This is a very big weekend at the kennel. Memorial Day weekend is the kick off to our busy season.
Last Thursday he was dropped off at our kennel for the first time. His owner is a wonderful lady. Lou was found on the streets of California. They think he is about 3-4 years old and they don’t know much other than that…
She warned me that he is quick to growl and be assertive although he has never actually made contact.
I went ahead and introduced him to a VERY small group. Molly our resident grandma was part of that group. She is our old boxer soul that likes to make sure everyone understands the rules of the land.
Lou was quick to pronounce his stance with some good assertive growls…Molly in return decided to one up him. I decided to be the winner of the noise game.
I let out a nice big scream…holding both of their collars….I won!
It takes a minute for dogs to understand that we are on their team.
My heart always softens for animals that had to endure who knows what…but because of the past, reactive assumptions is how they are wired.
We take the time to earn their respect, build history, so they can trust that we want them to be safe.
We want them to get out here and play.
The first couple dog runs we kept Lou with just a few select friends. Just look at him now!
You can tell his posture is still very hesitant but he sniffing out those cell phone numbers!The key is his tail. Every dog run that tail wags a little bit more. :0) He decided that he is going to test the waters with his “almost” friends. Even though, he keeps coming back to check in to make sure he is okay.
Busy holiday weekends are like a social anxiety boot camp.
They get to play four times a day. Twenty-three opportunities during the 4 days to be reminded he is safe.
It is like your parents throwing you out in the deep end in the pool growing up. Sink or swim!
Yes, I was pretty mad at my Dad for tossing me in, but I knew he was a good swimmer…so I knew everything would be alright.
Lou trusts his new family. They will have to continue to renew that trust everyday that he is in their care. What Lou gives back to them is more than enough to keep moving forward as a family.
Dogs know how to forgive easily but most do not forget….it is the forgetting part that I wish we all could be blessed with when it comes to some of our past (not so great) times.
We are happy for Lou and the bright future he has in front of him. We were thankful we were trusted to watch his tail wag.