Bear Update

We’ve had a busy few weeks. Bear moved in. Less than a week later I left for South Carolina for grandma duties. A week later I came home to an unending commotion in prep for Labor Day at our place off the grid. Vet appointments for the dogs. Training for the half marathon. Trying to find a few spare moments to breathe was difficult. But I wouldn’t change it for anything.

When we brought Bear home he was a farm-dog mess. He has such a thick coat and it looked like he hadn’t been groomed in a very, very long time, so I scheduled an appointment with my good friend who is a dog groomer.

My messy boy before:

 

Even being a Farmy mess, he’s so beautiful and sweet and good tempered and just a complete love bug! He has 100% stolen my heart!

After four and a half hours with my friend I picked him up. He was READY to go home and get out of there, but was a complete champ at all the tugging and pulling and shaving and clipping. We had a difficult time getting an “after” picture.

My friend said that his undercoat looked like it had never been brushed out and it was like a second skin on him. She said he had big mats on his paw pads and between his toes. He had large mats of fur under each ear, and that was after I spent a few hours cutting clumps out from around his ears/neck. His nails were so long that he looked uncomfortable as he walked. He has GOT to feel so much better. He has been prancing about the house like ‘LOOK AT ME, I’M BEAUTIFUL!!’

So, Mack. I was worried about how Mack would adjust to having a brother. I needn’t have. He has been a trooper. The first couple of days there was a little bit of growling when I’d pet Bear, but now it’s old hat. They will both stand side by side TOUCHING EACH OTHER while I pet them with no growling or fussing. It has been such a good experience bringing this old boy into our home. I won’t go so far as to say that Mack loves his new brother, but Mack does seem to enjoy having the company and will come and cozy down in the room where we’re all hanging out. Bear follows Mack around the back yard. They eat their meals side by side with no aggression issues. It has been one of the easiest transitions to a new dog that I have ever had.

It took Bear a week or two to really warm up to being in a new house. He’s so laid back that you wouldn’t notice that he was stressed out at all. But knowing the breed, I could tell he was having a few issues. After a couple of weeks, he began to come lay down on my lap when I’d sit on the floor. He perks up when we come into the room. He’ll put his paw on my lap when he wants ear scritches. All seemingly small things, but things that he didn’t do at first. He went from accepting the change, to asking for what he wants in his new home. He’s feeling comfortable and that’s the best I could have asked for. He’ll live out the remainder of his days with someone who is completely head over heels in love with him, and with canine companionship. It’s been a very good thing.

Gotta love a senior dog!!!

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