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Furr Herd Updates at the Peterson House

OK,  gonna try to start putting my updates about my Herd here instead of in the "Littles" thread.  To be honest,  I kinda forgot about my blog!  Thanks for the reminder Mari. 

SO for those who don't know;  I have five cats ranging from 8 1/2 years old to 6 months..........all but Moose from rescues.  This is the herd before Buster came to visit.

Then I have my primary dog Moose that I got as an 8 week old puppy from a local farm.  He's THE MAN of the house:  my companion & protector along with being the babysitter and big brother for the rest of the herd. He is yellow lab with a bit of mastiff mixed in.  He's known as the "gentle giant" in the neighborhood. He is now 4 1/2 years old.

Then back in November I was asked by the local rescue that I was helping out to foster a little girl.  Altho I had reservations because everyone else was boys, I took her on a trial basis.  She's a mix of Schnauzer & Golden Retriever (we think).    She's a bit of a handful with her rambunctious puppy antics.  Well,  she fit in real well, got along great with the kitties and brought the puppy back out in Moose.   I decided to adopt her for became a "foster failure"............but with happy smiles on everyone faces.

Then we have Buster...............little chi foster who is fitting in well with everyone.  He has brought out the puppy play in the rest of the family.  He's a year old.   He came to us because he needed to be in a home without men.  Apparently he had been abused by a man or men.  He was in foster, doing perfectly during the day with the mama home alone, potty trained and well behaved.  When son came home from school, hubby from work.........he would forget his potty training and cower and cry in the corner. Then he nipped the hubby.  He needed to be removed immediately.  It was the perfect foster here as a "manless" home. 

Here's the small.......medium.........large!

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Comment by Thel in Mid-MO on May 8, 2015 at 7:13pm

Well.......time for an update. I've been given the opportunity to provide assistance to a couple minpin sisters that needed rescue. In order to socialize then we have been shuffling them between my home and another. Right now I have Trixie....she's adjusting and when she is socialized enough to go to another foster, I will be getting her sister Harley back. I'm finding that I'm more suited to assisting with smaller dogs. NOW that being said, a big change will be happening.
I decided to check into re-homing Josey. She is just so hyper (part of her breeds traits) and needs much more run and play time than I can give her here. So I inquired and believe it or not a rescue up near Chicago has a family that has been on a waiting list for a pup like Josey. I inquired on Tuesday and she will be leaving in the morning to go to a new furr-ever home, not a foster. A younger family, with a couple children and a large fenced in yard. She will get to play and run to her hearts content and we'll be able to relax a bit here. She's beautiful and has learned very well, I will miss here but I will also be glad for her to be in a home more suited to her.

Trixie, 3 year old minpin, is a nervous girl who is slow to warm up to anyone. She was in a fairly small kennel with 3 other females and I think 5 males........very crazy environment. One of the other girls went on the transport today. Once Trixie has relaxed enough to move on to another foster I will get Harley back. Trixie is a skittish nervous girl who is adjusting to taking attention and being away from the outdoor kennel with so many other dogs. Harley is sweet and shy and just loves to cuddle. If things go as planned Harley will be coming back here to become a permanent family member. Those plans could change, hard to tell.

Comment by Mary Alice Espinoza on April 16, 2015 at 8:30am

Aww, I love both Sugar and Buster!  They are so darned cute!

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury on April 8, 2015 at 9:53am

Aww, those two look like they could become real good friends :)

Comment by Thel in Mid-MO on April 8, 2015 at 9:16am

Little Sugar did good in the night.  She put herself into her kennel in the evening and was content when we went to bed.  She woke crying around 4 am so I got up and got her and brought her back to bed with me.  She has had social time with everyone.  She has stopped shaking and shivering and is quite the cuddle girl.  Here she is with Buster, curled up on the rag quilt that needs more snipping!

Comment by Thel in Mid-MO on April 7, 2015 at 7:35pm

They sure are Barbara..............and seems my family is ever changing.  I now have a little girl that we "think" is a min pin/jack russell mix.  She was found abandoned in an apartment by a landlord today. He brought her to the shelter and the girl there asked the rescue to take her cause she was just too traumatized to be in there.  SO I have her, might just be until Friday.  The tenants booked out on the landlord with lots of overdue rent and left her behind.  Fortunately she doesn't seem underfed,  just a nervous wreck.  She finally allowed me to start cuddling her and relaxed and stopped shaking.  She's met everyone except Josey so far.  Joseys a bit too excited to let her interact just yet. 

I thought Buster was small !  I'm gonna call her Sugar cause no one has a clue what her name is. 

Comment by Mary Alice Espinoza on April 7, 2015 at 7:30pm
Thel, love your furr herd!
Comment by Barbara Graham on April 7, 2015 at 3:23pm

Rescues make the best pets! I have two now--a Catahoula/Karelian Bear dog mix and a rat terrier/blue heeler mix. They get along well because one is female and the other is male (well, sort of, they have both been fixed). Buster reminds me of Ocho (the heeler mix) all innocent with the stuffing evidence.

Comment by Kathleen Kingsbury on April 7, 2015 at 11:32am

So darn cute!!

Comment by Thel in Mid-MO on April 7, 2015 at 10:45am

I was surprised when all was quiet last evening.  I always have to look around and see who's up to whar or are they sleeping.  Well this was just too cute to not photograph.  Moose giving Buster a pretty dog lesson.

Comment by Amanda Best on April 7, 2015 at 9:28am

They all so precious, Thel! I am always so happy to hear when animals find someone with a big enough heart to care for them, like you do. Buster/Pookie looks a lot like my Chihuahua mix, so adorable!

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