I vacillated about whether or not to write this post.
The thing is—whether it’s my downfall or simply part of my misfit-branding—Im an old-school blogger.
In summation: youre getting the post.
To hang with me on Facebook is to know how long I spent trying to discern what kind of canine was the best match for our slowly getting more active, rambunctious child having, I work from home family.
Quite frankly I wasnt sold on the notion of a boxer—I feared the breed was TOO ACTIVE for us—but was willing to give Coop the Rescue Canine a shot.
I quickly grew excited to have a new sidekick.
He was gentle with the Tornado, not CRAZY active as Id feared, and was generally an all around happy-to-be-here canine companion.
Until he exited the domicile.
Coop, Im sure due to experiences he had before we met him, was pretty aggressive with the other dogs.
No worries! We said. Youre part of the family now and we stick by each other!
We sent him off to a fancy training camp and he returned completely obedient.
He was *totally* compliant for only about a day even with careful & consistent maintaining of all he’d learned at camp.
I cant lie.
I was disappointed. Yes I was in for the long, maintenance haul—but I was frustrated with how aggressive he still seemed with other dogs.
I persevered, however, because as the child pointed out to me one morning:
We adopted Coop. He’s part of our forever family now.
Id hoped with patience, consistency, and training we could overcome his history & lessen his aggressive tendencies.
Until he snapped at the Tornado.
And, later that same day (Poor Coop. It was just a shitty day for him all around.), he got into a kerfuffle with another dog.
Im sure you can see where Im headed and it will come as no surprise we’ve decided to find Coop a new home.
Somewhere more rural perhaps with few other dogs and even fewer children.
In searching for the silver-lining I repeatedly returned to this picture:
When Coop first came home the Tornado was still a bit uncertain if she liked dogs very much.
Even though she completely understands why we need to find him a new forever-home overall this has been a positive experience for her.
And for that —and the fact everything & everyone/canine ended up OK—I am grateful.