Foster Home: LR Status : Available Age: 3 years Weight : 60 lbs Color : Red Mix : No Housetrained : Yes Crate Trained : No Good w/ Children : Yes Good w/ Seniors : No Good w/ Dogs : Yes Good w/ Cats : Yes Special Needs: February 11, 2010 Kiera did very well for the week that she was gone. The other foster home has 4 confident Goldens and Kiera fit right in. She looked for me for a couple of days and then she was fine. She is ready to look for her forever home. She will need a special home with people who can understand her and a confidant doggy brother or sister to play with her and give her confidence to face the world. It may take us a while to find the right family and that's o.k. It has to be just the right home. Kiera is such a sweet girl; she deserves nothing less than the perfect fit for her forever home. Kiera likes to run around outside in the snow with my other foster and play. I have a knotted ball on a rope that they both like to chase and then they play tug with it. She even brings it back every once in a while! She is a work in progress and continues to grow and blossom emotionally. She's a very sweet girl and will make the right home a wonderful companion. January 16, 2010 Kiera is getting ready to look for her furever home. We have visited a few new people at their house, so new environments for her and she did much better than I thought she would. We visited another foster home and her 4 Goldens. Kiera did great there. She got along fine with her dogs, just like she was one of the pack. I'm so proud of this girl. We visited for a couple of hours and Kiera was very comfortable there. When we left there, we went to another volunteer's house and Kiera met their dogs and did great with their dogs. We went inside to visit for a while and she explored some and then went and laid down next to the other volunteer to be petted. She was very comfortable there. She did look for me when I got up to go to the bathroom but she was not upset. All in all, it was a very productive day for Kiera. Kiera is finally beginning to play fetch. She actually brought the ball back to me twice this week. She and Outlaw like to run around the yard chasing each other. Outlaw likes to grab her tail. Kiera was even chasing her own tail the other night. When she gets excited she does jump on me. I'm working on breaking her of that. Once, when I bent over to pick up the ball, she jumped on my head! She still has some work to do but, she's worth the effort. Kiera has started coming upstairs in the morning to get petted and steal my slippers. She comes up with my husband when he's getting ready for work. When I get up a little later, my slippers are often missing. One morning, my slippers were missing and I went out to the hallway and there were my slippers, both slippers sitting side by side, (right order) in the hallway like I had put them there. Silly Kiera! Kiera is going to visit another foster home for a week to see how she settles in to a new environment without me. I think she will do fine. That also means, though, that she will be ready to look for her furever home, which also means that I have to let her go. It's going to be so hard to send her off and say good bye to her. I'm going to miss this girl. January 2, 2010 Kiera continues to do well. We went on a field trip recently. I have a friend who is a cat person. She has never had a dog in her house before. I don't usually invite myself over to someone's house but Kiera needed to go somewhere new so I called to see if we could visit. She was hesitant but, said, sure come on over. Kiera still doesn't just hop in the car unless another dog hops in first so it takes a few minutes to load her up but I got her in the car. She is usually nervous at first in the car but calms down after a bit. It wasn't a long ride. I had her harness on her as I knew she would be afraid at first. When we got there, she got out of the car and actually wanted to go exploring a bit so we went out to the sidewalk and sniffed around. Then we went through the garage and she wanted to sniff around in the back. Going into the house was a whole different story. NOT thrilled about going inside. We did coax her in and she was afraid. At first just her back legs were shaking, and then she looked like a vibrating dog shaking from toe to tail. My friend and I just let her go and started talking and sat down for a cup of coffee. Kiera did go off exploring and came back shaking a little less each time. She checks in often and goes up to my friend for pets. I was thrilled that she was seeking attention from someone other than me. We just sat and chatted with our coffee and did some stuff on her computer and eventually Kiera laid down nearby and went to sleep. When it was time to go, we went down to the basement to see if she would follow. She wanted to but it was pretty scary. Eventually we were able to coax her down. She ran down the stairs and right back up. Then she came down the stairs again and let us pet her and right back up. She was nervous but she did it. I was so proud of her. She was ready to go home and hopped right up in the car. She is always very easy to load on the way home. :-) Three out of four of my adult kids with spouse/boyfriend came over for Christmas, the fourth lives out of state. The house was full and Kiera always gets very excited when people come to visit. She loves my kids and always wants to be petted. She gets over excited though so we usually ignore her for a while until she settles down a bit. She is still a spaz and she always will be but she's a very cute, sweet spaz and we love her. She loves to run and play with all the other dogs outside and will go after my other foster to get him to play with her. She really does very well with company, especially people that she knows. If we are in the dining room, she will come and lie nearby and sleep. She likes to be in the same room with us. If someone new comes over, she will bark and run away. If they sit down, she will usually come up to them after a while to get petted. When they stand up, they are scary again but, as she gets to know people that fades. I think Kiera will be ready to look for her furever home soon. We are very proud of this girl. She has come such a long way from when we got her. It is so neat to see her walking around with her head and tail up. I love to watch her running around playing in the snow with the other dogs. She loves to play with my other foster. Ah, a house full of family and Goldens. What more could a person want?