Saturday, March 19, 2011

Surprise! Meet Hamilton...

Vito's mom here! Vito is busy so I thought I'd take over this post. What is he doing, you ask? Well, he's playing with his new (temporary) foster brother, Hamilton!

Hamilton was found wandering in a St. Louis suburb last week with a collar but no tags. SEPRA didn't have any available foster homes, and I've been wanting to start fostering, so Hamilton is the perfect trial run! We'll just be keeping him until a "real" foster home opens up, maybe up to a few weeks. I plan to start for "real" in June if this goes well!

I picked up Hamilton this morning from the sister of the woman who found him. He was living there with her and her 2 pugs & 1 Boston! She said he was doing great with them so I was confident he would do well with Vito too!

Hamilton (blue collar): "Hello Vito, nice to meet you."

Vito "meeting" Hamilton (Hamilton in front)

He is a TEENY boy! We aren't sure of his age but I am guessing less than a year, and his ribs are visible. I think he weighs about 10-12 pounds. I can easily pick him up with one hand - not possible with Mr. Vito! He's not neutered so he's having a great time marking all over the house, which, if you know anything about Vito, is not good for me! They've been having marking wars all day.

Vito was very excited to meet him. He pushed him around a little at first because of the size difference, but Hamilton quickly started holding his own and now they are really playing instead of Vito just throwing around his weight!

Vito: "Who are you and what are you doing here??"

Hamilton is SUCH a cuddlebug. Very lovey and LOTS of kisses, which I'm not used to. Vito isn't much for kissing!

Hamilton meets Silent George.

My first thought when I met him was how much he looked like a piranha! An adorable piranha, I mean.

He might need some braces when he is a teenager.

His nose is VERY flat, with a big underbite. Makes him a loud breather, even at rest!

I hope to return to regularly scheduled posts by Vito as soon as we all get settled in!


dw said...

Oh what a sweetie Hamilton seems to be! He sure has the cuteness factor going! Good luck with your first temporary trial run foster! And Vito, you play nice now! Heee!

Southern Fried Pugs said...

He's a cutie!
Run, don't walk, to get a belly band. It will preserve your home and sanity. You can probably get them at PetsMart or Petco. In an emergency, use anything you can tie around him, like a long sock or scarf and a sanitary pad. I recommend using the kind of pads used for human incontinence if he pees a lot though. The sanitary pads aren't designed for urine so if he does pee a lot in the pads, he may develop a diaper rash and it will stink to high heaven. The incontinence pads are designed for urine so it absorbs it much better, keeping his skin dry. I also used corn starch baby powder to help keep Quincy dry and smelling better.
If you are going to foster, it's a good idea to invest in a few belly bands anyway. The rescue may provide you with some, but I wound up making a lot myself. Even if you get a girl dog, Vito might mark anyway. There are girl diapers too, but I haven't used any of those.
Good luck and thank you for fostering.

Wilma said...

How exciting to have Hamilton around the house. He looks like a little sweetie. So glad you are helping him. Belly band is good. When we rented a house for vacation we used one with Sluggo. It is the reason we are renting the same place again. Good luck, and thank you.

Sequoia & Petunia said...

Vito your new friend is cute with his under bite! We bet you two love playing together...does he destroy stuffies like you? Are you going to teach him hee hee! Welcome Hamilton :)


Melissa and Emmitt said...

hi gina, vito & hamilton!
oh my gosh!
he is adorable and sooo lucky to have u!
it looks like he is having a wonderful time with you two!
thank you for all that you do!

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