So in my spare time I operate a non-profit out of my home. At times things can be pretty hectic here and the two legged and the four legged have to adjust to the increase in donor traffic and volunteers during the holiday season. Riley has been dealing with this for about 10 years and knows no other lifestyle. He loves to have people in and out and has made quite a few friends that even bring him goodies!
About a week into bringing home Rufus and Bailey I realized there was no way they would be able to handle the volunteer traffic in the winter months. I had small batches of volunteers working off and on the last few months and Rufus is overwhelming because of his size and barking. He spent a few afternoons in the bedroom and it killed me. This is his house I don’t want him stuck in the bedroom for more than a few minutes. I also don’t want him to hold anyone hostage on the porch!
I started looking at properties to move the non-profit for the holiday season. Being that I try to get 30 hours of work into a 24 hour day time got away from me and I had 14 people scheduled to volunteer their time yesterday and no plan for Rufus. I tucked both big dogs in the bedroom with a bone as volunteers arrived and promised they could come out and meet everyone once we were settled. Rufus spent a solid 10 minutes crying from the behind the door.
I did not have high hopes of the four legged handling the craziness, but they LOVED it! Bailey and Rufus tore down the steps to meet everyone. They gave kisses and spent the entire day interacting with volunteers. Rufus took to the junior high girls and never left their side. Bailey took turns nudging each volunteer to get a hug and a quick pet on the head. I am so Proud of these two for properly greeting people and behaving. I have worked hard the last 4 months to teach the Big Dogs about positive human interaction and it is paying off! Thank you to all of the volunteers that spent the afternoon with us and did not mind the affections of the Four Legged!
Bailey Helping and Of Course Sitting in the Middle of the Room to Make Sure she was 100% in the way!