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July 2, 2010

Foster Puppy: Update on Patch Adams

We’ve had Patch for just over two weeks now. He’s changed a lot in that time, putting on weight and growing in confidence. These days he wags his tail instead of tucking it between his legs. He limped for the first week after overdoing the running, but his rear leg seems to be much stronger now.


Today, I rescued an old golf club, the grate off the bottom of the compost bin, one of the blankets from his kennel, and another part of Mr. Munro’s irrigation system. There’s quite a collection of irrigation equipment on the top of the garden table now. In addition, our lawn looks like a graveyard. Patch has dragged all Scotty’s old bones from under the hedge. He races around the section with a bone in his mouth and loves to chew on them.

At first he didn’t like leaving the section but now he waits at the gate for his morning and evening walk. He sniffs everything and tries to eat just about everything that catches his attention. I have to watch him like a hawk because he eats plastic, cans, and paper. He tends to pull on the lead a bit, but he’s very good at road crossings, sitting as soon as we stop.

Patch is an affectionate dog and very intelligent. He was REALLY naughty today, but he made me laugh because a mischievous puppy is so normal.


  1. Mary Preston

    VERY cute indeed.

  2. Maria Zannini

    I can’t get over with how cute he is. At least you can’t see the ‘destructive’ part in his face. :wink:

    I feel for you. I truly do. Iko, the puppy I rescued last year has been the most destructive dog we have EVER had.

    He’s gotten better, but boy, he’s been expensive. It’s a good thing he’s such a good scorpion hunter.

  3. Beth Trissel

    :grin: Oh wow, Shelly, I enjoyed reading this. We have several dog rescues at our home and farm and understand what you’re going through. HE’S A DARLING PUP. Good luck with Patch, sounds like he’s doing really well.

  4. Jaime

    He’s a cutie!! ;-) Glad to see he’s doing so well.

  5. Darla


  6. Suzanne

    Hi Shelly,
    What a lovely looking dog, you can tell he’s a sweetie by his eyes. :)

  7. Debra

    What a nice story. I love animals

  8. N.J. Walters

    He’s absolutely adorable, Shelley.

  9. Mary

    He’s so cute! I’m glad to hear he is doing better. It would be so hard for me to give him back.

  10. Shelley

    He really is a little cutie – although not so much of the little. He’s put on a lot of weight in two weeks and we’ve had to let his collar out two notches.

  11. desi reilly

    congart on the work you doing with him i also rescued my king and he is so spoiled and it did take bit to get him to come around he loved to teach the cat trick

  12. Maria D.

    He’s really changed since he came to live with you and seems so happy!

  13. Shelley Munro

    Desi – it’s very rewarding to see them grown in confidence, isn’t it?

    Maria – yes, he has changed a lot. He’s tearing around the section with one of his blankets as I type this. I’m going to have to go and rescue the poor blanket or it will end up in tatters. :wink:

  14. Jenyfer Matthews

    My daughter likes to chew on things too so I totally sympathise (she’s 9, btw!)

    That dog is too too cute, and I’m not particularly a dog person. How much longer will he be with you (assuming you are able to return him)? I don’t think I’d have the will to give him back, especially if he turned those puppy eyes on me!

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