After three weeks, Jenni is settling in nicely into our home and family. She recently has shown me that she deserves more than sleeping downstairs on the dog bed, while our resident Mollie sleeps on our bed. During the day, I now will find Jenni taking naps on the bed. First, she only tested napping on the bottom corner of the bed, and today I found her completely sprawled out in the middle of the bed. I think she knows now that she is part of our family and likes it.
She loves taking multiple walks in the woods with Foster Dad and her three canine foster brothers and sister. On top of that, our resident 2 year old, Cutter, is always ready for a romp, and so is Bongo the half-grown poodle next door. So, when mid-afternoon rolls around and it is finally quiet around here, Jenni takes full advantage by napping, usually in her favorite position -- all four paws up!
Jenni wants to please and very seldom jumps on us now and is doing much better with taking treats. We don't have a cat, so haven't been able to test that. Jenni is an affectionate, loving dog who lived as a stray for awhile with her mom and sister. She may always need a more disciplined eating environment, but this is easily handled with proper training. Although Jenni's mother appeared to be part border collie, Jenni is much larger than a standard border collie, and is probably part golden retriever or lab. She has not displayed any 'herding' behavior -- she is more laid back.
Jenni would do fine as an only dog or with other dogs. Cats are unknown. She is housetrained and crate-trained, and at 11 months, is probably old enough to make it through a work day in the crate. As a young, energetic dog, she must have daily vigorous activity. As a smart, affectionate dog, she must have lots of loving and attention, and would excell at obedience training. Although we have a fenced yard, I think Jenni would be okay with a tie-out, so long as it wasn't for pro-longed periods of time. She enjoys spending an hour or two outside in the morning just sitting, watching and listening. Sometimes in the afternoon when the other dogs are in the yard, I will find her right next to the back door taking a nap.
That's all the news for now, except to say if you have any questions, feel free to let your placement advisor know and we'd be happy to talk.