I thought I would take a moment to introduce you all to BINGO. He’s our foster puppy that came to us through the incredible organization, Voice for the Animals in Venice, California.
BINGO was on the red list at the South LA animal shelter for being aggressive with another dog. I think it was a case of shelter stress, but BINGO needed a foster home asap which is how we got involved. I had actually seen an ad in my local newspaper from Voice for the Animals and inquired about being a foster parent for another dog. Turns out that BINGO (a terrier) was more of a fit for us, so I met him last week and he seemed super friendly, but definitely not happy about his shelter environment and the constant barking around him.
BINGO was a stray and is a lovebug in need of LOTS of attention, playtime and cuddles. This actually works because Paul and I are home all day, everyday in our home office. We’re not sure if BINGO ever had a real home, but he’s certainly a people person. They estimate that he’s about a year old, so still a puppy. He follows us everywhere. You’re going upstairs? I’m coming with you! You’re moving to the couch? Let’s all move to the couch! It’s pretty cute. He learned his name after 3 days (he didn’t come with a name) and started to play fetch. I called for BINGO from my desk today and his head popped up from behind the couch (who me?)!
We spent last weekend looking at possible rescues to adopt at a bunch of different LA shelters – but never found one that we clicked with. So fostering is a great way to figure out if a pup is right for us. If you’re thinking of getting a dog or can’t commit to one long-term – please consider volunteering to become a foster parent by contacting your local animal shelter or rescue organization!
For now, we’re just taking it one day at a time with BINGO and will make a decision soon on whether he will be our furever dog. Some things that we’re working through with him right now include:
1) Housebreaking – I turned my head for one second and BINGO started peeing on my white couch. Not sure if that’s just him marking his territory, but he hasn’t done it since day one. We’re just training him now to go outside.
2) He Hates Dog Food – I think he’s insulted every time I put a bowl of dog food down in front of him like I’m crazy. BINGO secretly wishes I would just order a pizza. I secretly wish I could just order a pizza. Being a stray, I think he subsisted on tacos, hot dogs, In-N-Out burgers and all sorts of street food and scraps.
3) Separation Anxiety – Right now we’re taking turns leaving the house. We left him for an hour outside of his crate and I came home to a broken lamp, an over turned table and scattered furniture. He doesn’t like being crated while we’re gone and will bark like crazy. I think we’ll keep trying leaving again and work up to longer increments.
4) The Cone of Shame – BINGO had to be neutered the day before we got him, which makes me think he didn’t have concerned owners or a home at all. The meds, the surgery and the cone of shame have made him a bit depressed and possible loss of appetite. The cone comes off in just a few more days and I think he’ll be happier pup because of it. He might even start eating his dog food.
Will keep you posted on whether we decide to keep BINGO!
Any advice or suggestions for me? Please share in the comments!