Waiting for Doggo!

Doggo Waiting Patiently on Mat

Chapter One  

It’s been seven months since Little Monkey went to play with Mr Spaghetti Legs and all my other dogs; Lady, Jack, Madam and TJ.

I have been looking for another rescue dog. While I wait for Doggo, my toy dog sits patiently on his mat, like Pinocchio, waiting to be turned into a Real Dog!

There are many rescues to choose from, here in Cape Town. I thought you might like to come along with me on my quest.

Rescue Doggo 1

My preference is for a calm, middle aged male, weighing under 20 kg. (But fate has a way of laughing at your plans and I might end up with a young female; who knows!)

LM weighed 23 kg and I had to help her in and out of the car as she got older. One time her back legs collapsed in the middle of the road and I had to scoop her up quickly and carry her to the kerbside. I rubbed her legs and she was good to go again. However, my days of scooping up 23 kg are limited, which is why I am looking for a smaller dog.

Rescue Doggo 2

First I went to the rescue organisation from where I adopted Mr Spaghetti Legs (and Lady and Jack before him.) It was under new management with different methods, but the dogs were still very well cared for and in good shape.

However, all the dogs they showed me were far too big and strong. They were street dogs with mixtures of Pitbull, Boerboel, Labrador etc and way bigger than LM, even though I told them what size I was looking for now.

Rescue Doggo 3

The manageress told me that dogs are not pack animals, so that’s why they were mostly kept in kennels on their own. This does not help them socialise.

Also, any clip you ever see on street dogs shows them forming into packs, round the rubbish tips etc. They do not go it alone, if they have a choice.

Rescue Doggo 4 and Cows

The whole experience was draining and I won’t be going back. I had been sure I could just walk in there and find my new soul mate, as I have done six times in the past.

But it wasn’t a total loss, as at least I got to see a few rescue cows up close!

Cows 2

There are other places to try and that’s where we’ll be going in the next chapter.

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post script: Waiting for Doggo is a pun on the Samuel Beckett play, Waiting for Godot. Thank you to everyone who has been asking about my search for a new dog.

post post script: They only used positive reinforcement here, so the dogs did what they liked instead of listening to the volunteers, who were trying to coax them with treats. Someone who does not normally follow me may start ranting about this and I won’t be responding. Everyone is entitled to their own opinion and I have no problem with that, but this is a post about searching for a new dog, not dog training methods. Positive reinforcement is perfectly fine and I use it myself, but to only use it with no correction does not help the dog.

If a dog is jumping on me, scratching and bruising my arms (which is exactly what happened here), I am not going to give it a treat when it finally decides by itself to get down. However, while there, I respected their methods and let the woman with me sort it out. She offered the dog a treat and repeatedly said, “Sit! Sit! Sit! Sit! . . . ” It did not sit. I walked away and it jumped on her!

To stop a dog jumping on me, I walk forward into its space, tell it calmly, stop that, and get it to sit. It’s done in a second, and the dog and I are both happy.

Scifihammy and TJ

You’ll recognise the photo above from my About page; My Tail Too.

Old TJ jumped on us when we first got him. He desperately wanted attention. I taught him in one day that if he stopped jumping up and sat nicely he would get instant attention. Thereafter, whenever I turned around, little TJ would be sitting beautifully, waiting for attention. I always gave it to him. In the photo above I have just returned from dog class with Little Monkey. TJ has missed me!

I learnt dog behaviour from all my dogs; particularly Little Monkey and Madam. After all, a dog knows how to communicate with other dogs far better than we do!

 

43 thoughts on “Waiting for Doggo!

  1. A Curious Introvert

    Each week I keep hoping I will see a post about your new dog and thanks for updating us on your soul mate search. I will be sending many positive thoughts your way hoping the right little guy is waiting to be rescued at the next location!

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you so much 😀
      I’m taking a break from looking for a few months (family visiting), so you don’t have to check my posts expectantly for a while! 😀
      But I am sure I will find the right Doggo for me eventually. 🙂

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  2. Wellness Garden Design

    Gosh, I send you strength in going to the rescues… I’d adopt them all 😉
    The last time I went looking for a dog (Breck) it was on petfinder.com. There’s search buttons for size, sex, breed (etc) and photos. Most rescues would transport dogs across the US for a small fee. Maybe there’s something like that there?
    I get most folks don’t love on their doggos like I do. Oreo even sleeps with me. 😴 And snores! Big dork! 😍

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Yes, there are some rescue organisations in smaller towns that are willing to transport the dog to you, but there are plenty to choose from close by. The dog and I need to “click” so I have to spend time with it. It will definitely be a crossbreed, so I have no idea what it will look like. 🙂
      It is hard to leave without one, but I know they are very well cared for and loved – and so much better off than where they came from.
      My one friend has her dogs sleep in her bedroom – a Great Dane, Lurcher and Greyhound! Much snoring! 😀

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      1. scifihammy Post author

        Well, they were Supposed to sleep on their mats on the floor, but would often creep up onto the bed when peeps were asleep. Not much room for her husband then! 😀

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  3. pgraysurvival

    I was talking to another dog owner last night who was lamenting the fact that his neighbour didn’t respond to his elderly dogs perfect sit and that “Hi, I just want you to be your friend” look.
    The neighbour going so far as to say “He’s only a dog, and dogs don’t have feelings like humans do”.

    Me, all that time crouched down, gently rubbing the old retriever behind the ears and he’s loving it! Despite a very indignant look from our dog when the retriever started to baste me.

    So no human emotions there then.
    Aside from happiness, thankful, friendly, and affectionate. From our dog exuded the usual “he’s my dad” possessiveness , and a little bit of annoyance that he had to share my attention with a new dog and indigence about how this stranger thought it OK to give me a wash!

    So I replied, “You can tell a lot about people who think that.
    They are ignorant for one and not worthy enough to be granted the benefits of dog ownership.”.
    I ended by saying “Anyway you can get them to move?”
    He chuckled and said “All in hand and soon if we have anything to do with it”

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Dogs certainly have emotions and I have even witnessed embarrassment when a new dog walks into our safety glass doors! – They only ever do it once! 😀

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      1. pgraysurvival

        And that hurt “you’ve let me down” look.
        You know.
        The one that leaves you feeling awful for not putting stick on flowers onto the glass! (Chuckle).

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  4. Tom's Nature-up-close Photography and Mindfulness Blog

    Good luck in your search and so kindhearted of you to be doing what you are doing (and with what you have done in the past with the wonderful dogs you have had). 🙂
    The cows are amazing! We visited and donated to a horse rescue shelter that is situated very close to where a large veterinary place is. We were shocked to learn that the vets did not give discounts to the rescue shelter (for being a rescue shelter).

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you. I’m sure I’ll find my perfect dog eventually. 😀
      Our vets do treat these rescue dogs at cost – or even free. And the rescue centres provide free veterinary care for poor people’s pets in the surrounding townships. 🙂

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  5. C C Cedras

    Wait. What?? Dogs are not pack animals??? In what universe?

    Anyway, you will find Doggo, and he(she) will be so lucky to become part of your pack. Stick to your guns on the weight thing if you can. It’s no joke. I’m just admiring your ability to heft a 20kg dog.

    I’ve told friends many times about stepping forward into Fergus’ space to get him to back down and sit. It works like a charm. But teaching Fergus to STAY down as a rule has proven impossible because people encourage him because he’s so small and adorable. 🙄 He’s getting better as he gets older, though.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you so much 😀
      Yes I’m sure I;ll find the right Doggo in time – and Yes, I won’t compromise on the weight. I’ve always said I won’t get a dog I cannot lift – so the dogs just have to get smaller! 😀
      That is the problem with cute little dogs, people don’t take them seriously and they get away with all sorts! 😀
      But Fergus is adorable! 😀

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  6. Amy

    Glad to see they include cows. Dogs look very healthy. 🙂
    I’ve learned from our dogs that they learn about people quickly. 🙂

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  7. Herman

    It seems very difficult to find a good dog. But it’s great you went looking for a rescue dog. Looking forward to read more about this, please keep us posted, my friend. Wishing you all the best and good luck!

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  8. lydifeline

    Doggo #1 and #4 would suit your harsh sun environment!? Better maybe than dark fur! Just a Strange thought! German Shepherds are great, but do and have been known to have some intestinal problems (stomachs have been known to turn inside out causing death) I know that sound awful, but that’s all I know about that breed! But, hense it’s all up to you and your personal choice, and successful interaction with said dog! Good Luck! You so deserve it, you really deserve to have a faithful fur baby in your life! 🙂 ❤ Good Luck! ❤

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you very much 😀
      Most short haired dogs do all right in the heat here, especially the street dogs or crossbreeds. I wouldn’t get a pure bred dog, but a mutt; fewer health problems as you say. 🙂
      I’m sure the right Doggo and I will find each other. 😀

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  9. pensitivity101

    Weird about the shelter staff saying dogs are not pack animals. Maggie likes her ‘pack’ (ie us) together and will herd us accordingly.
    I took a dog psychology course which I found very informative and IMO the trainer knew what she was talking about. We applied repetition and reward methods for Maggie, the reward being treats, fuss or play. Jumping up was deterred by crossing arms and turning our backs. It worked for her. I sometimes wonder whether the dogs train us though. We find that ‘ certain one ‘ and the rest is history. Maggie chose me by climbing on my lap in the farm yard and falling asleep……. twice.
    Great post Sci. I’m looking forward to your posts on your search.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Yes, it was very odd there. Different methods work for different dogs and it’s good to be flexible. And as you say, the dog teaches us too.
      Maggie knew she’d have a good home with you, clever girl. 😀
      Thank you very much. I’m sure I’ll find the right one and he/she can debut on my blog. 😀

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  10. spanishwoods

    I don’t think I’ve every heard someone actually say that dogs are not pack animals. The rest is equally confusing. Like you said, at least the dogs are well cared for, but there are some strange philosophies at play there. I also have a dog that I would never in a hundred years have chosen. And she is so challenging, and difficult and almost impossible to train (I’ve had many dogs in my life and she is the most difficult of all my dogs) and yet, I love her dearly. You will find the dog that is right for you, I know you will.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      It was quite a shock to find out how much things had changed, since we got Mr SL from them 6 years ago. I was told that wolves are pack animals, but that dogs are not! Times like that I just bite my tongue. They are caring for the animals and these are their methods., Nothing I can do about it.

      Little Monkey was a great challenge for me also, but like you say, loved dearly.
      I haven’t found that connection yet, but the right Doggo is out there waiting for me, so I’ll keep looking. Thank you. 😀

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  11. oldmainer

    Not pack animals?? Hummmm!! As I have aged, I also look for a dog that will not get too heavy for me to carry in an emergency. 30 to 40 lbs is about right. I am sure you will find the dog you are looking for and I hope it is soon, for both of you.

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  12. Murphy's Law

    I think the animal shelter needs to rethink their help….like getting people in who actually know a thing or two about dogs!

    Your new buddy is out there, patiently (or impatiently!) waiting for you to find him. Maybe check your local newspaper for someone who has to rehome their dog. Or like you said, check out other shelters. Your vet may be a good source for a dog who needs a forever home.

    I wish you much luck in your search. I know when you find your mate, that will be one very lucky puppy. TJ was one beautiful ball of fur!

    Thank you for including the rescue cows. We all need reminding that cats and dogs aren’t the only animals who need a forever home to live out their lives being loved and cared for.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you very much 😀
      I think my difficulty this time lies in limiting the size of the dog, which is something I cannot compromise on, and also I want an easier dog! These go quite quickly, as you can imagine. 🙂

      Yes! I had to add the cows! 😀

      And Thank you for your kind words too. 😀

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  13. quiall

    When the time is right you will find each other. I wonder about a woman who does not understand that dogs ARE pack animals and react well to an alpha.

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    1. scifihammy Post author

      Thank you so much. 😀
      Yes, I totally agree and could have ranted on a lot more!
      I have seen a quiet dog class turn into mayhem in an instant because eg a dog got caught in its lead and squeaked. The rest of the dogs surged towards it as one, as it was now acting like prey.
      Not LM I hasten to add. She never really was part of the pack, which meant I could help out the other dog owners.
      Still, as I said, the dogs at this place were healthy. 😀

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  14. lynnwiles

    I was looking for a smaller calm adult dog, but ended up with a high energy puppy! She’s huge now and I just have to laugh because she was exactly what I didn’t want and yet I love her like crazy. Eventually a dog will just grab your heart even if they are not what you think you want.

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    1. da-AL

      Ditto for me, Lynn – I thought I only wanted a smallish dog, ended up with medium sized, & can’t picture myself ever going back lol best of luck to you scifihammy — dogs are indeed pack animals. So are cows — now that would be interesting, no?

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      1. scifihammy Post author

        I think you end up with the dog you were meant to have, whatever its size or breed. 🙂
        And yes, cows is an idea! But I’d love to have Alpacas in my garden! Not possible as I have a small garden, tho they do well in SA. 🙂

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