Monday Mischief #8 – New Addition


Meet our new foster dog: Onyxx. He’s a five-year-old long-haired Chihuahua. We’ve only had him for less than a day but he seems sweet if a little shy. So far the biggest problem we’ve had with him is that he keeps trying to sneak into the kitchen.

He ran away from his home and was picked up by a stray by the county before the rescue took him in. His previous home had a passel of children who most likely didn’t treat him very well (we were told he is not fond of children) and he was utterly flea-infested. To the point of losing large clumps of hair in spots. He was recently adopted but returned after two days after the adopter realized she didn’t have time for a dog after all.

Intially, we had taken home a different foster dog but we ended up having to take him back. We live in a condo (with carpet!) and he is a crate barker and excitement urinator. None of us got much sleep due to his barking. We were told he intially protests being in the crate then quiets down. Not in our house!
The rescue only had him for a few days so they were still sorting out his personality and behavior. He is very people-oriented and constantly wanted to be in someone’s lap or next to them. Very pushy though and no training whatsoever. Mr. N flatly refused to be in the same room with him unless there was a food bribe involved. 
We felt horrible giving him up after a day but we were all sleep deprived, getting peed on and our neighbors were going to throw a fit (can’t blame them) if we had him any longer. I think he is a dog that is going to need a house and yard with no close neighbors. 
I hope Mr. N adapts soon. He and Onyxx played chase for a little bit but for the most part he has been keeping out of their way. He keeps looking at me like “why have you unleashed these demon dogs into my house? What did I ever do to deserve this? I try so hard to be a good dog!” 




19 Responses

  1. jen

    October 14, 2013 12:11 pm

    Onyxx is so cute! I love his little yawn:)

    Best of luck that he settles into a routine for you soon and sorry to hear about the first dog that you rescued. At least you were able to identify some additional concerns that the rescue can work on before he's adopted into another home.

  2. Kaitlin Jenkins

    October 14, 2013 5:55 pm

    What a cutie Onyxx is! Mister N will adjust, especially if he's getting good treats in the presence of his new little buddy 🙂 If they go for walks and other enjoyable activities together (car ride?) they will adapt much quicker to each other. Hubby & I did 7 foster dogs in 8 months last year and those were the things that helped us all adjust the best. Everyone's got their own preferences but hope that helps!

  3. SlimDoggy

    October 14, 2013 8:19 pm

    That's so good of you to take in fosters. We haven't done it in a few years, but things so usually settle down after a few days. And if you (and the foster) get lucky, they will find their forever home real soon. Onyxx is a cutie, there's someone out there just waiting for him.

  4. Janet Keefe

    October 14, 2013 10:08 pm

    Onyxx is a cutie. I hope Mr. N will adjust to him with a little time, it sounds like the poor little guy could use a bit of stability. I think the fact that you keep trying is great, even when the other one didn't go well.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

  5. coffeedog

    October 14, 2013 11:14 pm

    onyxx is precious. he looks so cozy on that chair in the sunshine. hopefully he will find is forever home soon. being adopted then rejected two days later? poor baby. his adopter didn't know she wouldn't have time for a dog before adopting? i don't get it.
    wags, bailey unleashed


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