Remember how I mentioned Jack is kind of a fearful dog and has taken little nips at people when he’s scared? Well, we are really trying to do all we can to train him and take away the emotional response. Today my brother-in-law and one of his employees came over because his employee is repairing and painting our deck for us this weekend. Anyway, Jack was barking up a storm when he heard them on the deck. So, I calmed his down (had him sit and gave him a treat), put him on his leash and we ventured out. And he was a rockstar! I had the guys give him treats and I praised the shit out of him for being so good. He just smelled them and then wanted to be their best friend. I know we have a ways to go, but I feel so hopeful.
Good boy Jack, good boy!
We bought Jack one of those flexi retractable leashes so that we can practice having him come back to us in a wide open space. One day, fingers crossed, we’re hoping to be able to take him off his leash completely without him a) running away or b) attacking some stranger. So last Sunday we decided to try it out. I took it out of the package and noticed the pamphlet titled ‘special precautions & directions.’ I thought I better peruse it in case there were any important safety tips. Holy shit, that is one scary leash! For example, this particular leash can totally cause finger amputations. One of my favorite lines in the pamphlet is, “If you want to further reduce the risk of finger amputations and fractures, you can take off any rings and wear sturdy gloves.” IF you want to??? Is there anyone that doesn’t want to avoid finger amputation? Jesus Christ. They’re like, if you care at all about your digits, lose the jewelry. If you don’t really give a shit about your fingers, wear all the bling you want.
Obviously I had Rob hold the leash. What, I am not losing a finger over this! Plus in addition to finger loss, you can also suffer “serious eye damage, broken teeth, cuts and bruises.” That’s right. The leash or collar might break and the cord and hook can snap back with enough force to cause you to look like someone from the demolition derby. I did not sign up for this when I adopted a dog. Don’t be surprised if you see me with woodshop glasses and three pairs of gloves on next time I’m out walking Jack.
HUGE steps have been made the last couple of days with Jack and Kitty. I know, you’ve been dying to know how things are shaping up between the two of them. Well, they are shaping up nicely. The cat still acts a little scared at times, but for the most part she does a lot of purring when she’s around him. Jack has been giving all kinds of kisses. I think maybe he’s trying to clean her up a bit (she tends to leave a lot of litter on herself). The butthole licking is a bit too much, but I’m just so happy they’re becoming friends. Now they don’t sit and stare at each other the entire time but can spend time just chilling next to each other. Look how cute they are! Oh, and notice his back leg that is a little elevated. He’s doing his morning yoga, I guess.