Why does watching a dog be a dog fill one with happiness?

Today is a glorious day. Though cold, the sun is shining and the sky is a beautiful blue, Venetian Chrystal blue according to Crayola. A few wispy clouds are hanging around reluctant to let go. Warmer days are coming but not until later in the week. I’ll just have to be content with the sun and blue sky. Hoping for warmth might be bit greedy.

Here is the big news. Henry has joined my family. He arrived on Saturday. Henry (his new name) is a ten month old rescue who is, by best guess, part pointer and part setter. Henry is mostly white with brown spots and has amazing green eyes. He is my first male dog and my first dog with a tail. I’m being patient as Henry has traveled from Texas to Connecticut to South Yarmouth to me and is understandably skittish. The low point was Saturday night the day he came home to me. I led him to the backyard and he ran into the biggest possum I’ve ever seen. I ran to them hoping to save Henry and the possum, but Henry was smart and ran away from the possum. I stayed in the yard keeping my eye on the now playing dead possum. The night was freezing. I gave Henry enough time and called him. He didn’t come. I went to get him and he ran away from me. I sat and waited some more but he wouldn’t let me near him. I sat back on the deck stairs and waited. It started to rain, but he ran under the deck and only I got wet. I was cold to the bones and went inside to get warm. Henry was stuck in the yard so I felt safe going inside. In a while I went back outside, and we played keep-a-way. I tried to lure him with food and sweet words. Nothing worked. I went back inside to get warm. By now we’re at about two hours of my trying to get him. It started raining again. I went back inside. When I went out, he was happy to see me from a distance. By now it was quarter to 3 in the morning. I sat on the step trying to figure out what to do next as I was stymied but then he ran by me and climbed the stairs to the deck. He was cornered and I was able to loop the leash over his head and bring him inside. I slept with him on the couch that first night and ended up cold with a painful back but he needed that couch, his safe spot. I bring him food and water there. Last night I slept upstairs but he stayed downstairs. This morning I couldn’t get him to leave the couch. I put the leash on him but I couldn’t get him off the couch. He was scared so I stopped and patted him and told him what a good boy he is. He settled down and fell asleep. I fed him again on the couch. That brings us to now. He is stretched out and sleeping and hasn’t ‘t been out yet. I guess he’ll let me know.

Maddie is a trooper. When she first saw him, she hissed and swatted. Since then she has jumped on the table three or four times to get patted but always watches Henry who doesn’t care about cats.

It will take time but I have the time. Henry is already  loved. That’s the best start!

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21 Comments on “Why does watching a dog be a dog fill one with happiness?”

  1. greg washington Says:

    for a brief time we had no pet in the house..i figured ‘great’ lets go out of town…my partner looked at me and told me that it wasn’t a home without, in this case, a cat…..he was right. welcome home, henry!

    • katry Says:

      greg,
      I agree with your partner. Every home needs an animal to complete it. I always had two cats and a dog. I lost Fern last year and you know about Gracie. Maddie is 18 1/2. She is the ruling monarch the house.

  2. olof1 Says:

    He is soo cute and I have never seen green eyes on a dog before! I have been wondering how things worked and I’m pretty sure he’ll calm down very soon. Do You know anything about his past?

    I agree with Greg’s partner, a home isn’t a home without a pet 🙂

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I also haven’t ever seen green eyes on a dog before. I just know he came from Texas but nothing else. The person in South Yarmouth thinks he spend much of his time in a crate. He had a urinary tract infection her vet said was from not enough water. I think the middle stop in Connecticut wasn’t a good one.

      Have a wonderful evening!

  3. lilydark Says:

    Kat,
    Woof. Congrats! I am so happy for you and Henry! Such a handsome boy. I can”t wait to hear what happens next.
    You are such a patient mama.
    Later today my PT will come over and teach me to hop like a bunny with my kneecap broken. Cookie is still unsettled as I am always horizontal.
    Take Care,
    Lori and the Gang

    • katry Says:

      Lori,
      How fun! You get to learn to hop in time for Easter!!

      We’ve had some forward progress. He was sleeping then sat up and stared. I went to the back door and opened it. He came running so I got him outside to pee. I still use a leash but that was progress for dear old Henry!!

      Take care,
      From all of us!

      • lilydark Says:

        Kat,
        I’ll have to get some wabbit ears! I posted a song called Green Eyes, by Kate Wolf on Furbook. Some times Firefox gets cranky and won’t let me copy and paste. Hop Hop,
        Take Care,
        Lori

      • katry Says:

        Lori,
        I’ll check out the song. I do like Kate Wolf!

        Thanks for hopping on by!

  4. sprite Says:

    Congratulations! He’s a beaut! I’m sure with time and patience he’ll realize he’s now home.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, sprite
      He actually let me know he wanted out by sitting up on the couch and staring at me. I opened the back door and he came running.

  5. Hedley Says:

    Totally way cool. Wont be long before he asserts his Alpha in the house and gives the cat a good chasing

    Very much look forward to hearing about your adventures with Henry (once you can get him inside that is)

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I don’t think he’ll chase Maddie.He doesn’t seem at all interested. I will not let him bother the grand dame.

      We now go out with him on a leash. I will not chase him the yard or wait for him to come to me. Three hours in the cold and rain!!

  6. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    And Hi and Welcome to Henry! I’m glad he decided to come inside at last.

    You’ll learn to decode the stare. Rocky was a starer. It took awhile to figure out what he wanted. Eventually he decided it was okay to be a little clearer about things. We reached an understanding and so shall you and Henry. Besides, how rare it is to be stared at by a green-eyed dog. 🙂

    I’m so happy for you.

    Enjoy the day with Henry.

    • katry Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      Don’t know how much longer I could have stayed outside. I was frozen, and I was wet. Now he is on a leash when I take him out.

      I am glad I interpreted his stare as he pooped about a minute and a half after I got him out. I’m hoping to teach him to use poochie bells and the dog door.

      I haven’t ever seen a green eyed dog before.

      Thanks!! I saidI wanted a boxer, but I just couldn’t resist Henry!!

      We’re both going to nap.

  7. flyboybob Says:

    Henry is a beautiful dog and congratulations on your new family member. I have had male dogs and they are a little differnt than the females. Expect Henry to mark his territory by spraying the corners of your furniture. Even though he is a sport model, neutered, male dogs like to mark their territory. The pet store will have some good pet stain remover which will get rid of the odor and the yellow stains.

    It will take time for you and he to bond and having intelligence will make the transition easier. That includes both his and your intelligence.:-)

    The day started out cloudy but the sky has cleared and the temperature is in the low 80s. Tomorrow and Wednesday we are expecting a lot of rain and thunderstorms.

    • katry Says:

      Thank, Bob
      I have Nature’s Miracle which even removes even skunk smell. Henry squats. I was told he’d stop squatting when he is a bit older but my niece has a 6 year old dog who still squats. Right now he is still not moving around too much as he is still taking the lay of the land.

      I was told about two weeks for him to be comfortable with the house and me. I’m patient. He has to learn the dog door and to ring poochie bells to let me know he wants out when the door is closed.

      It is in the high 30’s today but should hit close to 60˚ by Thursday.

  8. Jay Bird Says:

    Yay, Henry!! You are whole again.

  9. Spaceman Says:

    Now that’s a regular ass dog – a bird hunter for sure. Doves and Bob Whites are pretty safe in my vicinity – but I’ve scared plenty of em. Kidding aside, that’s a real nice looking hound dog, Miss Katry, Done good

    • katry Says:

      Many thanks, Spaceman. He is a beauty. This is my first male dog and my first dog with a tail having always had boxers. I loved his face! Love the paw in the air!

  10. Spaceman Says:

    “Regular ass” (subject) is southern male colloquial for something that is genuine/the real deal. Reason for using curse word in response (small apology).


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