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The Foster Chronicles: What's in a Name?

A change in Mister's life that I hope will strengthen his bond with me as I keep working to earn his trust.

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Comment by BlancheNoE on September 7, 2011 at 5:48pm

Okay, I had NO idea that previously named Mister was over 10 years old !!!

I loved the Hardy Boys and my passionate, ever-after love oscillated between Parker Stevenson and Shaun Cassidy for all of 2 years.

I've said too much.

Good job, NJ !!!

Comment by NatureJunkie on September 7, 2011 at 6:42pm

Howdy, Blanche! Yup, Hardy's a senior dog. So it's many years of no socialization that I'm up against. But I've gotten a lot of encouragement from people who've dealt with dogs even worse off than Hardy who tell me that if I keep working at this with patience, I will experience a breakthrough with him. I plan to tell some of those stories in a future video.


(No need to be embarrassed about the Hardy Boys crush. For me it was Patty Duke. Now that's cause for embarrassment.)

Comment by peacenik on September 8, 2011 at 1:02am
Patty or Cathy?
Comment by Marie on September 8, 2011 at 6:54am

I was wondering how you and Hardy were settling in. Very well it seems. He doesn't shy away and that he settles under your feet as a safe place speaks loads. *grin* I see you've found the magic treats!


With Wee Kitty it was more a 'eureka' on our part than a 'break through' on his. A moment when we realized how much he'd changed since he became part of the family. A slow series of baby steps building trust... Not the OMG scene of Helen Keller (Patty Duke) in The Miracle Worker when she realizes Ann Sullivan has actually been trying to communicate with her, not just make her life a misery.


My big crush was Spock from the original Star Trek. I still have a thing for the old geezer:


Comment by JustAnotherUserName on September 8, 2011 at 9:41am

He looks so different now--he doesn't have that overtly fearful look that he did in earlier videos.  Are you going to keep him?

Comment by NatureJunkie on September 8, 2011 at 3:22pm
@ Peacenik: Patty. I know, you'd think it would have been Cathy, but no. It was Patty. 'Cause it was Patty who loved to rock n' roll.
Comment by NatureJunkie on September 8, 2011 at 3:28pm
@ Marie: I wish I could be as encouraged by the fact that he sits at my feet as you are. The truth is, there are only two spots in the house where he likes to be: under the computer desk and in a corner of the bathroom. If I happen to be in either the office or the bathroom, then he wants to be in that room with me. But he won't join me in any other rooms. If he ever hops up onto the couch or onto my bed with me, that will be an OMG moment for sure.

This was a great video! Leonard Nimoy has always been able to poke fun at himself. I love that about him.

Comment by NatureJunkie on September 8, 2011 at 3:32pm
@ Ruth: Really, he looks less fearful? Maybe I'm too close to the situation to be able to see it myself, but it's encouraging to hear you say so. I haven't submitted adoption papers yet, but I'm leaning strongly in that direction. My only worry about being his "forever home" is that I think he'd be a little better off in a home with another dog. I'm sure he misses canine companionship.
Comment by Marie on September 8, 2011 at 7:29pm

I'm with Ruth, I think Hardy looks much more relaxed and less shy with you. Its only been about a month. Patience Grasshopper, he's on his own time frame... Not yours... *chuckles* And do you really want him on the couch or bed? 


My opinion only: I wouldn't introduce another dog, too many variables. He'll be the dog he's meant to be 'cause you care so much. 

Comment by NatureJunkie on September 9, 2011 at 4:00pm

@ Marie: Well that's good to hear from you and Ruth. I'll trust your take on it. Do I really want him on the couch and bed? Heck yeah! I love cuddling with my dog. My furniture is already coated in cat hair. The dog hair will blend right in.


About introducing another dog: Hardy spent the first ten years of his life living outdoors with a pack of other shelties (all male) that were being hoarded for breeding. The females, I found out recently, were kept indoors. All the females were socialized to people, dogs, and cats. They were well adjusted and all the females have been permanently adopted now. But all the males, while socialized to other dogs, were unsocialized with people and all are fearful of them.


I'll go into this in more detail in a future video, but the author of the book I'm reading about fearful dogs said that the companionship of her other dogs helped her rescue dog quite a bit. And a vet technician who tended to Hardy recently told me a very similar thing about the feral dog she adopted. I'm thinking of bringing in a temporary foster or friend's dog into the house for just a weekend to see if it has any positive effect on Hardy.




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