Here is the first day report courtesy of Diesel's new mom:
(editor's note: Maggie is Diesel's new female companion)
Did you know that Diesel buries his food? He’s a hoarder. He buried a dog biscuit in one of the stalls and later took a mouthful of food from a bucket and buried in the vegetable garden.
He has met two of the cats and doesn’t seem to want to bother them, they don’t seem to be worried about him either. He has been outside with them now – I wanted to make sure he wouldn’t chase them but he was too busy checking out everything else to pay much attention to them after he gave them a good sniffing.
You are right about his obsession with the red booda ball…I had to hide it but I think he’s getting the same way about the truck now…he can’t stop looking at it anytime we are outside and he can’t wait to get back in it.
I discovered that he’s pretty good at chasing a stick and bringing it back to me but it’s only because he doesn’t realize that he can be a couple of feet away from me and I can reach the stick…it’s not like a ball where you have to get right next to him to get it…I think it was a big surprise to him that I could get the stick from him.
The fence is completely working now much to his chagrin so he’s been outside on his own while I watch from the house. He didn’t even get shocked but he’s smart enough to know that it’s on…he can hear it snap. He hasn’t wandered far from the barn without me but he’s exploring a little on his own. He hasn’t gotten over the horses yet, they came up to the deck a minute ago to be petted and he was entirely put out by that.
I worked the tractor for a while and he did go a little postal about the tractor…he tried to climb up to the seat. I had to get my piaffe whip to make him stay far enough away from the tractor to keep him safe…after a few minutes he settled down and just trotted next to it but he wouldn’t take his eyes off of it and kept barking at it.
Maggie thinks he’s Satan.
This was written Friday. Three days have passed and things have begun to settle down, word has it that all is well and that Diesel and his new mom are having fun getting to know one another. He has his own bag of tennis balls and new girl Maggie - though still reserved - may be reconsidering her options. I'm pretty sure it's a done deal. We'll have updates periodically (thanks Debbie) and a few leftover pictures from last Thursday coming before long.
Meanwhile, is Stella pathetic or what? She got to visit the farm too and run in the pasture with Diesel before we went home Friday. He gets to keep his name, by the way, which is great. She's obviously missed him but I'm certain she'll be fine too. We've gone back to walking in some of her old favorite places - which is way more exciting for both of us than our standard romp through the neighborhood.