Just sprung Benji from the Sacramento shelter today. According to the paperwork he is a 4 year old neutered male - surrendered due to financial reasons. When we got to the shelter I kneeled in front of the cage he was in and he cowered back and growled. He had apparently been "barrier aggressive" toward the shelter workers also. They think it's from being afraid. He has been in the shelter for 4 days.
He jumped right into the car and was whiny in the crate on the way home, took a crap in the crate and then started eating it. Lovely. Got here and introduced him to Tayda and Lenny through an ex-pen. No growling or anything so after about 15 minutes I let them meet w/o the expen. Lenny was not too happy about it and there was some major grumbling and lunging no real aggression (I don't think). Still to be safe, I'm keeping him separate from my guys, at least for a while.
Ondrej is inside cooking right now in the company of Tayda and Lenny and I'm out in the backyard with Benji. He's wandering around a little but actually for the most part he is sitting right next to me. It's nice to see him starting to relax. The shelter paperwork said he was out in a kennel during the day and inside at night. This worries me that he might not be potty trained.
Any advice on fostering would be appreciated - this is my first time!
Here are some pics of the little guy!