Fingers crossed, Trish takes a deep breath and opens the door.This is the second time Mishu will be meeting his potential adopters, Kat and Doug. But it will be his first time meeting their own adopted dog, Vicky, a 10-pound chihuahua and brave little puppy mill survivor. She wonders how Mishu will respond to a strange dog coming into his space, entering his comfort zone. As potential “step siblings”, their interaction tonight can be a deal breaker!
Mishu Meets Vicky
What all three “humans” will carefully monitor are not only overt signs of discomfort – even aggression – but the more subtle ones as well. What they’re hoping for is, at the very least, a tolerant comfort level between the two dogs. It is no surprise then, that Vicky is fearful at first, and has a difficult time getting comfortable in her new surroundings. Here she is, coming into a strange house, being greeted by three strange dogs (Mishu and the boyz, Buster and Harley) and, as Trish says, “one even stranger human.”
It is no surprise either that Mishu reacts by showing some aggression toward Vicky with the occasional air snap directed at her rump. But then he grows curious about her, and begins moving nearer for an appropriate sniff or two. Treat time! All three “humans” are relieved when the two dogs actually take their treats quite close to one another. “This is very important,” notes Trish, “because being around food and being so close can be difficult for dogs with food aggression issues.”
But what pleases her more is Mishu’s response to Kat and Doug on this second visit. “He’s far more comfortable with them,” she says. “His greeting to them was immediate.” She watches as Mishu actually turns his back on them from time to time – something he couldn’t do during his first training session with Lisa Marshall. The couple can even make eye contact with him now without receiving a growl in return. Kat actually pets Mishu on the head and back (and that takes much more trust than a chin or chest scratch). Trish is thrilled!
What Happens Next
“Given a little time,” she later reports, “I think Mishu will settle in nicely with Vicky. My real concern, however, is how well Vicky will take to having a new dog in HER space.” Because of this, she’s proposed another meet and greet at Kat and Doug’s home for the following day. That way, they can watch how Vicky behaves toward Mishu “on her own turf, in the safety of her own, familiar surroundings.” As a puppy mill survivor, Vicky is still on the path to her OWN full recovery, much as Mishu is. There are also two cats for Mishu to meet: a Maine Coon named Lynx, and “diva” black cat named Roxie. “Poor Mishu,” laughs Trish. “This will be quite the challenge for my little guy!”
Given Mishu’s initial reaction to Vicky, his fellow chihuahua, how will he react to being greeted by two CATS? How will Lynx and Roxie react to HIM? And how will Mishu behave when it’s HIS turn to enter a strange, new home?
About the Series Pawsome Diary of a Dog Rescue
Furever Network presents Pawsome Diary of a Dog Rescue, sponsored by Pawsome Pet Photography. The series follows the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of a single dog, Mishu the Chihuahua under the care of Canadian Chihuahua Rescue and Transport, in an effort to bring more awareness to the incredible work that foster families and rescue organizations undertake to get just one dog adopted into a loving Furever home. The series publishes new episodes on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at 1:00pm on www.furever.caBook Pawsome Pet Photography Your Photo Session!