Izzy is a great dog. I’m so happy with her. Kalissa is teasing me that I am going to be a foster fail the first time out. HA! Who knows, I might be.
She is great in the kennel and has slept in there overnight without a single sound from her. I put her in at about 10:30 pm and let her out at 7 am and no accidents or whining. She doesn’t voluntarily go in the kennel when I say kennel up but she doesn’t fight it either. I’m taking that all as a win from a dog who has spent its entire life outside.
I have a few pictures from the day I picked Izzy up and thought I’d share them with you.
This is Izzy getting a bath. Even after her bath she still has a horse barn scent to her but that will all be better after grooming and if not, I’ll give her another bath then. I don’t want to dry out her skin with too many baths.
These are the other pups that came with Izzy. The other black gal is smaller and her name is Cookie. The mixed-color merle is named Porter. Both of them were very mellow at intake.
I’m guessing that Porter and Izzy were from the same litter. They are similar in size and looks but just not coloring. He’s slightly bigger but being a male, he just might be. Oh, I would love to know their lives before they got here…(well maybe not). They are supposed to be Aussie Doodles but under their circumstances, no one knows for sure. Cookie we’re thinking is much younger.
You can see Porter has two different colored eyes. At this point, he hadn’t had a bath. I love his coloring.
Here is Izzy after her bath and I combed her out. She still looked pretty rough.
Izzy has a groomer appointment tomorrow. I’ve never had a dog that has needed to be groomed so it’s a learning experience for me just like it is for Izzy. Thankfully she is super quiet in the car and not anxious like Rosie is.
We went on a walk last night. I’m trying really hard to train her and treat her exactly like I would my own dog. I want to make sure the family who gets her has her started on training.
One of the things I could do for her was to leash train her. Kalissa had called and asked what I was doing. I said I was going out the door and was going to walk Izzy. She said, “We’ll go with.” I told her I thought that was a bad idea as I wasn’t sure Izzy would make it down the block. My other attempts to take her outside to go potty were on a leash and Izzy didn’t think much of that. I was sure we’d only likely make it down the block….but Izzy surprised me!
She was an awesome walker…for the first time. She was scared of many of the sounds she heard… lawnmowers, barking dogs, cars, the bridge…so many things. She came from an Amish farm so of course all of these things were new and different. I think the bit of uncertainty made her want to be with me all the more and that kept her walking. We ended up making it the five blocks to Kalissa’s house.
Kalissa and the boys ended up wanting to go on a walk with us. They were so surprised to see Izzy with me. We ended up walking to the Event Center parking lot (the boys road bikes) and then the boys rode in the parking lot while Izzy learned about moving bikes.
Gannon continues to be totally in love with her and Izzy doesn’t mind him a bit.
Rosie is learning to take turns and Izzy was learning to sit. It’s so different having a dog that isn’t food hungry like Rosie is and all of the beagles I’ve had are.
You can see that Izzy doesn’t walk right up even with me but she totally follows along and for now, that’s progress. It might look a bit in the picture like I’m pulling her but I’m really not.
…and the longer we walked, the more she kept up with me.
She has great potential to be a cross-stitch dog. I put her on the dog bed on the couch and pulled it up next to me. She stayed right there and did great. She’s so calm.
Overnight she was in the kennel from 10:30 pm to 7 am. She didn’t fuss a peep. I had been a little worried as in the past we had foster dogs that howled overnight.
No accidents in the kennel…no accidents at all so far. That’s amazing to me as she lived her life outdoors. She is liking toys so that’s fun.
Rosie is doing okay with her. They aren’t huge buddies and play but they sniff an awful lot. As I am here writing this post, Rosie is on my left in a dog bed…
…and Izzy on the right.
So far everything is going fantastically…A little too good to be honest. Tomorrow Izzy goes to the groomer and I’m so curious how she’ll look after a trim.
For now, this is going AMAZING!! I’ll share more about Izzy and her new hairdo in an upcoming post.