Sunday, November 7, 2010

Copper: The Reject

Now this is interesting.  When I had called about Copper and was told he was being boarded at the kennel and, in fact, had been at the kennel "for quite some time", it made me think and when I think, I ask questions.  "Why is Copper being boarded and not at your home with you?" I asked.

The young man on the other end of the phone told me that a few months earlier, his six year old daughter had cornered Copper in their kitchen, spreading her arms out to trap him and Copper had tried to bite her cheek.
His wife wanted the dog gone, which I found very interesting because they are supposed to be "dog" people, if you know what I mean.  There was a small nick...no bite.  I asked him if he was at all familiar with animal behavior when an animal feels "trapped" or cornered.  He said, he was but they wanted him gone. 

Then, he went on to tell me that they had found a home for Copper after that incident.  An elderly woman who already had an older dog took Copper.  I can only imagine that match!!!  Apparently, Copper, being hyper and very "alpha" bullied the other dog to the point that the woman would then go after Copper with the broom!  Yep, that must have been a true story because I remember the first time I went outside with the broom in hand.  He cowered, slithered and hid so fast all while barring his teeth, fur raised along his spine!

Ah...hence, the boarding...Copper, like me, was a reject. 

Now, I will be the first one to admit that Copper had "alpha" issues when he first arrived.  And, that took some firm handling.  However, once he knew who was in charge and who was always in charge, he turned out to be a happy camper.  He just needed some time to adjust and to learn that LOVE he needed was right here in the Hollow with me!

10 comments:

Kent Island Red said...

Glad Copper finally found a mother who was up to the challenge and would love him enough to accept him for who he is - and be stern when the occasion called for it.

Cathy said...

Dog whisperer for sure. Happy for Copper that he now has a loving master.

forestwalk/laura k said...

yay! Copper can now be happy...and loved...and give that doggie-love right back!!

Verde Farm said...

Oh I am so glad Copper found you and you found Copper. Not thinking those folks were "dog" people in the least. It was just meant to be :)
Amy

Tiggeriffic said...

OH that turned out to be a very happy story..Copper is a very lucky dog and now he is part of your family.
Was reading a blog this morning called "Life In Mathews" the post was called "Shelter".. There is a wonderful dog named Butch that has a sad story and really needs a home. Wish I could have dogs here on my farm.. too many of my grandchildren are allergic to dogs,cats...Rats~!
Have a great and blessed Sunday. ta ta for now from Iowa

Canyon Girl said...

Copper was only 10 months old? So the other owners just didn't want to take the time to train him. I'm so glad they didn't have him euthanized. That's something, at least. And how wonderful that he came to you and found a great home at last.

Lisa E said...

I hate it when you make these stories two parters! Anyway, that said, so many dogs are blamed for the torture they're put through by small children who don't know any better. It infuriates me. Who knows if that's all she did to him? My Dutchie doesn't like children because the neighbor behind us where we lived when we got him had a young boy who used to throw things at him and yell at him! However, you should see him with his nephew, my daughter's son. NO one is going to hurt my grandson with Dutch around. And my poor Millie was also rejected several times by people who adopted her because she was so fearful. Someone had hit her with a weapon of some kind because, even now after 2 1/2 years with me, she still doesn't like it when I pick up the remote for the TV, etc. I'm so glad you and Copper found each other. On behalf of Copper, Dutchie and Millie, Woof!!!

Angela said...

I'm so glad that Copper has you now and lives on your farm! Those people probably went out and bought their little girl another puppy to torture! Sigh.... People don't realize that you have to still watch your kids around the dogs. If not something like that can happen. There is something about that age that makes kids want to trap dogs and they think it is funny. The dogs don't. I've had to yell at mine for trying to trap our dogs but our dogs have never bitten my kids. Jazz now will run to me if my son is chasing her around and she doesn't like it! lol

Have a Great Day!
Angela

varunner said...

Copper was so lucky to find you :-)

Deborah Ann said...

Love the wood background, and the down-home feel of this blog....

blessings...

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