I’ve been away from this blog for a VERY long time and I don’t have a very good excuse! We will say I took the summer off from writing to spend time with my hounds and to get some experience training! We’ve had a pretty big summer here. We have a few new adventures coming up that I’ll mention in a later post. I’ve been working with a couple of dogs this summer on training, in order to get my “independent study” hours taken care of. I’ve had a really challenging, but very interesting client with a variety of “issues” to work with and he has kept me quite busy! The dog has what his owners thought was separation anxiety and stranger fears. After working with him, however, I’ve discovered he’s actually just a very demanding little dog and insists that his family be with him and that they be all his all the time. He has managed to get them to a point where they don’t leave the house together, they don’t have friends over, and they can’t leave a room without him following as a shadow. But, when I take him away from them, he doesn’t have these issues! He is fine alone and greets strangers with a tail wag! It’s an interesting situation and I’m realizing how this job is made for me. I love to solve problems and come up with solutions to help people and animals. I’m so thrilled that after years of school and a decade of working with animals, I have finally found what I want to do! It’s a great feeling!
Another change to our summer is Soter hasn’t been living with us. It’s been pretty hard for me not to live with him but he’s really enjoying living with my parents. We had some issues with our complex and we were asked for one of our dogs to leave. Soter always enjoys being with my parents and they were happy to have him so he’s spending the summer at “camp” at my parent’s house. Kitty goes over to visit sometimes too so the two of them can see each other. I miss Soter like crazy. I’ve never spent this much time away from him in the eight years we’ve been together! I will say, however, it has helped me bond even more with Gunner and Lily. We’ve developed our own relationships separate from Patrick and from Soter. So I am thankful for the time we’ve had for that reason.
Updates soon on some of our family/lifestyle changes but, for now, that’s all I have!
Erin and the Hounds