This blog was formerly dedicated in 2009 to my Dad who died of Alzheimer's in 2013. It's been three years now...and I find myself missing blogging...so I am re-inventing my blog... because, after all, life is about moving through, and going forward...

Monday, November 2, 2009

It is important to me, not to betray Izzy's trust...


Nine days with Izzy.  She is playing with her stuffed hedgehog in the pic to the left... and starting to fill out a bit.

Today I took her out most of the day, riding in her crate inside the car.  She did not complain once.  We ran errands together, dropping off paperwork at our insurance agent, shopping at Target (put her in a cart), got gas in the car, checked out a possible Vets office which also has board and care, and made a stop at Petsmart.

My husband bought her some toys, his past weekend, in his attempt to get her to warm up to him.  We did not realize what a strong chewer she was!  She had chewed off pieces on each of the two toys.  Figuring rubber would not be too digestible, Petsmart allowed us to return them for a full refund.  One of the employees helped me find the right kind of toys for her caliber of bite!

The employees are absolutely wonderful at our Petsmart, they treat us like Royalty.  Since we have been in there so much lately, they gave us one of their left over "Trick or Treat" bags for doggies.  There were some good treats in there for her...

Cannot believe how well behaved she was....well, except when a friendly Doberman Pincher sniffed her...  Izzy turned around like a rabid wild wolf, growling and barking so aggressively, both the Doberman and its owner quickly moved away from our cart.  Yes, Izzy was in a cart! Apparently, she is not afraid of bigger dogs.  She goes after big dogs on her leash while walking too, and when they pass by our yard.... Is there anything we can do to make her less aggressive toward the dogs?  Can I raise my voice to an abused dog?

The three day weekend helped my husband and Izzy get closer.  She is beginning to warm up to him, unless he is wearing his suit and tie.  She barks and growls when he is dressed for work. I am not feeding her at all, he is her only food connection.  That really seems to be working.  Next week he is on vacation and hopefully, we will more successful with the two of them bonding.

I am still so undecided whether to take her when I go to California to see Dad for his 89th birthday.  I think my gut is saying, take her... but then again, I am overly protective of her...
I am curious how she will do at Mom's house and traveling.   I don't want Izzy to think I am abandoning her, if I would put her in board and care.  So far, Izzy seems very calm, patient, willing and adapable.  She is up for almost anything, as long as I am there, she seems to trust me. Its important to me, not to betray her trust...

2 comments:

Darlene said...

I must thank you for your comment on my Blog. We have had so many cats but have never had one disappear because it was hiding to die. That made me so sad for you.
I see that you have named your new dog, Izzy. She is adorable and what a great name. Give her time to warm up to your husband. It has taken time and the changes have been huge in just 6 weeks with Oscar, our new cat. We have never started with an adult cat, just kittens. We are figuring each other out and that is what you need to do, is just take the time. A lot of pets favor one or the other in a household. She is lucky to have you and your husband.
I think you will know if you wish to travel with your dog to California. It is so hard to leave them and they do love to make you feel very guilty for doing so. Enjoy Izzy, as pets give us so much joy and unconditional love.

Donna B said...

Thank you Darlene...glad you are enjoying your new baby, Oscar. Izzy really is a great dog, just the issue with men and maybe children. She also barks and gets aggressive with big dogs. I will try to find the Dog Whisperer on TV...but in the meanwhile, at least she not barking at my husband any more..but still jumps and is skiddish, and won't allow him to pick her up.