By Katie Meyer
Disclosure: I always have and likely always will enjoy pretty much any dog I meet.
Hi! My name is Katie and I am the lucky Foster Mama of Ms. Pamela (sometimes I refer to her as Princess Pammy, and her tail indicates that the title pleases). While the above disclosure is absolutely true…there’s just something about Pamela.
I have been volunteering in animal rescue for eight years now and have seen all kinds of animals from all different walks of life. Sometimes I know the story of who they are before I meet them, and sometimes I don’t. But most of the time, the story doesn’t matter. The resiliency of these animals is their most impressive attribute.
I don’t know Pamela’s story. But here is what I do know: In all the time I’ve volunteered, and with all the dogs I’ve had the privilege to work with or foster, no dog has shown more love and gratitude than Ms. Pamela.
All foster dogs have an adjustment period when they come into a new place. That first day Pamela came home with me I had to leave her almost immediately. I felt horrible, but had purchased soft blankets and padding to leave with her in the crate. I just hoped she would be comfortable enough to not destroy said blankets and padding.
When I returned home four hours later I walked in and Pam was sound asleep curled up in a little ball. I called her name; she sat up, politely waited for me to open the crate, exited the crate to give me kisses, and immediately broke into her famous Wiggle Dance. Well, that was easy!
I didn’t think the full transition into my home would be as smooth as that first stay in the crate, but it honestly was. After two days, she proved that she was fully house-trained and didn’t need the crate at all.
Now, I have never allowed animals on my furniture. Ever. I will never forget the first time I was lying down on my couch watching a movie and Pamela walked over, slowly put one paw on the couch, looked directly at me, and waited for instruction. I swear she was asking if she could hop on up with me. Well if you’re going to be so polite, little lady, get up here!
Pamela presses herself riiiight up next to me and is the best little spoon you’ll ever meet. It makes me feel like a million bucks, but she is also just as happy lying at my feet and enjoying the movie from the ground level. Good luck resisting the cuddles, though!
If you’re not into cuddles, once you find your bonding method with Pamela you will never question her love for you. Sometimes she’ll put a paw on your knee. Sometimes she’ll rest her chin on the edge of the bed when you’re waking up in the morning. Sometimes she’ll politely sit with you in the kitchen and take in all the yummy smells while you cook. She will show her love in any way that works for you. That’s just how cool she is.
It’s true what you’ve heard. Pamela gets veeeery excited when she sees other dogs. Sometimes she is so excited that her actions are perceived as rude. Fair enough. But we are working on this with a trainer who thinks that she will be able to learn to appropriately introduce herself. She may not want dog roommates, but I have faith in her ability to grow her socialization skills. She moved into my home fully house-trained and is already a master of commands. She is a smart girl. She will get there, all in due time.
My wish for Pamela is for her to find a home that will respect her, love her, and honor her sweet disposition. Are you the one for Princess Pammy?
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