Monday, June 22, 2009

Teddy "Stray"

About 6 months ago, Noah and I were looking into getting another dog to keep our Dane Sephiroth company. Seph was very attached to us and would often become destructive if we left him home alone for too long. When we were home, he constantly wanted to be with us, even sleeping in our small bed. We thought it would be good for him to have another playmate to keep him company. We looked into several options, including adopting a dog from our local humane society, purchasing another dane puppy, raising and training dogs through Paws with a Cause, and fostering dogs through different shelters and organizations. We decided to apply for becoming a foster home for Airedale Terriers through the Airedale Terrier Rescue and Adoption organization (ATRA). Airedale Terrier Rescue and Adoption, Inc. is an all volunteer organization rescuing Airedale Terriers in 14 Midwest states and the province of Ontario. They stand ready to help any homeless Airedale and provide them with quality care and love while searching for their perfect forever home. We really liked this program since they seem to really offer their foster homes a lot of support. They also financially support the foster dog by paying all of his/her expenses including vet care, obedience classes, crates/gates, food, and any other supplies that are needed. After filling out an extensive application, a local coordinator contacted us and completed an interview and home visit to make sure we were appropriate. We were approved and she would be contacting us soon for our first foster dog.

I was very excited to get started and help a lost Airedale who was in need of a warm, safe and loving home while they were looking for their forever home. I was also excited to have a playmate for Sephiroth. I have a love of terriers as I always had Scottish Terriers growing up and I love big dogs, so I thought having an Airedale would be a great match as they are often referred to as the King of Terriers.

Well we got our first call for a foster dog several months later, two days after Sephiroth passed away. At that time, we were not emotionally ready to have a dog in our home and they were able to locate another foster home.

Now, 6 months later, we received another call to foster. Our coordinator said he was an approximately 8-year-old, 80 lb male. He is healthy, although is overweight and has some arthritis in his legs. He has been well taken care of and was groomed recently. He was found in the Byron Center area with no collar or microchip on June 9. We took him into our home on June 16. His name through ATRA is currently Teddy "Stray". Notices have been published in the local papers, on mlive, and on craigs list. Local animal shelters and vet offices were also contacted, but so far, no one has come forward to claim Teddy. He is a very sweet dog and I have to imagine someone out there is missing him. If his owners are not located, he will be adopted out through ATRA

Teddy has gotten along well with our 12 week old dane Rozalyn so far. She is about half his size and quite the instigator. She is always slapping and biting him. He is quite patient, but will growl or snap at her if she takes it too far. He loves to be pet and loves to snuggle. He will play with toys when feeling frisky. He also loves to take naps and go for walks. We are hoping he will drop a few pound during his stay on our farm. He is really doing well so far and we are happy to be helping him out. We wonder if he misses his people and wonder what his real name is....we try calling him lots of different names to see if we get a reaction, but I think he responds more to our tone of voice instead of what we are actually saying.

Here are some pictures of Teddy Stray:

Yesterday, we took Roz and Teddy to the dog beach. Although he didn't go out and swim, Teddy really seemed to enjoy himself and loved meeting other dogs and people. Here are some pictures:

Teddy has been a joy to have in our home so far.

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