After my wonderful experience earlier this week with dear, sweet Mary, who is not my foster but captured my heart, I was inspired to take an opportunity to help share the luck for some other Lucky Dogs who may need it. So, periodically, we’ll take a step away from what we’re doing at our own foster homestead to try and “Share the Luck” for another Lucky Dog seeking a home. A Lucky Dog who, like Balton, has been in foster care for a little longer than other Lucky Dogs , maybe has a few extra needs, and who really could use some extra love sprinkled down their path to adoption.
One such Lucky Dog was featured in last week’s edition of ARLNow’s Arlington Pet of the Week – so what better opportunity to ride on the coattails of his recent rise to fame, and tell you a little more about Adam Puppy, a 1 year old Catahoula Leopard/Dachsund Mix?
First – a bit of clarification on the name. You may well ask, “why the heck is a 1 year old dog named Adam Puppy?” A very good question, as a matter of fact. When Adam first came to Lucky Dog last January from the shelter, he actually was a puppy… a really ridiculously super cute and teeny one at 10 weeks, as a matter of fact.
Adam and his sister Abby were adopted to two different families. Both had the importance of puppy socialization explained to them, and went through Lucky Dog’s screening interview and home visit. Abby is still in her forever home, but after about 8 months, Adam came back to Lucky Dog.
One of my all time favorite blogs, Love and a Six Foot Leash, addresses the frustrating reality of the rescue return. Author Aleks sums up what we often feel on the rescue side of things when one of these returns happens, but also a practical and pragmatic reflection on those returns:
“Finding the perfect fit with imperfect information is a really hard task. Often we know the dog really well, and as hard as we try to screen the applicant, some critical information slips through the cracks. Other times we get a really good understanding of the adopter, but the dog is new to us or the adopter’s environment brings out behavior that we hadn’t seen before. Still other times, mismatches allow potential adopters to learn things about themselves that they hadn’t anticipated in the application process. As much as we’d all prefer a perfect match each time, returns can almost be a blessing in disguise: they allow us a more perfect match the next time around.”
In Balton’s case, the adopter’s environment brought out behavior that we hadn’t seen before. And it stuck with him, so now we are working through it with all our heart and resources that we can to help him not be defined by those behaviors, and also to learn how to give him better feelings and strategies towards them.
In Adam’s case, he was only recently out of the shelter when adopted, and still learning and growing as a puppy. There are many factors that come into play when socializing a puppy, and many critical points that can affect that puppy in his growth and development. Truthfully, it’s not really worth dwelling on what training or socialization was or was not done in his first adoptive home. He came back to us about 8 months after adoption, fearful of new situations and encounters. So, we need to make sure his new family is aware of, and prepared for, what that means in adopting Adam. Fortunately, he is incredibly cute, tenacious, and smart, all of which definitely work to his advantage.
He has been in the care of his most recent foster since late October, and although his fear of new situations and people makes adoption events a little too stressful for him, Adam is described as a total love bug and little shadow at home by his foster. He also loves to snuggle with his doggie foster sibling, Jelli. Adam will need an experienced and patient adopter, and would prefer to go to a home without young children, but is incredibly affectionate with his people, and a skilled toy de-squeaker. People who come visit are met with a bit of barking at first, but as long as they give Adam his space and allow him to greet on his terms, he is unbothered by guests. As you can see, he is also a really beautiful guy with very unique markings on his sleek and speckled grey/brown/white coat.
For more information on adorable Adam, and to help him find his right fit forever home, check out his bio at http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/21924826 and email firstname.lastname@example.org