To say that we have some of the BEST Foster Parents is probably an understatement...
"Coco loves to lie on the floor in the sun where it shines in thru the sliding doors.
He also enjoys lying on the back of the sofa where he can see down on the driveway, when we pull in or to watch squirrels and other interesting sights. I guess he has quite a few favorite places but he does make himself right at home. If you sit down, he would prefer being right next to you but will settle for lounging nearby if you are eating or knitting or busy with something. Two soft, upholstered chairs have become favorite spots also for napping. At night, I have been putting him in a crate, in our bedroom. It was a struggle at first but now he goes right in if I throw a treat in there ahead of him. I have to lead him by the collar up to the bedroom since he probably would rather be free all night. He sleeps all night, occasionally barks once or twice if my husband comes to bed an hour after we have settled down. You just have to calmly tell him goodnight Coco. In the morning,
I take him right out for a short walk (he usually poops) and then when we come back in, I feed him (and myself). A bit later, we go for a longer walk.
I have not fed him any people food, except a scrambled egg or piece of cheese mid day occasionally, as I would like him to gain another pound or two. He was 19 pounds when we went to the vet for his neutering. We can tell he is used to people food but we have not fed him, even once, from the table or kitchen when we're cooking.
At first, when I put his dry food on his bowl, he didn't touch it. I have been adding a teaspoon, melted, of coconut oil and a tablespoon plus of chicken stock poured over and stirred into his food with my finger. Now he inhales his food. He has water available at all times.
Coco loves, loves, to go for walks and he does pull when you first go out but he relaxes pretty soon and just strolls along with you. He would like to sniff and lift his leg at every tree, but I prefer to walk along and let him stop occasionally but not every few seconds! He has gotten used to walking along at a good pace and stopping for some good sniffs and lifts here and there. Coco enjoys meeting people and he has been friendly to all people and to every dog I let him meet except for my next door neighbor's big Australian shepherd Bella who would love to get to know Coco, since she and my dog Biff were best friends. When she coaxed him to play, wagging her tail, I think he was intimidated for some reason. She was probably too friendly. I have avoided any dogs in the neighborhood whom I know are aggressive and there are a few.
When Coco first came here, he lifted his leg and marked three times inside the house, as I followed him around. I cleaned up those places and put white towels there. He continued to mark one place, the corner of the bed in the guest bedroom, three more times. I replaced the white towels each time. Then the marking stopped altogether.....I suppose he decided this house was all his and there was no longer a reason to mark it. There might have been a scent from a visiting neighbor's dog or my dog Biff, who passed away last October. Whatever the reason, he no longer does that. I do take him out for a short walk anytime I have been out for a couple of hours. I have kept a gate at the bottom of the stairs to the second floor, during the day, just so he wouldn't roam up there. But he has followed my granddaughter upstairs when she is here and he never marks anything and never chews any of her toys. He mouthed a little elephant the other day, but no harm done. He really doesn't care to play ball or fetch or pay tug of war but that may change in time....or maybe he isn't interested anymore. He will lunge at a ball you throw but never picks it up or runs with it. He is gentle with my granddaughter and stays near us wherever we go in the house. The only time he has ever growled a little was when she pounded the sofa next to him where he was sleeping!"
Wishing you a great day!
Merry Christmas to all and certainly it will be a happy new year for RRR, as we have received our Federal EIN number and authorization for the use of the name, Rutherford Rescue Ranch. For all intensive purposes, RRR has now been born, and will be a sanctuary and service to homeless animals. Next on the list of "things to do" are to 1) File for our 501(3)c status AND 2) look into how we gain a kennel license. The search for the right property continues and we are thinking that it will last into 2016, but we remain hopeful regardless.
Spent the day at the office WORKING, and of course building the scene to launch our idea to our Friends and Family. We have already let a few of our rescue colleagues in on the idea of expanding our rescue efforts. Tasks which we have completed today include 1) Purchasing our domain HERE (more RRR $$$ spent already), our very own www.rutherfordrescueranch.org is up and under construction AND our email address firstname.lastname@example.org. 2) We will go Facebook LIVE soon when our FED ID number is assigned and we are legit. 3) Teeing up our potential first foster experience... Holy.
5:30am Today is the day. After a restless night of tossing and turning our home is looking for a purpose. We want to share our love for homeless animals with more than what our little 2 bedroom, 1 bath can hold. We want to extend our vision of providing a sanctuary to animals that need our home the most. Today is the beginning. Today we are on the search.
Things on our list of "Holy Crap Where Do We Start" is as follows:
1) How do we register our name ? - DONE. Our application for our Federal ID # has been sent TODAY, and our first $$ spent towards RRR
2) How do we gain non-profit status? - Once we receive our EIN # we will apply for our 503(c)(5) federal tax exemption ASAP
3) Where do we find our new home? - Started the search... It may be a long time until we find that perfect location and property to fit our needs. Friends- If you know of anyone selling 6+ acres with a house and a barn, let us know ! We are in the market!