Posted: February 11, 2016 at 7:29 pm
because he is home.
he had an over the top meltdown..complete and total panic attack at being left alone.
who knew? ok well..i did kind of suspect leaving here might be difficult for simon, and luckily i warned his new mom of it too.
now everyone in their right mind would think that every homeless dog would choose a home over a shelter. but from personal experience this is not always true.
if given a choice in their futures, some dogs might surprise you in what they choose.
simon is not the first dog to have a meltdown when we placed him in a very great home..others have done it before him..larry for one comes to mind.
and there is a reason for this..its not the fault of the new home, its not the fault of the dog and it certainly is not because we are so special or chose him the wrong home.
it is because for what ever reason some dogs find their comfort zone here..lots of interesting activity, lots of catering staff and volunteers and one very special person who not only “gets” them but somehow communicates this comforting i “get” you right back at them…and they are rarely alone for more than a few hours here and there.
for a few dogs..this is as good as it gets and they welcome it. they understand how this place works, they find the sense of really belonging somewhere that strangely fits and they don’t want or need anything more. this is it for them, not wanting or needing anything more.
simon may just be too old to weather another new beginning, or it may be that this odd place is exactly his version of heaven (simon are you nutz???!) or not having someone with him 24/7 is simply too terrifying to endure.
in any case he is home..walked in with wagging tail and went straight for his bed. he gave us the “i ain’t leaving here” look as punctuation for his intent. he has wolfed down his dinner because he was too upset before he got home to eat and he chowed down a few spoonfuls of ice cream as a welcome home.
his adoptive mom is heartbroken, she loved simon so much and so wanted him to be happy in his new home. but she still works.
unfortunately, simon is simon, and he has never been shy in communicating exactly how he feels be it with a cuddle, a freak out or a pretty damn hard bite!
today he said…i want to go home, i don’t like being alone.
fine…but please quit trying to bite the tour folks when they mistake you for a poor, little, sweet old dog and try to pet you…you are a stubborn, crusty little old dog who doesn’t like his person or his life to be messed with.
i “get” it.
secretly, i am glad you are home..i was missing mr. prickly.