They say in the adoption/rescue/shelter world that a dog placed into a new home often gets “three-month-itis,” moving from good behavior at his new place to testing the waters. Well, this wouldn’t hold true for me, mind you, because I never had good behavior to begin with. Well, maybe sort of. As you know, I came with issues.
But the three-month-attack on Rex crept up on all of us. Oh, I’d attacked Rowdy and Tanner—the dogs at my foster home, and Rex after that horrible outing at the big pet store, but I think these new peeps thought I was over all that. Not so. After I lunged at Rex’s neck one day, I heard them talking that night.
FEMALE PEEP: “What do you think this is all about?”
MALE PEEP: “You ever notice he only goes after Rex when we’re all in the same room?”
FEMALE PEEP: “Yes, and when I’m here alone with both of them they’re very good dogs. I’m sorry to say, when you’re around, Charlie Bear gets extremely possessive.”
MALE PEEP: “We’ll have to watch them carefully. And I’ll be sure not to give either of them too much attention in front of the other.”
Female peep was right. I liked to dominate, even though I’m only one-quarter the size of Rex. But then she got smart and remembered how she used a squirt bottle when Rex was a pup. She filled one with water and if I lunged at the screen door, looked cross-eyed at Rex and growled at him, or bit at the throw pillows on the sofa, she squirted me. I didn’t like it and tried to bite at the stream of water.
FEMALE PEEP: “Tough love, Charlie Bear. You have to learn the rules around here. Besides, this water won’t hurt you, it’ll show you when you’re over the line and what you’re not to do.”
Funny thing is, she was right. I did say I’m smart, huh?
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NOTE: If you want to catch up with what happened in LBA (Life Before Adoption), you can look under “Charlie Chat” on the right. All the posts are there, and these new ones about LAA (Life After Adoption) will be there too. Watch for more of Something to Chew On by me, Charlie Bear, in the weeks ahead.
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