Mr. Peepers: He Chose Me
by Pet Photographer Seth Casteel
Fostering every single dog isn’t exactly a realistic option. So how do you choose? For me in past experiences, it’s seemed like the dog has chosen me.
My dog, Nala, is very easy going and great with other dogs, so she wasn’t even rattled when Peepers snapped at her during their first meet-and-greet. It was clear right away that Peepers also had anxiety about meeting other dogs, but Nala was able to help him out with that and within a few days, he adored Nala, and then he was able to meet other dog friends, too.
On our daily walks down to the Venice Beach pier, many heads would turn. The level of curiosity was high – with some passersby moving a little closer to get a better look, while others screamed and ran away – seriously. “Is that a baby Hyena?” I was asked. “Yes, of course. His name is Mr. Peepers.” I revealed I was joking, but then decided to use the Hyena line every time I met someone new. People loved it, but were always a little disappointed when I told them he was actually a dog.
Over the duration of the foster experience, Mr. Peepers made incredible progress. He went from a shy and nervous recluse, to a confident and friendly explorer, even allowing strangers to pet him. Passersby were surprised to discover how great he was!