Let's tell Brett & Jeremy what to do!
You all know that Brett and Jeremy are considering adopting Hines from the Humane Society. First visit didn't go as well as hoped, as the meeting was at the dog park and Hines was a bit shy. Recently they had a home visit with the little half-pint.
Brett says: "Ok--this last play date was so different. Hines let us pet him and feed him treats. He even sat down next to me and let me put my arm around him. There was no aggression at all. My little Pearl is IN LOVE with him, and Lucy and Charlie were so happy to have a new playmate.
"We decided that if this visit didn't work out, we would move on to greener pastures. But just us at home with him and not at the bark park with 30 other dogs made a big difference. I feel really hopeful, but I am still OK with the prospect of the possiblity he may never completely warm up to us completely. But the monsters got along with him SO well. Pearl even gave him a kiss on the cheek and Lucy cleaned his ears for him. Poor Charlie just wanted to play. He's not used to Hines size, so everytime Hines sat down, Charlie would knock him over with his snout. But even with that, they had a ball together. Here are some snap shots of the day. Next play date is Saturday-hopefully we will move forward."
I think it's a good sign that Hines got along well with the other pets, and that he can get enough exercise to expend that terrier energy by playing with the Charile and Lucy while Brett and Jeremy are at work.
Maybe you guys should ask for a weekend visit to see how it goes? Also, the more times Hines spends with you, the more he'll feel secure and his warming up will only improve.
Does he bark a lot? Chew things? Terriers can be a terror!
I've seen so many wonderful success stories with dogs that had questionable histories or issues. All they need is the right home and lots of love, and I know that Jeremy and Brett will give them lots of that!
So what do you think guys? I believe you can teach old dogs new tricks. Adrienne mentioned her husband wanted a puppy to train for flyball and felt an older dog couldn't be trained in that matter. That's simply not true. I know of plenty of cases of older dogs being chosen for even police work or therapy work. Scooter was 4 when I took him to obidience and his trainer was so pleased with how quickly he learned and how good he was. He'd be great at agility too! Zoe was 6 or so when I trained a bit in agility with her. She caught on to all the obstacles, she just wasn't in a rush about it. Not the right dog for agility as she's always been laid back and slow, but the point is, adult dogs can be trained! They have a longer attention span than puppies to. So Adrienne, tell you hubby he is WRONG!!!!!
posted by Sandy at 7/06/2007 10:50:00 AM