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So. Dexter here has been released (to the tune of $847!) though he will need nebulizer treatments 2x a day, plus steroids and antibiotics. The nebulizer meds have antibiotics in them too, so I have ot shoo the kids out of breathing range. Fortunately, this is the mellowist dog I have ever met and he's easier to stick a mask on than the kids often are. He also sees treatment time as the opportunity to be a lap dog.

As nice as it is to have a quiet dog... I kinda need one with more pep and ... I dunno... spunk? I may regret that wish here shortly, life is perverse like that, but I need a dog that plays and thus far all we've seen it do is quietly dismember the squeaky man the Vet gave Isaac. It'll be interesting to see who he really is as he heals and recovers from the trauma that was the last couple of days.

In the meantime, he stays with me off lead, and tries to 'Heel" to me no matter who is walking him. Even when we passed joggers and another dog he stayed with Isaac (who had the leash, though I took hold of the loop just in case). I also think he might have been paper trained at some point. We wondered if he might know commands in Spanish, but there was no response.

We did go to the other shelter to look at a couple of other dogs this morning before we picked him up. Lyle was good, though how hard he leaned into the lead was midly worrisome. I think it's just a matter of training, but he's been at the shelter over a year, so he likely needs more socialization. But he did well with the kids and we took him for a little walk. Pooch was adopted yesterday, and Killer was way too exuberant to have with kids this size. Several of them were weeded out by the amount of hysteria when we approached the cages. So instead we saw this fellow: Cole. Mostly mellow, but then bounding around the pen for a moment before settling. He started to jump up on Isaac but when the volunteer and I both stood up to say "No!" he quickly dropped back to the ground and slunk behind my legs and when I gave him some attention he trotted back out into the play area. That pretty well won me over and Isaac liked that he played with some of the toys and was more interactive than the others have been.

So... we will see. We'll give Dexter here some time to perk up and recover himself, but Isaac at least seems ok with the options and I've said we'll foster him if he needs a new home rather than risk him getting sick again. That Dexter would be safe seemed to ease the worry about what would happen. Now it's just a matter of time.

Date: 2010-08-31 03:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robinellen.livejournal.com
Hm...well, at least the kids are happy right now, no?

Date: 2010-08-31 11:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] egwenna.livejournal.com
heh.. yeah, they are, though everyone has noticed that he is extremely attached to me. I move, he follows and any attempt to lead him away from me is met with a simple refusal to move his feet. Hopefully he relaxes and will run off to play with the kids when he feels better.

Date: 2010-08-31 01:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] robinellen.livejournal.com
We have a similar problem. We've only had cats, but it doesn't seem to matter who we buy the cat for, it only likes me. It's happened with all three of our cats (though the first one started with a very strong attachment to DH) -- the current kitty follows me around the house like a dog would.

Date: 2010-08-31 05:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] egwenna.livejournal.com
Funny how it works. I'm pretty sure this guy was owned by a woman before because that's always who he approaches first. I've also concluded that she fed him people food. He sits and drools while we eat, but no amount of coaxing has gotten him to take more than a bite or two of dog food. He will have to get over that.

Date: 2010-08-31 04:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zdashamber.livejournal.com
I don't think I've seen pictures of your kids... They're cuties! For some reason, the dog to me looks like a Daoist. :)

Date: 2010-08-31 11:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] egwenna.livejournal.com
He might be. In the middle of chaos yesterday as the kids were rough housing, he was just about serene. He watched them, but even when the crash landed next to him he was unaffected.

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