Fostering in Austin
|My name is:||Tavish (aka Tavi, or Butterbean)|
|Age (estimated DOB):||02-28-10|
|Location (City, State):||Austin, TX|
|My adoption readiness status:||I am available for adoption|
|My optimal Adoptive Home:||Moderate Energy/Activity
Has someone that is home mostly during the day
Has someone that can come home at lunch and let me out to potty
|I Do Well With: Children under 12||unknown|
|Children over 12||unknown|
|Other small dogs||yes|
|Medium or Large Dogs||yes|
|Apartment Homes||yes-I am low energy and walk and potty well on a leash|
|At night, I prefer to sleep in:||My kennel|
|Walking on a leash||I walk very well on a leash and enjoy going for walks|
|Crate training-please note that we teach crating as a 'safe happy personal space' where the IG can rest/sleep when confinement is necessary. Crates should NEVER be used as a punishment or 'time out' space.||I consider the crate my safe space and don't mind being in there at all for reasonable amounts of time. If the door is left open, I will put myself inside to rest.|
|Italian Greyhounds are known for housebreaking issues and most will have occasional accidents. Many come to us as surrenders due to excessive potty accidents indoors. This is typically the result of poor potty routines within the previous home so we do typically get them on track fairly quickly. As an IG parent you must be willing to commit to a structured and reasonable routine to keep your iggy from having excessive indoor accidents. My house-training Status is:||Very rare or no indoor accidents|
|A little more about me and my personality:||
If you’re looking for a very loving, calm IG in his middle years, Tavish is your lad. Tavi (also known as Butterbean) is a charmer and whip-smart. He already knows many commands/words and learns more as his foster mom teaches him.
Tavi loves a routine and finds it comforting to know what’s happening (and when) as regards to walks, potty breaks and feeding. This is partly the breed and also due to his blindness, caused by cataracts. Please don’t think of Tavi as a “special needs” dog; his foster mom believes he has been blind for quite awhile, since he’s very comfortable with his sight loss. He gets to know his home pretty quickly to make his way around and will zero in on your location when you say, “come!” and clap hands. He’s just a regular dog who happens to be blind.
Tavish is low energy indoors and sleeps quite a bit. He’s been living in a condominium with his foster mom and is content to sleep in his little bed beside her desk at home during the day with a potty break in early afternoon. (He has also gone to the office with his vacation foster mom and she says he did great there.) He sleeps in his crate/pen at night for 8+ hours. If you’re gone for a few hours during the day, he’s content to be crated as well.
Outdoors, Tavish is always on a lead and is well-behaved. He loves to walk in the morning after breakfast and again in the early evening for 20-30 minutes. His long legs can keep up with you and being blind, he never bolts. He has a cold weather coat and a rain coat, loves to wear them and isn’t afraid of a bit of weather. Tavi is very comfortable with all of the dogs at the park and in the condo community and their owners remark on how calm Tavish stays around other dogs. Rambunctious puppies who jump on him make Tavi a bit grouchy but he has good boundaries and lets them know to back off with a quiet growl. He travels well in a car, going to outdoor cafés and happy hour and isn’t bothered by noise like music or cars. He’s traveled on a road trip with his foster family, stayed in a hotel for a week and was a perfect guest.
His teeth were extracted at intake, but he eats small kibble very well. He has been eating a low-fat, high-calorie kibble for several months and is in great health with the softest coat.
Tavish has transformed from a malnourished, frightened dog to a beautiful, healthy boy with a sweet personality. He is easy to care for and bonds well to a loving person. He loves to sit beside you on the sofa with his blanket and snooze while you read or watch TV. He’ll be a charming companion beside you for years to come.
|If I have a known medical issue or am taking any medications, they are listed here:||No medical issues. Blindness due to cataracts but my foster mom thinks I must have been blind for quite some time because I'm comfortable with the blindness; it's not a big deal to me.|