August 20th 2011 2:43 pm
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I'm Grunt! The new guy in the house! Mom and dad brought me home August 13th - a full moon night! :) What a day it was! You see I was at a rescue with my sibilings and surrogate mom (a beautiful GSD). Anyhoo, Joyful Rescues had a fundraiser called Petfest 2011. I was in a pen with Alfalfa and my brother Air Force and a wonderful lady. It was raining off an on and I was wet and cold. Then I saw these feet and said, hmmm... I went over to say hi and this really big guy reached out and I knew I wanted him to be mine. So I licked his hand. Well the guy looked at the lady next to him and shook his head up and down. Then the lady reached down and I licked her hand also.
But then they left, so I curled up with airforce and took a nap. They never came back that day.
A week later I was pulled from the play area and taken to the sun room. And guess what, there was that man again. I ran right over to him and climbed up. And the lady was with the man again, so I ran over to her and climbed up. The man looked at the lady and said that's it, he's the one. The lady had this cool collar and put it on me. I put my head right through it - take me home!! So they did... with a new name (Grunt) and a new life my journey begins....
After we put Grunt into the crate to bring him home, we though he was broke. He slept for the entire 1 1/2 hour trip home. I mean he slept! Out like a light...
When we pulled into the driveway I let Karl and Grunt out. I drove up to the house to get Darcy on lead to meet out front. Our front yard is about 3 acres of grass. I got Darcy on lead and walked her down the driveway. As soon as she saw Karl and the puppy her tail went right up! She perked up immediately! Needless to say the meeting went extremely well! We took a walk around the front yard and then headed up to the house. We took their leads off and let Grunt explore. Let me tell you his nose covered every square inch of the yard and the house. It was sooooo funny! He was calmly walking around sniffing everything in his path. Then we went outside and Darcy started to check him our better. They played for about 10 seconds, just a couple of playbows. It was an interesting night just checking everything out.
I put Grunt in his crate at bed time. He cried for about 10 minutes and then settled in for sleep. He cried about 2 hours later, went outside to potty and came back inside. He wanted to sleep on the sofa, I didn't so I scooped him up and took him to bed with me. We slept for about 4 hours. He was pretty congested and had yellow snot when he woke up. He coughed a flemmy cough in the morning.
Grunt had some quick accomplishments at our house. Within 3 hours he had the doggie door licked! I noticed one at the rescue - that was a BIG help for us! By the end of his first official day he will sit on vocal/hand command. By day 4 he's learning to master down. He will sit for his food, he's learning to wait - that will come in time. He is perfect on a lead! Once he figured out what side was his and what side is Darcy's he stayed on the correct side and walked, sniffed the entire time!
He's had 2 baths so far. He came to us with a skin bacterial infection (pyoderma) and meds for it. I've bathed him with Hexedine, this is the best shampoo for cleansing the bacteria from the skin. The first bath was scary for him. I had a slip lead on him, Karl had a container with crushed dog cookies and kept feeding him cookies the entire bath. By the end he stood on his own - eating eagerly. The second bath was even better. Most of the scabs are gone, he's still scratching but healing well.
I called Joyful Rescues about his snot. Drove up to get him some meds. He's pretty clear now, no yellow goo from the nose! Good sign!
The first time that Grunt and Darcy played was pure joy for us. She ran with a smile on her face. Grunt plays with his mouth open and growls. It's so funny to watch him run after her growling, it's like he's saying "hey, wait for me!" Darcy did something the other day that she hasn't done since October 2009. She picked up a small squeeky toy, squeeked it in Grunts face and ran away with the toy! They played for almost an hour that time!
Grunt is so calm for a puppy. We keep waiting for the chaos to erupt, nothing yet. But we're still waiting. He will follow you in the house and then just sit and watch you. He is an amazing snuggler and loves his belly rubbed. We've been handling his feet and have trimmed his nails while he's sleeping. His appetite is great. We're switching him over to Blue Buffalo Large Breed from Science Diet.
He really does have some healing medicine in him! Karl is having a blast with him. He lays on the floor and Grunt goes crazy over him. He is such a gentle soul. His bite inhibition is amazing. He doesn't bite hard and will release if you yelp. His name fits him. He was named Marine at the rescue, we decided on Grunt. He does just that, grunts! He grunts when he lays down, grunts when he sleeps, grunts when you pick him up, grunts, grunts, grunts!
We took him around the lake the other day and asked everyone we came across to pet him. He did so well. He only jumped on 1 person. Everyone told him sit, he did, except once. Such a good boy!
We're off to a great start and we just love him to pieces. His is so calm, yet so easy to handle and a true joy to have in our lives. Joyful Rescue, his foster mom and foster mom-dog did an amazing job and should be commended for everything they've done with him - we are greatful.
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