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Roxy & Russell - REHOMED
May 2013 - Roxy & Russell continue with their progress. They have been in foster with their Auntie Julia and have been learning about walking around the streets and parks. They adore Julia and know they are completely safe with her. We never doubted that Russell would be fine, but Roxy was a concern for us all as to how she would cope with normal life and meeting lots of new and strange people. As long as she has complete confidence in her person, she is being very brave. Russell is a bit of a collectormanic and likes to make of with remote controls and anything else he can find. He stores them safely in his bed! Because of a family emergency with Julia, R&R have moved to stay with Sue, another fosterer that they don't have the same kind of connection and relationship that they have with Julia. This will help to find out how they will cope and react when they do eventually find a new home and move in with someone they don't know yet.
Russell & Roxy came on foster to see how they would settle in a home. They went straight into the garden with Indy & Mack & all were absolutely fine from the start. :-) They spent the first day slowly exploring the house & garden. We just left them to wander in & out of the garden as they pleased (back door was left open). We had crates set up inside with the doors open, which they occasionally retreated to. Day 2 was bath day, we did it in the garden & they were fine, though we did have leads on them. They were absolutely fine being brushed & trimmed afterwards. They enjoyed mooching about the garden & laying in the sun. They didn't try to dig up the garden or anything. By the 3rd day, they were going up to Mick & poking him with their noses & receiving the occasional stroke. Roxy is a bit braver with people in close proximity, Russell is a bit braver at exploring on his own. Both are more wary of people they see in the distance.
They have been clean in the house from the first moment :-) They will take themselves out for a wee if the door is open, if it was shut, they would go to the kitchen & stand by the door (I only missed the cue once on the 3rd day, that is the only accident one of them had & that was a wee on the mat.by the back door when the door was shut)
They haven't panicked with the usual household noises. They will just get up & walk away from the vacuum cleaner when it gets too close to them, they ignore the washing machine & love watching t.v. They both soon decided that they liked Indy & Macks' beds & made themselves at home in them until bedtime, when they would go to their crates without a problem. They quickly learned the routine of having a piece of dried tripe (:-p) in the evenings & they LOVE it!
They went for walks around the residential streets, not bothered by traffic/dogs/cats, but occasionally unsettled by people in the distance & would want to turn around & go back home. I tried to vary the street walks, so they wouldn't get too set on a particular route in the beginning. They went over to the nearby fields & were happiest walking around the edges, though I am sure that as their confidence grows they will be more inclined to explore more.
They have also been to the local park walking around on several occasions & on the bank holiday, when it was busy with people with pushchairs, bikes, balls etc... they were happy to lay in the shade watching the world go by.
They settled into home life much quicker than I ever expected & are great fun to have around. They aren't noisy, they don't bark at the doorbell or at people/dogs in neighbouring gardens. They seem to be at their happiest mooching around the garden and house & when they know you they love to get fuss and give lots of cuddles & kisses back (both at the same time :-D )
Russell & Roxy are absolutely lovely, given the chance they will be loving loyal members of any family. What they need are people who aren't going to insist on giving/getting fuss immediately. It wiill be a case of patience & small steps for a few weeks, but it will be worth it in the long run. They will probably not eat a lot for the first couple of days while they settle, but take care not to over indulge them during this period, otherwise they may become fussy eaters.
It is only due to a family emergency & the possibility that I may have to go back to the states at a moments notice, that Russell & Roxy aren't still on foster with us. They have done nothing wrong, All in all, the two of them have been easier fosters than some of the individual dogs we have fostered in the past. I really hope that someone will give these two sweethearts a family of their own, they have waited so long and really do deserve it after such a dreadful start in life. They won't regret it.
They were wary of me, but didn't rush away and let me put their leads on as long as they were against the wall, walking them was no problem Roxy went on strike once but I trailed the long line and when she thought she was being left behind caught up quickly.
In the day they had free access to the hay barn, they were fed in the "kennel" and on the third day came up to me for a quick stroke.
When walking in the fields on the long line or free they prefer to go round the boundaries and then stop in the corners, they don't really do open spaces yet even when with Girlie and Dougie they prefer to be close to me.
Gradually I have given them more freedom, they now also have the barn and the tractor yard to explore on their own and once they are confident they can get back into their "kennel" if they want to they will trundle about digging and playing and come to the gate to watch me with the horses. The ménage is great fun as long as I am with them, they like to play chase around the jumps and look at themselves in the mirrors.
They like to be confined overnight but jump around and bark with excitement when they hear me coming in the morning and will bark if anyone else comes near the barn. They are still wary of Clive but as chief groomer Mum is a friend and if I talk to people when walking them they sit beside me not worried at all.
Today they came round to the garden and stables and although happily explored together Roxy worried when she couldn't see Russell and when he realised she wasn't there they rushed around in different directions until they found each other.
They don't seem to need a lot of space to run like D & G, they are happy trundling around their "safe places" or walking on leads and today I got a little kiss from them both when clipping them on, bless.
They are ready for their forever home but I have to admit they are not as white as they were when Julia brought them here!
Video below of them out with the gang for walkies, 22/5/11
Top pic taken in Eire as Roxy & Russell were rescued.
Pics below as they started to learn about life.
New Pics below