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Thread: Not much of a break from fostering this time

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    Default Not much of a break from fostering this time

    So our kelpie pup left just over a week ago and our new foster is already arriving this Wednesday! I had expected a bit more of a break, but I'm excited.

    Banjo's been a bit sooky since the last foster left, though I suspect she also enjoys the peace at home. She's been sleeping a lot and is a bit clingy. She'll do stupid stuff like go stand right behind me when I'm getting something out of the fridge, so when I step back to close the door I nearly fall backwards over her back!

    Anywho, the new foster is a 12 week old Staghound x. My favourite type! And I imagine she'll be a breeze after our hyper kelpie pup.

    I hope Banjo will react ok to her because I'm going to have to leave them alone the day after she arrives. If I have any doubts about how they'll go, I'll just take the day off.

    I'll post some photos after she arrives.

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    She arrived at 5.30pm, later than expected. They dropped her off at our place, I was preparing dinner, we ended up doing another "cold" introduction. Banjo immediately seemed ready to tear bits off her. :-( Poor pup looked stressed and anxious already. Then there's a dog that will go at her when she gets too close.

    We simply managed it by allowing them a person each and making sure they didn't have to pass eachother. Banjo sat with me while my daughter looked after the pup. Banjo made no attempt to move towards the pup as long as I stayed where I was. So I think it really just makes her anxious to have another dog brought into the house, which is fair enough. I'm making sure to only give her affection when the pup is in sight for now, but am happy to let her stay close to me for reassurance. It was interesting to note that the only time she did walk over to the pup, with wagging tail even, was when pup rolled onto her back whilst my daughter was playing with her. But as soon as she started to get up, there was growling.

    I expect Banjo's behaviour to get worse before it gets better ... We'll get there in the end as always and I hope I learn from it so I can get better at managing it. My daughter finds it hard to cope with this though and tends to get angry with Banjo for being mean to the nice puppy. I'm trying to persuade her to not project her feelings onto them and to try stay more neutral.

    At least the cats don't bother the pup. The expressions of utter disdain on their faces when they looked at this cute pup made me laugh out loud.

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