Chipper’s New Home
May 12 – It’s been a couple weeks since I gave you a Chipper update. First, I really can’t tell you how much I’ve come to adore him. He has captured my heart in the short time he’s been with us. His personality continues to show itself more as he grows comfortable in his new home. He can be quite mischievious, and my daughter Amber swears he sometimes pretends to be old to trick us into not suspecting him of things!
The other day I came out onto the front porch to find him with a frozen pretzel box stuck on his face. 🙂 He loves to root around in the recycling and sneaks out there whenever he can. He is very curious about everything – big and small – and likes to smell and examine all items. Despite his legs being sore he manages to get up on the counter to check it out when he thinks no one is looking. (but because he can’t hear, he gets caught a lot) If I plant a new flower in the yard, he will go out and look it up and down every day for the next week.
The best thing is that he sort of wags his tail now! He doesn’t wag it high over his back, but he definitely wags it a little down low and prances around when he is happy. The other best thing is that he likes to cuddle with me on the couch now!
He has learned the rountine of the house and knows when things will happen and seems very excited about them. He runs over to where I put his food down and waits for me to bring the bowl. He takes treats out of my hand now – which he wouldn’t do at first. He knows that if he gets called out onto the porch, it means he gets to come on errands with me and he loves to ride in the car! He loves to go on outings and visit people and sometimes refuses to get back in the car to go home.
Physically he’s looking a lot better after being on a good diet and being brushed a lot. His fur is much softer and silkier and his teeth are better. He had a very bad mouth odor at first and that has cleared up completely with cruchy tartar control treats and some hard food. And of course, cookies. 🙂 I’ve never seen a dog get so excited about cookies!
He is just a wonderful, sweet, gentle man. He has a dignity and nobility about him that I hope I can maintain in my old age. And some days he has a mischievious sparkle in his eyes and plays like a puppy. He accepts the things he can’t do with a quiet dignity. He stands and waits at the bottom of the steps for me to carry him up and watches contentedly from the porch when the other dogs chase rabbits or balls. He seems happy. I think he likes having a home and family. I’m so glad we get to be that family.
I have fallen deeply in love with Chipper, and with collies. I think I will never again *not* have a collie in the house. What magnificent, devoted, smart, tender, sweet dogs they are. Anyone looking into the eyes of a collie would have trouble making the claim that dogs don’t have a soul. Chipper has a beautiful, kind soul.
Thank you for rescuing him.
April 20th — Chipper loves it when we have company! He goes around to each person and gets petted and just seems very bouncy and happy. His personality is really coming out more all the time.
It turns out that he loves cookies, particularly snickerdoodles! 🙂 He spent a long time showing a great interest in the table the other day and it turned out there was a tiny piece of cookie on it. I gave him a little piece and he wolfed it down. He’s very picky about eating other things, including treats … but he’s a cookie guy.
The other dogs have taught him to bark at things. He now goes to the fence with them to bark at possible danger. Occasionally he is even the first to see something and bark at it, and then he seems to enjoy the fact that Roxy and Obi jump up and join him. He still wanders a lot at night, but I gate him in the bedrooms so he can’t go far or get into trouble. Obi occasionally gets involved in playing and accidently bumps into him, which hurts his hips, so now he gives a couple warning barks if he is standing behind Obi and thinks Obi might be going to bump him … very funny!
He is doing very well and we love him so, so much! Everyone in my extended family loves him too so he gets lots of love and attention. He likes to be on the couch with us now and he’s so soft and cuddly. He likes to follow me around and watch me. Yesterday I was hauling brush in a wheel barrow and he followed me across the yard to the compost pile at least 20 times. He also really loves little kids. He follows them very, very closely and stands over them if they fall down and is incredibly gentle with them. He’s had a good week and continues to acclimate well to his new home.
March 25, 2009 — Chipper is doing very good so far. I’ve attached a couple pictures and will send some more once he settles in and we get to know him better. My two dogs did just fine with him. I took them for a walk as Daryl suggested and they let him in the house with no problem at all. My dominant female dog, who I was worried about, watches him and seems to know that he is old and slow and she is amazingly gentle with him. They even slept on the couch together the first evening.
I groomed him for an hour and a half the first night and he seemed to like that. He is soft and shiny. What a beautiful coat!! (but now I also have to “groom” my short haired dogs because they watch and push the brush with their noses so I’ll do them!) He LOVES to be outside in the backyard. He walks slowly around and looks at everything and just stands in the sun. He likes to watch the other dogs and will slowly follow them where ever they go. Chipper is incredibly sweet. He is a quiet, dignified old fellow. We are really happy to have him with us! Thank you for rescuing him!