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The Foster Chronicles: What's in a Name? from NatureJunkie on Vimeo.
A change in Mister's life that I hope will strengthen his bond with me as I keep working to earn his trust.
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 !!!
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.)
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:
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?
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.
@ 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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