Please read the amazing update from foster mom Leah about our Mexican born foster dog Sooty!
From Leah’s Desk…
Happy summer solstice! Just wanted to send an update. Sooty is doing wonderful. He is slowly coming out of his shell more and more each day. I get so excited seeing him learn how to be a happy puppy each day. With every bit of progress I feel like a proud foster momma!!!
He is currently chilling in the kitchen on the window seat as I type this (best dog spot ever Amy… they all love it). He is now eating most meals inside the house which is a huge deal because it used to be very difficult to get him to even step foot in the kitchen let alone stay and eat a meal with other dogs and humans around. He is also sleeping inside not every night but most nights. I always thought he was sleeping in the breezeway but I think he was sneaking in in the middle of the night and jumping on the window seat. I know this because I came downstairs late one night and he was sound asleep then when he saw me he jumped up but I just kept praising him and giving him some treats so he stayed in and actually went back to the window seat!!!!
With his leaps and bounds of progress he has recently started coming upstairs every morning and yesterday he decided to leap right up on the bed with me and snuggle in. He is doing so much better on walks as well and he waits patiently for me to clip the leash on him. He is still pulling but not nearly as much. He did his first off leash walk last week and did amazing.
He ran like the wind with our pups. I let him do one loop leash less then i clipped him back up for the other two. He did amazing at the vet last week with Dr. Rachel. She really likes him and was very impressed with his sweet demeanor as he was very good for blood work, exam and nails!
He was however not so good getting in the car. He is still extremely fearful of the car. He’s great once inside and will lay down and try and nap. But getting him in and out is not the greatest. I have to pick him up and carry him in and out of the vehicle so that is a challenge.
He has chewed a couple minor things but hey he’s a pup. He would not do well in a crate as he becomes very fearful. Would do better with dog gates in a designated area with no shoes lol!!! He is completely fine in our kitchen when we are gone at work. He still shows no aggression.
Wall-E growls at him regularly as he gets annoyed with young dogs and Sooty just continues to kiss his teeth and face. Wall-E constantly has this look of “are you serious” on his face! He would need a patient person who has time to spend with him and who knows that it may take a few weeks before you see the amazing dog he is!
Thank you Leah and Nate for giving Sooty the time to rest, relax and recover. I know we’ll find him a forever home soon!
If interested in adopting Sooty please submit an adoption application from our website! Thank you!