|Zoey at Toronto Animal Services South|
Ever since Barclay passed away two and a half years ago, Elizabeth had been looking at Bearded Collie rescues and sighing whenever a particular dog in need caught her eye on Petfinder but none had ever passed through TAS-S as far as I could remember. Then two weeks after Stella died, Zoey turned up. I wasn't ready for another dog but if Elizabeth wanted her ...
One of my main concerns was how Rocky would handle the new housemate. He's not a dog's dog. I'd introduced him successfully to other dogs before but it had to be a slow, carefully considered process and none of those dogs had ever moved in. Still, I knew Rocky well enough to know that his reactivity was not dominance based. He's wary of new dogs because he himself is somewhat frail of limb and doesn't want to get knocked about and hurt. Once he understands a dog is not a threat, his behaviour immediately changes from displays of (impotent) aggression to indifference and/or mild curiosity and eventually, a sort of dependence.
At the meet and greet, Rocky behaved like a lunatic - typical - and Zoey was at first unfazed but then after a few rounds of barking on Rocky's part, she decided she'd had enough and started exhibiting reactive behaviour herself. She wasn't going to be a pushover. I kept Rocky at a distance but in view of Zoey and pretty soon he mellowed a bit. We all sat together for a while in the main foyer at TAS-S, close but not too close. Rocky lay on the cool floor and ignored Zoey - a good sign.
We repeated the visits a few more times and about two weeks after the first meet and greet, we decided it was time to take Zoey home. She was groomed, bathed and rechristened Smitten.
We're not sure what her immediate past was like but she came with a few minor health issues, a couple of which we are still dealing with (1. her allergies and 2. a bad stitch up job preformed by the vet who did the spay) but for the most part, she is a healthy, happy dog. We adore her and now that Rocky is sleeping on the same couch as she is, I guess he's okay with her too.