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The Animal Placement Bureau is a volunteer foster care network with no paid staff and no sheltering facility. All of the dogs in our care live with our volunteers and become as much a part of their family as their own dogs. There is no time limit on our foster care system. When asked, "What happens if your dogs don't get adopted?" we are proud to be able to say, "They come back home with us until we find just the right home for them -- NO MATTER HOW LONG IT TAKES."

Saturday, May 13, 2006

Meet Taffy

Meet APB's new foster dog, Taffy. She's an Aussie mix that arrived last weekend from a collector situation in Baldwin, MI. She and Trixie were this old man's outdoor "guard dogs". Their job was to live at the end of a chain and bark if anyone came around.

They were enshrined, one on either side of his mobile home. Living alone in the midst of 30+ dogs total. For some reason, all of the small dogs, which lived in the trailer home with him, were not adequate noise to alert him to anyone coming around.

Extremely shy at first, Taffy was so thin that she could be picked up and carried with one arm. I swear she weighed less than 18 pound Beethoven, Mike's retired trucking terrier. Because of the fur, it wasn't as apparent in these before pictures, but she was probably as much underweight as Trixie. Very food motivated, to say the least. She's come around quickly.

With in three days she was coming to me for treats and then just for hugs and pets. The tail came up about Wednesday. Until then it would wag furiously while still tucked tightly between her back legs.

Karen J came over Tue to take pictures and Taffy ran when she saw her and wouldn't budge, even for food, from the refuge she took at the far end of the yard. When Karen came back on Wed night and we bathed Taffy, Taffy, despite being unfamiliar with and disgusted by the bathing process, started coming up to Karen.

Story goes that Taffy is supposed to be four years old. The old man had her mother and one day when he went to feed her, he found her dead and this puppy, Taffy, crawled out from under the dog house.

Taffy is a very loving little girl. After her vetting is done and we work on her shyness and housebreaking for a bit, I think she'll find a home soon.

Well, shyness and table surfing, lol. Brought her and Trixie in a couple nights ago and was busy trying to crate Trixie who was more interested in finding food morsels that Mitzy tosses around the vicinity of her crate than she was being crated, when suddenly I see that Taffy is standing in a diningroom chair, licking my plate clean. Now each trip in the back door requires that she stop off and check out the table. We're working on that.


At 10:27 AM, Blogger Laurel said...

Taffy starts week two with not only the tail well up* but beginning to show an energy and a playful spirit that's very differnt from the dog that could only lay down wherever you put her the first few days.

She has this adorable little dance she does when she's excited__standing on her back legs, body snaking, butt wiggling and front paws crossed, while she does this little two-step dance, that's just too cute.

And she's inviting Trixie to play. Poor Trixie is still mostly interested in seeing if there is anything to eat in the environment than she is playing, but thus far has not taken offense at Taffy's antics.

*"Tails up" - a sign we always note with pleasure in a new foster. So many come in with their tail tucked, fearful or at least apprehensive. When the tail comes up, you know they are beginning to relax, to acclimate.

At 6:12 PM, Blogger Laurel said...

Taffy saw her very first vet on Thursday. She was not overly impressed.

She sat by my feet while we waited for the doctor. As soon as the door opened, Taffy ducked under the chair.

Dr. Romanick came in and sat on the floor, coaxing Trixie to her with some goodies. Taffy wedged herself into the corner behind the chair.

We put Trixie on the table and Taffy immediately dashed to the chair on the other side of room, to position herself right behind me.

But this time, she decided to sit in the chair. I think she wanted to see what all of this was about.

When it was her turn, she was still scared, but cooperated fully while her blood was drawn and her shots given. The little sweetheart, never flinched or tried to pull away.

She eventually agreed to accept one of the doctor's treats, very timidly, but she did nibble it down.

When we exited the examining room, I paused near the door to wait for some other people and dogs to move through the lobby.

Taffy immediately jumped up in one of the lobby chairs and sat down.

I'm not sure if she prefers the high ground or if her first experience with a chair, at my diningroom table, where she found and cleaned off a plate, left her with the notion that chairs are good.

There was no evidence of heart worms in her blood. The sample was sent on for the chemical version of the test and since there was no call yesterday, it appears that Taffy tested negative.

This is some kind of miracle for a dog that has spent her life at the end of a chain. But what a relief !


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