Our Sweet and Crazy Coonhound ...

Our Sweet and Crazy Coonhound ...
Run Free: birthdate unknown - Oct. 17 2008

Friday, September 12, 2008

The fury of Ike

On Monday, we thought that IKE was going to send my sister, her daughter and the C-A-T to our door, refugees from South Beach in Miami.

This afternoon, we picked up David's mother, who IKE has sent to us as a refugee from Houston. How ironic, to flee a hurricane by flying into another hurricane-infested state.

And now we have a dog issue.
David had to run to pickup the teen-human from cross country practice.

He left his mother alone at the condo with Booker.

Booker was sleeping soundly, on his cushion #2 in the teen-human's bedroom, which is where Mom is staying. She walked quietly into the bedroom -- alone in the house with Booker -- to get something out of her bag.

And Booker started out of his sleep, barked, growled and lunged at her. She was afraid he would bite.

He has completely gotten over his aggression toward my daughter. She is asserting herself and we all are careful to not startle him out of sleep, and to "boss him around" regularly. We have never had a single incident of aggression toward guests. Booker is friendly, playful, hospitable when teenagers invade the house. He is fine with my sister and her daughter. He is polite but aloof with cocktailing friends.

This is troubling. We must not leave her alone with him for at least a few days of acclimatization. She needs to be liberal with the treat jar. And assertive with the commands.

Thank goodness he didn't bite.


The Devil Dog said...

Oh dear. Mom doesn't know what to say. She has never had a problem like that. We hope it gets better for you.


Patience-please said...

We will send positive "recognize the gramma as family" thoughts.

worried wags from the whippets

River said...

It should be better when everyone's there, right? My mom wonders if atmospheric pressure might irritate dogs and make them cranky (like some of her friends). Here we are in north Georgia and all the gas stations are out of gas! It's scary. THAT makes my MOM cranky!

love & wags,

Asta said...

Thanks fow visiting me..it's vewy nice to meet you..I would nevew stawtle you fwom sneep..that's wude..I'm glad no one got huwt..you'we just pwobably confoosed by all the new hoomans awound and the tension evewyone is undew..stay safe
smoochie kisses

Joe Stains said...

Aw Booker we hope you get comfy with her soon, but enjoy all the treats in the interim!