Butch was adopted and placed in foster care at his owners request as an only dog, however once in his new home he did not settle into life as an only dog so they made the decision in the best interest for Butch to return him so he could find a more suitable home, one with another dog for company.
Butch is now going back to spend a couple of weeks with a foster carer who has another dog in the home so we can assess how he settles in with doggy company, so that he can find his forever home soon.
At Gap the dogs continue to get socialisation with other dogs and enrichment activities like playing ball, time in the GAP lounge room, up and down stairs, navigating in and out of car ( both back and side seats.
Butch is a lovely affectionate boy who just needs a home who already has a dog.
FOSTER CARE – Week 1 update
Butch was whimpery on his first night but now is much more settled. He enjoys daily walks, is learning house rules, has been left home alone, he’s walked past the local primary school when the kids were coming out, has met visitors.Butch is very gentle and sweet, likes people. On walks he is happy to stop & meet strangers and receive pats (from adults and children). Loves being brushed, hugged and cuddled.
Walks well on the lead and is learning to heel, hasn’t pulled hard. Likes to stop and sniff interesting smells. Good at waiting before crossing the road, learning “Wait” combined the “stop” hand signal. Butch was terrified of my steep stairs at first but conquered them in a few days. No problem with slippery floor and glass doors.
When we pass barking dogs behind fences, Butch hasn’t barked back: he occasionally whimpers but keeps walking. Loves his bed and sleeps well through the night in his own room. Hasn’t jumped on furniture.
Enjoys the garden and zooms around.
Learning that he’s not allowed in the kitchen when I say “Out” or “Argh” if he’s about to enter. He usually stands at the door now when I go into the kitchen. Not strongly motivated by food, doesn’t guard objects or his bed, doesn’t mind me moving his food bowl.
Butch usually follows me around the house but other times stays on his bed. Prefers to be in the part of the house that I’m in but will take himself outside on his own occasionally. Lies on the bath mat when I’m having a shower.
When we visited the local school at the end of the day, Butch was a little overwhelmed by all the people and cars. He froze a bit but reluctantly kept walking through the crowd once he had taken it all in.
Showed interest in a moving cat while on a walk: stopped and stared and pricked up his ears. Didn’t pull towards the cat and I was able to keep him walking although he kept looking back toward the cat. Sometimes obeys “On your bed” and “Sit”, but not always.
Butch is a very small eater and doesn’t always eat all his food. Have removed meals that he has left almost untouched. Seems to prefer his kibble dry rather than soaked or mixed with bread. Prefers his mince at room temp rather than straight from the fridge.
Butch has done a wee inside twice in his 1st week but usually goes outside. I think he didn’t want to go outside in the heavy rain to wee.
FOSTER CARE – Week 2 update
Butch likes to take things to play with and doesn’t differentiate between his toys and other household objects. This sometimes happens when I leave him home alone. He has shredded a fabric shopping bag, emptied out my sewing basket and a wastepaper bin but no real harm done.
Tends to whine & whimper when put outside. Early in the week I did a lot of throwing water near him & growling “Argh!” to stop him whining. Am putting him outside after breakfast each day and trying to extend the length of time before he starts crying. When I have to leave the house he sometimes cries. I don’t know how long this goes on for but when I come home he is quiet and has been sleeping. Butch occasionally whimpers when the beagle next door barks, but he doesn’t bark back.
This week Butch went on the GAP group walk, had some trips in the car, visited friends’ houses.
Butch had no toilet accidents this week.
He had several rides in my car. Butch is hesitant getting into the car and needs persuasion and lifting in, but once in he is in the car he’s very quiet and well-behaved, lying down and relaxing until we arrive. He needs a little encouragement to jump out of the car but finds this easier than getting in.
Butch enjoyed all the dogs and people at the GAP walk around Lindisfarne Esplanade and behaved very well.
Butch visited my dad’s home and also some friends who live in the Huon Valley. He was quiet and well-behaved visiting these strange homes and people, enjoyed pats and cuddles from new people, slept quietly on his mat most of the time.
Walked through the centre of Glenorchy, passed by noisy road works with no problems.
Butch was not bothered by loud noises from vacuum cleaner, blender, mower.
Butch is still not a big eater but I’ve found that mixing lard into his meals makes him more likely to eat. He is leaving less food uneaten.
Seems a little less anxious when I leave him home alone but still whimpers a bit.
Loves to chase flies but can get a bit excited, leaping about indoors trying to catch the fly.
After week 2 Butch was then taken home by his adopted owner, however was returned as he didn’t settle as an only dog.
2ND FOSTER CARER – WEEK ONE
I have found Butch to be exactly as his last foster said. He is as near perfect as a dog can get. He hasn’t chewed anything here. When I left him for three hours inside he was fine, but I don’t think he would tolerate being locked outside now as he knows the good life. He might be ok as an only dog if he had almost constant human companionship. Maya is the boss of him, but they don’t spend anytime together. I have left him in the car while I was in the supermarket for about half an hour and he just slept, didnt want to look out the window. he was fine with the 5 year old and doesn’t get over excited when he greets us. He does grizzle quite frequently but i just ignore it, it’s almost as if he is think out aloud.
The reason behind Gaptas fostering a greyhound out prior to offering them for adoption is to prepare them for the many different situations & experiences they will encounter in their new life as a pet. The other aim of foster care is to gauge & provide feedback on the dogs temperament and responses to different situations to determine the most appropriate home to suit the dog. The entire foster period is an information gathering phase as well as setting firm rules and boundaries to help the greyhound transition.
To help the dog along we ask of the following in foster care.
- House training
- Sleeping on their own bed
- Walking calmly on lead
- Walking up and down stairs
- Get in and out of a car
- Alone time
- Basic commands – No, On your bed, Wait