Thursday, August 21, 2008

Scooter's 2nd (or 3rd, or 4th) Big Adventure

This is Scooter. He came to live with us in November 2006 the whole way from Bowling Green, Kentucky, via New York where he was fostered. He had 6 or 7 different transporters, including a 4-day ride in a trailer truck with 3 pit bulls and a Visula. It's no wonder that he won't get in the car (until this past Monday).

Scooter is wondering about all the boxes and paper rustling, and he has no idea that the security of his Fort Collins home is only going to last until September 22, and then he'll be on the road once again. Our move to Mount Juliet, Tennessee, happens when the moving van loads and pulls out on September 23rd.

Scooter is afraid of people, loud noises, fast movements, walking, and riding in a car. Little does he know that he will encounter all of these things when we set out in the car for Mount Juliet. To get him ready, we've had him in desensitization and cross training. I've also experimented with Bach's Rescue Remedy and 1/8 a table of Benadryl when he'd be distaught with our packing noises. Each new box is something for him to investigate and approve. Bach's seems to do a really good job at making him relax without the grogginess he has with Benadryl. After our experience with loosing Paxton from drug complications, we want to stay away from the hard core sedatives.

So, that's where we are today with 33 days and counting to blast off for Tennessee.

1 comment:

Rene said...

Gosh I'm gonna miss you!!! Can you send Larry by himself and stay here with me?