The Potty Gang Find Forever Homes (Almost)

About two weeks ago, we left Powder at Fuzzy Friends Rescue when the Gang was taken for their check-up. Three was not much more work than two but we wanted to work on individual crate time (as I wrote about in another post). Powder was quickly adopted by a family that had previously adopted from Fuzzy Friends.

 

Roscoe, Rolo, and Chewie gang up on Toffee.
On Monday, Vanessa returned Roscoe and Chewie to Fuzzy Friends. It was time for them to be neutered. We decided that they could do their recovery time at the rescue. Now, in all honesty, Vanessa and I asked each other whether we should adopt one of them. Roscoe was my favorite. I love his personality and he is just cuddly enough. Chewie was her favorite. He is incredibly soft. He loves cuddles. He will make someone a real good lap dog.

The decision to let them go rather than keep one or both of them was made easier when someone we know applied to adopt Roscoe. The adoption was approved and he goes to his forever home today.

 

Roscoe convinces Chewie that the tail end is the dangerous end.
Chewie is still awaiting someone to take him home. He is very cute wearing his “cone of shame.” (See Pixar’s UP for reference) While Roscoe has piercing eyes, Chewie’s eyes have a very soft and inquisitive expression. His fur was a little longer than his brothers’ fur and incredibly soft. If you are in the Waco area and you are considering adopting a dog, you better be quick. Of course, they have a brother Spencer who is hanging out beside them.

 

Chewie and I on a chilly day. Our fur matches.
We saw both Chewie and Roscoe, yesterday. They were wearing their cones. Both puppies were excited to see us and eager for cuddles. But even in their excitement, they were the perfect little gentleman we taught them to be.

I must say my perception of Chihuahuas has been transformed by this experience.

So, what were we doing at Fuzzy Friends. Well, I’ll tell you about our new guests Kodiak (like the bear) and Roscoe (that’s right another Roscoe), in my next post, tentatively entitled “From The Potty Gang to The Lab-atory Crew” — probably not. Although, given what we found this morning, maybe. . . 

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The Potty Gang: Vacuum Training 101

While the Potty Gang (Roscoe, Powder, and Chewie) were in our care, we wanted to make their transition to their “forever homes” as smooth as possible. So, we exposed them to strange and exciting things that they might encounter in their new surroundings like the “Dreaded Vacu’um” which roars loudly and sucks up anything in its path, including dog hair and treats.

So one afternoon, Vanessa and I made of game of it with the puppies. We brought our vacuum out into the middle of the room. First, we played with the puppies around the still quiet monster. We placed treats around it and for the really daring on it.

Second, Vanessa lured the Gang a little distance away with treats and played with them. At this point, I turned the vacuum on. The puppies scattered at the sound. It is loud and sudden no matter how you do it.

   
 With the vacuum on, we lured the puppies back out with treats. Then, I turned the vacuum off. While the vacuum was quiet, we repeated the game where we placed treats on the vacuum. The Gang needed a little more encouragement. Chewie felt much safer under the piano bench.

We repeated this process a few times. Each time, the treats were given a little closer to the running vacuum. We kept playing the game until all the puppies took a treat from off the Dreaded Vacu’um at full roar.

It was a fun afternoon with the puppies and good quality time for a husband and wife.