|08-20-2013 10:42 PM|
|Gharrissc||Dogs have a way of being a great ice breaker.|
|08-20-2013 01:37 PM|
|GSDLearner||I'm six weeks in, and amazed when people act like I did some good deed by getting a dog from a rescue group. He's exactly the dog I wanted. Mr. B. has the reactive issue, but always towards a friendly goal, and now that we're learning to manage that I meet just about everyone.|
|08-20-2013 11:13 AM|
Dogs as a conduit to meet interesting people
I was doing errands this morning, mainly auto parts. Maintenance on older vehicles is a constant thing, older vehicles are simple(er). Today is brakes and heater/heater hoses. I sheared off a fitting in the block, did a temp fix to keep me on the road, had to buy an EZ-Out, new hose and a hose fitting. Brakes are just because, I think I have a wheel bearing going out. While I have the wheel/hub torn down I'll just go ahead and slap new pads on there, 17 bucks isn't a lot.
When coming out of the parts store an older gentleman walked over to say hello to Cable. Cable had been sitting quietly in the truck, just watching life go by. When the guy came up to the window Cable stood up and tensed a tiny bit, but was still in "ohhh lookit that!" mode. Guy offered a hand close to the window, palm down. A few sniffs and the tail was going crazy. So the window was rolled down some and he got a good ear rub. The man asked me about Cable, all the while giving him a primo rub. I explained that he was a new rescue, about his eye(how I had no idea how it got that way) and that he was doing great. Once I mentioned he was a rescue I honestly thought he was going to give me money or something. The fella was floored that I took in a dog that was blind in one eye. I told him all I cared was he was a GSD and aside from the eye was healthy as could be. Cable soaked up the attention, actually whined a tad when the guy got into his car.
You could tell the guy had a dog, the ear rubbing was not a conscious action. I watched carefully as I spoke with him, mainly because I'm still evaluating Cable and I didn't want an errant finger to poke his bad eye. The head scratch was done right, light touch and the good thump he gave Cable's side as he left was a hallmark of someone that knows dogs. Made me feel good to see both parties enjoy the encounter.
Cable is shaping up to be a real crowd pleaser I think. He's still got springs for back legs right now. He likes to get close and up is his preferred vector. He does not jump on me anymore though. It's getting better day by day. Once I have the jumping locked down, he will be visiting places with lots of people. Slack lead, no jumps and a super soft mouth, I'd say within 3 weeks and he's public bound.