Worth it

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just nibbling…

Our bond is getting stronger every day. I see more and more of ‘my dog’ in Brian. It’s a slow process and I have to remind myself not to rush. I watch him and try to make sure he decides how far we can go. There are still things that remain scary (the smell of petrol and leather are Brian’s least favourite scents). There’s always a pause before we pass the bike with its cover puffed up in the wind.

But when we see people, even babies in their prams, Brian looks up at me, searching for reassurance – and then carries on, trying not to notice them and not to be scared. Babies and small children are Brian’s strongest triggers. He used to go into a panic frenzy as soon as he heard kids giggling or babies crying.

I can clean his ears and clip his nails. He’s prone to infections, so his eyes need to be washed at times, too. He lets me do it, albeit reluctantly.

Brian will always remain a bit ‘wild’, but now I am certain he will be trained and trusting enough to live among people. And they will never know how hard he had to work to become ‘domesticated’.

 

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26 thoughts on “Worth it

    1. No, I’m keeping him. I tend to have ‘lost cases’ anyway, the ones that are ‘not for adoption’ πŸ˜‰ All my dogs have always been ‘mine’, you could easily tell that we related and they behaved better with me around. Brian is different to all my dogs (my dogs had been abused and scared of people, but all knew people as puppies) as he missed the early socialisation period. He’s a bit like a feral dog, people might always be an issue for him. But I never give up. And he’s perfect for me πŸ™‚

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  1. That is one heck of an adorable dog, such a cute photo! I’ve had times with dogs where I resorted to smiley faces on the calendar to remind me there really was progress over time Lol. Brian is a lucky dog πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you πŸ™‚ I’m definitely infatuated with him πŸ˜‰
      Sometimes when I get frustrated I have to actually say it aloud: ‘it will get better’. Before I can do anything with Brian (or any dog) I need to make sure I’m in the right mental state-they are brilliant at reading our emotions. My dogs might not be the easiest ones-but I’m not an easy person, so I understand the need to rebel sometimes πŸ™‚ x

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  2. Perhaps it is better to say he is living In Love? since domestication seems so…well, unappealing, you know? We’ve noticed the same thing in Jack- he actually let a small child hug him yesterday and there were kisses and giggles galore on both sides- kids used to freak him out. It has to do with letting the dog be itself, don’t you think? While guiding behavior so that one doesn’t get sued after public appearances…..

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    1. The last sentence summarizes what I do in the most perfect way imaginable!
      And well done Jack-that really is something to be proud of πŸ™‚
      Love is something that makes my world go round, so I do hope everyone around me feels a bit of love πŸ™‚ x

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    1. Hmm, not really an achievement as such…everyone deserves to be loved, so it’s kind of my duty (justifying why I exist and so on)-selfish, as well, because he loves me back πŸ™‚

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  3. Good Day. Nice post and pictures. Just wanted to let you know that the link you sent me the other day said the site no longer existed or the author deleted it. It seems I’ve been getting this error lately for some reason. Glad your site is still up and running.

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    1. Well, I have no idea why, but it does seem that my blog does not exist (well, it does, actually, I write it). I need to investigate and make some changes, I guess.

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      1. It might have something to do with the name of the blog being different from the original wordpress site name. Well, the blog still comes up as ‘lilyandardbeg’. Unfortunately, as ‘brianandlily’ I think I’ll just leave it as it is. I’ll try to find out more anyway -so hopefully it will work eventually…

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  4. Hi! I very recently finished this book and as I read it thought you might enjoy it too. The main character has two dogs, like you, one of which must have had a hard life before she rescued him. It’s a detective story with quite a bit of humor.
    https://educationadvocateblog.wordpress.com/2017/02/18/death-by-chocolate-lab-humorous-cozy-mystery/
    Take care, keep up your wonderful work with Brian, and give him a pat on the head for me!

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