First of all, we are now at an all-time low on our candidates for adoption and finding new solutions for placement through brainstorming. As we held our "Thank You" luncheon yesterday (November 29), everyone was able to contribute to creating solutions to rescue. A big round of Thanks to all as we continue to help make a difference here in our county.
Discovering a GREAT resource!! DOG CHAT FORUM (also has cat info!)
On a personal rescue note: As one of the founders of second chance pals and someone who has had Rottweilers in my life for years (both show and rescue), I take my responsibility as a foster volunteer seriously and try to do the best I know how and I think I have a fair number of solutions, having trained my first Rottie to an advanced obedience title. Sometimes, however, it doesn't seem like enough . . .
When I came upon a problem with Jake, the rat terrier foster, that I had assisted through his heartworm treatment and a dog that had truly won over my heart with his playfulness and unique personality . . . and neediness, quite frankly, I did not have a clue as to how to handle this particular issue. I had never owned a small dog before, however, friends of mine had owned small dogs. One couple had two Jack Russells, one a beta dog that would piddle whenever he was the slightest excited and frankly, I had a hard time understanding the extent of my friends' patience with this little guy as they were constantly cleaning up piddle around the house.
There had been a couple of "marking" instances with Jake before we went on vacation. After we came back, and he had been boarded for almost two weeks along with my two rescue Rottweilers, he began to "mark" in earnest. I had never had this problem with my two Rottie males. It did not help that the weather is cold and wet at this time of year and he clearly does not like being out in the elements to do his business. As I took him out for long walks with an umbrella, he would finally decide to tend to business.
I was at my wits end as I was finding his "markings" around the house!! Then I discovered Dog Chat Forum when I was searching around for an answer on the internet. What a fabulous website!! They cover a lot of important information, not just about dogs, but also cat problems as well. There clearly was hope for Jake's problem!
I am really becoming enthused about how I can solve this problem as it does not bode well for putting a problematic dog up for adoption before a solution is found.