The dog checked out to be as he was represented. There were two small children in the apartment just about his height. There was a cat under a sofa playfully sticking out a paw to engage the dog in play, but the dog just watched. I can't say that I did any actual temperament test other than observe him. He hopped right into a crate in my van and we came home.
His name is Angus, a year and four months of age, already neutered, and supposedly up to date on vaccines but there were no vet records to verify that. He came home and met Barkley and Trooper in the dog yard with no problems. He came indoors in the evening and met everyone else. He barks a bit more than I would like, but he went into a crate next to Sparky and Barkley at night and settled down quietly as soon as we went upstairs out of his sight.
Adopting out this one seems like a no-brainer, since he would fit with pretty much any household situation. I collected a few pictures and sent off an email to the VGSR group inviting people to shop him around to approved adopters, figuring I'd get a number of quick responses. And I did. As I expected, this dog meets a lot of "requirements" that many people impose for dogs they want to adopt. I got a number of emails from case workers and soon from interested adopters and I'm in the process of sorting them out.
I had mentioned in my email that I'd like to move him quickly because there were two more owner-surrender calls that had come from my area. That statement prompted this response from some officious little bitch who is a part of the rescue: "I thought our mission statement was about quality not quantity. Shouldn't be rushing any dog unless you are sure it's a good fit."
|Angus meeting Barkley|
|Angus meeting Barkley and Trooper|
She didn't respond, I'll give her credit for that, so that's the end of it, but it really does demonstrate why I've pulled back as much as possible from VGSR in the past year. It's become a haven for people impressed by their own smug sense of self-importance. If the dog had come to me from a personal contact, I would have taken him in under another group as I did with Roo, Theo and most of my recent fosters. I hope to get him adopted this coming weekend because there's any number of VGSR approved applicants for whom he would be "a good fit."
|The prior owners said he loved to swim, so I took him on a|
walk with Maya down to the river. His leash skills aren't great.
|They were right about him loving to swim. The Rivanna was|
running high and strong, and very muddy, from recent rains.