Say hello to my 18th foster! This guy is Sammy.
He has been in the rescue for a few months. His previous foster has to travel multiple times over the next several months, so we had to place Sammy in a new foster home. There was nowhere for him to go, so he joined Crazy Doglandia to become a part of my pack!
The first 3 days were
hell rough. He was very confused, stressed, and vocal. He likes to share his discontentment with the neighborhood, by whining and barking and whining and barking. Did I mention he whined and barked a lot?!
Because of his nervous energy, I took dog introductions VERY slow. For the first time ever, Oscar was not the first dog to welcome our foster. Instead, I let Mia meet Sammy first. I knew she’d be great since she is confident, social, happy and submissive. They were friends immediately. Sammy knew there were other friends for him to meet though, and he kept on whining. So the next day, I introduced Lucy. Although she can be vocal, she too is confident and social, so I knew she wouldn’t be affected by Sammy’s nervous energy. All the while, Oscar and Sammy had met several times, I just wasn’t allowing full play yet.
After a few days, Sammy settled in a bit, so then came Oscar’s turn. My word for Oscar is “easy”, when he is allowed to play but has to be gentle. So, I finally took just the two boys out, telling Oscar “easy” several times, and they started to play. As usual, Oscar made me proud and was a total rock star with Sammy!
Now that Sammy had officially made friends with everyone individually, it was time to have multiple dog play time! First I allowed Mia, Lucy, and Sammy to play together. They did fabulously! Then I let Oscar take Lucy’s place, and they too did great together. Finally, all four dogs were allowed to play at the same time…holy dog herd! They all love to run and chase each other, and have a blast together. Sammy definitely thrives around dogs, so his forever home MUST have at least one other medium-large dog for him to pal around with!
Sammy is only about 6-7 months old, and has long lanky legs. I think he is a Belgian Malinois mix. He has the black muzzle, black-tipped fur, and has a lot of their traits: Watchful, Protective, Alert, Friendly, Hard-working, Confident, Stubborn, Active..ok, he’s not confident, but everything else pretty much describes Sammy to a T! He also has a lot of “working dog” qualities. For example, when he is chasing the dogs, he nips at their butts, which is very typical of a herding/working dog. I also think that is why he whines when there is nothing for him to do, and it takes him longer to settle down, unlike my couch potato dogs! He is a really sweet pup, and smart too. He is house and crate trained. Sammy needs LOTS of work on the leash, so that will be the top priority as far as what needs to be worked on!
On other news, Mia has an adoption pending!!! I won’t say any more until it’s a done deal…but I’m excited to share the news, once everything is official!!
Have a great day, friends!