June-July, 2012. Next we fostered a gorgeous 10-month old pit bull name Tundra for a month. She was brought in as a stray and growled at people at the shelter. She growled at me for several minutes in her cage before I was able to get the leash on her. But after just a little bit of walking around she warmed up and became a typical pitty, with good eye contact and lots of affection to give.
Our first meet-and-greet walk with Boomer went well and they quickly became play buddies. She had some diarrhea issues the first day and developed a cough, but after 24 hours her stools were back to normal and she was put on some meds.
So lots of trips outside to make sure she was housetrained (she was) and lots of supervision of her interacting with Boomer and Theresa. Behavior-wise she did very well learning the rules of the house. She did a good job on our morning runs with no pulling on the leash and was a good walker.
Tundra would bark pretty fiercely when a neighbor or dog suddenly showed up on the other side of the fence, but after a few corrections she sat down and seemed to accept their presence. Tundra quickly warmed up to Theresa as well, sitting by her feet as she went through the mail each evening.
When I would lay on the floor to watch TV, Tundra would plop down either next to me, across my belly or on top of my head for a snooze. This is one affectionate pup.
Tundra (who I kept wanting to call Pinky) had a raised ridge line of fur running down her head and neck. Her eyes were pretty interesting, a multi-colored affair with some hazel, gray and blue depending on the light. The brown circle above her left eye reminded me of the pit bull Petey from the Little Rascals.
We had some family over to help socialize her and she did well. At first she did her usual warning bark, but once told to, she quickly accepted the people and let them pet her. A contractor came over to work on our house and she accepted him as well.
We went to IndyHumane several times to get her more comfortable there. She let people pet her and quickly made herself at home, drawing lots of attention from customers and staff. Because she used to growl at people I put her in a cage a couple of times and had different volunteers take her out. No problems, though she really wanted to get back to me.
The only real issues we needed to work on were her jumping up on people and getting a little mouthy when she was excited. Tundra was basically a big puppy who had never had these tendencies corrected. Boomer did a good job at giving her a warning growl when she got too jumpy with him. They did best together playing with toys, either tug-of-war or chase-me-I-got-the-wubba.
Because Tundra was so responsive she got the privilege of going off leash in the front yard each day before our walks and runs. She was the first of our foster dogs to go for a bike-run. It was the first time I’d ever biked with two dogs running on leash next to me.
After she was spayed we continued to foster her while she was available for adoption on the IndyHumane website, the same thing we did for Bo. After a week of that I started dropping her off at the shelter while they were open, and then bringing her back home each night.
Tundra got adopted one month after we started fostering her. She’s one sweet pit bull who will bring a lot of love and loyalty into her new owner’s lives.