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You have the right to remain charmed

Yesterday’s post introduced you to my friend Rebecca, a volunteer with Stray Rescue of St. Louis. Although the bodacious Bomb Diggity wasn’t the right foster fit for her home, this guy was:

Meet Officer Kibbles. He used to patrol the streets of St. Louis before landing at Stray Rescue.

The first thing Rebecca noticed about him were his ribs. He didn’t seem to be thriving at the shelter. Fortunately, his interview with Rebecca and her furry family went well:

He smelled the cat and moved on to the other smells of the room, so he passed the test, and it was time to meet our dogs, CrackerJack and Rojo. I let the trainers know, Rojo, our lab/chow/pit mix likes almost every dog she meets, but her favorite game is ‘look how big my mouth is, now i’m going to put your head in it while I laugh (growl) at you.’

Rojo didn’t attempt any funny business, and Officer Kibbles enjoyed a walk around a yard at Stray Rescue. Then, he went home with his new foster family.

Within his first week at Rebecca’s house, this former street dog experienced three baths, learned to “sit,” “stay,” “wait” and “paw.” Boasts Rebecca:

He’s learned its only play time when we say its play time.  He’s learning that the cat rules all even without claws.  And he hasn’t had a single accident in the house.

According to Rebecca, Officer Kibbles’ only issue is food possessiveness — possibly a carryover from his past life scrounging for grub on the streets. To help him learn that he no longer has to fight for his meals, Rebecca and her fiance feed him in his kennel while the other dogs eat just outside of it. They also have Officer Kibbles sit in his kennel while the other dogs get a treat before he gets his. He hasn’t yet mastered the act of waiting to eat his food until given permission, but Rebecca says, “we’ll get there.”

Clearly, Officer Kibbles found the ideal foster home for him — a home with the patience and understanding to help him become the best dog he can be. Although she can’t keep him forever, foster mom Rebecca is totally charmed:

Officer Kibbles is such a sweet dog, he loves people.  He loves dogs.  He loves cats.  He loves walks. I’ve been told he loves kids, but I don’t have any so we haven’t gotten to practice with that yet.  He loves simply laying with his head on a person (or a dog).  He will make a perfect addition to any home.

If you think Officer Kibbles could be the dog for you, go check out his Stray Rescue profile and fill out the application. He is also listed on the Wayward Dogs Adoptable page

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About crystalwayward

I live with two formerly wayward dogs. I care deeply about the environment, and I think gardening is a revolutionary act.

Posted on March 30, 2012, in Dogs, Fostering and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. I love Officer Kibbles…not as much as my dog Lucy, his new girlfriend….He is going to change someones life as much as they change his!

  2. I would also like to add that Becky is about 90 pounds soaking wet – and the command she has over dogs is incredible. She is the perfect foster parent!

  3. Officer Kibbles is adorable!

  4. I’m a Stray Rescue volunteer as well and I loved walking Officer Kibbles. Yay to Rebecca for giving him a home!!!

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