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#1 OFFLINE   Gwen

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 04:18 PM

I got in a new foster today. He was dropped at a shelter due to housebreaking issues (big surprise).
Somebody has been hitting this dog. He is very hand shy- took about two hours for him to allow me to touch him- he bit somebody at the shelter because he was so afraid. He has been here the better part of the day, and remains extremely leery. He reminds me of a third world street dog. He has that kind of tough confidence mixed with shyness about him. As soon as he was out of the crate, he was very happily sniffing the other dogs and showing very confident body language with them. Despite the fact that he is only seven months old, there is something very grown up about him. I can't imagine him acting like a lot of puppies, heedless and goofy. He is very serious and thoughtful- I think he is used to looking out for himself in a hard world. I am already pretty much in love with him. I am calling him Raymond because I always think of Ray as being the name for a guy is competent and self contained. I have attached a few pics- not very good light, but oh well. You can see how tiny he is next to Georgie.
I never want to keep my fosters, but I already wish to goodness I could keep him.

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#2 OFFLINE   TinyTaf

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 04:54 PM

Oh Gwen, he is adorable. It sounds like he really needs you. Bless you for taking him in. Big hugs to little man Ray.
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Posted 11 August 2010 - 05:03 PM

He's such a cutie. Thank you for taking him in. Allie's dad's name is Raymond, too.
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Posted 11 August 2010 - 06:37 PM

What a cute boy, Gwen. I know that my Mea was hit in her life before I got her at the Humane Society. To this day she is very afraid of any loud noise and gets spooked very easily. If I happen to go into the laundry room while she is using the potty pad...she runs out like she is doing something wrong. But, with all that, she is the most lovable dog you can imagine....she so appreciates the life she has now. Thanks for taking Raymond in...it will make a huge difference in his life.
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Posted 11 August 2010 - 08:04 PM

Handsome!! God bless you for helping this little fellow give_heart.gif

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 08:37 PM

He is such a looker! Thanks for giving him a home and a start to learning to trust people again. And be a pup like he should.

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Posted 11 August 2010 - 09:26 PM

Wow!! He is VERY handsome!!! Seems like he really had a bad life, good thing he has you now =)
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Posted 12 August 2010 - 12:09 AM

I most heartily agree......very handsome and noble looking little man.

Thank you for all that you do to help our less fortunate babies.

Now he have a EVERYBODY LOVES RAYMOND! mosking.gif
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Posted 12 August 2010 - 12:12 AM

It's sad to read the story behind him. I hope he can erase those memories and paint in new color with you.(Since you are an expert for painting. spikey_biggrin.gif ) Raymond is so handsome!! I love his coloring too. Please hug him for me and Okara.

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 07:35 AM

Poor baby...he is such a cutie...are you not allowed to keep a dog you're fostering? Maybe that can be worked out?
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Posted 12 August 2010 - 07:36 AM

Oh Gwen! He is scrumptious!

Raymond sounds just like my Fig when we got her. She was 8 months old and very mature. She never acted like a puppy AT ALL - EVER. And it took her years to learn how to play with toys. She was always so serious.

Fig also had all the proper "dog manners" in place before we got her. She was completely comfortable meeting any and all dogs. It was not dogs she had issues with, but people. She was not hand shy and I don't think she was hit, but she was skittish and nervous around men and especially young boys. It took time, but she learned to be a confident dog who fit in.

I am sure Raymond will manage to work through some of his issues. Be careful of these difficult ones Gwen! They can turn your heart into glass without your knowing!

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:44 AM

QUOTE (adrenalina @ Aug 12 2010, 07:35 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Poor baby...he is such a cutie...are you not allowed to keep a dog you're fostering? Maybe that can be worked out?


I could. But I shouldn't. I have three of my own already, which is about as many as I feel I can be fiscally responsible for. Also, if I adopted him it would be very difficult for me to continue fostering, as I really feel that four under my care is my limit. All of that being said, it is hard. He is a total heart stealer.
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Posted 12 August 2010 - 10:49 AM

QUOTE (BooBooKitty @ Aug 12 2010, 07:36 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oh Gwen! He is scrumptious!

Raymond sounds just like my Fig when we got her. She was 8 months old and very mature. She never acted like a puppy AT ALL - EVER. And it took her years to learn how to play with toys. She was always so serious.

Fig also had all the proper "dog manners" in place before we got her. She was completely comfortable meeting any and all dogs. It was not dogs she had issues with, but people. She was not hand shy and I don't think she was hit, but she was skittish and nervous around men and especially young boys. It took time, but she learned to be a confident dog who fit in.

I am sure Raymond will manage to work through some of his issues. Be careful of these difficult ones Gwen! They can turn your heart into glass without your knowing!


Ray is being something of a puppy. He has been doing some frolicking with his adorable gangly body. But he remains essentially serious. And hey, don't I know it about the difficult ones. I was laying awake at four am this morning, worrying about his neuter operation. Getting emotionally involved.
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Posted 12 August 2010 - 04:20 PM

He is so cute! What a wonderful name for a sweet - tough little guy! The little "damaged" ones are so very special!
Mariah had some hard times before we adopted her and despite (and maybe because of) all of her quirks, when she gives me that soft loving look, I melt into a puddle.
I'm glad that Ray is already starting to act like a pup!
Congrats for overcoming your puppy doubts! Have fun!

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 05:03 PM

Gwen, may God bless you for taking care of Raymond. It takes someone extra special to do that. Thirty years ago my family adopted Montoy. He was owned by the wife of a greyhound racer breeder. One of the breeder's female dogs was pregnant/very expensive pups & he was afraid Monti's actions/noise/something or the other would cause her to loose the pups. So he abused (probably hit with something) Monti. A friend of ours was given the task of finding a home for Monti. He was scared to death when my husband put on tennis togs and had a golf club in his hand. He would cower behind furniture. This really bothered my husband.
One morning, before I left for school, we put him outside in a pen on the patio. He jumped the 3.5-4' pen landing on the window sill. When we went outside to get him, he turned and jumped back into the pen, catching the fence (pen wall) just beneath his rib cage and throwing himself to the cement, breaking his leg. The lady who gave him to us paid the $800 vet bill for the surgery on his leg...we drove 1.5 hrs to get him to the best vet we could find.
Driving him to & from the surgical vet cemented Monti's relationship with my husband. Oh a bond they formed.
Monti was a true gentleman. He was gentle, kind, would enter a room and look around as if to say, "where do you want me to go and what do you want me to do." He was very sensitive to our moods and when we were sad he would come over & comfort us. He was our introduction to the IG breed. He was with us for 14 years. So now we have had Tessa (15 years), and now Maddy (Fermata ...as in the musical term......... hold me) for 2 days.
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Posted 12 August 2010 - 05:24 PM

ohhh sooo handsome, i don't believe that i can handle more then two at a time,oh but if i could i would bring ray home to wells in a heart beat. big_sadblue.gif big_sadblue.gif

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Posted 12 August 2010 - 06:16 PM

Gwen your the best wub.gif What a sweetie.
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Posted 12 August 2010 - 11:16 PM

Oh Gwen I can see why you have fallen for this little guy! He really reminds me of Caliph - Cuba's pup who I was not meant to keep but couldn't part with because I totally fell for him !
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Posted 13 August 2010 - 06:43 AM

What a looker he is!! I can see why your heart strings are being pulled.

I always worry about my fosters going into surgery too...I feel so bad that they don't have someone to worry and fuss over them so I make sure to treat them just like as if they were truly mine to worry and fuss over. Yes, it does make it harder (on me) when they get adopted, but it's well worth it to see them happy and in a forever home.

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Posted 13 August 2010 - 07:10 AM

I am sensing a new painting coming on and possibly an expansion in the family area.
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Posted 13 August 2010 - 09:07 PM

He's very handsome!

Gwen, I know where you're coming from about not foster failing because you wouldn't have room to foster more. It's tough. We currently have little Aster and gosh, it's hard not to just break down and say she's a Berry now, but if we did that, I know it would be hard to foster more from that point on. There is a limit to how many dogs you can have and care for adequately. I worry that I don't spend enough time with my crew as it is......it's gets harder with more.

I'm sure the Raymond will blossom under your care and find a perfect forever home. I'm praying that the perfect family comes along for Miss Aster too.
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