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Okay…. not getting carried away or anything like that (yeah, right).😉….Walter may ge the one…. maybe!  As “they” say, there are no mistakes in the Universe, or the Universe doesn’t make mistakes…..something  like that.  So the fact that you actually  got to speak with a contact may be a good sign!  

Just sayin’………

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29 March 2021 - 7:08 pm
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Smart idea to call the humane society!

Well that’s interesting about what happened with Walter. Maybe it was no accident that your number was filled in: they got a chance to talk to you and hear your voice, giving you an edge over the other potential parents! 😉

Paws crossed for good news.

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Well, I didn’t get a chance to call the humane society today, but hopefully I will tomorrow.  I haven’t heard back from them either, so we’ll see if they try to contact me tomorrow since it’s (at least supposedly) one of the days their open.

On a brighter note I heard from Walter’s foster mom, and we schedule a time for me to meet Walter on Friday afternoon.  Hope it goes well.  I’m obviously super excited to meet him, but his foster mom told me he can get anxious around strangers.  Hope that’s either not the case or that he gets comfortable with me pretty quick.  Also, if things work out I hope he’s not too attached to his name.  I think since it’s too much like Wally I’ll have to change it if possible smiley5.

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Oh gosh…trying. not to get excited….trying not to….trying….

Trying not to think that the name similarities  are a ‘ sign” from Wally…..nope, not gon a get excited…

Trying not to think that because the way the communication started with a phone number mix up that’s a “sign”…..nope..not gonna get excited.

IAM SOOOO EXCITED!!!

Of course the poor guy gets anxious around strangers.  He has to be confused about everything.   I know you will have a calm energy that he will be able to pick up on……even of it takes a couple of meet and greets.  Rub hamburger all over yourself😉

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30 March 2021 - 7:15 pm
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Oh exciting! Ok so now’s the time to research ways to approach and meet a nervous shelter dog. The calmer you are when you meet him, the more you two can find out if there’s a real connection. I sure hope so!

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Haha, thanks guys.  Hope it goes well on Friday.  Good suggestion Renee on doing some research.  Wish me luck!!

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Hey guys.  I have some pupdates for you.  Sorry for not sending sooner, but I was out of town over the weekend for the holiday and have had some busy work days since returning.

So I met Walter on Friday.  Overall it went well, but not at the start.  Not sure why, but based on what his foster mom said I thought there would be some high pitched whining and a lot of shyness.  Instead I got a lot of aggressive barking.  He didn’t try to attack or anything (he was on a leash) but clearly warning me to stay away.  So I kept my distance with his foster mom that I spoke to while his other foster mom held him on his leash and worked with him.  Then I had to go to the restroom and when I came back it was the complete opposite.  His moms had broken out a treat dispensing ball that he was playing with, so I think that distraction took his mind off of being in a strange place with a stranger which allowed him to relax.  Or maybe it was seeing me for a 2nd time.  Either way he let me crouch down next to him, then I stuck out a paw for him to sniff.  He sniffed then licked my hand, and after that things were good.  Although he did want to leave as he kept trying to beeline to their van when I was walking him.  And man he is STRONG.  Definitely stronger than Wally.  At least Benny strong I’d say.  Anyway, still on the fence and thinking on it.  Part of me really wants to adopt him, but I do have some concerns about his aggressiveness towards strangers.  Especially if I go to visit my mom.  I sent his foster mom a bunch of questions, including asking if once he warms up to someone if he is good with them from that point on.  I know training will help and meeting strangers is something I would have to work with him on, but I am concerned on the near term.

For Luna – the rescue’s (or supposed rescue’s) FB page showed that she was adopted.  I never got the chance to call the humane society, so doubt I will at this point.  A little bummed out that I didn’t get to meet her, but I can’t blame myself for being overly cautious there.

I was a little bummed out about Wally the past couple of days.  It hit me after I got home from my mom’s that this was the first major holiday without him.  Surprised I didn’t realize that over the weekend, but I guess just staying busy kept my mind off of it.  Easter 2011 was also the first holiday after I had adopted him, and I think the first time I took him back to Indy to stay at my parents.  I remember my mom got him a stuffed beaver as an Easter gift, and he loved it!

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Have to say, I was doing everything I could not to  make a gazzillion posts asking for a pupdate!

Yeah, hard to say about Luna and whether some sort of scam was involved.   It sure seemed a little suspicious.

Anyway, interesting  how the interaction  with Walter went. Glad that after things settled down you got much better greeting and friendly response.    Love how you gave him your PAW!! Yes, you are a true dog person!  We only have paws!!

All I can say is you have started the process.  Clearly you have opened  your heart to let the Universe  know you are ready to welcome  another dog jnto your life.

The barking, etc is certainly  understandable.  Like you said,   he wa in   a strange place, extra excited, etc.  And it is cert understandable why you would have concerns about his behavior when seeing “strangers”.   Hopefully the foster can answer some of your questions.  

Just give yourself time to think things through as far as Walter goes, and you can still co ti ue to check out other dogs too.   After you get some of your questions  answered, maybe you could meet him a second time while the other foster mom has him on the leash.  

The first holidays.,..the first anything….can bring grief up to the surface when you least expect it.  And it always hits hard.  I do love the Hapoy memory  you have of your Mom giving him his Easter toy.  She’s a good Grandma❤

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Oh gosh no apologies necessary. Life happens!

It is understandable that he reacted the way he did. Rescue dogs have been through so much, it’s hard to know where they are coming from. Maybe in his last life he was very protective of his mama for some good reasons. Maybe that memory came back to him. I don’t blame you for being concerned about having him around other new people, especially your mom. If you really want to meet him again, I’m with Sally in thinking that a second meeting could confirm whether or not you think there is a connection and a better sense of how he would be with strangers. Maybe you could meet him and the fosters in a park with distractions and people, just to see how he does? Not even sure if that’s a good thing to do or not, just throwing it out there.

That’s such a cute memory about Wally and the Beaver on Easter Sunday. Hold that close in your heart when you feel sad and try to embrace spring as a time of renewal. Wally is sending you that energy right now, and working on finding you just the right partner in crime to help you feel whole again. Hang in there, I’m sure that pup is just around the corner.

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Hey guys.  Thanks for the responses.  One of the questions I asked Walter’s foster mom is if I could see him again before deciding.  I think they’re out of town through today, so hopefully she gets back with me and we can meet up again this weekend.  They told me they were comfortable and that we didn’t need to meet again on Friday, so hopefully once he warms up to someone that’s it.  I’ll keep you guys updated.

Yeah, that was a good memory of Wally.  He loved that toy when he was young.  So much so, that when it finally get torn up beyond repair that I went out and found a new one for him.

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Oh I hope you can arrange a meeting just to be. more confident. Paws crossed!

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Hey guys.  Walter’s foster mom got back with me and for the most part answered my questions, and I’m meeting him again tomorrow at 2.  So we’ll see how this one goes!!

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So glad you got the answers you needed AND are going for another meeting!!  Cant wait to see how all this unfolds.  Trying not to get too excited….trying….trying….trying…..okay, I failed!!

I know one things, the fosters obviously want this to work too.  They KNOW you would give Walter such a good home!  And Walter, you behave yourself tomorrow!  You are about to win the Pupoy Lottery……just sayn’ .

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Oooh that’s really good news, good luck tomorrow!!

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