Alas!!! We are in love! The only thing that would make Rex even better is if he knew how to cook and clean and change a tire......
Rex is awesome. Whoever comes to meet this loving boy will fall in love with him and be very lucky to adopt him.
Some updates on Rex... I found out he was to the vet on Saturday and got all up to date on his shots. He tested negative for HW and weighed in at a hearty 80lbs. I am happy to report he already down to 78.4 after a few days of lower calorie intake and some exercise. Rex is healthy with the exception of his weight and the ear infection he has. Both of these are being worked on and will be gone in no time....
This boy had settled in so easy here in our home and is already best friends with Lucy. He has the silliest way of playing with her, in that he will gnaw on her ears and the turn around and push his butt into her... We laugh everytime we see it. He has been super with our toddler son and allows our son to crawl near him and lay his head on Rex. Rex ignores our cat and just wants so much to be around us. He will follow us most of the time hoping for some pets and additional loving. If we stop petting him, he generally will just lay down and rest up and nap in the same room as you.
We usually kennel our fosters at night and when we are gone for the first couple weeks we have them. Both nights he's been with us and when we leave for work or errands, he follows us over to his kennel and we tell him, "Rex, Kennel." and he goes right in. We then give him a couple treats. Each time he sits there looking at you and then just lays down and doesn't say a peep all night long. In fact, when we get up for work at 6am, he looks at us with squinty eyes as if to say, "this is way too early to be getting up...."
Rex rides great in the car. He pants ever so slightly, but the more he goes with, the better he'll get.
He is housetrained and we have total confidence he is ok with free roam. We will start that after the weekend....
Rex is getting 2 cups of food a day and more exercise than he is probably used to. He is tired each night and content to chill out while we're watching TV.
Rex absolutely loves to run around our fenced in back yard. In his previous home he was outside most days by himself in a smaller dog run. So he is enjoying being able to stretch out his legs and run. This will also help him lose weight and build muscle in his hind end. For this reason, we'd prefer to find him a home with a fenced yard. His recall seems to be good, especially with a whistle.
He barked for the first time yesterday with Lucy when some people walked by in the street. He's got a nice deep bark.
In reading his surrendering paperwork, it states that Rex has minor storm anxiety and fireworks anxiety. It says that if he is outside when a storm comes or fireworks are going off, he will dig a hole and try to hide in it. HOWEVER, (and this is important) if he is inside, he is just fine and shows know anxiety. So I don't see this being a problem because RAGOM dogs are not supposed to be left outside alone right? :-)
I did take Rex to the vet tonight to have a wide flat mass on his tummy looked at. It was as I suspected, just a benign fatty deposit. It may go away or shrink as he continues to lose weight, but regardless, it is harmless and adds to his charm...
This boy is amazing. He will be a great addition to any family. I think he'd really like to have a dog companion, but as long as someone is loving him, and scratching his ears, he will be in heaven and your loyal companion to the end. He is so wanting to please you and be loved. Someone adopt this gem before we do.....
One other funny thing about this clown.... sometimes he sits in that certain way that some dogs sit in where they put their legs straight back and out to the sides..... I got a picture of him doing this tonight.... I have no idea how that can be even remotely comfortable, but like I said, he's a clown....
Rex and I will be at the Goldzilla event in the foster dog tent from 10-11 and then in the foster showcase. Come and meet him....
If you think your family would be a good match, and you'd like to meet him before then, contact your placement advisor.
Thank you for reading up on this angel. Rex says a prayer everynight with us for Mozart's safe return. We love you Mozart!
RAGOM makes me smile
Rex is very handsome
Sitting with Lucy in the background
Happily meeting the neighbor's Beagle