“Scruffy is tiny!” was the text I got from the dog adoption/transport coordinator. I was expecting a terrier sort of Gracie’s size, but Scruffy, who joined our household today is less than half Gracie’s size. I haven’t weighed him yet, but I’m guessing 5-6 pounds. And right now, Scruffy’s name fits him perfectly. He has a grooming appointment in ten days or so, and he definitely needs one. Meet Scruffy.
Scruffy is definitely a lap dog! Our dogs aren’t very territorial about the house, but if there’s one thing Gracie claims as her own it is my lap. If she finds a cat there she will bark endlessly. So Scruffy got lap time with Marley today, at least until everyone with four paws gets to know each other better.
I usually introduce new fosters outside, but it was raining today and Scruffy is not used to a leash, so that wasn’t a safe option. We set up Gracie’s old playpen for Scruffy to create a safe way for Gracie and Scruffy to meet.
As I expected, Gracie was fine with Scruffy, and happily Scruffy seems fine with Gracie. And Bodhi doesn’t care either way – he’s usually oblivious to other dogs in the house. Scruffy was fine with the cats in the home he stayed in his first night here, and hopefully he will ignore our cats as well. Scruffy isn’t overly thrilled with the playpen right now, but until we have a little more time together, that’s his spot unless he’s being supervised. I don’t yet know if he’s a door dasher or much of anything else about him, so he’ll have to give us a bit of time to get to know him.
I was told he didn’t know leashes or walks, though he is doing better than I expected. He isn’t well potty trained either from what we can see. So he got introduced to a halter today and with a double leash – one of his halter and one on his martingale collar – we took Scruffy and Gracie to the back yard for a potty break. (We don’t have a fenced yard.) As I thought might happen, Gracie peed and Scruffy couldn’t resist peeing on top of her pee. Gracie is going to be a good mentor dog for Scruffy.
After a nice dinner this evening and the rains had passed Gracie and Scruffy went for a walk together and did well. Scruffy even peed on a pole that Gracie hadn’t peed on, so he knows about peeing outside. He peed inside once this afternoon while he was exploring the house, so we will need to be attentive and start our potty training 101 course! It has been a busy day for Scruffy…good time for a nap.
Scruffy seems like a very nice little dog. He had a dental before arriving, and is already neutered and up to date on his vaccines, so once he gets groomed I don’t think he’ll be with us long. Welcome to the Farrington/Amstutz household little one. We hope you enjoy your stay.