|Isn't this home?|
I'm sure some of you are thinking "but Jenny, why don't you keep him?"
It isn't a bad point. I love Sinatra- he's big, goofy, and generally mellow. He has that pit bull loyalty- that desire to learn and obey just because I said so, which Skye so clearly lacks. Plus, he does some truly adorable things. For example, when it has been a long day and he's really tired, he will drag a blanket out of his crate, bunch it into a ball, lay down, and stuff it into his mouth. When his mouth is full, he'll start kneading the blanket with his front paws and fall asleep. How freaking cute is that?!?
|Bad quality, but it was night time.|
Even my Mom has been won over by Sinatra. She loves that he can lay quietly for hours, or play with a toy all on his own. He doesn't get worked up and bark like Parker and Skye and he will dash into his crate the second you tell him to. She loves that he always tries to give you his paw when you ask him to sit and that he has "the eyes of an old soul."
Sadly, keeping Sinatra is not in the plan. Skye alone has cost me what most people spend on 4 dogs, and it is very likely she will continue to require frequent vet visits, as her particular auto-immune disorder is not well known. Also, while Sinatra is quiet in the house it has been tough keeping some semblance of order.
Most importantly, 3 is the limit. Keeping Sinatra means no more fostering and no more dog sitting. I want to leave the 3rd spot open for the next dog in need or the next training client who is desperately overwhelmed and needs a break.
|Haha- sprinkler fun!|
Plus, being only 1-2 years old, Sinatra has a lot of love to give to someone else. His possessive behavior is much improved; just last night my younger brother and his girlfriend came over. The first time they met Sinatra, he was in his crate growling at them and hiding his bone. Last night he was doing tricks, playing the trade-up game, and being a lovable dog. They were so impressed by his confidence- he even let Skye take his toy away from him. By all accounts he is ready to find a forever home.
|Still can't quite figure out the sprinkler...|
In fact, I already have two interested families- both with similar aged pit bulls. We are hoping to set up a meet and greet with those families here at the house, where the dogs can interact off leash after being introduced. Since Sinatra isn't being fostered through a rescue or shelter, this whole process is up to me. A few pit bull rescues in the area have him listed to help advertise him, which has been a huge help, because how do you spread the word about a dog that can't go out and meet people? I can't parade him around, I don't have the ability to put him on Petfinder, and blogging can only help so much. However, if you are in New England- please pass this on! Sinatra will go home with free training for life from (you guessed it) me!
All you foster-folks out there- any other ideas for getting this guy's name in lights? I'm a little stumped, so any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.
To end, here is a short video of what happens when you take one swampy stream and add two excited pit bulls. Enjoy!