She Likes him NOT!!

5 replies [Last post]
Lady Kate's picture
Offline
Joined: 2009-10-28

Pet Profiles

There are thousands of strays in Baja.. THOUSANDS.. It's so sad and it's a huge problem. hearts are broken every day.. Just this morning, a two month old Shepherd mix showed up at my window. Sofia was intrigued .. for a minute.
As I picked up the pup I saw that he was tick and flea infested. Sofia immediately noticed the same. "She looked upon the creature with a loathing undisguised.. he wasn't disinfected, he wasn't sterilized."
We gave him a flea bath, picked off the three dozen ticks that we could see,( Yikes how  I hate ticks!!  :P )
Poor little guy, he just laid there while we got them off his every inch.
I put a small bowl of water down on the patio, Sofie, picked it up and without spilling more than three drops,  carried it to the furthest spot in the yard.. " GET OFF MY PATIO"
since then, she's been ignoring him and sulking. even as we E- speak, she's pouting right by the front door as far away as she can get from said pup. won't eat, won't make eye contact with any of us..one ear is headed northwest, the other is southeast.. it's not a pretty sight..  Have to crate the baby and keep him away from other dogs until we can get him shipped off to the vet in the morning to get him examined, get some shots and hopefully find him a home  No clue what he has or can 'share' with the neighbors.
Some one just called me and  said she  saw three more just like him out in the fields.. I'm sad that Sofia is being such a unkind momma.. but as she's probably  had a dozen or so babies, she is more than likey "done", and the thought of another makes her blood curdle. ( especially a "MIX!!  ::)
. Any thoughts on how to get through the night with the pup screaming for his litter mates, Sofia in a Diva snit and my poor husband trying to get some sleep before he goes the states for a business meeting in the morning??

Q Tip's picture
Offline
Joined: 2009-03-22

Pet Profiles

Awwww Lady Kate, that's a wonderful thing you have done and my heart goes out to the pup and his siblings. I know how dangerous/lethal those ticks are. Even had one in my armpit once when i was in Darwin. Aghhhhh.
Is Sophie any better? I would imagine she would be kind to a poor waif and stray? being one herself once?
Ive had a couple of issues with Q and Sophie, or maybe they were my issues? Q's favourite sport is to tip Sophie over either by sticking his snout through her crutch and flipping her or the 'pretend killer' bite to the neck. Its taken nearly two months with a lot of growling from me but the last couple of walks have been blissful. They do everything together now, sleep, investigate, run, sunbathe.
Cant wait to hear more anyway.
Big hugs
Ria

Lady Kate's picture
Offline
Joined: 2009-10-28

Pet Profiles

It was reallyquite amusing. I had to keep the baby in his crate as he kept doing a Houdini act and escaping under the fence into the street.. I was:
a.) afraid he'd get squished by a car or
b.) disappear back into the fields from whence he came..
Oh how he howled and screeched and whined and moaned. Sofia would pass by the crate, snort something very unseemly and all would be quiet for a few moments.
As soon as I handed the crate over the fence into the delivery truck, she pranced into the house, twirled around three times, jumped up on the sofa and laughed out loud. "He's gone.. the wicked one is gone!!!"
I'm afraid my Sofia is an only child. She will tolerate other dogs, but only up to a point. She gives them all a good sniff, will race around the palm trees, then ignore them completely.
Good news re: Chico ( the puppy) The vet said he's probably 10 weeks old and in good condition and will be placed in a home shortly. He is adorable as most puppies are and we hope to find the rest of the litter and bring them all in for shots, baths and homes..
All is well in Doberville. Sofia has her mum back to herself and everyone is getting some sleep.

rgreen4's picture
Offline
Joined: 2008-10-26

Considering her background, she may have been worried that he was there to "replace" her. Once a dog has been abandoned, I think they have that fear deep within them from then on, no matter how well treated they are.

Lady Kate's picture
Offline
Joined: 2009-10-28

Pet Profiles

Richard, as usual you are spot on! What would we do without your knowledge and support.?
Thank you.
It never occured to me that she still had abandonment issues, but I know that you are right. At one point she yipped as if she was in pain and ran as close to the front door as possible and shivered. She was clearly in distress.. Sofia has not left my side since the pup departed her realm.

rgreen4's picture
Offline
Joined: 2008-10-26

Some think dogs don't have long memory, but they are wrong, as they will recognize and react to people and dogs they have not seen for years. They in fact have a very long memory.