Well here's the story. I picked Dollar up Monday night, and it was a very emotional exchange. I had already set up a foster home for him to go to Tuesday afternoon. Dollar spent Monday night here with us. Of course I knew introducing him to Buddy and Kaycee could be trouble, so I went slow. I figured him being on their turff might curb his dog "agressive" habbits. I kept both Kaycee and Dollar leashed and let them sniff noses, what seemed like agression from Dollar was just inexperience with other dogs. It took about 15 minutes to get them used to one another before I was able to let Kaycee off her leash to get closer, I kept Dollar leashed so I had control of at least him. They finally took to eachother like peas and carrots lol. With Buddy being fresh out of surgery I kept him confined to the bedroom, while Dollar was in the house. I think Dollar's biggest problem is that he thinks he's smarter than us. I have to say though that he had a good first impression on me. Tuesday afternoon I took him to his foster home. He would only be 15 minutes away so I could stop by to see him whenever. He was also going into an only pet home, with people who were experienced with his type of behavior. I pretty much thought about him since the moment I dropped him off. I kept telling myself that he would be fine, I'm going to be to busy with the new puppy to work with him. Yeah yeah I went back last night and picked him up lol. I see so much potential in this dog. He just needs someone to show him how to be a "good" dog. He's not what I would call dangerous at all, confused...yes. We're having to play musical doors right now thought, Buddy goes out, Dollar comes in, and vise versa. Buddy is the alpha dog, with his age, he deserves the title. I'm just not going to let him tell Dollar that untill he's healed :) We did cage Dollar and allowed Buddy to sniff him through the cage, just to get used to his sent being in the house. Buddy did his ussual growl and bark, when Dollar responded his ears were up and his tail was waggin the whole time. Dollar's problem is that he's always been in charge, he's now learning that he's at the bottom of the food chain. He has not had free roam in any house, he's been on leash since he got here. If he behaves in a manner than is unaceptable, he's caged. Sofar we've only had one incident with the couch. I've always used the scruff of the neck to control my dogs when they've messed up. When I sat on the couch he decided to jump up beside me, I immeadiatly stood up told him no and took hold of the scruff...I didn't go fast or even seem threatening (at least I don't think I did) His response was to trun and grab ahold of my wrist, he didn't break the skin, it didn't really hurt, but the fact of the matter is that he put his mouth on me. He was caged, lesson learned, he hasn't been on my couch since. I've started NILF with him, right now it's just sit with everything untill he learns other things such as down, and stay. He's definatly a jumper, so I've been keeping a squirt bottle handy, when this boy is done growing he's going to be able to knock someone over jumping up on them lol. So anyways I thought I would give you guys and update on his progress, it's going to take a lot of time and work, but he's so worth it. He desrved the chance I've given him.
I forgot to add that Sunday Dollar will be going with us to the Petsmart adoptions for a meet and greet. He needs to get out and get used to more people. I took him to the neighbors cookout last night when I got home, he's extremely friendly once he gets used to all the comotion, but it's the beginning when he kind of just cowars next to me. Lol I thought hubby was going to die when I brought him back. I assured him that if we don't get too attached and Dollar proves to be as good as I think he is, then soon enough he'll be on his way to a forever home. Something tells me if I can get him and Buddy to accept one another then he won't be going anywhere :)
So does this mean you're keeping Dolla? It sounds like you're keeping him....lol Woo! I am so far beyond happy, to hear that he is being given another chance. I wish you all the best of luck... and I wish for more pics, for me lol Anyway, just wanted to tell you that what you're doing is so unbelievably thoughtful :)
I can't wait to see him shine and become a "good" dog.
That is great!! Glad you could give him a chance. Sometimes that is all they need. A chance and some guidance as to what is acceptable. Hope he keeps making progress so he can have a happy life. And you can know you made it possible.
Thank you so much for all of your kind words. I just did what I felt was right. It was weird because I had skipped over the thread to GSDgirl so many times, then something made me read it, when I heard that jgermansh was in Chattanooga I knew I had to do something. I'm no angel, just an animal lover lendind a helping hand. It is so funny to watch Buddy though, Dollar will come to the back door to see us inside the house and Buddy stands in front of the glass trying to exert his "dominance" lol he's such a goob. I'll definatly get some more pictures of him, he is beautiful isn't he.
i love those pics.i was hoping they were differnt from the ones i got but no. no i thrilled that she is keeping him we have been talking through email.i really wonted her to keep him from the meeting.he really took to her.i cried the whole night but im glad hes got a good firm home.
Rehomed stories just don't get any better than this. In my experience rescuing/foster, it seems the ones that come to you with the most baggage are the ones that worm their way into your heart the fastest and are always the hardest to let go.
This is one of those stories and one can't help but grin from ear to ear for everyone involved when reading it.