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Friday, March 8, 2013

Introducing Pookie

Pointed my lens at a new subject today, our foster dog. We signed up to be a foster home for dogs waiting to be adopted. The girls are beyond excited.

Our first assignment is Pookie (I didn’t name him). Ree and Ro picked him out after looking at every dog in the rescue, and I think they did a really good job. The calm little dude came home with us yesterday evening.

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Pookie is an awfully chill dude. He’s about five years old and likes kids, laps, walks, other dogs, and well pretty much everything so far.DSC_7850LR

No idea on Pookie’s breeds. Does anyone have any guesses? He’s small (about 8 pounds), colored like a golden retriever, and has a plumed tail, amber eyes, pink nose, and kind of a long pointy nose.DSC_7892LRDSC_7901LR

He’s enjoying his new rabbit toy:
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Don’t move rabbit, you are mine!
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Mine, all mine!! Mwah ha ha:
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He loved our morning walk (didn’t bark at a single person or dog, and we saw hordes of them), and thinks the backyard grass is divine.
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He also likes to nap on the white padded bench in the living room...DSC_7934LR

Can anyone think of any good nicknames for him?

62 comments:

  1. This sounds like a great program and your girls look beyond excited about their new friend! I'm thinking maybe Pomeranian and Jack Russell Terrier are somewhere in Pookie's lineage.

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  2. Anonymous3/08/2013

    jeeesh! is EVERY living being in your house so dang photogenic? A1

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  3. I think a his (her) name is going to be 'yours' or 'ours' depening upon the tense used! Congrats on your new family member!

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    1. We might be "foster failures" on the first shot! That's ok though, either way is great with us.

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    2. I love the way Jeffrey put that - I was kinda thinking the same thing. The Pookster looks right at home. :-)

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  4. Awww he's a doll. He's chihuahua something. Is his coat soft or is it wirey? Could be crossed with some kind of small terrier like a cairn or norfolk? Or maybe a jack russel? Or even a small collie could be the mother... and an ambitious Chihuahua the dad!

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    1. It's soft and a tiny bit fluffy. And he doesn't seem to shed much.

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  5. Definitely has some Pomeranian in there somewhere!

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    1. I was thinking his little tail look Pom-like!

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    2. *looked* not "look"

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  6. I think what Jeffrey thinks. You have obviously found the perfect dog. Why on earth would you give him up? Or change his name?

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  7. Anonymous3/08/2013

    I agree with Jeffrey! He looks so at home. I think you should consider permanently adopting him. The foster gig is merely a test drive.

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  8. Hmmm...we fostered two dogs in our home. Ten years later they are still with us. :)

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    1. Awww! What kind were they? Were they a bonded pair to start? They had the sweetest bonded pair at the rescue -- a totally unlikely pair, one a tiny brown scruffy terrier and one a big gangly black lab mix. They clearly loved each other.

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    2. They weren't bonded. They came from different places. One is a basset terrier mix (think is shorter longer Benji) and the other is a Maltese. We were approached to foster these dogs by two different people shortly after we lost one of our dogs to heart problems. We took them in and fell in love with them. They are still good friends. We have a third one now that keeps them young. He's a powder puff Chinese Crested and is 2 years old.

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  9. He is PRECIOUS! And so calm and well-mannered?! I say he's a perfect permanent family member :)

    But yes, I agree a new name is in order.... what about Simon? Or Napoleon? Or something 'spicy' since you're salsa lovers -- Jalapeno?

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  10. So, is this adorable dude really a foster or is he a trial run for the newest family member? What does PanPan think?

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    1. Well he could certainly convert us to a "foster failure" -- which the rescue loves to hear. We'll see...

      PanPan hasn't met him nose to nose yet but Pookie sniffed the heck out of his cage and then we moved the cage much higher. I'm thinking they're not going to be best of friends...

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  11. Love Harley's new cousin! I have to agree with others, he fits right in. Such a cutie!

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  12. Anonymous3/08/2013

    Awe! he IS adorable, but i so hope Pan Pan doesn't lose his spot!

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    1. He'll always be top rodent around our house. :-)
      We just have to be really careful that he doesn't get out of his ball when he's cruising around. He's kind of gotten the knack of banging it against the wall hard enough to pop the lid off. We always find him really quickly, but now that there's another furry dude in the house we've been using painter's tape to secure the lid.

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  13. So great that you are doing this! He is very handsome!

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  14. Anonymous3/08/2013

    He looks like a long-haired Chihuahua x some kind of small terrier, because of the slightly flopped over, squared-off ear shape. He sounds like a wonderful dog!

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  15. Sorry but guys are the kinda people that rescue people love....they saw you coming a mile away. That dog is yours! And rightly so cus he's adorable. He looks an Oliver or maybe a Stewart. Definitely has Pomeranian in him & I agree with everyone there's some terrier there as well. Congrats on your new puppy.....the girls are the perfect age for a dog!

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  16. I'd say based on his weight some sort of toy breed. Chihauhau, Pomeranian, something along those those lines. Definitely no Jack Russell.... Too small, wrong coloring, etc. Oh, and why are we pretending to foster him? He sounds perfect for you guys!!

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    1. "Why are we pretending to foster him?" >>> this made me laugh out loud (and my husband too)!! Fave comment yet. Love ya Jacquie.

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  17. Hannah and I can't wait to meet your newest member in July! What a little cutie!! I'm guessing he's there to stay.

    Are the girls out of their Frontiers? *sigh!* growing up far too quickly!

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  18. Anonymous3/08/2013

    He looks like a keeper.
    I did not make it to 48 hours before calling to say I would adopt my " foster" kitten. He had been on TV and in the newspaper with an ususual story, and I feared someone else would adopt him.
    How about "Paco?"

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  19. Anonymous3/08/2013

    Without a doubt he has chihuahua in him. He looks very much like a long-haired chihuahua. You can tell he's a mix, but he has a lot of chi features. Tell your girls to be gentle with him, as chi's can often get aggressive with younger children who don't know not to be rough. :)

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  20. Anonymous3/08/2013

    Aaaaaw, he's a keeper alright!! Love the pic where he's rolling on the grass and the one where he's tossing his toy back. He knows he's landed on his paws with you guys - lucky little fella.

    Name - how about Cookie? Not so different from Pookie but cuter. What do the girls vote for?

    ps: He'll need sunscreen on that adorable pink nose in summer!

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  21. Anonymous3/08/2013

    Oh my goodness- he is adorable!!!

    On a side note- can you let me know what type of booster that is? I am looking for one for my daughter and most of them don't look as comfortable as this one does.

    Thanks!
    Krista

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    1. Hi Krista, they're Sunshine Kids Santa Fe Boosters. They've got them on Amazon here. They attach to the latch system in your cars, so they don't move around. The girls love them -- they were the biggest and comfiest we could find, plus that latch feature means that the seat belts are always easy to put on.

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  22. Anonymous3/09/2013

    How about Rookie? Just change the first letter of name the girls chose and use the first letter of their nicknames. All the other letters can be found in their nicknames as well.

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  23. How about Kiki it seems to fit he looks like a Pomeranian mix to me. He is cute

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  24. Anonymous3/09/2013

    Pokadoodle!

    Any chance he could become a permanent member of your family? He looks like he fits right in.

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  25. Well..my husband likes to sleep, likes walks, does not bark so I would call him Hank;)

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  26. Anonymous3/09/2013

    Maybe a bit of papilllon in his genes . . . ?

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  27. I love him! & I'm quite sure you are keeping him!!! :):)

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  28. Anonymous3/09/2013

    Hi just wondered what happened to your 2 cats?

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  29. Anonymous3/09/2013

    long hair chihauhau, and shepard mix, and so cute..Gyll

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  30. Anonymous3/09/2013

    He's so cute. Looks like a dog I had when growing up.
    My vote is for some kind of terrier/Pom cross.
    You could name him after my last dog.......
    'Bing Crossbreed'. He was spunky, well mannered, could do a bunch of tricks and was so soulful. RIP dear ole boy.
    So happy for you all!

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  31. Aw he is so cute!!!!!!!! Our two foster dogs became ours too. When they are so cute and sweet and mellow and perfect, how can you go wrong?

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  32. I was about to say "yours" when everyone else said it first. So that leaves the obvious: he should be named for royalty. He is regal. Greg votes Constantine or Alexander. I love old men names to be honest. August, nicknamed Augie, is my new recent fave. He's lovely. I hope he's home, you know, for your sake.

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  33. Oh my goodness is he a sweetheart! He looks to be smiling and happy while rolling on the grass. I think this four legged furbaby just found his forever home. (at least I hope so) What a perfect dog he sounds to be and he looks beautiful. I sure hope he snuggles right in! Maybe he should be nicknamed Snuggles?

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  34. My daughter says to name him Baby . He is so cute

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  35. Anonymous3/09/2013

    Hee hee - welcome to your new adorable family member who looks like a keeper! Great photos - esp love the one on the grass - looks like he's smiling!

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  36. Anonymous3/09/2013

    Wow that 2nd photo is especially gorgeous! He looks very special - never saw any dog like him before and look at that fluffy color! Hope he becomes a permanent Salsa family member!

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  37. He looks like a spaniel/chihuahua cross or some type of pomeranian/terrier cross. Our dog is a terier/doxie cross and she has those same color eyes and a plume on the end of her tail too. How adorabole! Nice that you are a foster home. In the central valley where we are, they need many more foster homes. We aren't fostering as we have enough dogs in our house right now for us. But I think it's great that you are doing it and the girls look really excited.

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  38. Anonymous3/10/2013

    He is so cute! I love the name Jalapeño, like a previous poster suggested, or Jalapeno Popper! Then you could call him Poppy, which is kind of like Pookie.

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  39. Anonymous3/10/2013


    How about Pi ?

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  40. Anonymous3/10/2013

    I did some research and wrote a short story about the nicknames we give our dogs and nicknames are those that we choose. Often dogs have multiple nicknames and unlike human nicknames dogs do not outgrow them. My Corgi, who has a human name, also responds to Little One and Baby Love, both names that I gave him for endearing qualities when he was a puppy and he is now almost 12. So, the nicknames that you and the girls come up with are the ones that will be perfect for your doggy. They cannot be our nicknames and you can have as many as you like.

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  41. Adorable! Just adorable

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  42. He looks like a fox! Call him "Foxy"!

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  43. Pretty dang cute. Is there a chance you'd adopt him?

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  44. He looks like he's half Pomeranian and half American Eskimo. He's super cute!

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  45. I think "Pookie" is perfect for him! And I too hope that you will be able to keep him. He looks like he "thinks" he is home already. Animals, especially dogs, give love so freely and add so much to a family.. Will keep watching to see what happens.

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  46. Lisa N.3/11/2013

    Adorable! And I believe he will become a full fledged memeber of your family very soon!How could you let him go?! And that second photo is gorgeous! Should be in a dog magasine spread! :)

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  47. Your little guy is mostly Papillion. I have a little female, weighing 10 lbs. Calm is definitely not a word I'd use to describe my girl, though....you are lucky. My girl, Zoe, barks at anything and everything. I think you should call him Papi (pronounced Poppy)...at least it's better than Pookie!

    My question for you is how in the world are you EVER going to be able to give him up? My girl sticks to me like glue anticipating my every move and likes nothing better than to be smashed up against one of us while sleeping. She is quite persistent when she wants something. She pounces on our legs until we remember to give her treats at the regular time and she sits half way up the stairs barking at us demanding we go to bed because she's ready. We also have two big dogs (one is my son's) and she is definitely the boss and instigator with them. Good luck with your new boy!

    Karen

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  48. Oh Pookie is adorable, I was almost afraid to check back, I cant bear the thought of him not having a family. We have a rescue Pomeranian and she is a ball of energy! We lost our beloved Meeka dog in July and didn't think we'd recover (we have an LID for China 11-27-06). She was our "baby". Now we have Penny and I imagine its similar to having a toddler- we have to watch her every move, but she's so affectionate! She had both her baby teeth and adult teeth when we got her, my husband called her the "piranha-ranian" She has brought a lot of joy and healing- Enjoy your new family member! BTW, I have followed you blog since the fall of 2006- your girls are adorable, love all their antics.

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  49. He looks like he mioght be at least part papillon... His ears and his face are the same shape as these little 'butterfly' dogs and his tail is curled in the same way. He's probably got other bits and pieces in him too. Good choice Ro and Ree

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  50. If you give that dog away, I'll eat my hat, and not my licorice hat either.

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