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Old 12-27-2012, 11:17 AM   #1 (permalink)
chicagojosh
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Default Rescue Story and questions

Hi all! happy holidays!

While driving from IL to OH on the freeway we saw a husky run across and almost get hit! So, we pulled over, and I ran across the freeway to get him. used beef jerkey to lure him over. he was hesitant at first, but i gained his trust quickly. by the 4th piece he was taking it from my hand.

no collar on at all, so we couldn't do much more than keep him over the holiday. we arrived at my wifes moms, and our rescue had to deal with Roxie (mother inlaw's snippy, mean cattle dog) and Pebbles - the friendly one lol. he put up well with Roxies little outbursts.

He is an escape artist and got away TWICE while we were in ohio. 1st time we opened the door after getting back from dinner and he bolted out and ran off. we chased, couldnt keep up of course, lost track of him on foot. on the way back to the house to get the car he popped out and came right up to me LOL. ok. got him back

the next day (xmas eve) the vet was open for a half day, so i took him over there to be scanned. I had his new collar and leash on him. I pop the hatch on the murano, and was READY to grab him quick......well, the sneaky little guy jumped out when it was barely open and ran off again!!!! right from the vet parking lot!!! after another 20 minutes on foot and an hour in the car looking for him, i went back to the vet. Sure enough, he came back there. they had just let him go with the sheriff to the pound. I missed him by 2 minutes!!! so now, i go to the pound, talk the sherriff out of fining me for having a loose dog, pay him impound fee, pay to have him licensed in ohio, and get theh dog back again oh yeah, he had NO CHIP either

in the mean time, we had called every sherriff department, animal control, shelter and humane society within a few counties of where we found him. none were open.

so, our holiday comes to an end. now, we have to introduce him to our dogs (Cody 3 y/o male GSD, and Mandi 7 y/o GSD/lab/husky mix). they were back at our house, being watched by my brother. After some pretty good leash introductions, we let them all off leash. What ensued was literally 2 hours of "I'm the Alpha dog contests". wresting, humping, hump attempts, neck bites, chasing, barking, howling...you name it. we watched closely and made sure things were not too aggressive, we also tried to step in if our 2 were double teamnig the new rescue.

At this point, they are all nice to each other and all, but i still cant get them to just play without it turing into a dominance/rank contest. I should add all 3 know im alpha and they are just battling for lower ranks haha. they eat together without issue, and dont fight over toys, treats, bones or water either.


Questions:

why didnt hte "alpha dog contest" go on at my mother in-laws?

why does it last so dang long back at our house? you'd think they would have figured it out by now lol.... we let them do it thinking they would sort it out, but now we stop any hump attempts. little do they all know, that all this stress over new pack rank is for nothing, because the owner finally called!!!! Sambuca is the huskies name! he escaped when they broke down. and his owner is coming to get him tomorrow night

should we have not let them sort out back order with wrestling and all? again, it was like they'd rough house and all, then go drink water together. but this was not normal play, it was clear the point was to pin/hump the other one or get them to submit...

here are a couple pics of our rescue buddy...
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CODY - Sable GSD Born 11/15/09
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