Nicky update w/pics
Sorry for the lack of info on Nicky, it's been a busy holiday season and we're just now starting to get back into normalcy.
Nicky has really embraced foster living the past few weeks. He started out as a skinny, semi-hairless, bag of bones with a crooked tail and a loud bark. Since then he's put on some weight, started to grow some hair back (you can see the lack of hair on his rear end in the pics above) and has rounded into a real sweetheart who enjoys family life immensely.
Nicky is housebroken and we're letting him have the run of the house. He was kenneled off and on the first few weeks but is now acclimated to the household routine and we've deemed him trustworthy to bebop around on his own.
He gets along well with other dogs of all sizes and does like to play with chew toys and stuffies. He's a work in progress on steps but has done fairly well on those with carpet, while being a bit hesitant on bare wood steps. He'll be fine with more practice, so no worries there.
Nicky is eating well, sleeping well and while still a wee bit noisier than your average hound, he's toned down the barking quite a bit since his arrival. We've had a few questions on whether he's cat-safe or not. At this point we don't know. We suspect that he could probably tolerate cats if introduced with care and monitored accordingly as his prey drive is not as high as some hounds. No guarantees, though.
Nicky would fit right into a household with other hounds or dogs and would probably be fine as an only dog if he's not left alone for long periods - so if all the peeps in your family are working/going to school 60hrs a week - Nicky is probably not the dog for you.
So if you'd like to meet this happy young dog and perhaps watch him bloom into the awesome family dog we think he'll become, give Denise a shout and we'll be happy to have you come for a visit.