Yes, we’re still here. Days are busy in the summer. With pet sitting at its peak, and the cat program at its peak as well, summers are full. But we’re still here, and doing fine.
Lots of new things for Bodhi. I took him out of his obedience class for now. It was the right class at the wrong time. He gets sooooo excited about walks, car rides, going ANYWHERE, that he can’t focus when he’s out of the house. Given the calluses on his legs – usually seen on older dogs who are sedentary – we’re guessing that Bodhi had four years of crushing boredom, and he has a lot of time to make up now. I’m still working on training at home, especially on impulse control, but my sense is that Bodhi needs to go places, have fun, and get used to having a life so everything isn’t quite so novel anymore and he can relax. Right now he treats every trip anywhere – even just down the street to pee- as if it might be his last chance. Once all of this becomes part of his daily life we can go back to class, and hope to do just that.
We also tried adding another dog to the household. Many of you saw her pictures, and she was a sweet little girl, but not a good fit for all of us. With a very heavy heart, I returned her to the rescue organization. We can’t give her all that she needs, and she deserves a home that can.
Bodhi is back to being the center of attention, and he seems to like that. We’re not sure he needs another dog, so for now we are going to be a happy one-dog household. Because Bodhi was born blind, it isn’t clear that he knows how to play with another dog. He can’t see the postures or behaviors that invite play, and he certainly doesn’t do them himself. He greets other dogs very nicely, which is part of what made me think he needed a companion. But once the greeting is done, Bodhi is pretty much done too. He never learned what to do next. So for now, he can be the center of our world, and all is good.
Some of you have asked how Bodhi does with the cats. This isn’t a great photo, but it does answer the question!
Not a whole lot of conflict there.
That’s the Bodhi report for now. We’re putting our heads down and trying to get through the busy summer pet sitting schedule. School starts in a couple weeks and we usually get an onslaught of calls at the last minute from folks who want to do “one more thing” before school starts. Taking a deep breath, and thinking about Fall.