It’s no secret to Facebookers that Bryn obviously lasted here past her ‘trial period,’ though it has been a bit rocky. The first night we were so worried about all of the variables that we broke our own cardinal rule and Bryn slept in the guest room with Kevin. He is a light sleeper and we figured that would be a better way to gauge her manners but we knew that wouldn’t last because of the amount of traveling Kevin does would necessitate a better plan.
A Rough Start
The second night it was just me and all of the four legged creatures in the house and I’d say it was eventful. The Princess was not so much about the crate. She busted out of a wire crate, (easy peasy for pretty much any pittie) an airliner, a tension gate and a stand up gate.
I actually found her standing in the living room after this…actually, Julius and I found her there. Luckily he was pretty neutral about the whole affair and she was close enough to the door that I just had to push her out. No kitties were eaten during this foray, so we figured out finally that while she was averse to confinement in one sense, she was perfectly content to dwell in her room with the door closed and thus we found a way for Bryn to live with us Peaceabully.
To say it’s been a challenge is putting it mildly. Her prey drive is such that just to potty her, we gather the cats, put one behind closed doors because he will walk right up to her and shoo the other one, put my boys behind a gate, cover low windows where she may see a cat and proceed from there. Every. Single. Time.
The upside is that as the days and weeks rolled on, her sweet spirit emerged. She plays with toys, she wallows in the sun and has the biggest smile ever. Heartworm treatment is never easy but I guess considering she is crated and rotated out of her very own guest suite, she is feeling pretty happy.
The Best Is Yet To Be
Very early in her stay with us, I had her at one of our adoption events, being handled by a “lucky charm” volunteer and wouldn’t you know; this woebegone dog who splayed out on the floor in the back of the action found herself a family to love her. They spent time petting and loving on her as I told them the good, bad, and ugly of what I knew so far, what I had been told and what I had yet to verify. Not to be deterred, they filled out an application and after they were approved I set up a time for a meet and greet.
Bentley and Bryn
Meet and greet number one turned out to be great. It may have been love at first sight, but due to the heartworms and presence of reproductive organs, the plan was to take it very slow and do multiple intros. We’ve parallel walked, we’ve played on leash a bit and while Bentley is obsessed with Bryn’s ears, she seems so steady with him. Unflappable is the word I would use to best describe Bryn. She is unflappable.Her family has been eager and yet patient, visiting Bryn, bringing her thing to let her know she is loved already and have spent time with her each week. As much as I can tell that she is happy here, I’m excited about how much better her life is going to get and she doesn’t even know it yet…