My Mom Peep says the biggest thing to remember about rescue dogs is that they come with a lot of love, but that sometimes, they need time to get past some issues in order to show it.
She’s right. I came here to my new home with issues. One of them was not liking to be touched. Now, Dad could touch me all he wanted. There was something about him that brought out the Cuddly Charlie Bear in me. Mom…she was all about the big dog. Hey, in my mind, if she wasn’t going to show me much love, I wasn’t going out of my way to show love to her either.
But guess what she started to do? Little by little she began to show affection to me. She’d walk past me and lightly run her hand across the top of my head or softly pat me on the back. Often, she’d whisper, “You’re a good boy, Charlie Bear.” Then she’d continue on her way.
Because I had those “issues” and went after her big dog, Rex, she had a hard time with me, but there’s this thing Mom talked about once on an old blog post. She calls it PUT and she says anyone who takes on a rescue dog should PUT this into practice. Here’s what it stands for:
P – Patience
U – Understanding
T – Time
Mom also says it’s important to know that dogs often go through tough times in the adjustment phase. They may bark (I did that), dig (I didn’t do so much of that), chew (yup, the tops of some books in her office), nip (yup, I snapped at her and even drew blood once). Yet, she still gave me patience, understanding, and time. And I’m happy to report there is a happy ending to the story.
Have you ever had a rescue dog that needed time? Tell us about YOUR experience, and send us a photo of your dog(s). Mom already started her featured rescue dog posts with “Meet Skippy and Bailey.” Send in your pic today to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Woofs & Wiggles,