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Foster dog Jessie –We are adopting her

Here is Jessie, a foster dog, we will soon adopt.
Jo Ann Wentzel

Jessie recently had a Meet and Greet but did not respond well to the head of the family. It was decided that her body language indicated she did not trust and would not accept or thrive in the home where this person resided. The family seemed fine to me, but Jessie said different and I trust dog’s instincts above peoples usually. It was decided they would not do for adoptive parents, so we have decided to officially adopt Jessie ourselves.

This almost 1 ½ old Australian Cattle mix dog has come a long way, but she seems to have a ways to go to fit in perfectly, not expecting her to be perfect since we all need to adjust expectations whenever fostering or adopting a rescue pet. She has developed some good habits, but in some cases it is hit and miss if you do not keep up the training. When we get busy with pother stuff, it often waits until a better time and training should not ever wait in my estimation. Consistency has always been the motto I lived by whenever trying to learn or accomplish something. Training is no different and consistency counts. The difference can be spotted very quickly when you are lax on the training part of rescuing.

Jessie has made the biggest strides in the area of relationships. Though she and Mr. Owen play very roughly, they have become really good friends. Even the cats will occasionally rub Jessie. Sometimes she listens and does not chase them, but more often she chases them, but now it is more of a game. I do not expect her to hurt them or worry about that, but her fascination with them still is very strong. One of Jessie’s new friends is a very large doll waiting for a makeover and sitting on a stuffed chair in my creation room. She curls up with her and the doll doesn’t mind the licking which can get a bit excessive if Jessie has her way. It’s quite cute.

She listens to the word no or lets me redirect her most times, but when her schedule changes she has a bad day since she appears to be a creature of habit. One change happened just today, when the hubby started a new job and left early and took care of her instead of me in the morning. Today she has been more rambunctious and noisy. Jessie is more difficult today and started a new bad behavior, though just a small problem. Recently, I stopped using a potato/onion bin in the kitchen and put those items in baskets near the floor of a microwave stand. Today she grabbed four potatoes till I caught her doing it and took off with them and started to eat them. Not a major problem, but I will need to place them higher on the shelf. Adjusting and reordering your surroundings seems to be necessary for new pets till their training is more complete. It is more of a safety thing just like when you do this for toddlers.

Jessie has really bonded with my husband and me and waits patiently on the sofa, looking at the window when one of us goes out but, the other is at home. She still is confined to one room when we both leave since she still will chew if given the opportunity; she makes good use of the chew toys and bones, but will still demolish soft ones. This dog has all the signs of becoming a lifetime companion and loyal friend. She wants to be with both of us all the time except when she is playing in the yard with Mr. Owen. He has taken on an older brother role and sort of watches out for her. She will walk outside to the yard or go to the door to see what is going on and just stand right under him. There is no fear there and a great relationship forming. Our older dog lets her know when she is too much in his space and she eventually accepts it. She has absolutely no fear of him which is great because he makes at least 3 or 4 of her.

Jessie still has a sweet, loving nature, but now feels relaxed and safe enough here that she often acts out and knows it will not be dangerous to do so. We saw this same phenomenon when we fostered teen boys. The facility where she is adopted through, All Breeds Rescue and Training is deciding what type of training will be most appropriate and valuable to us. Then we both go to school.

Call them to foster or rescue a dog or train one you already have at home. You can reach them at 719-264-6460.

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