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Foster Home Feedback
July 6th - Vixen has been in my home now a couple of weeks and has continued to grow on my heart. It has been such a joy to watch her personality unfold a little more each day! She has come such a long way since she first arrived here. Vixen was a sweetheart from the beginning, but she was shy and didn't show much interest in playing. Now she loves playing, whether it's fetch or playing with a stick. She seems to like to play whenever I'm in a hurry to leave. She'll get in puppy stance with her front elbows on the ground, wag her tail and smile at you. Then, as soon as you go to get her she will run around and start the process all over again as I run around the yard trying to catch her! I swear I have provided my neighbors with comical entertainment!
Most of the time Vixen just likes to lounge around the house. She isn't a high energy dog, except for those random moments when she gets really playful for about 10 mins. and than she crashes. She is also the best roommate I've ever had! So quiet! Every night I bring her bed into my room so we can sleep together. She curls up right away and doesn't make a sound. She is hilarious in the morning.... I would wake up in the morning during the week around 9.... I crawl to the end of my bed to look at her ... she is still sleeping! I literally have to shake her awake, than she lifts her head, looks at me and then throws her head back down as if to say..."It's too early Mom!" It is truly hilarious! So we gradually began sleeping in 9:30, 10, 11.... all the same thing, she never wanted to get up! She is truly a dog after my own heart! :-D So our schedule has been, bed at midnight and than whenever we wake up in the morning... usually 11. Even when we do get up and I let her out, she usually doesn't have to go to the bathroom. She also is a muncher on her food, so she usually won't eat right away either. When I first got Vixen it took her about 4 days to start eating, so don't be worried if you get her and she doesn't immediately start eating.
Speaking of her eating habits... she does this really funny thing before she eats. She will pick up some of the food in her mouth than drop it next to her bowl. Than use her nose to push all the dropped food up next to her bowl. I feed Vixen twice a day and she eats throughout the day and night whenever she is hungry.
Vixen has gotten over her fright of the cat. The two continue to get along, and I have seen no signs of violence out of Vixen towards the cat, they are both comfortable being around one another. I hardly use her kennel, I don't feel she needs it, as she has never had an accident in the house nor gotten into any sort of trouble. However, when we do kennel her she usually does it just fine. Vixen also has no motivation to get on the couches... I think she is to lazy to jump on them! The only time I've seen her jump is to get into the car for rides! She loves looking/sticking her head out the windows!
I have also given Vixen a few baths during her time her. She just stands there and takes it. You can tell it isn't her favorite thing in the world, but I have no trouble giving her one on my own. After her baths she usually gets those burst of energy and will run around the yard as I follow behind trying to catch her with a towel.
As I mentioned in a previous post, Vixen should be the only dog in a house. She does not get along with other dogs no matter what the size whatsoever. On walks she will just show interest in other dogs usually whining when we walk by. If we see a dog coming, I will stop Vixen and get off the sidewalk until they pass. I have a chain fence in my yard (about 3 and half feet ) so I usually will let Vixen out (she loves to sunbathe!) but I am always careful to listen to her bark. When she does I will immediately go outside. She will bark at any dog that walks by and if they are on our side of the sidewalk will also snap through the fence and growl. Vixen is extremely friendly to all humans! She loves to give kisses to the strangers walking by. So if you are considering adopting her you need to be aware of this and make sure you never leave Vixen unsupervised when dogs are around. She cannot go to the dog park.
Honestly Vixen is one of the sweetest, loving dogs I have fostered. She has such a calm personality and everyday I see a new side of her! She still needs some work on her commands but I feel this is something that she can overcome quickly. She has sit down to a science! Give Vixen a chance to warm your hearts as she was warmed mine! Once you meet her, you can't resist her love!
June 13th - I have had Vixen for a little while now and she has adjusted beautifully! She has a very mellow personality and is quite happy just lying around the house. Although she does enjoy her walks, we are working on her walking ability. She is by no means a rough walker but she just needs to work on her leash manners. She pees a ton on walks! She wants everyone to know her territory! I brush Vixen twice a day and there seems to be no shortage of hair, although, it is the time of year where dogs shed and perhaps due to stress of a new environment. I find it fairly easy to manage her hair around the house as long as I brush her daily.
Around our house she likes to be wherever I am. Vixen is housebroken and doesn’t even try to get on our sofas she is just content laying on my feet. She does well with her kennel, she never whines when being put in there; however it does take a little encouragement to get her to go in. Usually a doggie cookie will do the trick just fine. I have been letting her sleep on my bedroom floor with me at night; she is such a good roommate! In the morning I am usually the one waking her up! Otherwise she would just sleep on my floor all day! We usually get up around nine to eat and go outside.
In addition we also have a male cat that Vixen gets along well with. At first she was scared of him, always taking the long way around to get to where she wanted to go. Occasionally she would get up the courage to try to sniff him. I like to compare our cat to a child going through their terrible twos, whenever Vixen did get the courage to sniff the cat, our cat would throw a temper tantrum making every sound in the book, paw at Vixen and then run away. Vixen would just look at me helpless with that face that says, “What did I do?” She does well with not chasing him. There was only one time where she slowly trotted after him still curious. But Vixen has shown no sign of aggression towards him.
Vixen does not do well however with other dogs. She will do fine on walks if we walk by a house with dogs outside. She usually will lightly pull but then keep on walking. However if she is out in our fenced in yard and a dog walks by she will bark at them and show aggression. Vixen will do best in a house where she is the only dog.
May 3rd Volunteer Feedback: I had the pleasure of taking Miss Vixen to Adoption Days this past weekend. She expecially liked meeting all the kids that wanted to pet her and loved all the treats she got for behaving so well. Vixen is extremely affectionate and loves people. If you're looking for the total package (smart, funny, attractive...) Vixen is it!
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