A bonny autumn day… Loving the one red tree to the right, standing out on its own
A joyous week as I have officially adopted my foster-to-adopt dog, ‘Professor’. Officially he is named Fenley Tucker, Fen for short
Fenley has come a long way from when I first met him and brought him home 5.5 weeks ago. Working to recondition a traumatized rescue dog is truly rewarding, esp when there are the highs and lows of a rollercoaster experience. ……
🦊 Nicknames: Little fox, Mr Fenley, Bebe, Sweet Pea
🦊 approx 4 years of age, only neutered maybe 2 months ago.
🦊 Finnish Spitz mix breed
🦊 Rescued dog from California, twice rescued, first a high kill shelter, then a rescue ranch.
🦊 I’m allergic to him, 4 out 10, manageble. I have begun getting desentizing treatments to lower my sensitivities towards his saliva and body oils. 🦊He’s a bit scared of windy days with leaves tumbling by, traffic and big loud vehicles
🦊 Likes to go after rabbits and squirrels (we’re working on downgrading his reaction to them)
🦊 His body and fur smells like an alpaca sweater, clean and cozy.
🦊 His paws smell like Asian white rice when cooking, lol.
🦊 He loves to play fetch (so far indoors only) with his Beaver stuffy and his raw hide stick. 🦊 He loves turning over onto his back when resting beside or on us and raising his hind legs to have his inner thighs and belly scratched and rubbed by his humans.
🦊 He snores! Woken me up once in a while 🙉
🦊 He burps loud for a small/med sized dog
🦊 He sleeps with his eyes half open sometimes when he’s in REM sleep, showing eye whites only (creepy)
🦊 He dreams and barks & runs in his sleep.
🦊 He is a low to medium shedding dog.
🦊 He loves to tuck his head under my arm for hugs & reassurance; Tucker was his first trial name because of this.
🦊 He allows for paw cleaning and a bum wipe after every walk as his longer fur catches debris and it helps to reduce his cooked rice smelling paws & his need to drag his bum on the carpets to clean 😅
🦊 He’s still a velcro dog with me which makes it hard to get things done but I love him fiercely
A still-life of fungi❤️🍄 This lush autumn has fungi bursting everywhere, even in the city residential lawns!
This bouquet was found in a semi urban forest, tucked just off and below a boardwalk. So colourful. I had never seen the spiky little browns before, but live how they accompanied the bright golden ones
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We’ve officially begun our fostering duties in our search for our forever dog with @pbandchi . This is our first foster pup, Professor, and we have him for the next two weeks. We are helping him to decompress and adjust to life here in GVA, after having just made the long drive up this last weekend from California from @eastwoodranch.
He is part Finnish Spitz, and guessing Pomeranian as he does have the ear and leg fur wisps, and his temperament is not ‘eager to please.’ So after two days and a bit, we know this much about him:
🦊Does not respond to his name, Professor, at all. 😦
🦊Has an aloof and stubborn streak. Obedience training will be challenging it seems, as he’s already 3 yrs old.
🦊Yelps, not bark so far
🦊 Sheds a fair bit and needs brushing every other day, slickered once a week.
🦊He is sweet and gentle. A big needy cuddle bug, all through out the day. He’ll lay down on any part of you to pin you down.
🦊likes to play fetch and tug, he can get a bit over excited and paw. 🦊quite clingy for now. Needs to be near or have physical contact a lot, for reassurance perhaps
🦊likes to connect to contact via direct eye contact and physically attaching his head to us, no matter how awkward.lol.
🦊will choose to do the bum drag on the carpet, leaving skid marks 🤦🏻♀️💩
🦊has decent leash manners, and I’m further training to improve walking on one side
🦊a messy eater, likes to leave morsels on the ground for ‘maybe’ later
🦊not highly food-driven, hard to use treats to obedience train him.
🦊likes to head butt my right arm/hand so he can wedge himself under for hugs or pets.
🦊Don’t seem like he was crate trained, so I’m working on that with him.
🦊Previous owners prob didn’t do much of obedience training, nor consistent, leaving him to do what he wanted then he’d get reprimanded sometimes, inconsistent messages. He gives looks that expresses guilt and defiance at times when being told to do something