FOSTERING; IS IT, OR IT ISN’T…
OK; OK. Almost a month. Seems like a long time, but it seems so much longer. Lola passed away 3/26/12; my heart still misses her. I really thought that it would be months before I thought about getting another dog. There, that’s the truth. I said it. Guess what? I’ve already got another one. That even surprises me. I had these feelings of lonliness, with no dog. That first night, that Lola wasn’t here, was SO quiet, so the next day I called some rescue organizations, and looked at petfinder.com, to find another Jindo. I really wanted to “replace” Lola. Of course you can’t do that, but I tried. I went to look at 4 dogs. Two didn’t interest me, as much as I wanted them to. Then I went to look at 2 more, at Centinella’s adaption on Pico. Some friends run an adoption center. A female struck my eye, even though I also walked a male. I expressed my interest in the female, but told them, (my friends who run the adoption), that I didn’t want to make a decision that day. They said that that would be ok, but they were really short on foster parents, and could I take the male, for only one week. I figured why not, I don’t have a dog under my roof right now, so ok, let’s do it. I’ll never do that again. I’m a softie. I get tied into them REAL fast. They must have seen that in me!
Jindo’s don’t bark, and this one is no different. He was a street dog for about a year, so he was, (and still is), alert to everything. Any sound, or visual activity, he would react to. He was very nervous that first day. I had to literally pull him into my living room, to get him comfortable inside. He did get ito that, with a “doggie bed” to help. He would NOT come back into the two bedrooms for about 3 days. I didn’t want to push him, but I knew I had some work to do with him. Every day there was progress; from little things, to big things like him walking to the back bedroom while I was in the office, on the computer. Then he started playing around, wrestling, doing a lot of “dog” stuff. I knew I was in trouble. How could I take him back? That was the conversation, though. One week. No other offers had been made on him. So when I took him back to the adoption center, and they put him in his cage, he started howling, barking like I’d never heard him before. I just couldn’t leave like that, it was like torture for him. That is when I said I’ll take him, boy, he’s such a good dog! A LOT of energy, though. What I didn’t mention earlier, was that he wouldn’t go outside, into my backyard, for fear out of all the noise that he heard. The day that I brought him home, from the adoption center, he went out, layed in the sun, and took a nap. MAJOR progress! Every day there is some sort of progress.
As I said before, there’s a lot of work to do. As he gets more comfortable with me, he also is showing his strength, on his walks. I was so comfortable with Lola those last 6-7 years, I had forgotton those first few years. She also, was some work. She got out a few times, had to get help from other people to get her back. The last half of her life, I never had to use a lease. I do hope that some day, we can get there with him. I call him Peanuts; he’s a beautiful white, but his ears are tan, which remind me of peanuts! So right now it’s Peanuts, could change, I don’t go with a certain, name, it’s what they bring to the table!
I take him up to the bluffs, for his walk. He is as powerful as my first dog, Brando. I forget a lot about that, also. You always remind yourself of all the “good” times that they give you; but it all goes with some work. SO, I found out how much he wants to get a squirrel. He looks up every tree that we walk under. He’ll stay there, all afternoon, if I let him. I have to power-pull him off of that spot, off of the squirrel spot! So he is work, as he comforts in, but that’s ok; he’s completely different than Lola, that’s for sure!! And I think that that’s a good thing. He also, loves to chase lizards! I don’t know what’s worse, squirrels or lizards! This certainly keeps my mind on him; I do a lot laughing. No replacing what you miss, but it helps out, a lot.
One day, down the road, I’ll keep you updated on our progress. I know, I know, talking about dogs is all you’ve read; but I do have other things on my mind, to write about! Fitness, fitness, and fitness! There’s a lot of stuff that I’ve been researching, and I’ll relay to you guys. It’s good stuff, because it’s a fast way to work out, and very effective. That’s next.
In the meantime, I’ve rediscovered going on walks can be challenging, and it’s fun! I just am still amazed on how life goes. I did not have my eye on this dog, but now I have him, and I love it. It goes back to loving every moment, and I mean EVERY moment.
Enjoy your moments, they go fast, but make sure that you put them in your memory bank. You’ll pull them out several times, and laugh…
So excited to meet Peanuts – so love that name, it’s sweet and makes me smile ! So thrilled for you Scott xoxoxoxox