Like many young, high-energy pups he seems to have an angel on one shoulder and a devil on the other, fighting for control. When he is focused and thinking you can see what a wonderful personality he has and how much potential there is.
|Did I mention he's a boxer/deer mix? Mostly deer.|
But Bradie frequently finds himself listening to the devil on his other shoulder. At home he cannot be trusted anywhere unsupervised. The fridge is bare since he loves ripping paper off it. The kid's rooms are shut so the stuffed animals aren't terrorized and tortured. Even outside there is Bradie-proofing so he won't roll in manure and pop the basketball.
This has put Bradie's family in a tough spot. Mrs. Bradie's Family loves him and sees that he will be a fantastic dog... someday. She realizes that bringing him home with 2 young kids was stretching the limit, but Bradie adds more strain to that than the average dog. Mr. Bradie's Family didn't really want him in the first place. Between the money for day camp and training so he's at least tolerable and the stress of having a dog who never settles down has brought him to the breaking point.
So yesterday in a moment of insanity I offered to bring Bradie home for a few days. He and Shirley play well together, and until Cody and Hannah arrive I need a dog who can keep up with her. This gives Bradie's family the opportunity to evaluate the situation with a level head. Even here, Bradie is a lot of dog (he reminds me of Skye). While he hasn't been destructive or breaking household rules, the dog doesn't have an off switch. He is incapable of controlling himself when Shirley is around- even if he can barely stand from exhaustion. I've used a tie down to help him relax, but I'm suspecting he has a hormone imbalance (for more reasons than just this). Regardless, he's here until Saturday. He'll get plenty of play time, some structure that he isn't used to at home, and a bath.
|I'm begging you- don't turn on the water!|
From there, who knows? I'm taking it one day at a time and enjoying the Bradie who uses his brain. I'm also enjoying all the pictures that show Skye as a tiny little puppy next to this long-legged freak.
|Whose got the ball? Human does!|
Anyone else been through a tough time with their dog? Any words of wisdom or encouragement would be great!