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    Tristan III

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    Entered: 01/28/2011
    Status: Permanent Foster
    Age: 8
    Color: Black/White/Tan
    Weight: 48 lbs.
    Gender: Altered Male
    Location: Louisa, VA
    Health: UTD, HW-, benefiting from thyroid medication and a supplement for anxiety, benefiting from
    Health Cont.: medication and a supplement for arthritis, dental with 5 extractions and treatment for whipworms
    Health Contd.: complete, overall good health
    Temperament: Retreats from adults and children who visit his home, good with other dogs, good with cats




     
    Tristan III's Story . . .
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    Update 09/19/2017:   During his trip he was Mr. Brave, begging for food from almost everyone he came in contact with during meal time”

    Tristan has had a good summer and he enjoyed all of the new fosters that came and went in his home. He also made a trip to New Jersey to the MAESSR store and had a marvelous spa day, coming out a very handsome boy. During his trip he was Mr. Brave, begging for food from almost everyone he came in contact with during meal time. It was a long trip for him, but he seemed to really enjoy the new scenery along the way. He is getting to be quite the traveler!

    Mr. T. also goes along with his foster mom when she dog sits for a weekend or even a week. He enjoys meeting all of the new dogs. Although he doesn’t actually play with them, he will run with some of the younger ones and really seems to have a good time.

    Unfortunately his anxiety has gotten a bit worse this year. As long as he can be within sight of his foster mom, Tristan is a happy boy. He’s made so much progress by willingly engaging in new experiences, so hats off to Tristan!

    Update 06/07/2017:   Tristan’s foster mom is grateful for every small advance he makes.  Most of all, she’s just happy that he seems to be a contented dog at last.”
     
    Tristan has been enjoying the springtime, except for the rainy weather. Sunny skies make it sooo much easier to go outdoors!  Over the winter he gained a little more confidence and is starting to try a few new activities. At the recent Reedville MAESSR picnic, he actually waded in the water – not far – but that he did it on his own was a pleasure to watch!
     
    He also has started going up to a few folks for a short pet or a treat. This one is a BIG move for Mr. T. At last he is trusted off leash, although learning commands other than “stay” or “wait” is still not being considered quite yet.
     
    When going for a car ride, Triston will now jump in on his own; but when the destination is reached, he is still not so willing to get out and needs a little encouragement.  Silly boy!
     
    Tristan’s foster mom is grateful for every small advance he makes.  Most of all, she’s just happy that he seems to be a contented dog at last. This is a true testament to her patience and love. MAESSR has given Tristan the gift of time, and in his own time he’s learning to experience the good things that life can offer to him.  Happy summer, Mr. T!

    Update 03/04/2017:  "He spent the winter sleeping on the sofa; his foster mom thinks he may be part bear and just hibernated!"
     
    Mr. T is doing well.  He spent the winter sleeping on the sofa; his foster mom thinks he may be part bear and just hibernated!  He is enjoying the nice spring weather and his foster companions. Nothing else has changed in his life much this past year.

    The boy figured out this past year that if he starts barking at 6 a.m., his foster mom will get up and let him into her bed until it is time to get up for the day. He likes to jump around and play on her bed but, at night he still prefers to sleep on the sofa in the living room with the other fosters. Tristan is a funny boy…very picky and particular with his preferences.

    One thing a bit new…Tristan has begun to bark at anyone who comes in the door, but then, when his foster mom welcomes them in,  it is back to hiding in his bed for Tristan. He's happy and feels safe as long as no one comes near him, except his mom. Some things never change.

    Hopefully Mr. T will be brave and step out to some upcoming MAESSR picnics.  Over the years he's been up for such outings to see a little bit more of the world.  Fingers crossed for this year too…

    Update 11/11/2016:  "During the day they have lots of short conversations, nose to nose; then they will turn in unison and look at their foster mom, as if to say “did you get that?"

    Sharing the latest on Mr. T…Tristan doesn’t usually take a real likin' (with the exception of a few females over the years) to other dogs; mostly he just ignores them when they arrive as new fosters or visitors to his home. But, when a new foster boy arrived last month, Tristan decided this one was a long lost friend. Really funny!

    These two sleep beside each other during the day and in the same room at night. During the day they have lots of short conversations, nose to nose; then they will turn in unison and look at their foster mom, as if to say “did you get that?”

    Unfortunately his foster buddy’s company has not helped Tristan’s anxiety when his foster mom leaves to do errands. He will still bark most of the time when she is gone. Now that the weather is getting cooler, she can take him along more, as he is perfectly willing to sit in the car and wait for her.  Welcome fall!!

    Tristan has not made any great steps forward for a while…maybe he has decided life is fine for now. It is nice to see he can have a buddy if he chooses. This is one lucky boy to have found MAESSR and the foster family who has gifted him with patience and space to grow into…

    Update 06/29/2016:
     
    “Mr. T. continues to be a laid back boy and is “going with the flow” a little more easily these days.”
     
    Tristan has just been chilling out this summer so far.  He’s also being a real help to his foster mom.  He helped her dog-sit for ten days and thought that was quite an adventure!!   Now he’s using his skills to help the new foster in his home become adjusted and learn the ropes.
     
    Mr. T. continues to be a laid back boy and is “going with the flow” a little more easily these days.  But, he is still not ready to insert himself into the goings on around him from time to time.  Since he was the only dog in the house for a month or so, Tristan was able to go almost everywhere with his foster mom.  He wasn’t sure all of those trips were wonderful, though, and is now enjoying staying home with the new foster girl and a boarder.  Being a homebody is much more his speed!
     
    Happy summer, Tristan…make sure those new guests behave!

    Update 03/24/2015:  Recently, however, life as he knew it was disrupted by a young stray pup, Betty the Beagle, who wandered into MAESSR’s care.”

    Life for Tristan has mostly gone unchanged for him, which suits Mr. T. just fine. Recently, however, life as he knew it was disrupted by a young stray pup, Betty the Beagle, who wandered into MAESSR’s care. Tristan’s mom offered to foster this non-Springer interloper, much to his chagrin.
     
    Fortunately for all involved, other people who met Miss Betty adored her and she quickly joined their home. Betty found a new family and Tristan only had to share his foster mom for a short while. So all is back to normal in Mr. T’s life!

    Update 11/24/2015
    :  Some changes in Tristan’s behavior were to be expected; however, the changes that followed were certainly unexpected!”


    Tristan’s family recently lost their little Min Pin Jordan or, as they lovingly referred to him, the “Grinch.”  He had been his companion since Tristan arrived in their home almost five years ago. Some changes in Tristan’s behavior were to be expected; however, the changes that followed were certainly unexpected!
     
    Tristan has begun to open up more to people, asking for attention and appreciating affection. He also has begun to pay more attention to what’s going on in the home, to the extent that he’s showing interest in those good-smelling items on the kitchen counter.
     
    Still a sweet, kind boy as he’s always been, he’s welcomed a new MAESSR foster, showing her the ropes, so to speak. Mr. T. is now much more interested in the people in the home than the other dogs…quite a change for him. Strangers are still not on his radar yet, but perhaps this too may begin to change…one can always hope!
     
    The T. man has been put on a diet, as he was beginning to put on some weight from inactivity; so far, he’s lost a few pounds. Amazingly, this has resulted in his being a little more willing to go for a walk or to just wander around the yard.
     
    With the holidays ahead, it is hoped that Tristan continues to make progress and enjoys the seasonal festivities. Keep posted for news on Mr. T.!

    Update 08/30/2015: 
    Tristan is a happy boy as long as he is in his comfortable environment with just the couple of people he has come to trust.”
     
    Tristan had a quiet summer this year, only attending one picnic and MAESSR’s Summer Splash. He did well at both, especially at the Summer Splash where he was willing to be off leash for short periods.  Woohoo, Tristan!  Although he enjoyed all the activity, he stuck very close to his foster mom, not letting her get too far away.

    Earlier in the year this handsome boy was diagnosed with some arthritis and put on a supplement along with mild pain meds. He is doing great on this regimen and is able to keep up with the other dogs in his home with no problem.  Losing some weight has also helped, and, Mr. T will now run with the other dogs for short periods.
       
    Tristan is a happy boy as long as he is in his comfortable environment with just the couple of people he has come to trust.  Life is good, fall is coming and soon there will be leaves to chase!

    Update 05/21/2015:
      “Although Tristan has only been to one Springerfest this year, he has been busy at home, playing host to several 4-footed guests since the first of the year.“
     
    It’s such a pleasure to share continuing news on Mr. T.  That he might ever become the secure and successful dog of today was very uncertain when he came into foster care and reflects the unlimited patience and love he’s lived with since his arrival.
     
    Mr. T’s health remains very stable.  He’s still benefiting from thyroid medication and a supplement to assist with anxiety. He’s had no accidents, injuries, or new health issues in a very long time...indeed, a lucky boy.
     
    Tristan stepped into the midst of his MAESSR friends, both 2- and 4-footed, at the Richmond Springerfest.  He was relaxed and lay at his foster mom’s feet much of the day, but also was confident enough to accept and even solicit low-key attention and a few treats from others sitting close by.  Certainly heartwarming to witness!
     
    Although Tristan has only been to one Springerfest this year, he has been busy at home, playing host to several 4-footed guests since the first of the year. He seems to enjoy this role and is very good to all the strange Springers that come to visit. Of course, when it is a lady, he is especially good; he has always been the ladies’ man!
     
    He jumps at every chance to go for a ride in the car these days.  This is something he really seems to enjoy. Otherwise, his life is about the same.  He continues to become more comfortable with other family members when they come around. He will even take a treat from one of them once in a while. Mr. T prefers the quiet life and he is a happy boy.  His news couldn’t possibly be better……:)).

    Update 03/15/15
    :  “Good things are coming for Tristan in April when he’ll have an outing to the MAESSR picnic in Richmond!!”
     
    As for many of us, the winter was long and slow for Tristan. Not much has changed for Mr. T. and he is holding his own.  Snow is not his thing at all; if his foster family didn’t have to clean a place for the little dog that lives with him, MAESSR’s guy, Tristan, would never go outside!!! 
     
    Good things are coming for Tristan in April when he’ll have an outing to the MAESSR picnic in Richmond!!  Watch for him there, and keep an eye out for more changes in this sweet boy come summertime, when “…the livin’ is easy….”

    Update 12/15/2014:
      “His foster mom recently was able to take away his safe place and he is okay with the change; his new safe place is THE SOFA!”
     
    Tristan has a lot to be thankful for this year as he continues his journey with MAESSR…and it is a journey.  With patient and attentive guidance, he has slowly distanced himself from very sad beginnings and is understanding now that trusting good people can bring much happiness. 
     
    It has taken a long time but, at last, Tristan can wag his tail like a happy springer.  He can at last be called a wiggly butt…woohoo!!!!   He is becoming curious about people and things. Although keeping his distance, he no longer hides when strangers visit his home.  He also has at last accepted that the really little person (great-grandchild) who comes in the mornings is okay; T will sometimes follow him around at a distance, of course.  After all, that little person may drop food!  And, Tristan’s even beginning to play with the newest member of his household which is an English Cocker puppy.
     
    His foster mom recently was able to take away his safe place and he is okay with the change; his new safe place is THE SOFA!   This is okay for sure with his foster mom, even when there are other people in the house.  Yeah, T!
     
    From Mr. T comes the wish that everyone have a Merry Christmas.  Here’s hoping Tristan will have one as well and that the winter will bring more great changes in this sweet boy………..

    Update 09/23/2014:  On returning home he barked at his mom for 10 minutes to let her know how displeased he was with her.  But, as soon as dinner was served, all was forgiven!”

    Mr. T continues to do well, still showing progress here and there.  His foster mom thinks that he is still adjusting to the changes in his household and that he’s doing very well with them.

    Continuing to be a happy boy with his foster mom, Tristan is even responding a little bit by reprogramming his behavior when people come into the house.  Hiding in the other room and peeking around the door at them is a big improvement from just plain hiding or going out the doggie door to avoid visitors altogether.

    Tristan’s foster mom has been working hard to get him to accept the presence of children.  Despite her efforts he can find no good reason why he should have to deal with these little people!

    Tristan recently spent the day at the vet’s office without his foster mom and did extremely well.  This was his first time away alone without having his mom for security.  Although it was traumatic for him, he was no worse for wear.  On returning home he barked at his mom for 10 minutes to let her know how displeased he was with her.  But, as soon as dinner was served, all was forgiven!  Then it was back on the sofa to cuddle.  Ah, the power of food!

    Here’s hoping that the change in seasons will bring more changes in this sweet boy.


    Update 06/20/2014:
      “Tristan has displayed great patience with the youngster, even trying to show him around the house and yard."  

    Tristan is back on the road.  When the dates for this year’s MAESSR gatherings were announced, he packed his kibble and was ready to travel with his foster family.  So far he has attended two MAESSR picnics, the one in Langhorne, Pennsylvania and the most recent one in Williamsburg, Virginia.  He definitely enjoyed both. He is even starting to make new friends this year, not a lot of them, but a few chosen ones who are willing to be very slow and very patient when meeting him.  In small break-outs from the main events, he’s also begun approaching those he knows and will nose for petting or a treat........... such great progress for this shy boy.
     
    At home he continues to make even better progress.  He’s now bringing his foster mom a toy in the mornings and dances around while breakfast is being prepared.  Tristan has at last accepted the second person living in the home as an equal with his foster mom. He will go to her for affection, treats and even to go outside! Good thinking, Mr. T; she’s “good people” too!
     
    Recently another foster dog was added to the mix in his home, this time a very young one. Tristan has displayed great patience with the youngster, even trying to show him around the house and yard.  Sometimes when looking at Tristan he seems like a dog that is old beyond his years.  Can you imagine what wisdom he may have to share with that young pup? 
     
    Happy trails, Mr. T............. :)).

    Update 03/26/2014:  “Tristan’s biggest problem was that all his toys were frozen to the ground.“        
     
    Poor Tristan had an unhappy winter.  He doesn’t like snow, rain or any kind of bad weather for that matter, and, like most of MAESSR country, his neighborhood had a full measure of wet, cold days this year.  On top of that, he was convinced his foster mom was causing it and started going to the door, only to bark at her for an hour.  The good news is that he, his foster mom and the other dogs in the home made it through!
             
    Tristan’s biggest problem was that all his toys were frozen to the ground.  This really distressed him daily. He seldom plays with toys in the house, but he’ll take every one he can find outside and run around the yard with them in fair weather.  Normally he’s self-entertaining and gets his exercise at the same time but this winter, not so much.   There were so many toys in the yard when the thaw finally came that his foster mom had to hire a small child to run around and pick them all up!  Hoping you said a big “thank you,” Tristan!!
           
    Daily Mr. T. continues to make small moves toward being a more ordinary pup.  He will now let the adult granddaughter living in the home pet him, even coming up to her wheelchair and asking for an ear scratch. Of course, it took a LOT of treats on her part to accomplish this feat.
           
    He will now eat in the kitchen with the other dogs, go to the water bowl without having to look over his shoulder and is even starting to lay in the living room with everyone at night when things get quiet. Of course, his security bed remains in the dining room and still gets plenty of use. His foster mom is not sure if he will ever give up this safe place, but time will tell…………and, of course, she has no intention of moving it anyway.
           
    With the spring thaw and his toys free at last, Tristan is a much happier boy.  He has his sights set on the upcoming MAESSR picnics too.   The first one is in Langhorne, Pennsylvania on April 26, which will mean a little road trip for him and his family.  Though he may be watching from the edge of festivities, Tristan can enjoy being out and about with a field full of Springers and their people.   If you’re there, look for him and be sure to say “Hi.”  He may not reply, but he may accept a treat and an ear scratch!
     
    Update 01/04/2014:  Still not welcoming change he has taken his time with this one, but he is finally coming around."
     
    Mr. T enjoyed his Christmas holiday this year.  Santa brought no toys, but there were special treats for the boy.  Although he has not taken any big steps forward for a while, he continues to be a content gentleman.
     
    Recently he decided to become the house protector, growling and barking when people came in and out.  A decided change in him, he needed a little correction to understand when this was appropriate and when it was over the top. This was the very first time his foster mom has ever had to correct him, and, for a few days he was really confused.   Mr. T is a smart one, though, and he figured out what was needed in no time at all.
     
    Tristan continues to cuddle on the sofa with his foster mom in the evenings, hops on the bed in the mornings to let her know it is time to get up and plays in the yard with his toys. He has even begun to interact a little with the adult granddaughter who moved in about a year ago. Still not welcoming change he has taken his time with this one, but he is finally coming around.  This gives his foster mom great hope that he will someday be a regular dog in every way.

    Update 10/25/2013:  After much thoughtful discussion, it was decided that Tristan will continue with the family who knows him best and in a home with no pressure.“
               
    Tristan has joined a small and very select group of MAESSR dogs whose status is “permanent foster.”  When he became “available” over the summer, several wonderful families expressed interest in adopting him.  But, as his foster mom began talking with them, the unique match he needs remained elusive. 
    This boy has come a very long way in his time in foster care.  Resettling into a new home at this time may simply not be the best thing for Tristan.   After much thoughtful discussion, it was decided that Tristan will continue with the family who knows him best and in a home with no pressure.  He’ll enjoy a few outings from time to time and is sure to be at MAESSR picnics next year.   Have a great winter, Tristan………..will look forward to seeing you in the spring!
     
    Update 08/26/2013:  He has come so far and is so deserving of a family to call his own.” 
     
    Mr. Tristan continues to be a delight in his foster home.  He also continues to wait for that very special family to call his own.

    Some travel to MAESSR events is in Tristan’s future, as he will attend the Richmond, Virginia picnic and possibly the Rainbow Bridge Celebration in Williamsburg, Virginia.  He’s hoping that a “perfect” someone meets him at these events.  If you plan on attending, please visit with Tristan as this sweet boy meets and greets attendees. 

    Tristan is such an extraordinary boy.  He has come so far and is so deserving of a family to call his own.  Are you that special someone?
      
    Update 07/17/2013:  "Once he gets to know you, Tristan is fun."
     
    One volunteer remembers meeting Tristan during his transport to MAESSR as very unsettling.  His foster mom later put a succinct point on Tristan’s problem…….he was a terrified dog.  The terror was unimaginably deep-seated, yet his foster family didn’t see an aggressive bone in Tristan’s body.  When panic overtook him, he tried to run or hunkered down and withdrew.  The terror has abated with time and space and he is beginning to see the world in a different light.  That Tristan is now “available” is a huge milestone for him and reflects MAESSR’s commitment to a seriously troubled Springer. 

     

    Tristan is ready for a very special adopting family, one who understands what brings him comfort and what situations may upset him.  With that as a starting point, continuing progress can come. 

     

    Toward finding his match, highlights of what works best for Tristan follow………

     

    ·        • Tristan doesn’t crate; small spaces upset him.  He uses a harness rather than a collar.  He is dependent on his bed as a safe zone.  The open floor plan in his current home enables locating his bed so he can see much of what’s going on around him without being in the middle of  activities……..a big plus for him.

     

    ·       •  Pre-school children visit in Tristan’s foster home.  This goes well because the children are well supervised and understand that Tristan will not be playing with them.  They can run and be rambunctious as children are, as long as he can watch from his ever-comforting bed and not be asked to interact with them.

     

    ·       •  Tristan shares his foster home with a 7 pound miniature pincher who occasionally is rude to him.  Tristan simply withdraws from this behavior.  He does well with the many MAESSR fosters that pass through his home, only rejecting those that get in his face.  He prefers females and will share his bed with ones who win his confidence.  Because Tristan will take cues from a self-assured dog, a suitable canine companion would be another plus in his adopting home.

     

    ·       •  A fenced yard for Tristan is required.  A doggie door would be a bonus.  He can not be depended on to recall but is easy to approach quietly with a cookie in the yard and is a soft catch.

     

    ·       •  Tristan enjoys peaceful yet social dining.  If there is busyness going on when his mix of soft and dry food is offered, he puts off eating.  If his foster mom walks away, he departs the unfinished bowl to follow her.

     

    ·       •  He is sound-sensitive and doesn’t respond well to baby talk or happy talk.  Talking to him as if you were having a normal conversation with another adult works best.

     

    ·       •  The vet’s exam table intimidates Tristan.  He has been blessed with a compassionate veterinarian while with MAESSR; she works with him on the floor.  It would help immeasurably to have an understanding vet in his adopting home.

     

    ·       •  His handsome look is maintained at home using electric clippers.  He prefers to have his head done first and his ears and feet tidied up last.  Tristan has no experience with a professional groomer and, as with the vet’s exam table, he could not be expected to be at ease on a grooming table.

     

    ·       •  Having his feet rubbed is better than being petted!

     

    ·       •  He asks permission to get on the couch to share TV time with his family.  He’s beginning to initiate touch with people.  When settled of late, he has blessed his foster mom with a touch of his nose to her cheek…….indeed, tender moments!  He will also nose her leg to ask for attention during the day.

     

    ·       •  The only barking this boy does is a “happy bark.”

     

    ·       •  Tristan loves playing with stuffed toys outdoors.  Self-entertaining, he tosses them, runs around the yard to collect them and begins again.  Keep-away is his favorite game when his family is out to play with him.

     

    ·       •  At night Tristan sleeps on his bed in the main room but, when daylight breaks, he goes into his family’s bedroom and jumps onto the foot of the bed where he patiently settles until everyone rises for the day.

     

    ·       •  A well-seasoned traveler, Tristan will eagerly jump in a car.  He’ll settle down on the back seat and ride as far as you want to go.

     

    Tristan will settle best in a home with moderate activity and a fairly regular schedule.  Initially he will be most comfortable with a middle-age woman.  He remains very leery of men.  However, he has grown to trust one very dog-savvy and soft-hearted gentleman and will walk on leash with him.  It’s felt that Tristan could be part of a family that includes a man who is willing to stand back and accept that Tristan will likely bond with the woman before him. 

     

    Once he gets to know you, Tristan is fun.  He will go anywhere and do anything with you if he is on a leash.  Want to kick back on a small lakeside dock?  Stay in a comfy hotel?  Visit with other ESS families at Springerfests?  He’s done it all.  He wants to interact with people and wants to be loved.  Give him safe space.  Give him time.  Practice gentle, steady handling……and your heart will swell with happiness for Tristan as his enjoyment of the world continues to grow! 

     

    Update 05/20/2013:  "This handsome guy is a standout in a crowd so you shouldn’t have much trouble spotting Tristan."
      
    Sometimes the best news for a long-term foster is that the dog is doing well and continues to improve in little ways. That’s exactly what’s going on with Tristan. He remains in good health and no new problems have popped up to derail him from continuing his confidence building and socialization.
     

    Tristan’s got his reservation in for MAESSR’s Rainbow Bridge Celebration coming up in June. That gathering in Williamsburg, Virginia is close to his foster home and should make for a great day trip for him and his family. There will be opportunity to mingle with many folks and dogs he’s met before. There should also be some new volunteers with their dogs in hand who will need to be welcomed!

    This handsome guy is a standout in a crowd so you shouldn’t have much trouble spotting Tristan. He’s quiet and reserved but, please, be sure to calmly and confidently say “hi” to him. Every positive encounter with a stranger makes meeting the next one easier. He might be wooed too by a taste of the BBQ at lunchtime!

    Here’s wishing Tristan and all those at the Celebration splendid weather, loads of fun, and the kind of day that brings springer-lovers back year after year. And, we’ll look to Tristan for some news on his day in due season……………:))!

    Update 02/28/2013:  "His little tail wags on a regular basis now, even when there are other people in the house."
     
    Tristan is doing well these days. He’s had a great winter and is making progress in every area. His little springer dance is increasing weekly and he will now do it whenever he is happy or wants something………such as “Hey mom, the water bucket needs filling!!”
     

    He still doesn’t play with toys in the house but, when Tristan gets excited, he will now grab one and run around the house. His little tail wags on a regular basis now, even when there are other people in the house. He used to “wag” only for his foster mom; this is big progress for this sweet boy. He is still quite reserved with visitors, but stays in the room with them now and is more at ease; he’s just watchful. A few times lately he has almost approached a visitor who was sitting on the sofa……….good boy Tristan!!

    Tristan continues to have great house manners with no bad habits and is becoming quite the snuggle bug with his foster mom. He will get on the sofa and pat her with his paw. This is how he asks to be petted. When told to lay down, he will lay his head in her lap and go to sleep………oh, my, oh, my!

    It was a snowy, cold winter day when Tristan came into MAESSR’s care and was transported to his foster home. Some who helped with that transport still remember the day but not for the bitter weather. They remember how terribly, terribly scared Tristan looked and pondered what might be needed to help him overcome such fear. An unwavering belief in him and infinite patience has turned this boy around and the best is yet to come. You rock, Tristan, and so does your foster family!!

    Update 11/08/2012:  "This baby did not bark for the first year and a half he was in foster care; his foster mom says it sounds like music to her ears!"
     
    Tristan continues to hold his own in spite of lots of changes in his foster home. There has been construction going on in the home for a few weeks which he has taken very well. No setbacks, so far. Good boy, Tristan! Change is always a problem for this little boy and his foster mom has been very proud of the way he has dealt with the changes in his environment.
     
    Training has been put on hold for the time being as he has been distracted; however, as he has not regressed during this time, it should commence soon. Tristan continues to make himself comfortable on the sofa with his mom and has learned when it is okay to do so, or, if it is time for him to go lie down on his dog bed.
     
    Tristan has recently decided to become the family alarm clock. Every morning he will jump on his foster mom’s bed, barking to let everyone know it is time to rise. No roosters needed on this farm! Barking has become the way he lets everyone know his needs, but he has learned to stop when told. This baby did not bark for the first year and a half he was in foster care; his foster mom says it sounds like music to her ears!
     
    Although he still is not willing to introduce himself to strangers, Tristan now willingly stays in the same room watchful, but at ease. This is another big change for this shy boy. Little by little he is working his way into the world. Baby steps are huge progress for Tristan!
     
    Update 09/16/2012:  "Tristan’s trust is widening noticeably too."
     
    Tristan is maturing into a very handsome boy these days and is doing quite well. He has now progressed to being a couch potato and is always there beside his foster mom when she is relaxing. Although he has not yet reached the stage where he is bestowing springer kisses on her, Tristan does ask for attention and loves to be petted or massaged by his trusted mom.
     
    Tristan’s trust is widening noticeably too. This boy is getting to be a Springerfest pro, having attended all but one picnic this year. With these travel experiences, Tristan no longer finds hotel stays to be a problem. As a matter of fact, at the recent gathering in Pasadena, Maryland, he would stop in the hallways and let strangers talk to him. He even stepped toward some people and touched them with his nose. A few were given the nod to pet him. Good boy, Tristan!
     
    Another really important marker has emerged. Tristan sees the value in treats now which will open doors for him. His foster mom feels he has reached the point of accepting a little training and plans to begin this month. Slowly........of course! Keep your fingers crossed for this sweet boy. His new beginning continues.

    Update 08/12/2012:  "Tristan's foster mom finds no greater joy than waking up in the morning to Tristan with his feet up on the bed, poking her in the nose to wake her up and then doing his happy dance."

    Tristan continues to improve, although he is in no hurry. From each new foster dog that comes into his home, Tristan learns one thing about being a real dog. Unfortunately he doesn't always pick a good thing to learn, as when he learned to play in the water bucket from one foster in the home! No, it may not be ideal, but his foster mom is happy to see even the naughty things. Tristan's foster mom finds no greater joy than waking up in the morning to Tristan with his feet up on the bed, poking her in the nose to wake her up and then doing his happy dance. He will even eat in the kitchen now with the other dogs, which is no small feat for him.

    Tristan is still not comfortable when other people are around, but he will now just go to his bed to watch visitors. He will now allow strangers to come over to pet him. Big, big change for this shy boy!

    His foster mom is so thrilled with Tristan's progress this year; any setbacks have been minor and things are going very well for this sweet boy!!

    Another mini-milestone for Tristan this year too.................he's turned 4 years old! From all of MAESSR......a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Tristan !!

    Update 06/13/2012:  "He was a star at the picnic, meeting people and even taking treats from strangers."

    Tristan is becoming a "fest-head"......... :))). After testing the waters, so to speak, at the Richmond Springerfest, he attended the Langhorne picnic. That meant spending three nights in strange places away from his foster home and he did it with no problems. His foster mom wasn't too sure how Tristan was going to feel about the elevator in the hotel, but he made her very proud and even seemed to enjoy it. He was a star at the picnic, meeting people and even taking treats from strangers. Since returning home, his confidence has grown and he is again making small improvements almost everyday.

    His foster mom thinks Tristan really enjoyed himself and found it interesting. Since returning home, every time she starts for the car, he wants to go along. He will have to wait until September for another picnic and yes, he will be attending the Pasadena MD gathering. Things are looking up for this sweet boy this year. He and his foster family have much to be proud of......and much to look forward to!!

    Update 05/02/2012:  "Tristan attended his first Springerfest picnic, the Glen Allen VA event which launched the 2012 season, and did great."

    Tristan attended his first Springerfest picnic, the Glen Allen VA event which launched the 2012 season, and did great. Although still not comfortable with people, he took it all in stride. He even made it all the way up to the foster parade; of course, he just sat there as he was being introduced with all eyes upon him.........to give everyone a chance to admire him! LOL! He then went down to the lake and put his feet in the water, another big first!

    Tristan allowed a couple of people he didn't know to take him off and walk him around so he could see more new things, as well as to meet more new people. Although no one got any wagging tails from him, he was okay with being petted and seemed to enjoy the attention. His foster mom thinks he liked his experience, as now every time she gets near the car he wants to get in and go too. His next opportunity for a longer road trip will be in a few weeks when he will be attending the Langhorne PA picnic.

    His foster mom wants to thank all those who helped during the Virginia picnic to give Tristan pleasant experiences. For those attending the upcoming Langhorne picnic, meeting Tristan and other current fosters will be a highlight of the day! Be sure to say "hi" to them all and especially to this very special boy............

    Update 04/02/2012:  "Recently Tristan's foster mom discovered, quite by accident, that he is sleeping on the sofa at night!"

    Tristan had his first big outing this past weekend; well, big for him! His foster mom took him to a local dog-friendly home improvement store along with two other foster moms and their dogs. No, he never made it into the store, but walked around the parking lot and made it far enough to smell the flowers outside the garden department. He was even relaxed enough to take some treats along the way. Although it was stressful for him, he did seem to find it interesting.

    Recently Tristan's foster mom discovered, quite by accident, that he is sleeping on the sofa at night. Even during the day when he gets excited or wants something, he will come put his front feet on the sofa to get her attention. He even attempted to take a ball of yarn off the coffee table recently, giving his foster mom hope he will someday be a normal little devil of a Springer!

    Routinely now he comes for his morning ear rubs and petting, even leaning into his foster mom. This is a big deal, for this little boy to want to be touched at last. It is truly starting out to be a good year for T.T., as he is known to his friends. Having found his voice, he will now bark when he wants a treat or if the water bowl is empty!

    Tristan has plans to attend the Virginia edition of Springerfest in April. Hopefully all will go well for this sweet boy and his world will open to yet more new experiences.

    Update 02/13/2012: "Along with coming out of his shell, Tristan is starting to have an interest in toys."

    A quiet but meaningful milestone..........Tristan celebrated his MASSER birthday in late January, having been in foster care for one year. He continues to make progress and warms the hearts of all who have followed his story since he came into rescue. Now he has a happy little wagging tail throughout his days with perky little ears to go along with his Springer dance! He has also morphed into a stunning four-year-old!

    Tristan had his yearly checkup recently and did very well at the vet's office, showing his cute little smile to people who walked by. He even took some treats during his exam, much to the delight of his foster mom. He has started his leash training and will hop up in the car on his own now to go for a ride. All small things for most dogs, but big things for this little guy!

    Along with coming out of his shell, Tristan is starting to have an interest in toys. If the doggie door is left open at night, in the morning there will be two or three toys out in the yard. This is amusing to his foster mom, except when he attempts to take one of the larger toys outside. When a big one gets stuck in the doggie door, it lets all the cold air in.........brrrrrr! When his foster mom goes out in the morning to bring toys back into the house, Tristan follows her around to make sure she puts them back where he wants them, giving her his little crooked grin all along the way.

    It has been a long road for this sweet guy but, at last, Tristan is making steady headway. Look for him at Springerfest picnics this year, as his foster mom thinks he is confident enough to do some traveling to MAESSR festivities. If Tristan doesn't step right up to meet you, never to mind. His foster mom will be by his side and tickled to introduce him............

    Update 01/11/2012:  "Tristan continues to enjoy walking in the pastures and will now run after the other dogs to see what they are hunting."

    Tristan's New Year has started out with some big changes for this shy boy. He has started coming to his foster mom's bedside with a little Springer dance and quiet barks to wake her up in the morning. After breakfast, he will even come to her for some intense ear rubs and petting.

    Tristan has chosen a spot in the dining room where he will go to receive his treats. He also uses this spot when he's feeling uncomfortable. When new people come into the house, Tristan will go to his treat spot and lay down, allowing the visitors to come and pet him; this is a heartening improvement from running away and hiding!

    He continues to enjoy walking in the pastures and will now run after the other dogs to see what they are hunting. When his foster mom tells everyone to "go to the house," he will instantly take off running. He uses the doggie door and is waiting in his treat spot for his foster mom with his cute little happy face. To see the happiness in his face is what fostering is all about.

    Here's wishing a continuing great year to Tristan and his foster family!

    Update 11/28/2011:  "As his confidence builds, he is becoming more assertive and will now let his foster mom know what he wants in shy, but cute, little ways."

    After a bumpy ride earlier this fall, Tristan is back on tract these days and making progress into the world of man. His foster mom is beginning to expose him to more new things these days and he is beginning to be more comfortable with new people.

    As his confidence builds, he is becoming more assertive and will now let his foster mom know what he wants in shy, but cute, little ways. When he wants a treat, he will sneak up and poke his foster mom with his nose; then he stands back wagging his little tail. Tristan is even starting to bark, something he didn't do for a very long time. Now when he wants back into the house from the yard or when dinner is late, he is "talking" to his foster mom! Yes!!!! That is sweet music to her ears!

    He is now running and playing with the other dogs in his foster home and can be found in the pile of sleeping dogs routinely, instead of off by himself. It has been a long journey for this sweet boy, this learning to be a dog, but he is now beginning to understand the joy and comfort of being a loved Springer.

    Update 10/27/2011:  "In the last two months Tristan has had a number of very 'out of the ordinary' experiences. First, the earthquake centered under his house. Then, a major hurricane passed through."

    In the last two months Tristan has had a number of very "out of the ordinary" experiences. First, the earthquake and subsequent aftershocks centered under his house. Then, a major hurricane passed through and he moved to a nearby foster home so his family could be away for a few days. Collectively, this has slowed his progress toward building trust in those around him and in new situations. Indeed, his foster family sees a setback but accepts this as a "bump along the way." They are continuing to offer Tristan time, space and the love he needs to set his own pace forward. Here's hoping the coming months will be "ordinary" ones for Tristan!

    Update 09/15/2011:  "Although still unsure about strangers, Tristan is now frequently in the middle of whatever is going on, comes into the middle of the other dogs for treats and asks his foster mom for attention."

    Tristan's foster home was at the epicenter of the recent earthquake, and, it did set him back for a little while. As with previous set backs, he has come back quickly and even made progress. Although still unsure about strangers, he is now frequently in the middle of whatever is going on, comes into the middle of the other dogs for treats and asks his foster mom for attention. That ear scratching thing is not so bad after all!

    Although he still does not play with the other dogs in his foster home, Tristan is starting to interact with them. He is very attentive to the 15 year old foster and is showing more interest in toys.

    His foster mom has started his leash training and is very happy with this sweet boy's progress. Tristan also met the cats face-to-face for the first time last week and all went very well. The kitties decided he was no big deal!

    Look for more on this gentle, sweet boy as he learns to make his journey through life.

    Update 08/16/2011:  "Tristan even went for a walk on the leash with one of the visiting ladies which is a big leap for this shy boy!"

    Little Tristan is making good progress these days; he is now his foster mom's constant companion and will follow her from room to room. He has gained a few pounds and is a perfect weight.

    His foster family hosted several people and dogs over the weekend of MAESSR's Pig Roast and, although he didn't attend the Pig Roast, Tristan did very well during the weekend with a house full of guests. Tristan willingly interacted with everyone and was even happy to settle into the pile of sleeping dogs from time to time, never far away from all the action. He even went for a walk on the leash with one of the visiting ladies which is a big leap for this shy boy!

    Tristan is beginning to play with a few toys and will take his favorite duck to bed with him. He has taken possession of an old quilt for his bed which, of course, he must arrange to his liking. If after cleaning house his foster mom forgets to put it back on the floor, he will pull it off the sofa and move it to his spot.

    Sweet Tristan is making slow but constant progress these days, delighting his foster mom with his wagging tail and happy face. With his ability to trust now established, abounding happiness is within reach for this dog. It is very, very cool to see happening!!

    Update 07/16/2011:  "Tristan has recently moved to a new foster home so he can get more individual attention and he is settling in well."

    Tristan has recently moved to a new foster home so he can get more individual attention and he is settling in well. Although he is still not comfortable about being petted, he is perfectly content to follow his new foster mom around and lie very close to her when she is at the computer. He has met the resident cats and, although curious about them, is happy to keep his distance and just watch.

    This adorable tri-boy, who was reluctant to be indoors for so long, is now more than happy to settle inside. When the other dogs in his home want to go outside to bark at something, Tristan will stand in the doorway. If he doesn't see a really good reason to join the pack, he gives his foster mom that "hey, nothing interesting going on" look and goes back inside. He is so cute!

    Tristan is completely housetrained and has free run of the house. Although he has no problem with being crated, his foster mom has not felt the need to confine him. He doesn't trash dive, countersurf, get on furniture or get into anything when no one is home. Of course, he is still a youngster in many ways. As his confidence grows and he becomes more comfortable with home life, this could change, but time will tell.

    He has settled in with the two resident dogs and will even attempt to play with the two year old foster in his home. Tristan quickly figured out treat time and is right there with the rest of the crew to get his share. He is not food driven, so this is a big step for him. Good boy, T!!

    Tristan will greet his foster mom in the morning with a wagging tail. When she returns from running an errand, he will almost do a little Springer dance. This is a good start for this shy boy in a new situation and his foster mom is looking forward to seeing more and more of the Springer come out in him as he becomes more confident.

    Tristan has a ways to go, but both of his foster moms feel this kind, gentle boy will get there and one day be a real prize for some lucky adopter.

    Update 05/24/2011:  "Progress for Tristan is EXTREMELY slow but he needs to set his own pace and is inching forward."

    Brief news can belie the time spent in helping a dog like Tristan move his life toward normalcy and happiness. His foster family continues to observe closely, offer unpressured opportunity for him to interact with them and can see progress. He is warming up a little more and will allow them to pet him, though he still does not really enjoy it. He continues to do well with the many other dogs in his home and recently visited his vet for altering and dental work. Progress for Tristan is EXTREMELY slow but he needs to set his own pace and is inching forward. Good for Tristan!

    Update 04/07/2011:  "With time and the utmost patience from his foster family, Tristan is getting braver."

    Though the change in canine companionship with his move into foster care was modest, all else for Tristan was vastly new. Much is still frightening to him but with time and the utmost patience from his foster family, he is getting braver. To assist him through this transition, Tristan has started a medication to ease anxiety and it has helped. Though not a cuddle bug, he is always relatively close to his family. More on this handsome boy to come.

    Original:  "From a West Virginia shelter to a MAESSR foster home."

    When Tristan's owner become very ill and was no longer able to provide care, Tristan and his two Springer buddies were taken to a shelter in central West Virginia. From there all three quickly moved into MAESSR foster homes. In Tristan's home there are many resident and foster Springers so the change in canine companionship for him has been modest.

    Watch for updates on Tristan as he settles into the daily routine of his foster home.