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At A Glance
June 23, 2012
Noah has been with us for just about a week. He was very unsure of what was happening when I picked him up for transport and he sat quietly in the back of the car during the 90 minute trip. When we got home he was introduced to the resident dogs one at a time and was very excited to find someone to play with. The SO indicated that Noah did not do well with other male dogs, his previous experience was in a kennel situation. In a fenced yard he was able to determine his place in our pack quickly. The pictures are from his third day with access to toys and free run of the fenced yard. Noah has a lot of energy and if he doesn't get enough exercise he can be very underfoot and needy. The bad news is that FD has a stress fracture and can't provide much exercise. The good news is that the resident golden is more than happy to chase Noah around the yard. Noah loves to play tug with a rope bone and he loves to chase toys that you throw for him.
Noah has free run of the main level of the house with my two dogs during the day. He has marked a couple of times both by the door so I am hoping that he quickly learns the schedule. I usually get to come home for lunch so the longest he is in the house unattended is about 6 hours. Noah hasn't been able to settle down by himself at night, and although he is not excited to get in the kennel he settles down quickly and sleeps through the night. I am trying each night to let him settle down himself and he has gone into the kennel by himself with the door open, but just can't stay there.
The local vet is on vacation so Noah is scheduled to be neutered and brought up to date on July 5th.
Noah does have a lot of energy and he does have a bit of anxiety, separation and storm. He seems to settle down pretty quickly with the help of the resident golden. His first night here we had a pretty good storm, lost power for nearly an hour and had tornadoes within 10 miles. We all just huddled up on the couch and waited for it to pass. Given these behaviors I would suggest that Noah should go to a home with another dog, to play with and model. He would probably be better off with a family with no small children because he is pretty unaware of his size.