JB: Summer camp is over

Bart and Carolyn just got back from their vacation to Hawaii and picked up JB at 11am.  He is a good dog but he was a bit of a pain.  He is a slow eater and had accidents in the house.  Mostly he would poop in the house like Kira did so it may be an age thing for him.  He also peed a couple of times if we didn’t keep letting him outside on a regular basis.

The most annoying thing about JB was that he picked fights with Troll dog (aka Tina).  He would follow her around and then nudge her.  She would put up with it for a while before she would finally light into him.  She never hurt him but she clearly let him know that she wasn’t happy with him.

On the plus side, on previous visits JB wouldn’t eat his food.  We had to melt bacon grease for his food to get him to eat.  But on this visit we fed him the food that our digs eat and locked him in the kitchen area behind the doggy fence and he ate like he was starving.  He still eats slow, but he actually hopped up and down when we were preparing his food.

Tina: Farewell

Troll dog has finally gone home today.  She was a sweet little thing but just ugly as could be.  I think Goof will miss her as they played almost continuously.  She went to a home that has another young dog so hopefully she will be very happy.

Tina: Not such a nice doggy

When Troll Dog first arrived we didn’t agree with the HART people that the dog was toy aggressive and bad with children.  And to date (after 3 weeks of fostering) she hasn’t shown any aggression over toys or food (there are no children around the house).  She does like to sit on the back deck as still as a statue (of a gargoyle) and wait for the bunnies to get close and then she pounces.  She has almost caught a few.

But this past weekend we started dog sitting for a friend. The dog is named JB and Troll Dog took a dislike to him.  JB has been here many times.  He is a very shy dog that usually won’t eat unless you sit with him and coax him to finish his bowl.

The problems started at his first meal.  Troll Dog ate her food at her usual spot and I locked JB in the area of the kitchen where we have a doggy fence to keep the dogs out of the kitchen area.  When she finished her food she went to the fence and started growling at JB every time he got near the fence.  The next day I fed him in the bedroom so that he would be away from the others and she proceeded to go to the bedroom and growl at him through the gate that was locking him in.

Then later that same day I was in the office at about noon and I was startled with a dog fight.  I jumped up and ran to the kitchen.  Apparently as soon as the fight started Goof high tailed it out the doggy door and was standing on the deck looking in the glass window.  But Troll Dog had her hair all up and JB was slinking down the hall with his tail between his legs.  I separated them and fussed at her.  But that does no good as it is like fussing at a rock.  She just wags her tail at you while you fuss at her.  I swear that she looks like a gargoyle when she is sitting.

A couple of hours later she came into my office and just lit into JB for no reason.  I separated them and they have been kept separate ever since.

Tina: Aka Troll Dog

This is Tina on the left.  She is a full Pitt Bull but is tiny.  She is about half the size of a normal Pitt.  She is just barely over 1 year old and was brought to HART full of puppies.  She birthed them in the kennel and just weaned them off her milk.  All but one of the puppies has already been adopted.

We took her in as a foster because the woman that classifies dogs tagged her as aggressive toward children and other dogs and as toy aggressive.  So she to our home.

On the first introduction to the house she just started wagging her tail like crazy and ran over to me wanting some attention.  All of the dogs did their usually sniffs and there was no aggression at all.  We had already picked up all of the toys so that there wouldn’t be any fights.  She appears to be very sweet and affectionate.  She can jump on the bed (which is 3x her height) without missing a stride.  She has powerful back legs and ears that are very expressive.  Unlike Goof, her ears can stand up and rotate like radar.