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a moment of silence
Poquito is with his new family now.

I miss the little buggah already!

over the past two days, I taught him "sit"! he'd clearly never been taught to sit before, but he picked up on it and was able to do it numerous times today, even without me touching him. when I did need to use the physical cue, the lightest touch worked. it is clear that if they continue to work with him, they could have him jumping through hoops if they wish!

he also learned "in" (though possibly he already knew that one, since really the only training he seemed to have was to go in his crate) and "up" as in, I am picking you up - I'd say it and he'd arch his body up to help me lift him. Poqui LOVES to be held. we also worked on "out" (as in, go out the door / come out of your crate) which worked great for "go out the door" and not so much for "come out of your crate" although I do think he gets it. he just has a hard time with confidence.

I think he was told "no" a lot, and thrown in his crate, but never trained in a positive way. fortunately he is so eager to please that he will be a complete joy to train! I really do wish I could keep him and take on the project myself. it has been SO gratifying for me to see him coming out of his shell and responding more and more to my kindness and direction. training animals is so rewarding!

so, the time had come. we carefully put a new little harness on him and ritually removed the old, filthy, ill-fitting cat collar. Joy! Poqui has a new family! I even think they are going to keep calling him Poquito as their (mostly outdoor) cat has a Spanish name too! this makes me ridiculously happy... I so love the little guy. (I do have to admit it is a great name and really suits him.)

so they promised to take him to the vet for a checkup, give him the *good* dog food, and work with him on training. he is SUCH a sweetheart that I know he will do well, and make them so happy. he just wants to please, and to be loved!

he really is a special little fellow. Nadja and I both agreed that if we were able to have a dog, he is *just* the kind of dog we would want. I'm really grateful that her friends are at a place in their lives where they can have a dog (they have a yard even)!

vaya con Dios, Poquito. you are loved!

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16 smooches or Gimme Some Love!
vicious_kind From: vicious_kind Date: September 29th, 2009 04:47 am (UTC) (Link)
If I decide ever to be a dog, can I go to your house to live?
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: September 29th, 2009 04:53 am (UTC) (Link)
lol! sure, but do remember - that means I get to name you. ;-)
vicious_kind From: vicious_kind Date: September 29th, 2009 07:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
Even if I already have a tag? *sighs* OK.

Now I want to know what you want to name me.
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: September 30th, 2009 10:08 am (UTC) (Link)
awww, good doggy. DO you already have a tag? do you, boy? I dunno, I don't see any tag...

(actually the way I do it is to hang out with and observe the animal and it just comes to me - kinda the same way I spin, or read tarot for that matter! but you can rest assured, I only give good names - they wanted to call Poqui "Fluffer Nutter Butter" at first! but, if you give him to me I do reserve the right to name him.)

fairyarmadillo From: fairyarmadillo Date: September 29th, 2009 05:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm so happy/sad to see him go. I can't go give him kisses every day but I think they will love him!
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: September 29th, 2009 05:11 am (UTC) (Link)
yeah, I think they will all be so happy together. we did good! (and, selfishly, I really really do hope they keep calling him Poquito! even though I know they get to pick...)

they had really good energy and seemed like they will be great with him, and he was so cuddled up with her when they left... I know it'll work out well.

and, yes, you found the right suckah. now you know my sekrit! %-)
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: September 29th, 2009 06:09 am (UTC) (Link)
oh BTW did I tell you he stood up on his hind legs to see if there was more food up on the table? so, that is totally something they can train him to do! it was, of course, ridiculously cute.
fairyarmadillo From: fairyarmadillo Date: September 29th, 2009 06:33 am (UTC) (Link)
Yes! I'm so excited about all the things he does as he gets more comfortable.
theassassinnox From: theassassinnox Date: September 29th, 2009 06:02 am (UTC) (Link)
He sounds like such a sweetie! I'm really glad you guys found him a good new home. <3
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: September 29th, 2009 06:10 am (UTC) (Link)
thanks, it felt really good to be able to help the lil guy! he's a total sweetheart, and I think he is going to thrive in his new family.
amaniellen From: amaniellen Date: September 29th, 2009 06:20 am (UTC) (Link)
I poured a little Nature's Miracle out for our homies.
You're a good foster mama, and the good news is there's always another darling puppy to take in!
And hey, can we get together soon, or what?
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: September 29th, 2009 09:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
thanks for the kind words. this was really an all-consuming project for the past 5 days since we took him in on Thursday night! dogs need so much more care and attention than kitties - although the fact that he was lost and scared, and not very trained also meant he needed a lot of extra love. I'm in NO hurry to have another foster animal... it's bad enough that now all my friends know just whose door to knock on at 11 at night with strays! %-)

and HELLS YES, let's hang out! when is good for you? next week perhaps?
amaniellen From: amaniellen Date: September 30th, 2009 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yes, next week T-F is open, what's good for you?
expanding_x_man From: expanding_x_man Date: September 29th, 2009 07:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow, you sound like a dream foster mom, and I am so happy he got a good home! He sounds adorable. (and smart!)
djmermaid From: djmermaid Date: September 29th, 2009 09:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
thank you! I certainly wasn't expecting this (and as soon as I heard the words "lost dog" uttered I thought "oh NO!") but Poqui really is a little joy of a doggeh and it was so rewarding to see him warm up and start to respond to training.

*maybe* when I am old and have a less crazy schedule (and calmer catosphere here) I'll become a foster for the SPCA. it was actually kinda fun, and not having to worry about finding a home (just focusing on care) would have made it a much less stressful experience. but right now I'm really enjoying only having the cats to care for!
crimsonmau From: crimsonmau Date: November 6th, 2009 10:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
16 smooches or Gimme Some Love!