Bean is a large dog and last week we began to realize even with training, he really needs more space then we have to offer. While our hearts were in the right place by rescuing him from the yard behind us we had no idea that our space wasn't really enough. We kind of felt like failures and were a bit apprehensive about admitting it because we were so public about our love and desire to rescue him. Let me be clear, we are NOT in a hurry to rehome him. It will have to be the right family, the right location-preferably someone with a few acres so Bean can run. In our yard Bean gets to a full run and has to slow down, turn around and go the other way. He's happy but we can see the longing to really run in his eyes.
Back to Anna and Stella. We told her to bring Stella (on her leash) to the backyard when she arrived and we would have Bean (on his leash) so they could visit before turning them loose in the yard. Little did we know this is NOT the way to introduce to dogs, especially two LARGE dogs. Bean went into protective mode. (This is funny because at our first training session Denise told us Bean was very docile as he "hid" behind me when she came in.) Bean and Stella were both barking and growling. Anna instinctively began to reach her hand out to Bean, when she did it gave Stella the opportunity to be closer to him and he lunged toward Stella catching Anna's hand. I honestly don't even think he was aware that her hand had been offered. Blood, tears, rushing to the urgent care, one doctor, two nurses, two police officers and a couple of burgers later we had become a lot smarter.
First the officers spoke to me then to Anna. One did the questioning and the other seemed almost to be an observer until he gave us some advice. Our mistake, our human mistake was a common one. One we will not make again.
When introducing two dogs:
Rule number one-do it on neutral territory-NOT the yard of one of the dogs.
Rule number two-always follow rule number one!!!What we should have done was take Bean for a walk and "meet" Stella. Odds are they would've walked fine together on the sidewalk. They could have gotten to know one another then we could have invited her into our yard. Stella and Bean would probably have been good friends, chasing balls and earning treats. As the quiet officer was leaving Anna's exam room he turned and told her that he too learned the hard way and showed her a similar scar on his hand with a smile.
Denise will be visiting later this week. Since Bean is in quarantine, he and Rosie will have to work separately. Until our ten days are up, they'll have to eat, drink and go outside separately. They can't play or take naps in the floor side by side. They both have been extremely sad about this but here at home is far better than the two alternatives-isolation at a veternarians office OR having him put to sleep and tested. Bean is family. Bean is loved! He has a home here. We are beginning to look for a better forever home. Not because there is anything wrong with him, not because he's a bad dog...we are looking because we love him, because we want him to have the best dog life possible! If you or someone you know has the perfect forever home for Bean, please let us know. We will be very particular about where he goes, because he can stay here as long as it takes!!
|Rosie even shares her toys with Bean. He's lounging|
with her beloved Iguana.