Whilst out for our evening constitutional, a lady appeared from her back garden & asked if she could meet the dogs - she'd often heard me whistling as I walked past, but didn't know that I was accompanied by assorted hounds until her OH told her. She put her hand out to Elmer, & he didn't flinch, just had a sniff.
When I took Elmer's lead off on arrival back at the home-kennel, he stood & let me stroke him for a couple of minutes.
A little while later I was here on the computer when I felt a couple of licks on my arm - I saw a shape disappearing down the hall & thought at first that it was Winnie, but the shape returned & repeated the process & it was laddo himself!
I could have cried, (& indeed I may have done! ), it was such a special moment.
Later still he happily stood patiently with t'others whilst I doled out cocktail sausages - up till now he's been a bit iffy about accepting treats from me.
He's been back several times to have a sniff of my arm as I write this, but I've not attempted to stroke him again just in case it undoes what has been achieved in the past hour or so.
Here he is this morning in the company of my two Lurcher girls, from whom he's never far away:
& with Annie, sleeping off breakfast:
Má tá grá agat dom, tabhair grá do mo mhadra. ~ Love me, love my dog.
Post by normanandjudy on Jul 28, 2008 10:17:35 GMT
When we first had our little Lucy she was just the same. Very timid of us. We had to let her come to us rather than the other way round. Took ages and lots of patience but it paid off a thousand times over in the end. Well done Barney. Keep up the good work. He's a super little lad and things can only get better for him now. I think I cried at every little breakthrough Lucy made!
A little while later I was here on the computer when I felt a couple of licks on my arm - I saw a shape disappearing down the hall & thought at first that it was Winnie, but the shape returned & repeated the process & it was laddo himself! :o
I could have cried, (& indeed I may have done! :-[ ), it was such a special moment. That is wonderful. I can imagine how you felt when you realised who that little gesture came from and that the poor boy had taken the first step towards trust. I can imagine how the little dog felt too – screwing up his courage and then the utter relief when it paid off.