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I have a new foster dog who came to stay here yesterday. I think it was kismet. His name is Bodie. SRSLY. His name was already Bodie. He's been up at the PAWS animal shelter, but they felt he wasn't showing well because he just kind of sits and stares, so they asked Motley Zoo to find a foster for him.

He is utterly redonkulous. He's wall-eyed in both sense of the phrase: he has one blue eye and one brown one, and they face opposite direction. He has that goofy Boston Terrier grin, though I think his head's a little malformed. He loves his crate, but he keeps taking the crate pad in and out of it. He drools a lot. So far, he's completely silent, and he doesn't seem to snore all that much, and snorts only a little bit.

I think it's clear he's never really been trained. We're having potty issues: he will wait to pee till I take him out, but he doesn't squat when he poops, he just walks around with poop popping out and dropping wherever, which is a problem because I not only can't tell when he needs to go and I need to stop for him, but he also seems to feel free to do it in the house. This morning when I brought him in from peeing, he promptly when and pooped all over the hallway, and of course, he's largely oblivious to the fact that he's pooped, so he steps in it. I... honestly don't know what to do here. He's pretty clever, I think, but he's not getting commands at all, and it's hard to figure out how to housetrain a five-year-old dog who doesn't seem to have been trained or know he's going potty. It's a good thing he's so hilariously cute!

Purebreds are always unusual in rescue, so it's interesting to me that someone would abandon him -- he was found as a stray, and no one ever claimed him. I kind of wonder if someone didn't just give up on him and dump him. But he's got a good heart. He's largely uninterested in the kitties, except when they try to race past him, so there have been some bad dustups with Blues and Bodie, because I think he thinks kitty wants to play. Blues is just scared to pieces by him, is all. We're working on walking as well, because he has no manners yet and already ripped the leash from my hand to chase after a runner and attempt to extort affection from her.

If any dog folks have any good advice about the poop thing, I'd love to hear it. I really don't like cleaning dog crap up, ever, so having it on my floors and rugs is the worst thing ever. I'm not sure he'd even understand wee-wee pads.

There are from his page when he was at PAWS, we might get updated pics soon, but he's hard to photograph!

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Sep. 29th, 2011 09:22 pm (UTC)
Awww! I wish I had advice on the poop thing!

As a side note, if you ever want to try to take pictures of these dogs, let me know! I've been trying to work on my pet photography and it would be good practice, if I can get the time to get there. :)
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Sep. 30th, 2011 02:11 am (UTC)
I wondered about that too.
Sep. 30th, 2011 01:15 am (UTC)
He's darling. I wish I had something to offer on the poop thing; every dog I've ever had was extremely aware of when they were going.
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