folks are spelling merridth's name incorrectly...i know meredith is the traditional spelling..but her mom spelled it merridith....as an aside, her mom also called her...bunkady..not sure what that means, but there you go.
and a heads up on ootah...he was hit by a car a few years ago....he had reconstructive surgery on his toes, a steel plate in his hind leg and a large skin graft taken from his side...so while he has healed very well, i do notice he is somewhat sensitive about those spots.
also...he can be a bit growly in the laundry area...it is a rotti thing...i have noticed quite a few dogs over the years, speak deeply in their chests, they don't really mean anything..but it is good to pay attention. it is a good idea when hearing any dog growl to take it as a warning and not to push them too far. the best thing to do with ootah when he gives a soft deep growl is to just to walk on past him and pretend he is not there.
apparently he gave a warning snap yesterday when a volunteer tried to reach out and reassure....he does not want reassurence, he at that moment wanted personal space. that area is too small to give him much physical space, except in his very large bed....but we can give him emotional space when he needs it and he has been ok with that.
so when ootah is in his bed..he is invisable...when ootah comes out to say hello...we can see him again.
it will only be another week or so until he is comfortable loose in the house...already he is sometimes stopping on his way back and forth to outside to check things out and say hello to the other guys, it won't be long now.
this is a big adjustment for him to come here...so many new animals, so many new people, such a new way of very busy living....it is a bit overwhelming to him. he did so much better on his runs yesterday....he looked more comfortable, he is figuring it out that he will really be ok.
it is never easy for any dog to lose their home...and it certainly is not easy to suddenly find yourself in an overcrowded animal hotel...but once he figures out how this party works..i suspect our nervous ootah is going to become one of our very best party'ers.
he is a very good dog under a lot of stress....the first few weeks at boarding school or university are difficult for human youth too!
change may make us stronger and better, but it scares all creatures at some point too so lets give ootah the time he needs to adjust to his new life at saints....no pressure ootah, you are doing just fine.