After much thought I decided to re home an adult dog. I have been told that dogs choose you. I think that is what happened. Her people were happy to leave her in a very fast manner. I had been preparing myself for 2 years, reading books on training dogs . I love the Dog Whisper Caesar Milan.
My last dog was found in a rubbish bag a few hours old. She did think she was human. I missed her so much when she died gracefully at home on the living room floor about 10 years ago.
When Ruby arrived and her people left. I cried because she reminded me of Esther. At first Ruby was what I thought obedient. I thought that was good, less training for me. However, it was her shyness, her fear. I discovered she had been hit and spent her days mostly tied up. It has been up and down but amazing to watch her come out of herself. In some ways she is reflecting myself. I have been living alone for 4 years now. No grumpy fella, no one to cook for except myself. Money coming in from the pension; what bliss. Ruby and I are finding our own routines. Ruby runs like the wind, swims like a fish. She has even started to like affection. Her body is so much more relaxed. As i have found more of myself, come out of my shell. I have learned that I do enjoy animals. I always talk to them. I did as a child. When Mum got sick I looked after the hens and cats. Animals have always been a comfort to me. Although Caesar Milan said; don’t get an animal for your own needs, I agree. They are animals after all and I need to be pack leader. That’s good learning for me too.
On Lyall Bay beach I met an older man who liked Ruby and said it will take 2 years for her to settle. I think he is right. Takes humans about that long after abusive relationships that’s if they are aware and have kindness around them.
I walk Ruby twice a day in the hill where I live. I get stories in my head. The blog is now a place for me to get them out of my head. So great to have this space and time.