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Scout & His Foster Dog

Posted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 4:20 pm
by AuntieMom
We are not fostering as much now because of Scout's blindness. However, a Brittany was in a high kill shelter and another rescue bailed him out. He just needed an over night so we took him in. (We count them as a foster if they spend one or more nights with us.) I would have loved to have fostered him longer because he was such a nice Britt and fit in so well.

However, this post is about our 13 y/o Scout. Back in the day, Scout was the good example for all our fosters to follow. Scout was a benevolent leader and good to the foster dogs. He has generously shared his home and his people with 57 ABR foster dogs for in the last ten years. He still has the magic touch as you can see by the photo. (Scout is the liver and white.)

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Re: Scout & His Foster Dog

Posted: Sat Oct 10, 2015 6:37 pm
by Cindy
Way to go Scout!! You are what gives the breed such a good name!! I'm wondering if there's "something" about the liver and white Brittanys ... we've now had 2 of them and both have been so even tempered and sweet. That being said, I certainly love my O&W ones :D :D

Re: Scout & His Foster Dog

Posted: Mon Oct 12, 2015 7:15 pm
by janet909
It's so hard when they start to lose their senses. We took Moby grouse hunting and in some of the thicker cover, had to leash him up which is an all time first. He would get scent of a bird and start charging up a hill faster than we could follow. We were worried about losing him since we can no longer call him. It's too nerve racking to rely on his nose to find us.
I know how heart broken you are to watch your hunting dog, Scout. Thank you for fostering another dog: even for a short visit. He's a beauty and it looks like Scout is being a very polite host.

Re: Scout & His Foster Dog

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:59 am
by Cindy
So here's my question about dogs losing their hearing ... If they are trained to an e-collar that has a vibration option, couldn't you call them that way? Janet, I think you use e-collars but maybe they only have tones???

Re: Scout & His Foster Dog

Posted: Tue Oct 13, 2015 5:54 am
by janet909
We use vibration collars. We trained Wes, Beamer and our late Shep. We got Moby as an 8 week puppy when our other dog was a Blue Heeler. Because the heeler always followed us, we didn't know any different (regarding the wanderlust of a Brittany). I think the heeler trained Moby to stay with the pack by heeling him as we never really recall trained him formally like we have the others. Because we never used a collar on him, I don't feel that we can suddenly do it now at age 14. The one problem with vibration collars (and we learned this with Shep who was directionally challenged in the beginning) is that if you vibrate them and they aren't sure of where you are, they might run the opposite direction looking for you.