Izzy continues to be the model foster dog. I got her on Tuesday the 4th. At that time, she hadn’t been in a house living her first 5 months outdoors. Since then, Izzy has had two accidents in the house, and honestly, I take the blame for one of the accidents.
Last week Kelli came over with her kiddos so they could meet Izzy.
Emmett immediately… loved Izzy.
Georgie loved Izzy.
Kelli loved Izzy.
Eli, well that was a different story. Eli was scared to death of Izzy. He just froze and screamed if Izzy got anywhere near him.
That was so weird because Eli loves Rosie and their dog too. He doesn’t hesitate at all with either of them.
Kelli worked super hard with Eli. Izzy was gentle and kind and didn’t do a thing to provoke Eli to be upset. When Eli did start screaming Izzy stayed calm and was great.
After about an hour, Eli was just fine with Izzy.
He even started coming up to her on his own.
On Thursday Izzy goes to the vet to get spayed. Then she’ll be ready for adoption.
Her new family is going to have the best dog. Here are the characteristics I love about her already.
-She had previously not been on a leash. She does great and doesn’t pull. I have no problems walking her anywhere.
-She is very smart. Already she sits on command and is starting to get the hang of the “Down” command. She is extremely teachable.
-She is a wonderful playmate for another dog. Rosie and her romp and are the best of friends. I always wanted a playmate for Rosie as me on my own…I’m not very exciting. I can see Rosie really does need another dog.
-She is GREAT with kids. My childcare kids love her. My grandkids love her.
-She is great in a kennel. No whining or whimpering.
-She had grabbed a few toys…after all, she is a puppy but she immediately drops the toy when I tell her to.
-She is super calm. Rosie is a nervous Nelly and Izzy actually helps Rosie not be so anxious. That super calmness she has even rolls over on me. I really think she has the potential to be a therapy dog going into a nursing home and visiting residents. She is just that calming.
-Unlike any previous dog I’ve had, she is just fine with grooming. She doesn’t mind being brushed and she loves getting her ears cleaned.
-She likes to play with toys and easily entertains herself. She isn’t a shadow dog.
-She has wonderful toenails that don’t click on the wood floors. She totally sneaks up on m all of the time.
-She really doesn’t seem to care about what’s going on outside and isn’t a “nosey neighbor dog”.
-She doesn’t mind if the kids pick her up.
-She sits politely when I attach her leash and doesn’t get all jumpy.
I could go on and on about Izzy. She’s a lot of good all wrapped up in one package. The family that gets her is going to be so lucky.
I’m happy to say the family that gets her is going to be mine. YEP, I’m a foster fail the first time out. As you all know, I had been looking for a dog. I fully intended on getting another beagle…but Izzy found her way to me and I’m no longer attached to the beagle breed as the only dog for me.
It really surprises me to say that. In all of my life, I never wanted a long-haired dog. I never wanted a dog that had to go to the groomer. I didn’t really like black dogs-we’ve had black labs and any photography with them is hard.
I fell in love with her personality. It completely won me over. I had started thinking about adopting her about 24 hours into foster care. She was just so nice. Then the tables turned and I decided not to. She would “hold court” on her dog bed that I had put under the kitchen table thinking it would make her feel safe. Rosie would come by and Izzy would start growling at her and even lunge at her. Rosie got super timid and would only stay at the perimeter of the room. She was afraid of Izzy.
At this point, I wondered if I could keep Izzy in my foster care if she was going to be aggressive. I even contacted them telling them about the situation in case things started getting worse.
I was determined to be able to foster so…thought it through. I took her bed out from under the table. I filled a squirt bottle with water. I took it everywhere with me and every time she did anything remotely aggressive toward Rosie, I squirted her with the bottle. That behavior ended the next day and they have been friends ever since. They are total buddies now and I love it.
I think I had let Izzy think she was in charge and let her sad start to life get the best of my emotions as I was feeling sorry for her. In the end, she needed a little tough love and push down a more friendly path. I’m glad I snapped out of it and helped her through that rough patch.
So then a few days after that, I was back to wanting to adopt her. I was so surprised with myself as I truly NEVER would have thought I’d EVER get a long-haired dog that needed a groomer. NEVER. Several times a day I could remind myself that I was going to have to pay for a groomer. I’d remind myself that she was a long-haired black dog. I reminded myself that she wasn’t a beagle. AH!!! It was so not me. Nothing like me.
But…Izzy came to me and showed herself to be just the dog I needed…just the dog Rosie needed and just the dog our entire family needed.
I contacted Heart Animal Rescue, the group I am doing foster care for. I told them I wanted to adopt her. I already had an approved adoption on file back when I want to adopt the beagle I had seen back at the beginning of this year. That adoption application was still good…so they said yes. I could. I have to pay the same fees as everyone else and I’m more than happy with that. The adoption fee is a steal at only $250. That includes the grooming, all shots, microchip, and being fixed. In the short time I’ve had her she’s already worth all of that.
So you’re likely going to ask if I’m going to keep fostering…if I can give a dog away. The answer is YES and YES. I previously did foster care and I didn’t have a problem giving a dog away at all. They were cute and fun for the time I had them but was always able to pass them on knowing the next family who got them would love them. Izzy is the first dog that told me I couldn’t let her go.
The adoption won’t be final for a few days. She’ll get spayed and then we wait a couple of days before I can sign the paperwork and she’s mine.
Several people have contacted me inquiring about adopting Izzy. She’s not available…the little pup that came into care with her that looks like her, Cookie, will be posted after her spay. I’ve heard good things about her so maybe you could consider her.
HERE is a link to the current animals waiting for adoption through Heart Animal Rescue. There are more that will be listed coming up. There are three sweet little Cocker Spaniels who are double merle breed leaving the little pups with some type of disability with some blindness or deafness waiting for someone to love them. Does anyone have a special place in their heart to take on a pup with disabilities? They are just precious.
So…that’s the latest edition to the Kramer family. Watch for upcoming posts about Izzy because you’re all going to be seeing much more of her!!