The new human has two small, older dogs in a large house. We wanted to see how they would interact, the dogs pretty much left him alone. When one of them went over to sniff Bert, he responded with a nice hiss and the dog backed away. This seemed like a really awesome response. It told us that neither one is really afraid of the other, and the dogs respected Bert's hiss. I don't have any worry that the dogs will do anything harmful to Bert, but I do fear Bert maybe mean to the dogs and give chase and pounce on them (like he does Rose and Buddy). That's why we'll start with a trial to see how it goes.
Bert did great exploring his new home.
Notice the "tail in the air" stance indicating he already owns the place.
Bert used a safe space under the coffee-table as a nice place to rest between exploration excursions. It was really interesting to see how much he rallied when I was near to comfort him and provide him a sense of security. No question, I'm his safe-human.
Bert's looking into the kitchen and TV room, which is where the dogs are.
These two rooms are their usual territory, behind the baby-gates.
Seeing him curious and cautious about the dogs (not cowering) seems hopeful!
The adopter has had many cats before, each living to very old ages. She's been without a cat now for a little over a year and feels it's time again. The absence of a feline presence is really getting to her and lucky for her, Bert certainly has a strong feline presence!
The plan is for me to take Bert back next weekend for placement. It will be very sad for me to let him go, I've grown quite attached to him (and him to me). I'm grateful to have one last week of loving on him and soaking up his delightful presence. It also gives me time to get his vaccines updated and him chipped so he'll be fully ready to go. It helps feeling like it is a really good home for him to be going into, but I sure hope he doesn't feel like I'm abandoning him, as nothing could be further from the truth.
Please purr with me, that he won't feel abandoned and celebrate with me that Bert has a new home!
YAY for Bert and congratulations to his new people.ReplyDelete
He is such a handsome cat! He will have those dogs whipped into shape in no time! I hope the placement goes well.ReplyDelete
What a great thing for Bert. WE will purr that this is what is best for him and we are sure it is. We want all kitties to have their forever homes, but we know too the attachment they form in our hearts and it is hard to send them on their way. WE will purr now.ReplyDelete
You've done a great job with Bert! Going to a loving home is fantastic!ReplyDelete
This is great news! Tones of purrs that Bert fits in well and adjusts quickly. We sure hope this will be his *forever* home!ReplyDelete
Bravo Bert, we're very happy for you!ReplyDelete
Bert, I hesitate to ask but do you or your Dad think Oliver might not spray once you have your forever home next week?ReplyDelete
I am glad Bert has found a home, he does look comfy there. I am sure it will be hard to part with him. I could never foster, I would keep them all.ReplyDelete
So happy that Bert has found his forever home! I know it must be hard to part, but I know you want the best her him. If his new "Mom" is as loving as you are, I don't think Bert will feel abandoned. He may need a little extra loving and attention at first, but I'm sure he'll be okay. Thank you for all you do for all the cats--we need more people like you in this world.ReplyDelete
Three cheers for Bert! You have done a wonderful job getting him ready for a forever home, and it sounds as though this is a good fit for him. It must be so hard to let him go.ReplyDelete
bert de best oh all types oh fishes two ewe in yur new for evers.... we hope yur new peepulz send werd ta yur dad bout de mizz cehhef yur in :) sew he can let all oh uz noe how yur doin .....all de best two ewe dood ~~~~~ ♥♥♥ReplyDelete
Oh Bert is such a cutie!! He looks like my Angel Bobo.....I pray all works just as it is supposed to. When we first brought Dakota home, Cody circled the crate, hissed at him ONCE and has NEVER hissed at him since in the 8 yrs they have been together!ReplyDelete
How wonderful Bert has a new home lined up. He looks like he feels comfortable enough to investigate. I suspect the two dogs and Bert will be good buddies one of these days...probably find them curled up together :)ReplyDelete
I always feel bad about giving up my foster-cats (which may explain why I didn't give up three of them (so far)), but I think if their new homes are good, they will largely forget us foster-guardians. That's sad to think of, but it means they are living wonderful new lives. Bert is lucky to have been with you until now, and lucky that you have found this wonderful home for him.ReplyDelete