Huckleberry was our first adoption of 2012. Huck started out his life with a loud, active young family who didn't take the time to socialize him and from what we saw, didn't teach their young children to respect a dog's space. The only way he could protect himself was to snap and bite to get away. He was surrendered to New Rattitude by his Washington State family because due to his bite history and issues, it was likely that he would be euthanized if he ended up in a shelter. After several months and lots of rehab work, a very special couple was found who was willing to adopt this cute little guy in spite of the fact that he didn't at all show well when meeting new people. He's doing great and getting lots of socialization in his daily walks on trails and around the city of Mukilteo.
|Huckleberry - Adopted February 2012|
Cedar was a big beautiful calico coated Rat Terrier who came to us from a shelter in Los Banos, California. Ticks are a big problem in Central California, and can spread disease. Cedar had contracted one of these tick borne illnesses called Erlichia Canis. Luckily it is treatable and after several weeks on antibiotics she was feeling much better and ready for her home with a couple in Lakewood, Washington. Her new name is Coco.
|Cedar - Adopted February 2012|
Whidbey was an all around gorgeous and easy going boy from Southern California. As expected he was adopted before we even had much of a chance to get to know him. However, we do get to see him occasionally at Seattle Rat Terrier Meetup group events and he's doing wonderfully. Even better news - he got a new little brother this summer - another New Rattitude boy who was from a foster home in Central California.
|Whidbey - Adopted March 2012|
Wren came to us from Southern California where she had contracted a really bad strain of a virus and upper respiratory infection in the high kill shelter she had been in. The poor girl struggled through a couple rounds of different antibiotics before she was finally feeling better. She was adopted by a young couple in Seattle and gets to go to work each day with her mom, where she gets wonderful socialization. She'll always be shy, but she's definitely much braver than when she first came into foster care.
|Wren - Adopted April 2012|
Next up we have beautiful and active puppy boy, Quinault. Quin was fun loving puppy who loved to snuggle. He's now living with a family who does a lot of outdoor activities and he is loving his life in Eastern British Columbia. He canoes, swims, hikes, plays in the snow and goes to soccer practice with the kids and to work with his dad.
|Quinault - Adopted April 2012|
Daphne was a dog who we really can't claim to have fostered but hey, we'll talk about her a bit since she was registered as our foster. She was brought up and stayed with a dog sitter for New Rattitude who lives in my neighborhood. If I remember correctly, we were waiting to see who would next have an opening for a foster dog and Daphne ended up being adopted while still in her dog sitter's spot. So I put together her go-home packet and vet records. Now named Phoebe, she's living with her mom in Auburn, Washington. At first she had some trouble adjusting to all the kids who lived in her mom's apartment complex but with some work with a trainer is doing much better.
|Daphne - Adopted April 2012|
I love all my fosters. Some I love but am super happy to say goodbye to - mostly because my home isn't a very good fit for them due to the dog mix, schedules, space, etc.
|Fern - Adopted May 2012|
Bo was first rescued by New Rattitude back in 2008. I honestly don't think he has a bit of Rat Terrier in him but once a New Rattitude dog, you are always a New Rattitude dog. So when his family decided to return him this year because they were moving, Bo came to be fostered at our home. He's a macho little guy and kept everyone chuckling with his tough guy exterior. When first arriving he was pretty overweight, but careful portion control and lots of playtime with other dogs quickly got him down to a nice healthy weight. Bo was adopted by a lady in Tacoma, Washington and has become his new mom's sidekick, going just about everywhere with her. They live in a pretty dog friendly neighborhood near the theater district of Tacoma so Bo, now Marley (after Bob Marley), gets to go out for morning coffee with his mom and on lots of walks around the neighborhood parks.
|Bo - Adopted August 2012|
Samish is a sweet little character who came to us from a shelter in Central California. He wasn't with us for long and quickly found a home with a retired couple in Maple Valley, Washington where he loves working out in the yard with new dad and stalking the fish in their koi pond. His new name is Sammy.
|Samish - Adopted November 2012|
Neah's pretty recent so you should remember her well. This beautiful youngster stole our hearts with her intelligence and great social skills around other dogs. She was a wonderful dog for foster boy Langley to spend time with because while she loved to play, she was confident with him and not afraid to tell him to back off when he was getting too riled up. She'd been let down my humans quite a bit in her short 1 year life so she took awhile to warm up to fully trust us but she eventually got there and we really enjoyed the time she spent with us. She is now living down in Portland, Oregon and her new name is Petunia. We hear that aside from a few initial jealous scuffles, her and her furry brother Atticus are getting along great and that she's really grown to love her daily walks.
|Neah - Adopted November 2012|
Salish was the biggest Rat Terrier we've fostered and goodness, was she a special girl - special because she gained a little fame for being New Rattitude's 1,000th rescued dog, but also because she had a golden personality. She was another one of those dogs who I would have loved to keep if we had the room for another family dog. Alas, we did not but that is probably for the better because in her new home she is going to get the wide open spaces and sports activity that this athletic girl will thrive with. She's now living near Lake Roosevelt in Eastern Washington and we haven't heard if she will be keeping her name or getting a new one - her parents haven't decided yet.
|Salish - Adopted December 2012|
Apple was our last completed adoption in 2012 and she headed to her forever home on Christmas Day. This sweet young puppy who was about 6 months old started her time in the shelter by being dropped over a fence. She was listed to be euthanized but through the shelter's networking and a good friend of mine in Fresno, California, New Rattitude was able to save her and get her up to us in Washington for fostering. She was such an easy pup to foster - great at her housetraining and super friendly with the other dogs. In spite of being just a fraction of Salish and Langley's weight, that didn't slow this 7 pound tike down and she would throw her self off the couch on top of a wrestling match without any fear. She's now living in Seattle where she has 2 young boys as family members who are keeping her busy.
|Apple - Adopted December 2012|
In spite of 3 of our foster dogs staying with us for quite some time this year, and us being down to just one foster (Langley) for awhile as we worked through some of his issues, we still had a fair number of fosters through our house this year. We look forward to 2013 and hope that it will bring the special home that Langley has been waiting for as well as homes for the many other dogs who will be in our future.