Right now my mom,grandma,dog, and I are 'dog-sitting' for a family in the homeschool group. The reason was, my mom wanted my 9 year old dog to socialize. I thought that was only for humans, but, whatever. Oh, and I'm not angry or anything, just so you know. His name is Sidney, and he's 7. Or course, Rosie being a typical little dog, dominated him the instant he walked into the door. As soon as he walked into said door, I felt a little worried. I mean, for him. Not for Rosie. 'Cause she once was seen hanging off a big dog's neck while he was just happily walking along. She loves humans though. Just like I'm an only child, I think she's an only dog. Which, she is. Anyway, as he was wandering around, I started to feel calmer. Then I saw him walk over to the kitchen and..... well, let me just say that was the biggest puddle I have ever seen. I was stunned. Thankfully my friend Deanna was there to whisk me off to my room as soon as the emotional meltdown started. I mean, what can be more shocking than a total strange dog going to the bathroom ON YOUR KITCHEN FLOOR?!?!?!? But, I forgive him now...... And Rosie and Sidney are calmly (for now) lying on opposite sides of the room. Or course, he's backed into a corner, and Rosie is guarding my mom's legs from the evil dog! (Not my opinion by the way.) You can tell who is Alpha! Oh and he's a Norwegian Elk Hound. (That's for any interested dog lovers out there.)
But, Sidney IS nice, and I kinda feel sorry for him... We'll see how everything goes.

6/29/2009

That is funny :). Not funny, but funny. We have two dogs--BIG dogs--and we've dog-sat for our neighbors and friends a bunch of times. We're used to all the territorial stuff, and finding bombs on the carpet when our one friend's dachshound stays with us (fortunately, hers are easy clean-up, so there is no truama over the mess) and we've had their German Shepherd lift his leg in our house, too, but at least it was on the laminate floor and not the carpet!

As for socializing a nine-yr-old little dog--usually by then they're so convinced their human they'll never understand that they're supposed to like the other dog. But at least it sounds like they're getting along :).

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Katie (author of blog)
6/29/2009

Yes, it turns up that they did! He's coming again over next weekend! He is nice dog.... (sigh)

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