9/24—Marble has arrived in her foster home and met her foster pack. She gets along well with her two companion dogs. She started a little crate training today and quieted down after about 7 minutes. She may have to be crated when the family is away until she’s firmly established in a home. She became fascinated with her reflection in the mirror. Then in the window. Then in the computer screen. She is a very sweet little girl and loves to give kisses. She is doing great considering she’s in a totally new environment during a stressful time in her life. I foresee her being someone’s “best dog ever” one day.
Oh, and as it turns out, she likes McDonald’s hamburgers. She would like that fact added to her permanent file.
Marble slept quietly most of the day while her foster mommy worked. Marble does have active moments where she seems almost puppy-young, but she’s mostly laid back and quiet. Marble also seems to be absent minded and easily distracted. She is briefly stubborn, then seems to forget what she was being stubborn about. Her forever parents will be able to use this to their advantage, I’m sure.
Marble is not a barky dog AT ALL, but she does bark a lot when she’s put in her crate. She spent about an hour in the crate today while the foster mom ran errands. Foster mom swung by the house after about 15 minutes and Marble was still barking intermittently. Another 45 minutes later when the mom came home for good, Marble was fast asleep in her crate. She was not anxious to get out. She loves her sleep, this girl. Next time the mom will try music when she leaves Marble. That might help. Right now Marble has no way of knowing for sure how long the mom will be gone or if she’ll be there forever. It’s scary and stressful being in transition.
She understands both “no” and “leave it”, which will come in useful as she seems to be learning what is and isn’t good to take off with in her mouth by process of elimination. When you do give her a firm “no”, though, she runs over an apologizes profusely with kisses. She’s not destructive, though. She just seems to like to build little shrines in your honor with your stuff. :D Somebody is going to be very lucky to have this girl in their lives. She is beautiful, goofy, sweet, cuddly and brimming with love.
Oh, yes. And Marble would like it entered into her permanent record that she enjoys sleeping with her people.
She spent most of the day either sleeping in a ball at the foster mommy’s side or partaking in WWF Wrestlemania smackdowns with her foster sister, Magick.
At one point while she was in the back yard there was something on the other side of the fence that deserved a good barking at. It was the only time she barked all day.
In the evening she went to the park to meet some potential forever parents. She knew they had other dogs they were looking at, so she tried to play it cool.
On the way home she discovered she could smell more good stuff by sniffing the air coming out of the air conditioner ducts in the car than she could by sticking her head out the window. And it was a lot safer, too. She wondered why more dogs didn’t do it that way.
Today the foster mom also came to the realization that Marble knows how to sit on command. Kind of. And she’s doing better than ever with coming when called and “leave it” and “no”. The back yard neighbor gave the foster mom EXCELLENT advice on how to look the other way and turn her back on Marble when she’s nipping and/or climbing on her for attention. It’s a miracle! Marble is quickly learning to get attention for being calm and reasonable and her own beautiful self. Marble is clearly smart and highly trainable.
As the foster mom ponders over Marble’s past, it seems like she was less abused than neglected...maybe left outside to wander a lot. She may have even lived outside and had to fend for herself at times, based on some scavenging behaviors that seem to lessen each day as she’s provided with her needs. So maybe her former family didn’t give consistent care. Or she was abandoned at some point. But she’s not hand-shy or suspicious of people, so maybe abuse in that way wasn’t part of the scene. Still, there are those six shotgun pellets floating around underneath her skin and various scars. Whatever her life was before City Dogs found her, it wasn’t easy. With Marble’s amazing capacity to love and just take life as it comes, she clearly won’t bear the mantle of her stressful past forever, like some rescue dogs do. She is a walking, barking, licking, snuggling and quietly snoring lesson in reinvention and resilience.
9/28—Marble had a few firsts today. She went to the park on her first group walkie with her two foster dog friends. That was extremely successful. The three of them pranced through the park, shoulder to shoulder, like some real-life Cerberus.
Marble also took part in an energy healing session with her foster mom and did well, sleeping through the entire thing.
But the big news of the day is that Marble went on her first group ride in the car with her foster dog friends. While Kizzie hung 75% of his body out the window, barking at and startling everyone he saw along the way....and while Magick maniacally shifted between back seat and front, precariously balancing on the arm rest most of the time....Marble sat neatly in the front seat with perfect posture and impeccable demeanor. Just enjoying the ride. The foster mom hopes she doesn’t end up ruining Marble during her stay because, clearly, she did something wrong with her own dogs.