Rainer continues to settle in

Rainer in the yard

Although two potential adopters have since fallen through for Rainer (through no fault of his own), we hold out hope that he will find his perfect home soon. How could he not? Look at that adorable foxy face!

Life has been busy lately, so I haven’t had much time for dog updates, but rest assured that the pups are doing well.

Little dog-related events from the past week:

  • We have witnessed subtle, spontaneous bursts of affection between Pyrrha and Rainer, which is very heartwarming. It certainly took them long enough! Rainer tended to make Pyrrha pretty uncomfortable, especially indoors, but lately, I catch them sneaking kisses when they think I’m not looking. One of them will sidle up to the other and start licking the muzzle, pawing playfully on the side, or throwing out a play bow. It kills me every time.
  • Last night, Pyrrha had an unfortunate on-leash reaction to a small Australian shepherd while Guion and I walked her and Rainer. I just kept walking and tried to pull her away. I wasn’t sure what else to do; we couldn’t have turned around (or we’d be following the other dog) and we were walking alongside a busy street. She was fine as soon as the dog was out of sight, but whew. It’s so embarrassing and exhausting. And inconsistent! Some dogs set her off; others, she passes with no reaction at all. We kind of think she might be “showing off” for Rainer, who is still pretty shy when strangers/new dogs pass on the street. Sigh. I need to talk to our trainer about this in-depth.
  • I’m also interested in the different dynamics between the dogs depending on the location. For example, INDOORS, Rainer is in charge. She defers to him with the dog bed, the shared water bowl, going through doors, etc. But OUTDOORS, Pyrrha rules. She bosses him around; she knocks him over; she gets him to be belly-up when they play. It’s very interesting to me. I don’t intervene; if this is how their power dynamics shake out, that’s fine with me. It’s just curious to me. Have you ever had dogs interact that way? Different roles depending on the space?

Keep your fingers crossed that Rainer will find his forever home soon!

If you are interested in adopting Rainer and live in the southeast United States, fill out an application at Southeast German Shepherd Rescue! Or spread the word that he’s up for adoption! Here’s his online adoption profile.

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3 thoughts on “Rainer continues to settle in

  1. I do hope Rainer finds a forever home soon!

    There are times Elka gets stiff and stare-y at dogs we pass (those dogs are also typically BARKING, /sigh). We’ve used Look at That for it, which has been fabulous, and I also tell her “that’s not your problem” and we carry on.

  2. Yes, we’ve had dogs that had different pecking orders in different places. Blueberry used to be really the boss about the food, but Treat was the boss of the couch. I have never been able to figure out why it happens, either, but it is fascinating!

  3. Oh so sad to hear about Rainer’s potential adopters! šŸ˜¦ That’s just because the right person is waiting for him and is just around the corner.

    Treats and lots of them (I did buy that treat bag btw, ha!). Pull out the big guns like cheese, hotdogs, whatever, when that happens so you can get her to refocus back on you and keep walking. If she will, of course. The key really is to break her focus so she can’t/isn’t looking at the other dog.

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