I wrote a note to myself the day after Helen was gone…it was kind of a list about what dog you might rescue if you went to a shelter. People sometimes say to me, “oh, I could never go to a rescue place because I’d want to take all of the dogs home”….and I always say, “no, you won’t, but then again, you might see a dog that just calls out to you! “It’s that some enchanted evening thing!
The dog might be a crazy dog like Luna or Helen…..or even closer to some unknown edge or territory that you will be exploring. You’ll know that’s the one! Be brave and strong and go on an adventure with that dog!
Go to a shelter. Sit with that mystery crazy dog at the shelter…and walk around a little and go back for a few follow up visits. Know you can handle the dog! Luna was always distant and crazy at the shelter, and so was Helen. So, I had to take them home to really discover who they were! Expectations are a waste of time. An open mind is good. The amazing part was that when I brought Luna home, she slept in the backyard for three days. After she was rested, we discovered she had separation issues, so that was the challenge we dealt with. Ultimately, she learned that we were coming back, and she could just chill while we were gone.
Helen continued her hyper active performance for about 4 months. We simply had to kennel her to get any work done. It took about a month before she knew she was really home and accepted our routine. She learned the rules of the house, and she knew what time it was. She had a regular schedule that we agreed to and could easily abide by! She loved to take walks. Her nose didn’t work either so there was never any stopping to sniff and, of course, she didn’t care a whit about other dogs ! Her hearing was marvelous, she could hear a pin drop!