Category Archives: relationships

Signs, Signs, Signs

People often say, “It’s the little things…” and it is so true. Little, seemingly, insignificant things that are actually big indicators of progress. Here are some wonderful signs from Tinker that add up to huge progress: Tinker now begins eating before I move to leave the room. I will place his bowl down and as …

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Leaping Forward

Daily Tinker is showing more signs of calming and confidence. Here are some highlights: When I called Tinker to greet him, food reward in hand, he trotted up and, rather than just taking the food and heading back to his crate, he chose instead to greet me first, slowly and calmly before taking his reward. …

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Eight Weeks

I realized the other day that Tinker has now been with us for eight weeks. The time has flown quickly and although Tinker hasn’t made huge leaps recently, his progress continues to be steady, albeit in small increments. I have noticed he is out of his crate as soon as I place his food bowl …

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Blessed Sleep

Tonight, as my husband and two dogs left the TV room and walked past Tinker’s room, I stopped for a few moments, because something about him was different, and I wasn’t sure what it was. Then, as I watched him, I realized what it was: Tinker was soundly, deeply asleep. Usually he is curled up …

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Aaaannd There It Is

I have been waiting to see how many of his old behaviors Tinker would pull out and use. I had written before about his penchant for bringing his feces into his bed, as well as placing them about his previous home, especially when the wife, with whom he really had quite an attachment, would just …

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Catching up

*NOTE: I had written this about four weeks ago, and in looking at my posts this morning, I realized I hadn’t actually published it! Enjoy…   Tinker’s progress continues, and his bravery continues to amaze me. The last time I had written about him was almost a full week ago. So much has happened since …

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Keeping the Conversation Going

Staying mindful of the importance of not pressuring Tinker into interaction and keeping the pace he sets, I have been inviting interaction in the mornings only thus far. We have been having a lovely conversation and if I push him too hard, or get too excited and begin to behave in a manner he could …

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How Not to Begin

My husband and I attended a lovely outdoor food festival last week, and while there we noticed one of the vendors had brought their puppy, which looked to be approximately five to six months old. She had been tied up with a leash while her guardians were busy, and at one point the husband walked …

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Each Day Brings Something New

Tinker has now been with us almost five full days. Dogs typically learn where everything is in a new environment within two days. Since we have kept Tinker in a bathroom, this was accomplished quite quickly, and has served to help him to feel comfortable with his environment by not giving him a huge space …

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A little at a Time

Tinker continues to venture out to learn a bit more about me each day. Today he approached and sniffed, sniffed, sniffed, sat within inches of me, then returned to the bathroom and stretched out on the floor of the bathroom, rather than the crate. These are small things, but for a dog like him, it’s …

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