Inara’s mom was still at the “shelter” that she was at when I rescued Inara. Five years ago. She’s been there for FIVE YEARS. Anyway, the “shelter” was raided and the animals were all confiscated due to hoarding, over-crowding, inhumane conditions and dead dogs found on the premises. Fortunately Inara’s mom has been located – she is safe and sound! Please, if anybody is willing to foster her or take her into rescue I will do whatever I can to help you out. If you can help, please call 330-394-3512. Her name is Sophie, and she is #9. Her picture breaks my heart because I see Inara in her eyes. I just want her to find a forever home and know the love that her daughter knows. Can anybody help? Please crosspost her…
I was also talking to Ginger about the Sensible harnesses. I said I had no luck with the Easy Walk harness and I’m doubtful the Sensible would work any better, but I miss having some control over her front end. Ginger is going to let me borrow one of the harnesses to try out to see if I like it before I spend money on it.
As Inara and I were taking our evening constitutional tonight, we had the pleasure of encountering an off-leash dog. Looked like a little Norwich Terrier thing. Unfortunately I didn’t notice it until it was about 10′ away since it was dark out. I saw it making a beeline for us, hollered an un-lady-like word while grabbing Inara’s flat collar (she was on her prong and I didn’t want her to associate getting pinched with the dog) but then very calmly told Inara to sit. She kind of crouched halfway into a sit while I held onto her collar. The dog came charging up and shoved his nose into Inara’s butt. She froze while I maintained my deathgrip on her collar. I used my mad ninja skillz and kicked at the dog (intentionally missing – I just wanted to scare it, not hurt it) and growled at it to go home. It skittered away about 10′ and started barking at us. I calmly told Inara to sit again and she actually did so, though every muscle in her body was tensed and quivering. As soon as her butt hit the ground I cheerfully said “let’s go!” and gently tugged her away from the dog. She had a great deal of trouble with this and kept looking back, but she didn’t bark or whine or anything. As soon as she managed to take a few steps without looking back, she did a great big shake-off and we had a party. I cheered and jumped around and told her what a fantastically smart dog she was. It was awesome.
My dog didn’t react to another dog (a small one, at that!) charging up and shoving his nose into her butt! Holy crap! I mean seriously, HOLY CRAP!!!