~ 6th September 2008 ~
Recently I blogged about a pup I rescued. Well, it took 4 days when I finally heard him do a playful growl at Guzz. Since then....he's been gaining his confidence daily and his colours are beginning to show.
He still wavers whenever I call him, thinks a couple of times to come or not. There is no hesitation if he knows food is the reason. Yet, when he does come, he enjoys the rubs around his ears and body and starts to rub himself up against me for more....something like a cat does. Haha..
He is smart. Never runs out the front gate, backs away towards the house as soon as the auto gate moves. Guess he realises he's in a better place and he was not going to be caught out on the other side of the gate.
He adores Guzz, who was not very happy with him at first. You can hear Guzz giving short warning growls every now and then followed by little puppy returns. Guzz is the only one he wags his tail into a frenzy to. I only get it when I get home from school or just before I set down his food bowl!
All in all, he is a lovely fella. We are still working on his trust issues but he is very good at routine. He's been sleeping in my room since he came because I was not sure how he'd be all night outside with Guzz being so grumpy. So every night as I am ready to close that glass door, he sits behind me watching and soon as it's shut, he heads to the room.
In the morning, he heads straight to the glass door, tail wagging, excited as hell.
1. Greets Guzz.
2. Goes to pee.
3. Bugs Guzz for awhile.
4. He gets back in for his breakfast.
5. Out with Guzz till forever if he can.
Ironically whenever I am home, he checks back in every 45mins or so and quietly watches me to see what I am doing. He would peer from behind the wall first before he thinks it's worth coming nearer to further investigate. If food is involved, he sits nearby otherwise he's out with Guzz once more.
Guzz has gotten used to the idea of him staying and has shown signs of actually enjoying playing with him. I was watching telly the other day and I could hear the two of them doing a whole series of grunts and sneezes and barks, growls, snarls,etc right around above my head. I was lying on the floor and these jokers were just behind me. I turned around and there was Guzz standing there with his jaw open and the little fella's head was in there! Not only was he able to turn his head in different angles whilst in there but he was absolutely enjoying himself. It reminded me of the circus act where the lion tamer puts his head into his lion's open jaws.
So there's the story of my two circus acts. The big brother and the little happy fella who is at this moment snoozing peacefully by my side after a gruelling session with Guzz earlier.
Little fella still does not have a name and I am cracking my head to give him a good one. We made jokes referring to his lameness but no. The vet said whatever fractures he had in his hinds have healed and though not correctly so but he is still able to walk without much problems. His lower back too had suffered the same fate and you can see his back stoops a little as he walks. As for the suspect injured ribs, she said nothing can be done but lots of rest and they'll heal on their own. Other than that she said he's good. Gave him a jab and some lotion to treat his bad skin and he's looking better and better everyday.
He needs to exercise his legs to strengthen them and she said swimming is the best. Mmmm......don't have a pool or big bucket. Maybe will have to invest in a wading kids' pool? Hahaha...
He now uses both back legs when he walks. Running, he is a 3 legged dog, using his hinds as one. Rarely I see him drag one back leg but he is trying to be as normal as any other pup and he is for sure loving his new found friend and home.
He has started barking at the neighbours and visitors. Pretty fearsome sounding coming from the shorty. I once heard the neighbour telling him off for barking at her and he barked back after every sentence! It definitely was a two way conversation going on there. :)