Friday, March 22, 2013

Pretty Perry

                                        Bonuses are wonderful things.

 My husband and I decided we would  finally make good on our threat to adopt a friend for Andy dog. Searching the local rescues we came across a dainty little shih-tzu girl, with huge paws named Periwinkle. Periwinkle had previously lived in harsh surroundings and is afraid of anyone that goes near or even speaks to her. We went to meet Periwinkle and the poor dear was petrified, seriously she was too afraid to budge. Shaking like a leaf as we stroked her back and tried to sooth her. 
                                    She’s a project, if ever I saw one.  
                       If you don't get this reference, you did not grow up in the nineties. 

   As unwise as it may seem to others, my husband and I deemed we + Andy were the right family for her, and signed the adoption papers. Periwinkle had been pregnant when she came to the rescue and needed to be fixed before she could come home with us. The big day came and we drove the hour back to the dog rescue to pick her up. We brought a leash, but had to carry her into the car as she was too afraid to walk. She was stinky, like you wouldn’t believe.
We carried her inside our home, and Andy, whom I thought would be interested in this new dog.  Wasn’t interested in the slightest, in fact he acted as though she were not in the room! Poor Periwinkle slumped against walls or would hide in her carrier. My husband was deeply affected I think, by Periwinkle's attitude, mad at the idea that anyone could ever have hurt such a small Periwinkle. Despite the treats he tried to tempt her with, she remained afraid of us for a solid week. She stunk up the entire house for a solid week as well. 
 My husband is much kinder than me as far as doggy discipline. He carried Periwinkle inside and outside to go to the bathroom. He baby talked, spoiled and coddled Periwinkle every moment. I’m of the school of tougher love, and despite her unwillingness to walk on a leash, or tolerate human touch. One day I strapped her poor cute butt into a harness and took her for a nice stumbly drag…. err…...walk I mean. Don’t freak, she began to walk on her own after a 20 seconds of that. Though it took another few days before she had her tail out from between her legs and wagging. 

 After this experience, Periwinkle began to follow me around the house. But still not accepting of attention.
  I tolerated this until I stepped on her paw, then decided this was not a good thing to encourage. Soon afterwards, Periwinkle began to permit pets and scratches. Andy dog had to help us teach her what toys were about, she looked at them like she had never seen toys before. Once she discovered they squeaked however, she wore the squeaker out of 2 of them. The more Periwinkle came out of her shell the more Andy seemed to acknowledge her presence. Pretty soon they were playing and bickering like regular siblings.
  Periwinkle loves her stuffed toys so well that she sometimes would carry them with her like a little girl with a favorite doll. Though we don’t let her take them on walks. She had a terrible time adjusting to our sleeping schedule.
         "I'm awake! Are you awake?!!"

So we started letting her bring a stuffed toy on the bed to calm her, at which Andy gave me a shocked and bitter look, just staring until I said 
                                                       “Oh alright!
  I had to let him have a toy, to make it fair. Kids! Now we have squeaking in stereo during the night.
   You wouldn’t recognize Periwinkle now, she’s…. well she’s kind of a whore. :D There’s not enough attention and cuddles in the world to satisfy her. She is crazy for play time and rough housing with Andy. She loves going on walks and meeting other dogs. She’s groomed, well fed and spoiled by sitting on the furniture and watching horror films with us. She still has fear of most people, especially men. My husband, I guess will take longer to trust because he is a big guy. So now I have 2 dogs who stare at me when I pee. 

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