May 1, 2007

I hear paw patters of impending doom

With the in-laws here, Muttolah gave me a look of total anxiety and sadness this morning. She's been a bit on the 'loose' side digestively speaking and I doubt Dad K is very patient with her when he walks her. In fact, I'll be shocked if we get through this visit without her biting him. He likes to play with her, but he goes too far. He grabs her head and shakes it. He pinches her ear. He shoves a toy into her face and insists she play. This morning he patted her head as he walked by and she snapped the air after he passed.

Most days she sleeps under our bed. Yesterday they shut the bedroom door. A whole day trapped in accessible areas of the apartment! This dog was a 'rescue' from the Baltimore SPCA. She started out very timid with a ton of separation anxiety. She's calmed down ALOT and I'm going to be furious if she ends up reverting because Dad K is too rough.

Only two more days...

(In fairness though, for all of us adults the visit is going very well.)

2 comments:

scarp said...

Kind of a long visit, huh? Glad it's going well for the adults. Sorry to hear it's rough on Muttola. Can I tell you that I actually have affectionate feelings for that dog. I don't think I have ever had any very positive emotions towards any dog (or cat for that matter). At least, not memorable ones...

Mama Nabi said...

That's tough... JRex could maybe hint that DadK be a bit gentler? My mom used to hate our cats and would 'accidentally' lock them out of their food areas or kick/shove them out of her way - she did initially scoff at the suggestion that she be nicer to them but I did notice that she warmed up to them over the years. I've had dogs who were previously traumatized and it's so easy for them to revert back... kisses and gentle hugs to Muttola... poor baby.