Originally Posted by GsdLoverr729
I've already told her I'm happy to help screen other people for her. (: And I suggested that if, for some reason, it doesn't work that she contacts the local GSD rescues and asks them to do courtesy listings. In that case, I would likely be fostering him or going by her home often to walk and work with him for her.
I'll definitely update everyone once we have our time set to meet, and right after!!!
That's wonderful of you! I am sure that you have alleviated a lot of stress for the current owner.
As for the cat, I do not know if this is "dog/cat myth" or "dog/cat fact" but when I brought a foster kitty into my home I was told to get a towel, rub the cat in the towel and then rub the dog in the towel and vice versa before they met.
I have no idea if that actually helped, or if Riley would have always gotten along with the cat. But, the introductions went smoothly and they get along great.
In addition to the towel stuff, when I first brought the cat in, I had the cat in the cat carrier and put it up on a table so that the dog could sniff but not go crazy. After monitoring that reaction for a little bit, I put my dog on a leash and let the cat out - again on a high surface - so as not to immediately overwhelm the cat. All of that went well.
Then, I brought Riley upstairs and shut the gate to the stairwell so that the cat could feel comfortable to explore downstairs. For the first week or so, I would often keep the gate shut upstairs so that the cat always had a safe place... even though it became clear pretty quickly that it would not be a problem.
Okay, that was way too long! Sorry.