Introducing Sargent!

It’s cliché, but I truly believe that everything happens for a reason.

For about a week the Mr. and I were struggling to decide on a dog to foster. It was down to two, one 12 year old boxer/pit mix and one 2 year old pit mix. The dogs needed to get out of the shelter for different reasons, but both had been there too long for their own good. We, a bit selfishly, had different reasons for wanting to take each dog, including ease of transition into our house, time commitment to training, and which one would have a better chance of getting adopted if we took them in.

Before we could make a final decision, the 2 year old got adopted. After being in the shelter for 5 months, the weekend we had to decide, a decision was made for us! As I eluded to on the Facebook page Friday, the two things I checked off my rescue bucket list are walking a dog out of the shelter and fostering a senior! Meet Sargent!
IMG_3913We picked up Sargent from the NHSPCA, a shelter that has worked with BURN to foster their pitties that don’t do well in a shelter environment. Everyone their said how great of a dog he was and were sad (but happy!) to see him go. He was so wiggly and wagged his tail so much that almost every picture I took that night was blurry.

IMG_3893Sarge was brought into the shelter after 5 years with his previous owner due to housing issues. He wasn’t neutered, but since coming to the shelter he had the surgery. He has lived with other dogs, kids, and cats. His information said he is crate trained, house trained and walks well on leash. So far, we agree with most of these statements.

He and Nola have not spent a whole lot of time together yet. They have had several on leash walks together, in which they did great. Our first meet and greet in our yard didn’t go all that well. Sargent seems to be missing the part of his anatomy that got snipped at the shelter, because he was much too interested in mounting Nola. Just as any shelf-assured girl would do, Nola would not have it. So, we need to keep an eye on that situation and figure out how to curb that behavior.

He also did not appreciate our set up at bed time. In our house, Nola is the queen of the people bed and fosters are not allowed up unless we say it’s ok. The crate is set up in mine and the Mr.’s bedroom and that is where temporary guests get to sleep. In this case, I bought an orthopedic crate pad, a pillow and two snuggly blankets for Mr. Sargent. He was not happy about it and has cried, whined and barked until the Mr. gave in and slept with him on the couch. We have some work to do figuring out a sleeping situation that works for us all.
IMG_3924Overall, even after just a few days, we can tell Sargent is a great dog. He is very obedient, friendly, walks very well on a leash and is overall just a nice boy. His ears are so adorable because one stands straight up and one folds over. He has a surprising amount of energy for an elderbull, and loves to go on walks. He didn’t mind bath time at all (which was good because he STUNK after we got home from the shelter), and he loves to play with toys (balls, not so much). He has the biggest head I have ever seen on a dog his size, and he uses it to give you kisses and lay on your legs. He wants nothing more than to be with us and we’re happy we can give him that.

Know anyone who wants to add an adorable elderbull to their family? Please spread the word about Sarge: http://www.petfinder.com/petdetail/25845462

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27 thoughts on “Introducing Sargent!

  1. Elderbulls are awesome!

    We always have mounting issues when a new dog joins the family, except in our situation it’s done by Nandy, our oldest female. So that’s about trying to establish her position amongst the dogs. She’s good about listening when we tell her ‘no’ and eventually she loses interest.

    Good luck with the sleeping arrangements, that one can be tricky….

  2. What a sweet guy – those ears just kill me!

    I remember one of the first nights we brought Polly home she cried so much in her crate that I ended up sleeping on the couch with her. A couple things that helped us: (1) Exercising her right before bed so she was tired when we put her in there; (2) Giving her a frozen kong in the crate when we were settling down for bed (brushing our teeth, putting on jammies, etc) to distract her from what was happening; and (3) Spending about 30 minutes in bed reading or working on the computer while she was chilling in her crate so it wasn’t just “lights out” and Turk and Rufus were with us and she was separate. Those three things seemed to really help! 🙂

    • Thanks for the suggestions Emily. We have done #1 and #3, we haven’t tried #2 yet so that might help. We have the crate in our bedroom with us because we thought that would help, but he seems to be ok in the crate when we AREN’T there, like when we leave the house. I don’t think that will help at bedtime, but it’s good to know he’s ok in there during the day.

  3. Ah, the “joys” of bringing a new foster home 🙂 Almost all my fosters who ended up being crate trained had a rough first week or so (barking in the crate, etc.). We have to remember that they’re being told they have to sleep somewhere new and all by themselves, which, as social animals, can be tough for them – so just give it some time. Maybe as he gets used to the house he will be less upset with staying in the crate by himself. Sounds like Em has some awesome advice too. Good luck!

    • Yeah, we’re hoping he’ll adjust. We’ve tried just having him sleep in a dog bed right next to our bed, but all he wants to do is climb up. The Mr. has been sleeping with him on the couch since Thursday. Nola and I have had the bed to ourselves, so we’ve been sleeping great! (But it would be nice to have the whole family together)

  4. I myself just adopted a little old lady from a shelter where she “lived” for 4 years and I don’t think I can go back to the young’uns after seeing how amazing she is!! I’m so glad that you have checked off two things from your list….maybe you can make it three (failing)??? I wanted to let you know that Doodle from Love & A Leash has some most excellent advices on the humpty dance and how to deal with it. Hope this helps and good luck getting some sleep : )

  5. Way to go you guys, awesome! I love that sweet old gray face, too. There is always a bit of a learning curve in the beginning, but I think you guys will have in all figured out before you even know it. Yay!

  6. =) You guys are the best! Sargent sounds like a wonderful dog and he’s so lucky to be fostered by you! I know he’ll learn the ropes soon and hopefully won’t be crying on a nightly basis. I’m hoping that he learns his manners around Nola because it sounds like they would have a great time playing together.

    Emily’s ideas for the night time routine sound great. Best of luck!

  7. Hip, Hip, Hooray! So happy for everyone involved. He looks like a wonderful elderbull! I’m glad it worked out and can’t wait to hear more about your new foster. Hopefully I’ll meet him one day this summer, if he’s with you that long.

  8. I love grey muzzles! He’s such a sweetheart – gotta love a guy that just wants to snuggle and hang out with you! Can’t wait to hear more about him as his personality really starts to shine!

  9. YAYYY!!! His ears rival Maggie’s!!! So excited to hear about his fostering adventures. Nigel was a crate whiner/barker at night and it was so frustrating to work through. Two things ultimately helped. First, we put him in his crate after being very calm and quiet and when he started to whine and such, we sat up in bed and just kind of stared at him. We watched him for a few minutes until he finally calmed down and laid down. Weird, but it worked. Second, when we wanted to train him to sleep in his bed next to our bed, we used a tie-down at night for a while. We had a short leash but enough that he could get up and walk around a little. He still tried to climb into bed a few times but after about a week or so, he was all down with the tie-down and sleeps in his bed (mostly…when one of us is away, we let him in the bed! He’s a snuggle bear.). Can’t wait to read more about the new cutie!

  10. It looks like you’ve gotten some good suggestions so far. I hope the transition goes smoothly! He is quite handsome, I love the graying muzzle…I think he look distinguished :). I call my 7 year-old gray-muzzled guy George Clooney sometimes because he is such a handsome older gent, haha.

  11. I’m always confused and sad when older dogs find themselves needing new homes. It’s so great of you to help this guy in his way. And I don’t blame Nola for telling him to mind his own business! Kaya would do the same. Norman is always getting the hump because he is such a softie. Maybe Sargent would sleep quietly in your room on his bed on the floor but not in the crate? Good luck!

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  13. Handsome handsome boy! I bet you’re going to have a good time with him.
    Our male was neutered at 2 (when we adopted him) and is 4 and half now. He still tries to make it a mission to hump houseguests male and female–just to show them he’s the house boss. We give him a quick “Nahh” and he stops. He knows he’s not allowed to and usually won’t try for long…but he likes to at least sneak in a quickie. 😉

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