Monday, January 9, 2012

Howie is Here!

Howie's arrival yesterday evening was somewhat eventful. He was scared and black, he arrived after dark; as we walked toward my yard, I tripped over him, scaring him all the more and he slipped his collar. Thank goodness, A. was right on him, holding him while I put the slip leash over his head.

*Note to self: always ensure a new dog has a martingale collar with the added security of a slip leash before exiting their vehicle.*


As A. secured the paperwork, I walked/pulled Howie around to the back of the house into the pen. He has a well strawed large Igloo there, fresh water and his own space..... as long as he needs it.

This afternoon, while the other dogs were eating and after Howie had eaten, I put another slip leash on him, asking him to come out of the Igloo and pen to the yard. He wasn't sure but he came with me, bucking a bit. I went where he seem comfortable, then removed the slip leash. Howie went back to his Igloo, his safe place.

Howie's "barn" - as in "running back to the barn" - safe place
Then, as I was letting dogs out and collecting food bowls, I saw Howie leave his Igloo and pen on his own to explore the back yard and even put his nose through the dog door! Good boy!  He is a fluffy Lab mix with those wonderful light brown Labby eyes.


Howie exploring the back yard
There's a lot of yard to explore

My plan for this week and next is not much. Let Howie adjust, let the other dogs adjust; let him be a dog first. I will put the slip leash on him again to walk around the yard so he knows I won't hurt him. He is doing well with everyone else so far, too - when he was not coming out of his pen (though the door was open), other dogs went in to visit :).  OK, they were looking for food BUT Howie and his visitors were fine.  Oh, and he pooped outside his pen - whew, bet that was a relief!

  Hop on!


7 comments:

  1. I'm sure Howie will get more comfortable every day! I love his little igloo! I don't know if it's just my computer or not, but your badges on the left are covering part of yur blog so I couldn't see it all. Just thought I'd let you know.

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  2. Hope Howie adjusts quickly. Sounds like he has a start.

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  3. Oh, he looks like a sweet boy. Nosing the dog door already! That's pretty amazing.

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  4. Howie looks so sweet!!

    So happy he likes his igloo and feels nice and safe in there, but also that he felt like going out to explore a little today,

    Give Howie some hugs from me,

    Your pal Snoopy :)

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  5. Keep us posted. I bet with every day Howie will growm more and more comfortable with his new surroundings! He does have beautiful eyes.

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  6. Yay! You did it! Great to read the rest about Howie today. I bet his big brown eyes really tug at the ole heart strings!!

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  7. Sounds like Howie is doing just fine. Looking forward to hearing more about him.

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