Dogs are not Bullies
It is the start of day three with this dog, Jack. This morning, Eliska walked him. He did great with her. We encountered a neighbor's dog, small thing, unleashed. Jack was on the leash, and he whined and barked, but I made him sit and stay, and he did. We walked him on the main street, with cars going by. He did great. He didn't fight the leash, he stayed right by us, didn't try to pull ahead.
We took him to the vet yesterday, and came home with three different types of medication. The ear drops he has trouble with, but once I can get those in, we reward him with his other two oral meds wrapped in a small piece of fake cheese. We also took him to the kennel yesterday to meet the owner. She liked him, and said that she can board him when we need to. Yesterday evening, we took him to the park for a church BBQ. We stayed about two hours, and he whined any time any kid left, or when any kid didn't come say hello. He really likes kids. While there, Eliska got a massive splinter in her palm, and so we ended the day with screams and chaos, tears and sloppy dog kisses.
We still have our cat, Conrad, but he has only come downstairs twice since we have gotten the dog. Cats run, dogs chase. Jack is okay with him, until he runs.
What I have realized in all of this is that GOD IS GOOD! He has given us this dog. Even though it is hard sometimes, and we have a lot of changes to make, they are GOOD changes. I thought that Jack would be beneficial for Eliska, and he is, but he is also forcing me to gain self-confidence. We are going to have to walk at least twice a day with him, and that is good for all of us. Eliska will have to remain calm, so that he will remain calm. Jesse Jo and Eliska will have to get along more, so that the dog can be calm, and know that we are the boss.
God knows what He is doing! Even though it seems like there is chaos and difficulty, He has a purpose in everything He does, and everything He does is good for us in some way. Thank you for your prayers, and please keep it up. Blessings!
8/28/2014 03:15:20 am
It will be good for the girls to gain confidence in dealing with Jack as well as it is good for you. Also Eliska having to remain calm in order to keep Jack calm is a good motivator for her to control her reactions. So not what you envisioned, but I'm so glad that you see God's hand in all of this. Great attitude Leah. And yes I will continue to pray.
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