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    As most of you know Bella Bear was our foster bully, and our first foster failure!!!

    I believe she fills some of the hole that Maggie left behind in our hearts!!!

    But, she's always been a feisty little madam. Very food aggressive and food orientated, and could be toy aggressive too. There were some times when we knew we could never adopt her because Bella, Daddy and Linus .. in any combination .. would just break out into fights. But it got a little better and we learnt to know the signs and when to distract and so we decided to adopt her. Her papers and adoption fee went in January 2013.

    Since then she's been the perfect bully. NOW I will say that she still gets fed separately because I think she would steal the other dogs food not necessarily fight which is what she would have done in the past!!! But in places and situations when a squabble between her and the two bully boys would have been a sure thing .. there is nothing.

    So my question is .... do rescues know when they are finally home to stay. Is that why Bella Bear has suddenly become more relaxed and content???

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    Default Re: Do you think they know when they're "home"?

    Oh, there is no question that they know. We got little Amy as a re-home when she was 4 months old. Even though she loved us and loved being in our home, it was a full 4 months before she realized that she was staying with us permanently. We could see it in the new way she looked at us.

    In your case, Bella probably "sensed" the change in your attitude when you decided to put the adoption papers in.
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    I have to agree with @luseaann she sensed the fact that she wasn't' going anywhere anymore
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    Default Re: Do you think they know when they're "home"?

    Agree with the above as well. Dogs, especially our perceptive bulldogs, can sense our emotions and our emotions rub off on them. So, the fact that you are now Bella's pet guardian "officially", probably makes her feel so much more secure and safe.




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    *sweet Bella Bear*

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    I believe in my heart that they know their home. There's also a certain level peace inside you when you officially adopted her that I'm sure she can feel. That's what I want to believe.
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    No doubt dogs can sense when they are lovingly cared for. They have a fast and sure bond with the humans that really care for them. Dogs have a symbiotic relationship with humans that has existed for some 33,000 years and they can read a persons emotions and attitudes and vice versa for those humans who are close to dogs

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    I don't have experience with fostering, but I do believe dogs feel and sense when they they are with someone who cares and loves them, especially when they come from neglect, abuse or pain. They know when the person they are with cares and loves them, and they know the difference, and when they finally learn that the new people in their life won't abuse them and they finally learn to trust again, you will see the changes in them. Plus when people take the time to train and teach a dog with love and consistency, just like a child, it changes the attitude of the dog because they do want to please their owners and youngest a better pet.
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    Default Re: Do you think they know when they're "home"?

    what a sweet question. Couldn't agree more with what others have said!

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    Default Re: Do you think they know when they're "home"?

    I never really thought about it, but I believe it was said on the forum a few times -- 'the right dog will find you' since I like to believe that, I would say they totally know
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    One of my big regrets of the past is when the right dog found me but either I didn't notice or I didn't give it the companionship and affection that it deserved. I was younger and more nave then and so don't beat myself up too much about it. But I'm seeking to make amends now

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