Of course, we want all of our Homeward Bound dogs to stay adopted once they go home. It’s much easier to take if it’s simply a matter of the match not being right. Perhaps the dog was too high energy for the adopter’s lifestyle, or someone in the household turned out to be allergic to dander. Then we can vow to get it right the next time. Occasionally though, we have a dog come back due to a bite. That’s much more distressing.
Yesterday I received a text message from a friend/volunteer at the rescue that Walter had come back (previous posts here and here and here). Details are sketchy but it seems there was scuffle with another dog and a human tried to intervene and got nipped for his trouble. I don’t yet know how serious the event was but we dread this sort of news because the consequences can be serious.
When a dog comes back from a bite incident, we don;t take them out when there are lots of people on site. Safety precaution. Consequently, I didn’t rush over to see Walter. I waited until supper time when I knew I could spend time with him. But I did worry about him all day. When I got to HB, Walter was already out in a yard after eating his supper. He didn’t react much but he seemed to remember me. I sat with him for a few minutes then leashed him for a walk. We went over to the big yard and walked the fences together. Then spent some time in the garden and strolled around the pond. Walter wasn’t freaked out but I could tell he was stressed.
We went into a yard where he could wander freely. Before long he just lay down still looking stressed. I had been making an effort to keep moving due to the mosquitoes. They seem to like me for some reason. Despite the warmth I donned my hoodie and zipped it up tight. Self-preservation, you know. I lay down near enough to Walter to be able to touch him. He eventually rolled on this side and gave me his belly. I rubbed it for a good bit. He gradually inched close enough to me so that our hips touched lightly. We lay there until it was time to go in. Walter will always have a home with me no matter what happens.