Thursday, February 19, 2009

Scout - an update


You might remember Scout, the orphan girl who came to live with us a few weeks ago. Here's how she's doing.

Scout has energy. When she sleeps, which is rare, you can hear the spring winding. She knows she's not supposed to jump up on someone she likes, and she likes everyone, but she gets so excited she can't help herself.

These pictures were taken after I'd told her to sit and stay.

We have work to do.

Duncan, the old boy, resisted her charms for the first few days, but now seems to like wrestling and playing tug of war. But he wears out sooner. Hell, everyone wears out sooner.

They like to race around the yard, knocking over patio furniture and the grill. It's like having two five-year-old boys living in oour house.


Scout's quirks have surfaced. She's terrified of traffic. While walking her last week, a car approached, she tore the leash out of my hand and raced all the way home, going so fast that when the leash's handle wedged under a car tire, she snapped the line.

Yesterday we found out that she hates rain. I can't wait to see how she does with thunder.

But, all in all, these are minor problems. Aside from chewing the cord off the mouse, pulling everything out of the recycle bin, waking us up at five, eating charcoal and then throwing it up on the bed, she's been great.

She likes to nip at my fingers with a clomp clomp. That's earned her the name Gator Girl. I think she likes it.

And we like her. When she's sweet, she's sugar sweet.

I'm taking care of a sick Jenny today and Scout follows me around the house, happy that I'm home on a weekday.

8 comments:

JD Rhoades said...

Makes me realize how much I miss having a dog around.

Jeff Shelby said...

I threw up charcoal on my parents bed once. They kept me, too. And I think we can all agree, I turned out great...

Joe Saundercook said...

No matter how dark my day is, there is nothing better than a good rags-to-riches dog story to pick me back up!

Chris Cannon said...

Dogs. Good. As are you, sir. Hope Jenny is feeling better.

norby said...

Eventually, some dogs learn to sit up very straight when the camera comes out.

As for the fear of the rain, if she doesn't relax over time as she becomes accustomed to your home, talk to your vet, he/she can give you a mild drug to give Scout when you know bad weather is coming to help keep her calm. Assuming that her behavior is bad enough to warrant medication.

She is adorable, glad Duncan has warmed up to her, I figured he would...

Beneath the Carolina Moon said...

Ah there is a light in the dark planet!

charlie stella said...

Scout 3 x's ... cane bella, cane bella, cane bella ...

Anonymous said...

Dogs show us the closest thing to God's unconditional grace that we can know this side of the veil...