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Foster Failure – Bella, Our Girl

home1A little over 3 months ago, Cynthia and I went to BARCS to pick up a foster dog, and I truly wanted to train her and work on her behavior so she could go to her forever home, but that was never meant to be.  As time went by, I realized that Bella was a smart, beautiful, active, affectionate, strong, challenging dog.  In other words, perfect for us.  Cynthia fell in love with Bella from the beginning, but to be quite honest, it did take me a while to really feel a bond with her.  When did this happen?  Once I started to train her.  Training a dog is work for both the dog and the handler, so for those that have never trained a dog, let me tell you that aside from walking, training a dog allows you to form a bond with a dog even when you don’t realize it, like in my case.

home2Since Cynthia wanted to adopt Bella for a while, I went ahead, without telling her anything, to BARCS to fill out the application form and as of last month Bella became a permanent member of our family.  When I finally told Cynthia about it, do you know what was her reaction?  She had a smile from ear to ear, and then she cried.  Bella is our foster failure, and that’s ok with us.  Welcome home Bella!

Two Months With Bella – BARCS ID# A21561474

2monthsA little over two months have gone by since Bella, our foster dog, came to live with us.  The changes I see in her and the continuous progress she makes every day makes us all happy and hopeful that one day she’ll find her forever home.  Here’s a progress report on Bella:

Walking – On my last post, she was walking next to us, for the most part.  Nowadays when I walk her, and this is no lie, I truly enjoy our time together.  She walks beautifully, but fast like I do which I love.  With Cynthia, this is weird since she is the one that taught her how to walk properly, she tends to get a little ahead of her during their walks.  Overall, I’d say better than last month.

Feeding – She still makes those funny sounds like a piggy, bird, and who knows what else, but less than a month ago.

Pacing – She paces when she sees either Cynthia or I coming back home.  Now the pacing seems to be more out of happiness than anxiety.  In general, her pacing is less than before, and when she does it we stop her and ask her to sit or shake hands so she can snap out of it.

Training – Bella got her Basic Obedience completed on 3/1/14.  I am hoping to get her enrolled in another class in the near future.

Doggie manners – Bella is a little more careful and aware of her surroundings unlike before when she would step over Alex.  Progress!

We took her to an adoption event a couple of weeks ago, and she did great and got an application approved, but the prospective pet parents changed their mind due to their living arrangements.  I’ll be taking her soon to another adoption event so she can get some exposure and perhaps her forever home, but also this would give her an opportunity to meet more people and socialize with them.