Thursday, March 03, 2011

Lots Of Newness

Reyna didn't get to go to the hospital today, as she's managed to lick a nice open wound on her front leg. Paws crossed it doesn't get infected, because we just can't do another month of antibiotics.

Since I had some free time, I decided to take Kodiak to PetSmart. He handled the parking lot fairly well, but was definitely freaked out by the doors that opened on their own. He spent about 5 minutes just sitting on the carpet inside the door, looking around and shaking with his tail covering as much as possible. Once he started walking around, he did okay. Carts and some of the displays were very scary. He did fine on the scale (34.4 lbs, up 5 lbs from his vet visit on 2/4) and really enjoyed meeting the dogs. We walked around for about 40 minutes, just getting comfortable with a new place. Before we left, he'd let a couple of strangers pet him and he was walking (mostly) confidently past carts. His tail was no longer tucked under, and I actually saw it wave a few times. Right as we were leaving, he sniffed a spot where another dog had peed (yellow stain was still on the pallet) and he completely lost it and started drooling excessively. I debated staying a few more minutes so that wouldn't be his last memory of the place, but I could tell that he wasn't going to be able to deal with that. He was very happy to get back in the truck and he calmed down almost immediately. We'll go again in a few days.

Oh, another customer suggested he's mixed with Australian Cattle Dog, because of his body shape. Who knows? I love playing "Guess That Mix!"


Patty said...

Very cool to hear about K's progress. I have a Rotti mix with a traumatic history & have been working to help her for the last 9 months (since we adopted her at age 2). We are doing great with everything except her terrible fear of men. Her fear bullies her into bad behavior...not sure we will ever work through it completely...Sounds like K. is going to heal completely! Love that! :)

Anonymous said...

Kodiak is a good puppy!!!!
Hope Reyna's front leg get better soon!!!!
:)Love, Mom