Posted by Dena on September 24, 2003, at 7:41:09
In reply to Sierra will be OK. :-) » Dr. Bob, posted by Susan J on September 22, 2003, at 12:28:13
Thanks Susan for taking the time to reassure me.
Sierra is with a man who trains dogs for bomb & drug sniffing. Being here in the nation's capital, there's a huge need for such dogs. She'll live with him in his home, along with 6 other dogs (he's got several more dogs in a kennel). Right now, she's adjusting to the change - then he'll start her training.
I called yesterday to check on her progress. For the first few days, she wouldn't eat, & kept going out to the car, as if she wanted to come back home. She stayed in her crate (which she hates to do) rather than socialize. Apparently she's begun to eat (she's had spaghetti, chicken & garlic bread! but no dog food yet), & she played ball with her new trainer/owner. He says she'll adjust just fine.
It's still hard here, expecting to see her around the corner, & my other dog misses her (the cat sure doesn't). My son is still being stoic about the whole thing - he doesn't show his feelings very often.
I know we've done the right thing - if she'd bitten someone outside of the family, we might have had to have her destroyed. This way, she gets to help others.
I think I can let go now...