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    I am sure they wont judge you fussy. Especially if barking was the only 'no thanks' lol Its such a small thing to say no to. When you say yes to much else. And can offer much else.
    We all have comfort zones, what we know we can likely take on. Surely when you step outside of this, it must be for your forever dog. And that dog will find you at some point im sure. It doesnt sound like this one though.


    when we got Brian, it was very fast. Unplanned for the day we ended up with him. Much like your first foster will be. A phone call, then "its here" I could almost hear panic in your post as you ran down a list of what if's, and i haven't got a X

    I didnt have a kiddy gate any longer? shit, how do i block this off, that off etc lol
    My house aint puppy proof either EEK.
    I didnt have a bed/kennel/leash/collar/harness/bowl. or a matching pair of boots come to that! This new dog was gonna be light browny red. I only have black, green, or red.

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    The thing is, I also don't want it to be a dog that I would choose to adopt, really. I will not let my first foster become a foster failure!

    Might be hard when they just got some staghound cross pups in. And another one begging to be rescued at their local pound. Dogs that remind me of my first dog Luna are my weakness...

    I haven't dared to ask if they can collect any of the 16 dogs currently on death row at the pound. I would be happy to foster most of them. All pups and teenagers. But they just took in two litters through duty of care and claim their up to capacity. So maybe we'll get one of the little pups then, when they've been quarantined and had their vet work done. By then it will have started warming up a bit which will make house training slightly less unpleasant!
    Last edited by Beloz; 08-17-2013 at 08:06 AM.

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    Always quarantine a foster animal ... ALWAYS. For the animals emotional wellbeing too, shifted to a new environment they will be stressed, confused and you need to set the ground rules. You cannot do that with an animal flooded with so many new things (dogs, kids, visitors, etc) so take it slow.

    As for disease, give it a week before you let the dog out with your own freely. Kennel cough, parvo, worms etc will show up in that space or at least signs of them so you're better to err on the side of caution before you're up for your own set of vet bills.

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    The main organisers take care of quarantine, Nekhbet. And all vet work too before they send them over. I think they quarantine them for 2 weeks when they come from the pound.

    But I'll remember your advice about not overwhelming them after they arrive. I'm trying to find an affordable crate which will hopefully help them to settle.

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    Beloz
    affordable fast, creative crate options:

    2nd hand portable cots for babies - fine for small pups
    Fire gaurds made of metal, on inside of your dining table legs
    Cage trailer for camping: i lift mine down off the base, and voila, the most solid crate i own. Now 10yrs old. And bernie's fave snooze space. Massive door too!
    Telstra. anywhere you see them working, you'll see bright yellow sturdy metal cages around the holes to prevent falling in of pedestrians.
    Laundry room
    Old sheds
    fence hire: 4 panels = 1 dog pound.

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    Thanks Bernie. I'm actually really into the idea of 'repurposing' atm. But I think it is time to buy a half decent, portable crate. I realised it would be very handy for camping, when we want to go somewhere without the dog for a couple of hours and I have a small car.

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    It doesnt matter they quarantine, you don't know they have it down pat 100%. Why risk your own animals.

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    Fletcher, the 8 week old staghound x pup will arrive on Saturday arvo! I felt guilty about him being desexed today at such a young age. But the rescue orgs do it routinely at 10 weeks anyway, and I can't blame them. He got done a bit earlier there because they get a discount with their local vet and Canberra vets are way more expensive.

    Now I'm going to enjoy my uninterrupted sleep for 2 more nights...

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