Declan 16-046 here with an update on my whereabouts. For the past week I have been on something called a Vacation, to some place called The North Shore. I had never heard of either of those things before, but evidently vacation is where you pack everything you own into a car and drive a long way through rain and heavy traffic in time to arrive somewhere tired, cranky, and a little scared.
After you get over that first part though, it turns out that vacations are GREAT! You get to hang out with a bunch of cool new friends, go to BBQ's and parties, do zoomies in the yard, go swimming (if that is your thing - not mine, thanks anyway), and have lots of people tell you that they really like you and are glad to have met you. Can't beat that!
There is one slight drawback to my vacation accommodations though. They insist here that I follow something called "the house rules". At my very first house the main rule was every dog for himself, so I got things mainly by being fast and being pushy. Evidently in this place that is exactly what DOESN'T get you what you want. Who knew? Here the emphasis in on being calm, waiting your turn, and sharing. I wasn't too keen on this change of rules at the start - I really just didn't get it; but it is growing on me now. I am starting to figure out that in a good resort like this there really is enough of everything (attention, food, toys, etc.) to go around, so I don't have to work so hard for it any more and can relax and be my real silly dog self. I think in my forever home I would like it if there were clear house rules so I can know where I stand and what is expected of me; that will really help me be less nervous.
I met a lot of dogs this week (all full-sized). I got along with everyone, and played hard with a few who liked that game. Neither of the other dogs who live at the resort really like to play, and I haven't bugged them about it. It might be fun in my forever home though if I had a playful sibling or a chance to go to a nice doggy daycare once in awhile. Temporary Foster Mom suggested that a dog park probably wouldn't be good for me (right now at least) as I get kind of over-stimulated and forget those rule things when there is a lot of chaos.
Looks like I will be heading home from vacation over the weekend, so I will be ready once again to interview potential forever homes. After this week I am feeling more positive about how my life is changing and I am excited to get started on my forever golden life! I'm posting a couple pics from my vacation, hope you enjoy them.
A few comments from Temporary Foster Mom
- With a fenced yard and other dogs to join in a "pee train" Declan has had no accidents at all this week. He can sometimes take a while to pick a spot, but he got quicker about doing his business as the week went on. He does not ask to go out, so I just treated him kind of like a puppy and put him out when I first got home, after eating, after a long nap, etc.
- He was loose in the living room with my dogs during the day, and other than dumping the dog toy basket he was not destructive. Stuffies do not have a long life around him, but he will leave them alone if you tell him too. All tags must be removed from all items.
- While Declan is still nervous about all of the new experiences he is having and acts scared at times, it is important not to mistake anxiety for submission. I have seen absolutely no aggression from him, but he stands up for himself among other dogs and likes to take the lead part of the time during chase/play. He can also be stubborn if doesn't agree with the human :)
- Declan is intimidated by people standing up/over him. He rarely will come to anyone if they are standing, but as soon as you sit down he comes over and tries to crawl into your lap!
- As a result of the last couple of items Declan does not have consistent recall outside. He loves going IN through the door though, so no problem getting him in from the yard.
- He eagerly loaded up in a crate in my van and road around town no problem. Leash skills are a work in progress as he tends to surge in multiple directions.
- He really did make friends with everyone, man and beast, that he met this week. More than one person commented that if they could have another dog they would love to have Declan! He has a silly sweetness about him that is easy to love.