1/2/19 FOSTER UPDATE: Sheldon is such a wonderful and sweet boy! We had a great Christmas with him! I imagine that all pups are not this easy on their foster families, so we are truly blessed with Sheldon as our first foster!
Sheldon has been an absolute dream to have in our home. He is very well behaved, understands many commands and listens intently for my instructions with the sweetest, inquisitive look in his eyes. Sheldon is so smart and eager to please that he has happily been going to his crate on command since day one, and he is so good at watching me for my cues that he has started running to bed when I put my coat on! Sheldon also knows to stay, settle, and bed on top of sit, lay down, and paw. He picks up on things very quickly. His “counter surfing” is almost not even an issue anymore, and it really didn’t take but a couple of corrections. We’re still working on jumping, but that’s more of a foster mom training problem than a Sheldon problem. I need to be more consistent with him, but he’s just so darn cute when he gives hugs!
Sheldon and his foster brother, Fitz have become the best of friends! They play tug of war and would play for hours if I let them! Sheldon is much bigger than Fitz, but he is very gentle and patiently waits for Fitz to get a hold of the toys before starting to play. Sheldon even lets Fitz win sometimes And I find them snuggling more and more lately. They have even figured out how to each sit by me without getting jealous.
Luckily, we were able to spend a lot of time together over the past week and a half, because I was off work. Today is his first day being alone while I am at work, and he had his first visit with our walker, Alissa. Sheldon walks well on his lead, but still needs a little time to learn manners without it. Allisa said that he did great today! Sheldon has never had a single accident and has not been destructive, aggressive, or ill-mannered in any way.
It is so sad to me that such a wonderful, kindhearted, well-behaved dog could ever end up in the situation that Sheldon is in. It’s simply not fair to any dog, and I cannot make sense of it at all. Sheldon has a big heart and a lot of love to give to his forever family. I hope he finds them soon!
When Sheldon arrived it was like a flashback to Duke of Clermont that was one of our most popular dogs. One look at his face and we were captured. He is only 1.5 years old and only 53 pounds, although we think he is a lab mix with likely boxer and maybe some Dane. Regardless of his DNA, he is very sweet. Sheldon is somewhat cautious of new experiences and definitely loves when he has an opportunity to play. Once he feels comfortable, he quickly warms up. His original home was abusive and fortunately, he was only there a few months before going to another home. The young man in the family had medical issues that prevented him from being comfortable around a dog, so he was taken to the shelter. At his young age, it’s hard to believe he’s had so many changes, and he needs the opportunity to finally find his forever home.
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