Wow! Time sure does fly by. Maggi and Moosey G are adapting to our cozy little efficiency more each day. It fits a twin bed, table for computer, another for the tv, and a chair. LOL. Moosey is still dealing with abandonment issues, but learning that when we leave Maggi alone, we always come back. So today, I left for 5 min. and Moosey was still in his bed under the tv table, it looks like a cozy little cave with lots of exits. I am still working on his confidence issues. While I love that he has accepted me as his Momma, it is time for him to leave the nest. No, not adopting him out. He will always be with Maggi and I. Although I don't think I can call him a hospice dog at this point. He is doing so well health wise. BUT, he does need to learn that when I give his leash to someone, they are to be trusted as he trusts me. He lets me touch him, manipulate his legs, lips, eyes, ears, still a bit touchy with feet, but just pulls them away. He loves the attention he gets when being petted, but not if it seems invasive, like at a vet or grooming area. He seems to be so afraid in those settings that he will bite out of fear, and is more fearful if I am not in the room with him. So, here is a reminder on how to approach a new dog who is in a strange area.
First, remember that your dog and others in the waiting area are in a strange place and smelling all kinds of things they don't smell on the street. So amake sure you always, even on the street, ask to pet another dog, or to introduce your dog to theirs. One on One is a good rule, introducing 2 dogs to one or more at a time is very intimidating and a recipe for disaster. Always let the dog come to you, and allow them to smell you, hands, feet, shoes, butt, wherever. If you put a hand out, do so with palm down and in a relaxed position. this prevents fingers from being bitten easily. Never put your face into a strange dogs face, or stare at them. To some that may be seen as an aggressive move or challenge, or may make them so afraid they bite. Even the most even tempered dog can seem aggressive at times when afraid. Sometimes the best thing to do with a fearful dog is to ignore it, and move slowly so you do not seem like a threat. Treats don't usually hurt either, but make sure you ask the oner if they are ok. Special diets or treat controls may prohibit giving. But a dog may look like it is doing fairly well and maybe just a bit reluctant ... take that as sign of being afraid. You can always be best pals, but better to be safe than sorry. Most dog bites are not from bad dogs, but caused because people are not approaching the dog correctly to relieve the fear and are bitten for it. Sometimes even badly. Dogs will be dogs, listen to them, read their body language, let them take the lead in getting to know you. Maggi is a ' Oh, boy, a new friend (person or dog) and her fault is she rushes in, and then finds out if friend or someone to fight. She does not like little dogs that will bark at her incessantly (I call it the fear bark... I'm tiny but I can beat you up type thing. That sets off her prey drive.) Birds will set her off as well, I think she just wants to play, but won't take the risk. She will also lick your face off being so happy to make a new friend. Mossey will follow her lead if he is with her, if alone, he is fairly indifferent to new dogs. He does like to approach new people to have pet him, and is a bit afraid if approached to aggressively. He is not a licker at all, and does not generally like you in his face. But every once in a while, I am rewarded with one or if he is feeling generous, 3 or more long licks!. He prefers sitting on your feett so you can pet him more.
Well, more news to come as it arrives. I will be starting on finding grants and large donors so we can purchase a property, use existing buildings or build if needed. The right place will come when it is time.
Thanks for reading. Kim, president.