So how is the abandoned pit bull that everyone helped to rescue doing in her new home? Er, resting comfortably!
I just got an email from her new owners, and I’m happy to report that everything is going great! “Penelope” is now a resident of Washington, D.C. When she arrived at her new home, she was timid at first, and even refused to go anywhere near the bed due to some sort of past training. They quickly broke her of this, and she spent the night cuddled up with them until late the next morning.
She’s now living with a pair of pugs, and the dogs all seem to get along well. She also loves her new abundance of toys, which she set upon immediately with pent up energy. And remember that leather collar she was wearing when we found her? Turns out, it was a harness for a small dog, and they almost had to cut it apart to get it off.
As for commands, she’s got “sit” down, “come” is coming along, and she’s even getting good at “lying down” and “stay.” She’s also learned from the pugs to eat from the bowl and to not mess around with it. At first, she peed once or twice indoors, but never a lot, and always looked extremely guilty after, like she knew full well that she was being bad. Luckily, this seems to have stopped.
Today, she had her first vet appointment – she weighs about 47 pounds. Negative for heartworm, had a rabies booster (just the one-year, so she won’t overdose if she had been given a previous rabies shot), her first of two distemper shots, kennel cough, and de-worming medication (just in case). She’ll go back in three weeks for the distemper booster and, soon after that, she’ll be spayed and micro-chipped. Best of all, “everyone at the vet’s office just loved her to pieces.”
The one surprise? Ah, well, turns out, Penelope is a bit of a snorer…
I woke up this morning trying to place the sound I was hearing and the only thing my brain could come up with was that someone was outside sawing through a length of corrugated plastic pipe. It was Penelope sawing logs. The pugs snore like my grandfather, but Penelope is bringing her A-game.
This is the weirdest thing, because she slept in absolute silence in my bedroom! In a way, it’s comforting to know she’s found a new home where she can finally be herself, for better or worse.