The saga of Chocy does not end. Why would it?
I have been debating sending out this update, which explains why there has been a distinct lack of blogging lately. As changes happened in Chocy’s life, I thought I’d wait for the Happy Ending portion of this tale. As each day continued with a roller-coaster of absurd events, I continued the wait.
After much deliberation, I have decided to post this, although the ending is far from the sought after outcome. Although I try to keep this blog up-beat and humorous, I find there is no way of making light of this subject.
After reflection, the Shelter Owner changed her mind, deciding that Chocy could be homed with “Son”. He, for his part, was ecstatic. Mom and Son collected Chocy on Friday afternoon and I awaited their promised feedback. The call came, far earlier than expected. A frantic Mom informed me that Chocy had bitten one of the house mates. I rushed over immediately.
The Shelter had feared Chocy might be aggressive towards the other dog. However, she behaved perfectly, wanting nothing other than to play. No-one had expected a problem with people. The House Mate (offended party on receiving end of bite) turns out to have grown up with parents who breed Dalmations and his behaviour and training ability with dogs is superb. On arrival, he was calm and getting on famously with Chocy. He had arrived home soon after Chocy’s arrival, whilst the excitement levels were high. He believed that this, coupled with the fact that she was somewhat cornered, may have led her to “fear bite”. No skin was broken, it had been one nip and then she had backed down.
In order to release some of the excited tension, we played fetch with Chocy, a game at which she is superb. The house mate started some training exercises, which went perfectly. He then put her on the lead and within 5 minutes had her trained not to go out of the gate. Chocy is clever. She wants to please but something has happened in her dubious past.
By now, it was clear that the House Mate had fallen completely in love, bite or no bite. Chocy’s beautiful nature was coming out and I was beginning to think that, between the Son and House Mate, this was going to be her perfect home. Both were fabulous with her. Both were dying to get her to the park for a run and play. Both were excited to take her on their daily jog. I had the perfect blog – the happy ending.
Then the next house mate arrived home. Chocy rushed up to greet him. She tends to jump up (an easy behaviour to stop in time). Being a very big dog, the guys’ instinct was to push her down. Something has happened in Chocy’s past that has her fearful of that particular action. As she came down, out of fear, she bit. It was an instinct, with no follow through.
She moved away instantly and was, once again, absolutely fine with me, Son, House Mate and Mom. However, with multiple people living in the house and frequent visits from all their friends, we could not risk leaving her there. What if it were to happen again, with a friend? What would Chocy’s future be then? For Chocy’s safety, it was imperative to take her back.
If it were only the Son and House Mate, she would have found her Perfect home. I’m afraid that this is a sad ending, to what could have been something beautiful for the truly sweet, loving and fantastic Chocy. Please don’t judge her on her reactions to fear. She simply needs a quieter home, with a knowledgeable owner, to be the perfect pet. Our job is just a little bit harder now.
My heart breaks and I could not bring myself to write this update earlier. However, we will keep looking for that perfect home. It will come!