Night One with Teddy Bear T. Dog

I woke up this morning to what looked like it might be Facebook drama, but…

The woman who found the little dog, Teddy for now, was upset to find that someone had already adopted him. She said she wanted him. She did everything right. She took him into her home when she found him tied up at 7-11. She advertised that she had him in case his owners were looking. She took him to the shelter when no one claimed him so he’d have a better chance of being found. Most of all, she loved him. The one thing she should have done was tell the shelter she would adopt him if no one came to get him.

So I woke up this morning to find my friends (real life not only FB) fighting gently for my right to keep him. The woman backed down, but I see it as a good thing. Right now he’s doing everything he can to fit in. He bugs Bear a little — she’s jealous, he’s small and she’s disgusted. Dusty is pretty OK with him — I think even likes him — (Dusty just sat on Teddy who didn’t care), but both big dogs are clearly waiting to see what’s going on, as am I. Only Teddy is not waiting. He lives here.

So the way this situation looks to me is that if it doesn’t work by Tuesday, Teddy will still have a loving home.

I think Teddy is a lucky dog.

This is my first (only?) foster dog. I think people like Cara Achterberg who foster dogs, give over their homes to dogs having puppies, and love and train them, over and over are heroes. I don’t know if I could do it. But I can see doing it for dogs like Teddy who should not be at a shelter, even a really nice and loving one like we have in Monte Vista. It’s packed.

Teddy is so smart. I haven’t had a dog like this in a while, but it’s fun to see him pay attention and then, next time, respond as I want him to. Dogs like Bear or Siberian huskies are not really “trainable.” They have strong instincts that inform their identity, and they are exceedingly independent because they have “work” to do. Training dogs like that means one has to consider that. Aussies’ strong instinct is to take instructions from people. Last night I took them all outside to pee. I’ve taught all my dogs that peeing is a trick and they will pee on command. At times that’s been fun to watch, like when I had six dogs. On a rainy night, I’d take them out, tell them to pee, they’d get in a circle, all facing outward (guarding for predators while they were in that vulnerable position) and pee in unison. It was hilarious and also very cool to watch.

Last night I took these three out. I haven’t done that “trick” much with Dusty and Bear because they know the drill, but Teddy doesn’t. So out we went and just like he’d lived here forever, Teddy joined in. It’s instinctive behavior for dogs in a pack and I was happy to see how Teddy perceives himself.

I think part of this is working because Teddy is small and non-threatening AND he’s an intact male (at this point). I suspect Dusty and Bear are both acknowledging his superior maleness. Wednesday or Thursday he’ll be neutered.

19 thoughts on “Night One with Teddy Bear T. Dog

  1. Oh my gosh, you have another dog! He is beautiful. I’ve never fostered a dog, I don’t know if I could part with them. It takes a special kind of person to do that.

    • I’m not sure I’m the person to do that. But the way I see it, those amazing people do it so people like me who want to adopt dogs can find them. 🙂

  2. I do so hope it works out well for you, Teddy, Bear, and Dusty. Looks like it could be an excellent fit for all, despite certain Bear noses being a bit out of joint. (Dern kids!)

    • We’re good. We “talked” this morning and she’s happy Teddy has a home with me. She should have said something at the shelter. They would have sent him back home with her. They didn’t want him to be in that noisy crowded place.

  3. I love the intelligence of working dogs (eg. Makea). She is most happiest when she is working, but gets a little anxious when she thinks she is getting it wrong. She’s like, “Don’t make me figure it out, just tell me what you want me to do.” The other non-trainable dogs figure it out so much faster.

    I’m envious that you have boy dogs that are house trained.

    • I love the intelligence of working dogs, too. I was fascinated by the huskies and Bear amazes me. I’ve had Aussies before so it’s kind of a break to know what I am dealing with in Teddy, pretty much the opposite of a Siberian husky. 😀

      I just make peeing and pooping outside into a game. It works well unless the dog is old like Dusty is or sick.

      Teddy keeps trying to get Dusty to play, but Dusty has never really played. He’s always been a very serious dog. Bear plays with him. I’m going to have to figure out something really challenging for him because he’s so smart and so ready to learn. Agility maybe but the one trainer here is truly a fascist. She trains dogs pretty well but she’s not nice to people. It’s weird.

      • I had some lovely agility trainers, but there were quite a few fascists too. It was quite interesting how many people were so solicitous of them. I had enough of that in my professional life to put up with the bullies once I retired.

        It will be tricky given Bear can’t go off lead, but if anyone can work out some jobs for Teddy, it will be you, Martha.

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