cheese, aren't they.. Bonnie's sensible like Danny. The UQ eye-specialist vet used to call him, 'a fine young Scot'. Shelley was known as the lunatic. We thought we might put a pole in the middle of the yard, with an audio tape that said, every 10 minutes, 'Shut up, Shelley!'. But she'd have barked at the pole because it was obviously sent to kill her.

When she was the only dog, she stayed at the kennels while we were away. When we went to pick her up, the kennel attendant, said she''d put Shelley in with a a shy, retiring sheltie boy whose family were overseas for 3 months. 'To cheer him up.' That poor little sheltie... away from his home & someone puts a lunatic in with him!

So there are other sweet shelties out there... you've got your Bonnie.

Definitely a replica of your two, thats for sure. :-)

We had another breakthrough this afternoon. I put the collar and lead on her and let her walk around with it for a while, then I just picked it up and started walking towards the front door. She freaked out and tried to get away from me BUT once she was out the front door, she thought it was the best thing ever. We walked up and down our street together, both with goofy grins on our faces. She walked in every direction, sniffing everything as she went and I let her. Now is not the time to worry about walking nicely, that will come later. Tomorrow we're going to tackle going around the block! I think if we go a little further each day, soon she'll forget about her fear of the door, just like she got over her fear of the crate so quickly. I can see the time fast approaching where we need to make the decision to adopt or let her be adopted. Its not going to take long to rehabilitate this special little lady. :cry:

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Oh... I thought she had made her decision ?

My problem is if I keep her, I can't help anymore dogs like her, the fact that she fits in so well here and is the most amazing creature is making it so difficult. I may have to just give in and admit my fostering days are over. :cry:

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Tazar   

What beautiful pooches :)

Fostering is hard, I do it and have realised that if I don't let one go, I cannot help another. Sometimes if there is room you keep one or two :) There is just this gut feeling, I have three ex-rescue and one I choose as a puppy.

I think you need to think like this when you get a foster.

You need to treat the dog like you would a boarder.

When they first come in, you show them where they sleep, eat, go to the toilet and the communal rooms (kitchen, dining). You don't give them access to your whole house or leave $100 (read shoes or fun things to chew) on the dining room table when you go out.

As you gain their trust and they yours, you start expanding the boundaries. You also need to keep in mind that their forever home may not want them on the bed or couch so don't give them this luxury, let the new owners give them this if they choose.

I think giving them what they need, the basics and expanding slightly as time goes by gives them the best chance when they are placed in their forever home.

Just my opinion. :)

Yay you for being a Foster Carer :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Kajtek   

My problem is if I keep her, I can't help anymore dogs like her, the fact that she fits in so well here and is the most amazing creature is making it so difficult. I may have to just give in and admit my fostering days are over. :cry:

Sometimes a very special dog comes along....

It happened to us and I am grateful that our FF boy is still here.

We will do fostering again in the future.

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