A green lawn to roll on

It’s been a week and a half, and we can finally say that Snickerdoodle had become comfortable enough to feel at home.

Don’t believe us? Here’s our proof:

Different fosters have taken different amounts of time to really settle in, and we suspect that the Doodlebug’s trajectory was thrown off temporarily by his medical issues and his big scare last weekend. It’s true that he still won’t go anywhere near his crate (his third crate, after thoroughly defeating one and convincingly threatening the second) and he still gets a worried furrow in his brow when we leave the house. He still rolls his eyes and sighs when we pull out squeaky toys and balls. And he still isn’t entirely convinced that food is worth working for. But progress takes time.

We’ve hit some big milestones over the past few days: the Dude conquered his first kong snack. He learned how to walk into another room — not the one we’re in — for a nap on the couch. And he reclaimed that very primal, canine instinct to dive into the grass for a long, satisfying, post-bath back scratch, four legs pointed toward the heavens, with a big silly grin on his face. Our favorite milestone yet.

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20 responses

  1. Gorgeous and heartwarming post. Living in Hackney, East London, I am very wary of Pit Bulls (or rather, of their often incapable and less than clued-up owners) So, it is fab to see you doing something so wonderful for these animals, after all it isn’t their fault they have become popular with people that don’t really know how to care for them.

  2. My favorite place to come first thing in the morning is here. I am so happy to see Doodlebug’s progress. This is incredible. But it’s all about love and safety.

  3. There is nothing more rewarding then watching a scared dog begin to come out of their shell and feel SAFE! Anyone who has never fostered is missing out on one of the greatest joys in life. Thank you for taking Snickerdoodle into your heart and home! Oh, and I absolutely LOVE your photos!

  4. These photos remind me of a wonderful poem by Mary Oliver. (She’s one of my favorite poets and her little dog Percy is named for another favorite poet.)

    Little Dog’s Rhapsody in the Night (Percy Three)

    He puts his cheek against mine

    and makes small, expressive sounds.

    And when I’m awake, or awake enough

    he turns upside down, his four paws

    in the air

    and his eyes dark and fervent.

    Tell me you love me, he says.

    Tell me again.

    Could there be a sweeter arrangement? Over and over

    he gets to ask it.

    I get to tell.

  5. It’s lovely that you know all these ‘little things’ are symptoms of Snickerdoodle getting more relaxed. Lots of people miss these little victories!

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