Ozzy was surrendered with his sister Abby in December 2011 to the BC SPCA North Cariboo Branch. Barely a month old, these little siblings went right into foster care to help build up their immune system, get round-the-clock care, and learn the ins-and-outs of everyday family life.
After spending over a month in a wonderful foster family’s home both Ozzy and Abby took a ride on the Drive for Lives program to bring them to the BC SPCA Richmond Education & Adoption Centre Branch. Here they would have a better chance at finding a great home to call their own forever.
The very next day after Ozzy became available for adoption, he met his new family. They wrote to share an update and some photos:
Ozzy is now known as HAMISH ....
Hamish (means James) came into a house with two older cats; Ceilidh (pronounced Kaylee), age 13 and Gothmohr, age 6; both names are Gaelic (meaning: to party and smelly wind)
This has been an interesting adjustment for the cats and us - though both my wife and I had mixed pets when we were growing up.
Hamish quickly discovered NOT to play with Ceilidh, though it does stop him from teasing her. He will run-up to armrest of the sofa, Ceilidh's favourite resting place and playfully bark/yap/whimper at her. Ceilidh looks over the edge at him, gives him "HISSSS" - leave me alone - and then goes back to sleep.
Gothmohr... she goes to the top of a 6 foot cat tree and stays out of trouble, or when outside drives Hamish nuts by walking along the fence --- so Hamish dances along (on his feet), trying to climb the fence and Gothmohr just looks down saying "cats rule, dogs drool".
The big challenge we have is "LAWN" training. Hamish soon learned that "cats" get to do "their business" inside, where it is warm. So, though we take Hamish out regularly, he will retreat back inside and relieve himself near the "cat's box" - we may have just finished a 25 minute walk.... but he will still "poop" near the cat box.
Cheers for now
Puppies do provide many challenges and it can take a lot of work to help them learn their basic obedience, potty training, and many other wonderful skills. We just know that Hamish has it in him to learn every skill under the sun and we can’t wait to find out that he did.
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