SAFE! Operation Biscuit !
I'm following up from the Urgent thread on Biscuit from earlier this month.
Biscuit, age 10, white, shelter favorite from Ohio. She was pulled from the shelter last weekend by a wonderful member of Echo Dogs. The shelter was pretty rough---low budget, doing the best they can but pretty primitive. Tommi, a GSD female, is still there....
Biscuit's temp foster mom took her home for the week and Ms. Biscuit was a love with her children, who camped out with her in the laundry room for the week. Poor girl is malnourished at 41 pounds! Definately a survivor! She is gentle, not protetive of food or toys and wants to please.
She is reactive with other dogs, not surprising given 10 weeks in the shelter.
Biscuit had 15 hours of tranpsort (THANK YOU ECHO!!!) on Saturday and arrived home with me in Cape Cod late Saturday night. She was very anxious and confused, overwhelmed by the house.
She slept quietly in a crate after it was clear that putting her in a nearby bedroom or bathroom was too much for her.
Yesterday she spent trying to settle. She eats like it's her last meal but is very polite--I can move her food dish, her treats, etc.
She sits VERY pretty for treats and has a beautiful little face with soft eyes.
She and my boy Aik are in the process of trying to get along. She is somewhat reactive and was nippy and barky at him. He gets fed up with it so they are being separated while they get used to the idea of each other. He is pouting bigtime with me and looks at me quite resentfully since she has arrived. He like to lay outside her crate and eat a rawhide, just to make his point. I put an end to that and he's not happy with me.
She doesn't walk well on a leash, barks and lunges, so we have to work on that. The house is still too overwhelming for her and she paces and whines. She does better when I keep her on her leash (now with harness!) around the house and this is easier for her.
We've had some snuggle time and she has finally felt comfortable enough to lounge in a dogbed eating a marrow bone, looking cozy. But if I get up to get something, she abandons the bone and follows me.
Today, she hung out with me while I got ready for work and was fascinated with her reflection in the mirror. She also channeled her silly self and found a toy and a sock to toss around, looking very pleased with herself.
Overall, she is trying hard to figure things out, but has a long way to go. She is most comfortable and relaxed in the crate where she feels safe. She's working on housebreaking and I need to keep a close eye on her, but she makes it all night without a peep.
She's getting her spay stitches out today and a bath is soon to follow!
Little Biscuit is quite the scrappy survivor. She brings some challenges with her, especially regarding other dogs, does not even know her name and is quite anxious. I think she misses the kids at her first foster home.
But her inner sweetness shines, and she is VERY smart. She will be a petite beauty in time.
My plan is to foster her, as I still have my heart set on a younger dog. She may be very adoptable, as she never got the memo that she is a senior and is VERY active and puppyish, and her bloodwork is tip top. She loves kids and would be happiest as an only dog. She likes men and women and isn't even afraid of the vacum!! This is in stark contrast to Aik, my big sable boy from a Sch. 3 champ, who thinks the vacum is the Messenger of Death and runs away. *sigh*
More to come.
Big thanks to Echo for taking us under their wing, and all the people who helped with transport, and especially Ginny and her family, who were Biscuit's first foster home, where she learned that doggie beds are for doggies!
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" T'was Heaven with you Here."
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Shining found treasures both.