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Another dog...please!

Posted by Amanda Beasley on Wednesday, October 27, 2010 Under: Foster Care
It has been a very long time since I have had an "only dog". Basically Riley is back to how he was when he was a puppy: play with me, play with me, play with me, play with me, I'm bored, I'm bored, I'm bored, I'm bored. Needless to say that it is driving me crazy! I exercise him and play with him multiple times a day, but he just is not getting what he needs, even if he goes to the dog park. He would need to go multiple times a day, every day to be fully happy. So we have been on the lookout for a foster dog. We have not had much success in foster work here in Southern Oregon, because the shelters are not very full. Now do not get me wrong, it is a WONDERFUL thing that the shelters are not full, I would not change that for the world, but it does make it more difficult to help dogs in need, when they are all over 200 miles away. So we have been thinking about getting a second dog. This of course led to the very fun activity of researching breeds and strategising, theorizing, and all kinds of fun stuff about all of the different breeds. SO.....we decided to get an Australian Shepherd!!!! An aussie was my first agility dog: I put suitcases up in the hallway and she jumped them =). I love aussies so much, and now that I am back into agility with Riley, I can train another dog as well, without making Riley feel bad. During my search for an aussie in a shelter, I ended up meeting a wonderful lady named Sue Trapp. She is with a rescue called Animal Friends Rescue Project, in Pacific Grove CA. They have drivers drive dogs up to this area once a month, and even have dogs with behavioral issues that need specialized trainer attention! So I am now very excited about not only hopefully finding the aussie for us, but also getting back into foster work with dogs who truly need help.

In : Foster Care 

Tags: agility  foster  aussie  "australian shepherd" 
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