Mal rescue friend is in northern CA, I'm in GA.
Vet - I have a call into them. She's such a great dog that I'd be okay keeping her here until she finds the right place. Tested her with a neighbor's senior golden this morning and Z was incredibly polite - even submissive. She's good with young kids, but is a bit hyper and may accidentally knock them over. Haven't tested her with small dogs or cats.
She's learned to unscrew a kibble dispensing toy. She didn't know Down, Stay, or Wait when she got here, but she's doing REALLY well with them now. She will exfoliate your face with kisses and thinks she's a lap dog. LOVES to bring you her toys. Rides great. Crates beautifully. No food aggression at all. Great ball drive - and we're working on impulse control and getting her to bring the ball back and drop it. She loves to work. She's really a great dog. If this trainer gives me the run around one more time, I know this girl is worthy of a great, active home. She still needs work on basic obedience, but she's a baby Einstein.
I worry a little that the trainer is thinking about abandoning her, but hubby thinks she's just an idiot and a flake. The math and training doesn't seem to add up on Z based on her age. She says she's trained Z. When? The last guy had her for 14 months according to vet records. Z is 2, according to the trainer. Before the last guy had her, someone else owned her for 6 months. That would mean she had her - at best - from 8 weeks to 4 months. But the other day, she slipped and said someone ELSE had her before SHE did. Hmmm.
She bugged me about Z, telling me another woman was chomping at the bit and wanted her - very anxious. Now, Z won't get to go to this other new woman for two more weeks AFTER next Tuesday, and then THAT woman is going to find her a different home.
And she's worried I'LL screw Z up?
Now, perhaps this woman is simply ADD and a REALLY bad communicator, but it seems I keep getting new bits of info all the time. She's scary. Downright scary and I can't wait to be done with her. How the heck is my vet friends with this woman? She told me that my vet said (hearsay? more bully tactics?) that as a pup, Ronan was the most out of control, aggressive puppy the clinic had ever seen. Really? Yes, he was out of control. Aggressive? No. I've never had my vet tell me this in all the years I've been going. I suspect embellishment, but whatever.
This woman tried to make me feel bad about Ronan, but this AND what's going on with Z makes me livid (hence my rants). You guys understand. Thanks for being the therapist here and letting me get out my frustration. Neither Ronan nor Z need to sense what I'm feeling about now.