I spent the better part of the weekend at an event for our Troop Support organization which resulted in several unhappy faces from the Four Legged. In their perfect world I would never leave the house without them. To make matters worse our event booth was just one space over from the local animal rescue so I came home smelling like other dogs. Rufus was quick to give me the “where have you been all day and why do you smell like other dogs” look!
It has been 13 months since I brought this crazy four legged crew together and yesterday I finally felt like I was a making progress as a Four Legged mom. The rescue brought several adorable dogs to the event. Each available adoptee wore a harness and with the exception of one senior citizen these dogs were high strung. Several of the adoptees were powerful and the shelter volunteers struggled to not be pulled through the crowd. Savannah, a hound dog mix, loved to greet everyone by throwing her head back and howling like a madwoman.
As I watched shelter volunteers working diligently to keep the dogs controlled and have fun I realized just how much progress we have made. We still have more manners to work on, but compared to the shelter dogs we are on track. We can walk on a leash. We have learned when it is appropriate to bark. We have learned our names and understand that when I am on the porch calling their name I am indeed talking to them!
Kudos to the shelter volunteers for their dedication to the rescue and their willingness to spend the day with some crazy adoptees! If you are thinking about bringing home a dog-go to your local shelter! These dogs are amazing. Yes they can be high strung, but with a little love and patience they become house dogs quickly!