Tommy is settling in very happily.
Yesterday a potential problem arose when both TOH and I went outside the gate, leaving him on the other side, with Tally. He began yelping and squealing until TOH returned to the other side of the gate.
Today we both had to go to town. At first we left him with Tally, in the garden, but as he saw us leaving he first of all wedged his head through the bars of the gate, and then tried to squeeze himself underneath it, screaming blue murder.
It’s quite understandable from a dog that has been abandoned, tied up and left to die. However, inevitably there will be times when he has to stay at home without us, and anyway it is far too hot in the car for any dog at the moment.
We once had a beautiful German Pointer who suffered from separation anxiety, and tore doors off their hinges and destroyed anything and everything if he was left alone, so with some trepidation we put Tally and Tommy in the house while we went out, prepared for the worst when we returned.
An hour later, when we came back, both dogs were standing at the window, wagging their tails, delighted to see us, and showing no sign of stress. That’s a huge relief. This little dog is coming up trumps. Yesterday we had a short session of walking on a loose lead, which he seemed to pick up very quickly. When we turn off the lights at night he goes straight onto his bed and stays there all night, no fuss, no noise, no mess. Despite having been starved, he is gentle and well-mannered at feeding time, and apart from his own food he has shown a liking for tomatoes, potato peelings and red peppers. He’s only spat one thing out – a black olive. 🙂
He’s chilling at the moment, having made his bed just the way he likes it:
Now it’s time for him to have his first bath – I wonder how he’ll react?