This year on Children’s Day I received a message from an unknown number telling me about an abandoned pup who’s seeking a permanent home. I don’t know why but without weighing the pros and cons of such an important step, I decided to take over the responsibilities of the dog.
She came and stayed with us for a week and then her real owner finally took her away. These seven days had been quite taxing for me in the sense I had to calm down a pup who was majorly hyper and extremely anxious. The most important part was making her get along with our four-legged baby Tatun, whom she liked quite more than a friend and begun her humping activities whenever she chanced to see him sans any human supervision. Now our Tatun is a gentleman and quite a snobbish one I must say. He kept shunning her away and like a jilted lover she grew quite ferocious and started attacking him slowly. At this stage it’s important I mention their respective breeds. Tatun is a 6-year-old pug and the abandoned pup, whom we had named Bushky, is a lab and stray cross and barely a year old. So strength and size wise she completely overpowered Tatun if not in attitude, where our Prince made his displeasure evident with his growls and barks quite often.
In these seven days, when I thought Bushky will be a part of our family for good, I did speak to a few animal behaviourists and did read up online how to tame her down and make her get along with the family. And I must say, before giving her away, I seemed to fathom her viewpoint towards life quite a bit.
A few of my learnings:
- It’s of foremost importance to take an abandoned dog to the vet immediately after you find him and her. A strict medical test is of utmost importance to answer many of your queries, after you find a dog.
- Anxiousness is not always a result of a tense past. It can also happen because of certain hormonal changes that the pup is going through. It’s better to confirm from the vet the real age of the abandoned dog one is bringing home.
- It can often happen that the abandoned dog starts humping whenever possible. Humping is not always a sexual thing. It can happen that the abandoned dog is desperately trying to seek your attention and so this gesture is just a result of such behaviour.
- When the abandoned dog you bring home desperately tries to hump with your existing fur baby, it might be a sexual attraction and also the fact that he or she is trying to strike a good camaraderie with your pup.
- An abandoned dog has endured quite a lot and that’s the reason he or she is seeking a new home. So it’s very obvious that such a dog needs extra affection and attention from everyone in the family. So along with being strict, one mustn’t forget to shower some extra love to the pup.
- An abandoned dog when brought home can become extremely destructive in certain situations. You need to be prepared for the ruckus ahead and keep your cool. Try to divert the energies of the dog somewhere so that the destructive mode is not on.
- The best way to divert the energies of an abandoned puppy is to make him or her exercise quite a lot. Depending on the age and the breed, and after due consultation with the vet, make the pup workout as much as possible. This will make the dog worn out and less destructive at home and actually help the animal to calm down.
- Bringing a dog home is a very big responsibility. So bring in a pup only after due consultations with everyone in the family.
- Bring in a dog after consultation with your vet if your existing fur baby can adjust with that particular breed. Often certain breeds don’t get along with each other. There is an age factor as well that you need to consider also. The playfulness of the two puppies need to match otherwise one is unnecessarily harassed.