|Barked: Fri Apr 12, '13 3:29pm PST |
|I agree with Jewel.
I've rescued both my dogs. The more recent one. The Great Dear Older Lady, Sweet Caroline (10) came from a kill shelter. She was way underweight at ~35 or something lbs. She showed 0 interest in jake at the meet and greet at the shelter. didn't surprise me he had 0 interest in her too. Took her home anyway.
Except for the fact that she was in and out of the vet a lot after I first got her for that initial week. All Sweetie did for two weeks was sleep. I mean all she did was sleep. then eat when food was presented. Got up for walks if I moved her leash and called. But otherwise SLEEP was the name of the game for her.
Then kind of like magic a new dog started to appear to me. A dog that barked for 15 minutes when i left home everyday. A dog that greeted me at the door. A dog that suddenly decided my bed was going to be her bed and my body pillow was now her sleeping place. She even showed me she understood some commands. Sit, Stay, down, paw...
I will have had her for i believe 5 weeks come tomorrow @ 2:30pm. And everyday is a new day for her and she's well into her golden years if you know what i mean.
She and jake finally started interacting about a week or so ago. I think i posted about their playtime.
You can't rush it.
The bed thing. Well i don't have much experience in it. I mean Jake has his wicker basket that he sleeps in most nights that faces my bed. Sweetie sleeps on a toddler mattress next to my bed. I've never seen her take any interest in getting inside his wicker basket but i've seen them both chill on the toddler bed and they push each other over for who gets to lay in my spot once i get up for work in the morning. I woudln't read too deep into keeping beds seperate unless it starts to bother your other dog. My grandma's dogs shared their beds all the time with no issues.
Sweetie seemed interested in me after day 5-6. But started sleeping on my bed and invading my space after a week or so. each dog is different and comes around in their own good time. Just wait for it.
It's pretty magical when the dog decides it's ready to let you into it's life. And that's coming from someone who's used to instant results since the first boy i rescued loved me from the moment we first met through the chain link fenced kennel at the shelter. But he's an entirely different ball of fun then sweetie.
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