"Look at me, I'm Sandra Dee!!!!!" That's what Brandy seemed to be saying on her first walk with her resident collie and labrador brothers at her permanent foster home. Such a pretty prancer she is while walking! Her temporary foster home got her groomed, and you can just tell that she now feels as pretty as she looks. A dainty, feminine and gorgeous girl, that's Brandy!
Brandy has settled in very well, after some initial shyness. She is the perfect houseguest - wonderful with the dogs and cats, and she has displayed no bad habits nor any food aggression (of course the dogs are all fed in separate areas to maintain peace, but when the nosy and always hungry lab approaches her while she is eating, she displays no agitation at all). She likes to have somebody by her side when she eats, and of course I oblige, just to make sure the lab doesn't accidentally bite off more than he thinks he can chew!
Just having been spayed about a week ago, Brandy still may need some dental work, and has shown some possible pain in her back end area, by (gently) snapping when foster mom has tried to wipe her back feet, and she had the same reaction when her temporary foster took her to the vet and they were poking around her back end area. She goes to the vet next Monday to remove her stitches, so I will see what the vets say at that time.
I also think she may be a bit older than the first estimated 6-7 years old, due to the shape of her teeth, grayness of her muzzle, activity level and slight eye cloudiness. My collie sniffed near her mouth (as he tends to be solicitous of other animals' health issues), and she gave him a warning growl. So she may be having mouth pain also.
Apparently Brandy came from a neglect situation, and she has several very good scars on her nose. Don't you wish she could talk? But that is in the past, and this little girl just wants love, and wants to be close to you. She exhibits some separation anxiety, by whining when left alone, but will settle down in not too long of a time. She does not get on the furniture, and has claimed "her" dog bed by the front door. She nosily will look out the window if she hears another dog barking, or if there is activity outside, but for the most part, she is content to lie on her bed. Of course, if I get up and move to another room, Brandy has to get up to see where I am and what I'm doing.
Surprisingly, Brandy has what sounds like a Husky vocalization at times, she very cutely "woo-woo's", for lack of a better description. I think she's trying to tell me about her day when I come home! This "woo-woo" can also sound heartbreaking, as when she is feeling alone, it comes out sounding extremely mournful. You'd swear you were out in the woods with a wolf not far away, pouring her heart out to the moon and stars.
Brandy came with the crew to the dog park the other day, and enjoyed herself for a short while - so many smells!... then definitely wanted to head to the gate to leave. I got the feeling she wanted to get back to her "comfort" zone. It wouldn't surprise me at all if she has some deep-seated anxieties about her place in the world. Brandy will need a fenced yard, as when she decided she was going to leave the dog park, she was heck-bent on getting to the gate, and did not respond to any type of voice or persuasion to change the direction she was going. Also, she is probably not used to her name yet, she may never have even HAD a name, so maybe does not know she is really a somebody with a name to call her own.
Due to the possible pain issues that caused snapping, Brandy's forever home should not include small children or rambunctious pets.
The perfect home for Brandy would be a calm home where she would never be alone. Ideally, there would be a compatible dog friend for her to spend the time with when her person(s) could not be there. I think being totally alone in the house, for Brandy, would be very, very sad and scary for her. She needs to learn that she is safe and secure, and that her home will be her forever home. Brandy doesn't need fancy lessons or group/dog activities, she just needs the comfort of knowing she belongs to a family and a home, neither of which will ever be taken away from her.