You might have seen on the Facebook place that we’ve had companies. The humans get these ideas sometimes, like that it would be good for me to share and have a visitor and stuff.
Just between you and me, I much prefers it when it’s just me and the humans and the cats. I don’t need another doggie to keep me happies. I mean I likes meeting doggies on my walkies and saying hello, but then I’m perfectly happies to say goodbye and go home and spend time with my humans.
But the humans get these ideas and sometimes you got to humour them. And they says that I shouldn’t be selfish, ’cause I’m really, really lucky and have good humans and some doggies don’t. So they say it won’t hurt me to share a teeny, tiny bit. I guess they got a point…
I got to say, this time the doggie visiting was OK. I mean we got some really, really, REALLY annoying visitors before. The kind that pees on your stuff ON PURPOSE! And bullies you and pushes themselves in front of you and tries to take overs and chases your cats. I really don’t likes that kind of dog – no one wants to be bullieds in their own house!
So, Violet, our visitor this time, was really OK as far as doggie visitors go. At least she had manners. I didn’t loves her, but I didn’t hates her either. She was a little bit bad with the cats, ’cause she thought it was fun to chase the scardie ones, but she didn’t actually want to hurt them. And she didn’t try to push me around. She did steal my comfier bed, but I let her ’cause she was super skinnies and needed it more than me. I can manage with the second best bed.
The worst thing about her was that she walked too fast and made the humans think I should be walking faster too. You see, they been excusing me walking slow ’cause I’m older alreadies, but it turned out she was just as old, if not older, than me and she still walks really fast. So she kept giving me looks for being too slow and making her wait for me. I mean the nerve!
And the humans said she was nice ’cause she didn’t bark at all. Just between you and me, I know I barks too much sometimes, but there’s no need to rub it in! I got other qualities – like I actually sits when the humans tells me, not just when the humans are waving snackies around!
Anyhows, here’s my tips for having a foster dog to come and stay with you:
# First of all, you should meet the new doggie in a nice place like on a walk the first time, as you should meet and get to like (or at least tolerates) each other before you all go home together. No one wants some complete stranger walking through the door and making themselves at home!
# Walks around your garden and make sure all them places you wouldn’t dream of escaping from, ’cause you are a GOOD doggie, are also safe for stupid foster doggies, so they can’t get out and get lost. Some of them doggies are pure dummies when it comes to escaping.
# Get the humans to pick up all your toys and stuff you loves and put it away someplace safe. NO one wants some strange person they never met before messing with all of their stuff. Besides, some stupid doggies thinks they got to break everything. The humans say put away anything that is likely to be a flash point so you won’t have to argues.
# If you got cats like me, make sure that the doggie only meets them on the lead at first, even if they were OK with cats before. Introduces everyone slowly and gives the cats a nice safe place to escape to if they’re feeling scareds. Get the humans to put the doggie into a different room or a crate when they can’t watch them. Better to be safe than sorry!
# Even if the foster doggie was toilet traineds already, tell the humans to treat them like a new puppy and take them out to go to toilet every few hours at first until you got a new routine. None of us likes having accidents in the house, but all the change and confusion can upset even the best trained doggie.
# Make sure the humans feed the foster doggie and you existing doggies separately and be very careful when handing out treats and stuff. Some doggies really don’t like to share their food with another dog!
# Make sure you got plenty of beds!
# Don’t let the humans ignore you in favour of the new doggie. Humans might be like a kid with a new toy when a new doggie comes in, but they should remembers that you are their number one dog and make sure you get some one on one time.
# Give yourself a big scratch on the backside – you putting up with an annoying other dog means that dog gets to have a new home and live a happy life after ’cause you taught them how to behave in a proper home. That’s a really important job and you did it!