Well didn't get the dog, they decided to test him with cats today, since we have two, and he apparently was aggressive towards them, so the papers didn't get signed. Of course I don't know what conditions the cat introduction was done under so I can't say if the dog really was being aggressive or just playing. Our own dog plays with our 1 year old cat and NEVER hurts him. I have so many questions like, was the dog walked before cat introduction? Was the cat dog friendly? This dog has been by 3 other people and hasn't been adopted out, I think the supervisor at the shelter might be attached to the dog them self (but probably can't adopt more) and is just finding excuses in every case not to adopt this dog out, the sad thing is that dog really just needs a home I think when he has someone walking him and and a yard to run around instead of being in a 6' X 6' cage 23 hours a day he will be a wonderful animal.
The thing that really ticks me off is DH took him for a walk and was told when he returned the supervisor would talk things over with him and papers would be signed, he got back and the supervisor had left for the day and the papers were not signed.
Last edited by Muddee; 07-31-2012 at 05:45 PM.
* Amanda *
They left the decision in our hands but not knowing the exact circumstances in which the cat test was done I don't really know if I want the dog. If he was truly cat aggressive he may not be the dog for us.
Thing is from seeing the dog without cats he seems very friendly, so its difficult to believe that it's true aggression. I think the test was done wrong, the dog had no release for it's energy before they shoved a cat in it's face, the person that walks this dog daily came in after the test was done and the dog hadn't been walked since DH went there last night.
Last edited by Muddee; 07-31-2012 at 10:37 PM.
* Amanda *
DH wants the dog, and I am torn but logic is winning in my mind. I'm thinking that since there are so many negatives around the the matter, zero support from my family, pet bills can be quite high, and it would take a lot of work to integrate the dog into our family (mainly cause of the cats) I don't think it would be the right fit. Both DH and I feel really bad cause we know the dog needs a home, being in a cage for 23 hours a day is not doing him good.
Really wish we could foster him, get him in a state where he could find a forever home, or where we could be comfortable adopting him.
Last edited by Muddee; 08-01-2012 at 09:35 AM.
* Amanda *
I told DH to ask the supervisor at the shelter if we can have a trial period where I don't have to commit right away. If we are not allowed to do a trial period I made it clear that my answer for getting the dog is no.
* Amanda *
Makes sense. Typically it's not aggression with cats in the way folks think -- like unfriendly dog biting people. It's prey drive. Little running cat = prey = kill it. I have multiple cat killers in my house who are great wonderful dogs as long as there's nothing small and furry moving about. Dogs and cats never mix in my world b/c the cats would be mince meat. I deal with hunting breeds so prey drive is the norm.
I would think if the shelter truly wants him to get a try after so long they would work with you but who knows....GL!
Great news! We are allowed to foster him for 2 weeks! After two weeks we have a few choices, give him back, extend the foster or adopt. If things don't work we can bring him back sooner.
* Amanda *
YAYYYY! I'm SO glad they worked with you! It seems like this is TOTALLY in the dog's best interest. Even if you can't keep him the shelter will learn so much about him they wouldn't know with him caged 24/7 and you don't have to feel locked in! That's exactly why my rescue group adopts EVERY dog out with a 2 week trial so folks don't feel trapped and we can send dogs home to places we THINK will work but aren't 110% positive.
I thought I updated here about the dog, guess not.
We returned him to the shelter after 8 days, and it was very sad because he had made so much progress in such little time, he learned sit, stay, how to walk on a leash and was beginning to learn leave it. He had one major issue that could take a long time to sort out, he has redirected aggression and bites, he's never broken skin but with the biting we couldn't keep him in a home with a 3 year old and 2 cats. So he got returned.
DH and I haven't announced it on FB yet so no comments please but we've been looking at some Sheltie/Collie cross puppies at a rescue organization, they require you to fill out an application before seeing the dogs so we've done so and sent it in.
Here is their petfinder link.
Petfinder Adoptable Dog | Shetland Sheepdog Sheltie | Etobicoke, ON | Puppies
* Amanda *
SUPER cute Amanda! I'm not much for herders but a guy I do rescue with does shelties and I dog sit his when he travels and they are pretty cute little things. I tend to be an eager to please hunting breed person vs a super smart & bold herder. I like a dog that does what I ask and doesn't ask why LOL. A herding dog person once told me (when I commented that my corgi mix is bloody FEARLESS and ALWAYS in charge) that to be a 20 or 30 lb dog facing a giant cow, big sheep etc you HAVE to be in charge and fearless. Good luck!