Conchita - adventures in fostering

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  1. snowbunny

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    I thought I'd separate Conchita's story from the shelter log now that she's no longer a resident - yay!

    For her first night, we popped her in her room behind the baby gate. I slept on the sofa, which is abut five feet from the gate so she could see me during the night if she wanted to - or she could go into the room to sleep in the crate or on a thick padded dog bed.

    At around 1:30, she started to rattle the gate, so I took her out to see if she needed the loo. I don't know if she's house trained, so I figured I'd play it like she's a puppy. Well, she didn't need the loo, just wanted to be with me. She gave me the biggest smile when I opened the baby gate. I'm a sucker for a wrinkly-nose smile :D
    I popped her back behind the baby gate, but at 3am we had the same again, so I decided to leave her out in the living room with me, bringing her bed next to me. And that's where she spent the night, quite happy. She had a wander round a few times, but came back when she realised I was there.

    I think she just needs to settle down, just as a puppy does, to realise she's safe and comfortable and that's OK.

    My others continue to be brilliant with her. We have to be careful because Luna has no spatial awareness and can be a bit bargy in her enthusiasm. And Willow had a bit of a resource-guarding bark at her when she (Willow) laid on her (Conchita's) bed. But she would have done the same to Shadow or Luna, too, so, as much as it's not desirable, it's also nothing to worry about.

    I'm so, so happy that she's doing so well. She'll settle in time.

    She's a bit wary of J, since he's picked her up to carry her a few times. I think it causes her pain when she's lifted, but she needs to be lifted in and out of the car, and carried at the vet. So we're going to make sure he spends a lot of time interacting with her to try to overcome that.

    She has instantly and strongly bonded to me, which is lovely, and shows me that she will be able to do the same when she eventually reaches her forever home.

    She's just a brilliant little dog :)
     
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    Oh, what a perfect start to the week, reading about the gorgeous Conchita! :inlove:
     
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    Big smile on my face here x
     
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    This is going to be a lovely story. Thank you for sharing it.
     
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    Poor little love, we’ve just dropped her off at the vet for her biopsy. I feel bad leaving her again so soon :(
    We pick her up this evening. I’m missing her already.
     
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    She'll be ok. It's a fairly short stay and she'll learn that you come back for her.

    Hope it all goes really well.
     
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    :hug: She’ll soon be back xx
     
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    Yes.
    This.

    I'm sure she will be charming the socks off them x
     
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    Great to hear more about Conchita here - she sounds like she is a sassy girl and a real character. I hope her biopsy went well and she is back at home and attached to your hip where she wants to be. :)
     
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    I don't know if I mentioned it here but she was adopted once, years ago, but was returned to the shelter after she climbed a 6ft fence to escape. I love that she was sassy like that in her youth! I told Mum, and she was worried Conchita might jump her garden gate. I told her not to worry, I think her climbing and jumping days are behind her. :)

    She's not home yet. I'm not getting a lot of work done today.
     
  12. Karen

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    Hope she's home soon with you Fiona
     
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    Hoping for positive news for you all.
     
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    She's home :)

    The vet said it all went well. She was a little scared, but that's not surprising. When we went to collect her, she stood shivering rather than giving us any signs of welcome, but as soon as we got into the car, she perked up. When we were getting towards home, she got really excited. She's now sat on her bed at my feet enjoying her first frozen kong :)
     
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    Pleased to hear she’s back with you and I’m sure she’s very relieved.
     
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    good to hear Fiona
     
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    Oh that's great :). Hope she really enjoys her Kong.
     
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    So happy she's back with you. Must have been horribly scary for her at the vets, poor girl... She must be in heaven being with you -AND a frozen Kong to boot!
     
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    AND she's made it onto the sofa :D
     
  20. Karen

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    Well, she climbed a six-foot fence in her youth - you didn't seriously think you'd keep her off the sofa, did you???
     
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