Loddy Dah

This is Loddy, the girl who was listed as a German Shepherd. I could see a bit of that I guess but she's cute nonetheless. She only stayed one night, this past Friday.

I admit I was nervous because she was quite skittish when we first met  her. Once her family left, she whined for about 4 hours. It got less and less as time passed and she started to relax. By bedtime she slept through the night without bothering anyone.

After I let her out in the morning, she was feeling more at home and totally pulled the stuffing out of a toy and destroyed two more. Nellie used to pull stuffing, not to eat, just to pull it all out. I had one toy I kept mending and mending until it became a round ball. I would save the squeaker to put in each new remodeled toy. I'll make a new little square toy with the stuffing and squeaker we saved from this one.

We all see a little bit of Nellie in every dog we get, so it makes them all special. Loddy came up to my chair and stuck her head in-between my legs to get her entire back rubbed. Other than Nell, I never had another dog do this. It brought tears to my eyes. I closed them and brought Nell back to me for just a moment. That's what makes this job so satisfying, to see her--if only just a tiny part of her--in every dog we take care of.

I wish the weather would have been better to take a walk but it was raining. Her Dad picked her up at 10:00 and seemed surprised that things went fine. We would have liked to spend more time with her, so hopefully they will leave her again.

I wanted to have some harnesses on hand, because I don't always trust leashes with untrained dogs. I bought two smaller ones at the dollar store but had to go elsewhere for a large one. Since we never had to use one for Nell, I didn't know how to put them on. I practiced on the only non wiggly, dog sized thing I could find; my daughter. She was very cooperative and didn't bite me when I choked her trying to loosen up one of the straps. But now I feel very confident that I could put a harness on a real live dog.


Grumpy said…
Sounds like you're really enjoying this job. Sounds more like fun than work. The Kid maybe not enjoying trying on halters.
Valerie said…
It's nice that you see a bit of Nellie in other dogs. Big smiles after reading this. I could never master harnesses, but then I didn't have a daughter to practice on.
Mr. Shife said…
I got a nice smile reading this one, kden. Glad to hear the new job is going well and bringing back those memories of Nell. I also got a chuckle seeig that your daughter was your test subject for your harnesses. Take care.

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