This time last week Rook was at the Malamute Rescue facility in Staunton, VA. He came to DC in the afternoon last Monday. Just a recap of events….
- Rook is adjusting to the noises of a “big city.” He is still very intrigued by buses that go by, but is no longer startled. He still does not like construction zones, so we will try to avoid those, though in DC, that is hard to do 🙂
- Rook has learned that it is fun to chase cats, squirrels, and rats. I doubt he has seen many rats with his previous owner, but he certainly is up for chasing them. One minute you think he is marking a tree and the next thing you know he is lunging for a rat you see scurry across the street. While I think most will agree that cats and squirrels should not lose their life to a dog, I doubt anyone would complain if there were a few less rats around DC.
- Rook is very attached to Patrick who has taken the “Daddy” role. No surprise since Rook is able to go to work with Patrick. “Mommy” does help out and has the respect of Rook. I have come to recognize the signs of exerting dominance and will be sure to fight for Alpha status if necessary.
- Eating and drinking. He does love to drink often to be sure he has some liquid to use for marking, but he is still adjusting to his new home and does not scarf down his food as soon as you put it down as most dogs do. At first I thought it was just me, but when Patrick put the food down this morning and he did not eat it, I was a bit relieved. “Daddy” may be a chef, but “Mommy” can hold her own as long as it requires a Microwave or pot of boiling water. 🙂 He eventually does eat his food later in the day. I hope he is not worried about his figure like the anorexic purging celebrities!
- Watering hole dried up? Very funny to see this and I will have to catch it on video again if I can reproduce it. We normally keep the bathroom door closed. I opened the door the other day to get ready for work and the next thing I knew, Rook was sitting in front of the toilet, staring at it. I thought…what an odd behavior. Perhaps we can train him to use the toilet? LOL. Next I saw him sniffing around the lid and then it struck me….does he want to drink from it? YUCK! Rook was probably hoping that if he sits nicely and looks at it that it will automatically open. I went to check his water bowl and sure enough it was empty. I put water in his bowl and he came over and started drinking. I thought this was very funny. While the toilet is not some place I will be drinking from, Rook certainly knew where to go if his water dish was empty. 🙂
All jokes aside, Rook as been a wonderful addition to our family. He is very energetic when we take him for walks and gets very excited when we are about to go out. At night he chills on his chair. He sleeps most of the night without any issues and if he needs to use the bathroom, will gently nudge us to get up. We did have to leave him alone for several hours yesterday and while he whined as we each left, he did not destroy the apartment which is very good 🙂
More to follow…. I have more pictures to post later today.