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Old 11-15-2012, 05:08 AM
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I need advice. A friend of mine found a small mixed breed wandering the streets of New York, near his apartment. He can't take care of him or even foster him very long due to his work schedule and asked if I could help foster and find him a home, otherwise he would have to turn him in to a shelter. He said the dog was really sweet and well behaved, but didn't have any tags and wasn't microchipped. I was at first all about it, but then I grew concerned, wondering about all the worst case scenarios. What if he didn't get along with my three. What if he was sick? Now I'm nervous. I'd be picking him up tomorrow night and probably wouldn't be able to bring him to the vet until late afternoon on Friday. Just looking for some opinions and/or advice.

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Old 11-15-2012, 05:43 AM
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Maybe keep him in a separate bedroom, laundry room until you can evaluate him a little more. Good luck
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I would slowly introduce him to your kids. It also might be best to keep him seperate until a Vet can check him and give vaccinations. As for fostering I foster hounds all the time. My four check out their new friend then it is like they have always been there. It does take approximatly two weeks for a foster to settle in and for you to see their true personality. During that time expect potty accidents etc and be ready if the dog has never been potty trained to start at square 1. It is just a matter of letting him feel at home and getting use to your schedule. Also not knowing if and what it was eating watch for food aggression. Dogs that have had to find or fight for food can sometimes show aggression. If need be feed seperatly and slowly work with him where he knows he will never starve again. Also with new food it can cause an upset stomach so be ready for that but otherwise Thank you for saving a homeless pup and finding him a forever home.

Oh also if he is not fixed you might need to get that done where he doesn't mark or get a belly band for now.
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I would slowly introduce him to your kids. It also might be best to keep him seperate until a Vet can check him and give vaccinations. As for fostering I foster hounds all the ...
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Bless your heart for taking him in - he's a lucky dog to have someone like you care.

Hopefully he and your crew get on well - probably is a good idea to keep them seperated til you get him checked at the vet, so he doesn't pass anything on.

Best of luck with him and we look forward to updates!
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I am happy to report that I did foster "Nugget" for three nights and that on Sunday he went to his new home. I am really hoping things work out there--so far, after two nights with his new owner, it seems like a great fit. The best part is that he is only one town away from me, and I can visit him. I am so happy I did it, although it was hard to say goodbye...
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