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Fostering Miss Frankie

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Look who we picked up tonight...:wave:

This is Frankie. She's a 3-4 yr old Pit/mix, about 45 lbs. Her owner passed away 6 months ago and she has spent the past 6 months in a boarding facility. She had all the basic care, but it certainly wasn't a home environment. A staffer at the boarding facility called the rescue last week and asked for help. So she was transferred to the boarding facility we use and a foster was found. I was due to take a neglect case out of the city shelter but this little girl's foster had to back out last minute so I am taking her and we are boarding the neglect case as a kind of "decompression time" (hopefully I will be able to take him in a month or so as he will need a lot of work)

So here she is and of course many more photos will follow
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They do work hard to promote the dogs and featured Frankie on their FB page this week with a large number of likes and a few good comments. What sort of promotions have you been doing for Duncan? A good flyer placed in coffee shops, ice cream shops, outdoors/hiking stores etc will go a long ways.
The biggest obstacle for us promoting Frankie is that while she is actually quite dog friendly, she becomes easily overwhelmed at dog events in pet stores or similar.
I've been posting updates of his progress on his profile page on the shelter's website, occasionally posting pictures and vdieos on the FB page, and taking him to one or two adoption events a month. Duncan is really doing great now other than possibly becoming too attached to me and has gone from a shy mess of a dog to a somewhat outgoing happy boy. He actually jumped up to say hi to a stranger on a walk the other week, while not a good behavior in itself he's losing a lot of his shyness around new people for sure.

Honestly right now I'm split between trying flyers as you suggested, asking the rescue to find another foster for Duncan who might want to keep him forever, take a few weeks of Jubel focused time then get a new foster who needs help (possibly with a different rescue that is mostly foster based). I know someone who fosters for the other rescue I'm thinking about and she hasn't had any dog for more than 8 weeks before its adopted. Most important to me is that Duncan doesn't end up back at the shelter as I think he'll regress there but he'd be fine in another home.
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Frankie is a great looking dog. Her coat is very similar to my APBT mix. Black brindle. Beautiful.
Here's our Christmas Day photo

(Their expressions are totally like a little pair of furry bodyguards saying "Don't mess with my person" :) )
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So cute!! your pups are identical to mine (just a bit older), we recently rescued a new pup, so now we have the wheaton ridgeback and a brindle mastiff mix (most likely pit). Here we are the day we got the pup (we all look amess after a 10 hour wrestling meet we got the pup):

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What a nice family photo and I love the expression on Tsavo's face right there. It is totally like "What is this new thing you brought home and what am I supposed to do with it?"

It is funny how much of a "match" Chester and Frankie are for Tsavo and your new pup.
I couldn't help point it out when I saw the pics, its like looking at mine in the future :) The pup has no fear of Tsavo, he constantly wrestles or plays tug of war with him, even though theres a 60 lb weight difference! It amazes me how patient Tsavo (at lonly 10 months) can be with him. I have a feeling Forrest could possibly be bigger, as he is 20 lbs at 10 weeks, but we will see.
A friend looked over my shoulder at your photos of Tsavo and Forrest on your other thread and said "Is that Chester?" :)

I know that Chester holds himself back very well when playing with smaller dogs. The smallest dog I have let him play loose with was an adult JRT (10-12 lbs) and they did just fine. Since Chester isn't purebred (to the best of my knowledge) that may be more socialization than breed trait but I think it is a bit of both.

I hope all the playtime with Chester can help out Frankie in finding a forever home. She's great but unlike your family, I'm not looking to add a permanent second dog. Still, it is fun for the meantime.
I can definitely see where they'd get confused if the face wasn't clear, same body and coloring. I agree that it is a bit of both, I also have found that male ridgebacks seem to be more social than female. Now this may just be the ones that I have met personally, but it's my experience. In one of his training classes there was a min pin and the two of them could play together forever! Tsavo would get down like he does with the pup and just let the other dog crawl all over him :) We have tried hard to socialize him, but the fact that he would be gentle with smaller dogs since he was around 6 months makes me think that the breed trait plays in there for it to come out at such a young age.
This new little fireball though is ruthless!! Poor Tsavo enjoys his naps and about 10-12 hours of sleep at night, and the pup does not let him rest!!!
Training session

Excuse the messy door and floor- its the "dog room" and has been scratched up and chewed on over time.
Awwwe .... She is doing very well! :D
Awwwe .... She is doing very well! :D

Weekend solo park trip...
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I have my fingers crossed and would cross my toes too if I wasn't wearing shoes :)

Frankie went to a great family today and I have so much hope that it will be a successful match. If only she doesn't let her quirks show too quickly.......
Yeah for Frankie, hope it works out!
Oh man! I am crossing my fingers and toes for her!
I really hope it works out. She is a great dog.
They adore her :) She met various family members who all loved her (and I'm sure vice versa) and she behaved nicely during 2 hours alone in the house. Only bothered them once to try to sleep in the humans' bed at night (she'll have a dog bed in the master bedroom). Seems the transition is going better than her new owner expected.

So we're looking towards meeting some potential fosters in the next week or two. For some reason, we have mostly males in boarding in need of foster right now and Chester usually prefers females but it sounds like one of them is really easy going so that might work.
I'm so glad it seems to be working out!!
HUZZAH!! Pop some champagne tonight Shell! It has been a long journey but I hope she has found her forever home!!
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