OK; OK. Almost a month. Seems like a long time, but it seems so much longer. Lola passed away 3/26/12; my heart still misses her. I really thought that it would be months before I thought about getting another dog. There, that’s the truth. I said it. Guess what? I’ve already got another one. That even surprises me. I had these feelings of lonliness, with no dog. That first night, that Lola wasn’t here, was SO quiet, so the next day I called some rescue organizations, and looked at petfinder.com, to find another Jindo. I really wanted to “replace” Lola. Of course you can’t do that, but I tried. I went to look at 4 dogs. Two didn’t interest me, as much as I wanted them to. Then I went to look at 2 more, at Centinella’s adaption on Pico. Some friends run an adoption center. A female struck my eye, even though I also walked a male. I expressed my interest in the female, but told them, (my friends who run the adoption), that I didn’t want to make a decision that day. They said that that would be ok, but they were really short on foster parents, and could I take the male, for only one week. I figured why not, I don’t have a dog under my roof right now, so ok, let’s do it. I’ll never do that again. I’m a softie. I get tied into them REAL fast. They must have seen that in me!
Jindo’s don’t bark, and this one is no different. He was a street dog for about a year, so he was, (and still is), alert to everything. Any sound, or visual activity, he would react to. He was very nervous that first day. I had to literally pull him into my living room, to get him comfortable inside. He did get ito that, with a “doggie bed” to help. He would NOT come back into the two bedrooms for about 3 days. I didn’t want to push him, but I knew I had some work to do with him. Every day there was progress; from little things, to big things like him walking to the back bedroom while I was in the office, on the computer. Then he started playing around, wrestling, doing a lot of “dog” stuff. I knew I was in trouble. How could I take him back? That was the conversation, though. One week. No other offers had been made on him. So when I took him back to the adoption center, and they put him in his cage, he started howling, barking like I’d never heard him before. I just couldn’t leave like that, it was like torture for him. That is when I said I’ll take him, boy, he’s such a good dog! A LOT of energy, though. What I didn’t mention earlier, was that he wouldn’t go outside, into my backyard, for fear out of all the noise that he heard. The day that I brought him home, from the adoption center, he went out, layed in the sun, and took a nap. MAJOR progress! Every day there is some sort of progress.
As I said before, there’s a lot of work to do. As he gets more comfortable with me, he also is showing his strength, on his walks. I was so comfortable with Lola those last 6-7 years, I had forgotton those first few years. She also, was some work. She got out a few times, had to get help from other people to get her back. The last half of her life, I never had to use a lease. I do hope that some day, we can get there with him. I call him Peanuts; he’s a beautiful white, but his ears are tan, which remind me of peanuts! So right now it’s Peanuts, could change, I don’t go with a certain, name, it’s what they bring to the table!
I take him up to the bluffs, for his walk. He is as powerful as my first dog, Brando. I forget a lot about that, also. You always remind yourself of all the “good” times that they give you; but it all goes with some work. SO, I found out how much he wants to get a squirrel. He looks up every tree that we walk under. He’ll stay there, all afternoon, if I let him. I have to power-pull him off of that spot, off of the squirrel spot! So he is work, as he comforts in, but that’s ok; he’s completely different than Lola, that’s for sure!! And I think that that’s a good thing. He also, loves to chase lizards! I don’t know what’s worse, squirrels or lizards! This certainly keeps my mind on him; I do a lot laughing. No replacing what you miss, but it helps out, a lot.
One day, down the road, I’ll keep you updated on our progress. I know, I know, talking about dogs is all you’ve read; but I do have other things on my mind, to write about! Fitness, fitness, and fitness! There’s a lot of stuff that I’ve been researching, and I’ll relay to you guys. It’s good stuff, because it’s a fast way to work out, and very effective. That’s next.
In the meantime, I’ve rediscovered going on walks can be challenging, and it’s fun! I just am still amazed on how life goes. I did not have my eye on this dog, but now I have him, and I love it. It goes back to loving every moment, and I mean EVERY moment.
Enjoy your moments, they go fast, but make sure that you put them in your memory bank. You’ll pull them out several times, and laugh…