Phoenix has moved to his new foster home and let me tell you, I am in LOVE! He's been here for a week and while we took things slowly to help him deal with more change, he has adjusted really well. I have a cat and Phoenix has barked at her but she is very dog savvy and hasn't backed down. I don't think he's ever been around cats but they are now learning to coexist together.
Phoenix may be listed as a senior dog, but let me tell you he is very young at heart! He LOVES to go for walks. He also really likes going for car rides and he is the perfect passenger. He lays down in the back seat and just watches the world go by. He's met some of the neighborhood kids and their dogs and is a very sociable guy. Phoenix has a gorgeous coat and he has obviously been well taken care of. He is so eager to be bathed, he's jumped into my bathtub! How many dogs do that?! He has full run of my house, day or night. I have some quilts and blankets throughout the house for him but he tends to prefer the cool kitchen floor. He does come into the bedroom with me at night and will sleep on the floor by my bed. So far he hasn't been interested in getting up on the furniture. This morning when he heard my alarm go off, he came over to lean his head against my bed - that's how he told me he needed to go out! What manners!!
He has had obedience training and knows his commands. He knows to sit and lay down and is very gentle when taking treats. He got a special toy when we ran to Pet Smart this week. He was so proud, he walked around the store with it in his mouth. He didn't do any guarding when I borrowed it so the cashier could ring it up, Good Boy! Of course I gave it back to him right away so he is learning that if I take something away, I will give it back. This is very good practice for dogs that have any kind of potential resource guarding. They are less likely to guard their precious objects if they know that we will either "trade" for something higher in value or that I will give them their toy back. He then got to carry it out to the car :)
Phoenix is super friendly and social and when we go for walks, he wants to greet every person and dog we meet. Everyone, of course, notes how handsome he is. His tail wags letting them know that he knows :)
We've had thunderstorms since he's been here and he had no anxieties, which is always nice! He's also been great for his vet visits! YAY Phoenix
Phoenix has some medical issues that are controlled with medications. We know what his allergies are and he merely goes in monthly for his shot. He is on thyroid meds and from past experience those pills are very affordable. He is on some medications for Addison's disease too, but he takes them like a trooper. Next time I go into the vet I'll get more information on the monthly cost of his healthcare so you have an idea of what his financial needs will be. I can tell you, however, that if I didn't know he had some stuff going on I wouldn't know... He acts like not a thing is wrong with him.
He is adjusting so well to my home and I'm sure when you meet him, he'll steal your heart as he's stolen mine.
Also, HUGE thanks to Laura for putting a token on Mr. Phoenix's page. It's greatly appreciated!