Its been just about six weeks since Bella arrived at Golden Pines. From the beginning she let us know with her growling and snarling just how unhappy she was to be living in a group home. My "support team" from the rescue and I felt that it wasn't helping that Bella wasn't feeling well. When she seemed to be feeling better, and her behavior continued, I had a discussion with the rescue about finding another foster home for her. A plea was sent out to other foster homes, and two people came forward. When we thought that we had found a perfect match for Bella, the person changed her mind at the very last minute. Another plea was sent out that added a few more people to the e-mail. Still no takers. But I guess Bella has just decided that maybe we weren't so bad after all, or all the medications and supplements she's taking are working, because I realized that she seemed happier. She still has her diva-moments, but they are coming farther apart. I'm now seeing a lot more tail wagging and the scowl and hard tense look I've seen on her face so much is being replaced with a softer look and smile.
~A much more relaxed Bella~
I had to stop and wonder if the "niceness" was contagious and infecting Todd. As a Scottie, he's devoted and affectionate to those he likes. However, he can take a while to warm up to strangers and visitors to our house. Last week we had company, and I fully prepared our guest with lots of treats, and I was ready for Todd to show his displeasure of the intruders. He didn't surprise me by at first keeping his distance from our friend. But he did surprise me when she was allowed to pet him shortly after she arrived. He was a true gentlemen Scottie during the entire couple of days.
Then yesterday Buddy was rolling on the grass with Todd's favorite red ball that he never shares.
I had to stop and wonder if the gentleness of the Goldens or the "cuteness" of the kittens was getting to him? Was Todd at 4+ years old growing up and mellowing?
Judging by the torn up dog toys,
along with the barking and chasing and the holes he keeps trying to dig...