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by Kyler Laird last modified 2008-09-14 18:22

Pit mix, male

joined us: 2008-08-17 (4819 days ago)

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This is an Almost Home Humane Society dog.  They will handle adoptions for him.  He was only handled briefly by LTDR.

2008-08-17: meeting Oscar by Kyler Laird

I was contacted a couple days ago because a foster home was having trouble with a biting dog. Uh oh. I really didn't want to get involved with a dog who bites but this was a special situation. I was told that the dog only "play bites"; he bites without puncturing skin when he's excited. It's not an aggressive behavior.

I rode my trike to Celery Bog with Bob to meet Oscar. Oscar was all snarls and snaps about Bob. Bob was wonderful though! It is not his nature but Bob backed off and trusted me to handle the situation. We muzzled Oscar and still he came at Bob. I wrestled him in an attempt to quiet him but he wouldn't discontinue. Finally I got him in harness and in position to run.

It took a few tries to get him moving forward instead of at Bob but once he started to run the issue with Bob disappeared. We ran about a mile to Wal-mart and on the return leg I decided that he'd had enough of the muzzle. I reached over and unclipped it while we were moving at a good pace. No change. Eventually I decided he'd be fine and pulled it completely off of him.

After a couple miles Oscar seemed to have his fill. We stopped in the shade and he was panting hard. He had no interest in Bob and he seemed happy to take some water from me. His pads were wearing and tender so I decided to just walk the dogs home after a long break. Oscar didn't seem to have a "slow" setting though. He ran/trotted the rest of the way home.

At home I hitched him to the car and brought a few bowls of water to him. He quickly drained them. I decided to delay introductions to the other dogs until later because I need to get Conner to the shelter. I realized, however, that after the initial meeting (when I was wearing gloves!) he showed no interest in biting at me.  (I wouldn't say that he was biting at me initially anyway.  He was just interested in Bob.  He had plenty of chances to bite me but he didn't, even when I put my hand in his mouth.)

2008-08-17: Conner returns to the shelter by Kyler Laird
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The shelter called a few days ago because a family saw Conner here and is interested in adopting him. They are from the Terre Haute area so we arranged to meet at the shelter today.

I took Oscar, still happy and tired from his run, with me to retrieve Conner from the kennel. I gathered Conner's meds and didn't even bother putting a lead on him. He came out and hopped right into the car. (O.k., he actually scratched at the door a couple times before getting inside because I wasn't quick enough.) Oscar even seemed happy to meet him. Conner is such a fun and easy guy.

On the way to the shelter I just let Conner have the run of the car. Sure, let's say I was spoiling him. I'm going to miss him. He seemed to love the ride and wanted to stick his head out every window, especially mine. He was lively, not out of control, just having fun.

I got a call as I almost reached the shelter a few minutes after they opened. The family interested in Conner was already there. We pulled into the parking lot and I took both dogs inside. I was confident that Oscar would not be a problem.

Conner was an immediate hit with the family, especially the children. And so was Oscar! I was delighted to see them both do so well surrounded by puppies, kittens, adults and children.

There was a delay for Conner's application so the family left after awhile, planning to return soon with their other dog. It'd been weeks since I was at the shelter so I stayed to talk and check out a sweet Malamute on stray side. It was fun to see Oscar show what a great dog he can be. The staff described him as being a little crazy when he was there originally but he was calm and sweet this time.  All he needs is someone to take him on a quick run everyday.  Anyone?

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