My husband and I have agreed to foster my best friend’s dog.
Bobos is a 10yo lab/retriever mix… and a bit curmudgeonly in his old age. Unfortunately, when my friend was feeding him some table scraps, her son toddled over, and Bobos bit him. It was just a quick snap, but it was enough that James needed some stitches. And Bobos needed a new home. FAST. Bobos has zero previous bite history, and it was obviously a food thing. But that was it.
He had his 10 day rabies quarantine, and was declared A-OK by the vet.
So my husband and I agreed to take him. We have two dogs (Apa and Iroh), and pretty much the perfect setup for dogs. They have free access to the fenced in back yard (via doggy door). And we work less than a mile away, so come home for lunch. Our dogs ran in a pack before we rescued them… so they LOVE other dogs. Our dogs have had several doggy and kid play dates, with lots of success.
We had the introduction yesterday. We met them outside, and immediately took all three dogs for a long walk. It went well. Then our dogs invited Bobos inside. Lots of sniffing, but no real playing. But overall, it went well.
Then I made my big stupid human blunder. I started making dinner for the four of us (me, my husband, best friend, her husband). My dogs were hanging around my feet while I made dinner (per usual), as I will inevitably drop something. Bobos came over for the same reason. And they began to fight. :eek:
It didn’t last long (5 seconds), with four adult humans. And no injuries. I felt like such an ass. :smack: It was pretty much the same scenario that caused the bite with James. Anyway, we are still determined to make this work. Our dogs our totally fine, just a little keyed up. Bobos is freaked about being in a new place, but will hopefully figure it out.
The plan, thus enacted, is this… Bobos will stay in the basement (finished) at night and while we are at work. We will walk the dogs together at night, and gradually work them up to spending time together (always supervised).
Any suggestions or ideas (or even your stories)??? This is our first foster situation. Are we crazy???