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Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Aggie Update, September 20, 2011

Aggie is fitting like a favorite pair of old jeans. She's just settled in with the pack remarkably well. She's a very happy and well adjusted girl who is very accommodating as soon as she figures out what you want.

Today hasn't been very eventful...I've been feeling icky (not sure if it's a cold or allergies) there hasn't been much interaction. What I've seen between her and the others and her and the cats is very positive. She's accepted by them all and she returns the favor. She just wants a place to lay her head that's comfortable, lots of love and petting and food. DEFINITELY food. :)

Randall and I have made the decision that we'll treat her as one of our own. Foster dogs do get treated a bit differently, usually, than our own simply because some of the things we let our guys do may not sit well with someone else. That's really the case when it comes to dinner. Foster dogs have never been allowed at the dining table, but we've decided that, while always possible that Aggie will find another home, it's also possible she will be with us permanently because of her deafness. So we'll begin letting her join us at the table in a couple of days. I still want to give her some time to adapt to the way we do things without adding extra stress, but I don't see that she'll have much trouble with it.

A couple of things to note. First, she ALWAYS nibbles fingers when they're first brought down to her level. It's real obvious that her former home gave her lots of treats (not only evident by her nibbling, but also her waistline). There is absolutely nothing else going on except the expectation of treats.

Second. She really has something going on with being picked up. Whether it's an old injury or a memory of being dropped, I don't know. I have been afraid to push that until she's comfortable here, so for the next several days, I'm not even going to try to figure out what's going on. She needs a bath, but that entails lifting her in/out of the tub, and I'd really rather wait. I don't want to reinforce a bad memory by picking her up and putting her in the tub the first time she gets picked up. So the bath will wait.

I'm hoping to do a Penny update tomorrow, so there may not be an Aggie update until Thursday.