TRex is a little bit of a loose cannon. He has very strict boundaries and should another person or dog cross them, he's pretty much pissed for life. Yesterday a female dog sniffed TRex's private parts and he was FURIOUS. Any time he even got a glimpse of her he'd growl and bark and act like he wanted to attack her. Even if she were 4 yards away! And the thing about TRex, he has a solid memory. If he runs into this dog in a month - he will still be holding that grudge! There was a dog in our group named Dave and I don't know what Dave did to TRex, but man did he ever hate that dog. It was excruciatingly stressful being at the same events together! Thank goodness, Dave was adopted by his foster Mom and I don't have to plan TRex's attendance based on Dave's presence anymore.
|Tina's Mine ALL Mine|
|Cooper is in his Sights|
|Snarly Nose Galore!!|
TRex has been adopted ONCE and he was returned the next morning. Because once the people left the living room, he apparently wouldn't let them back in with his ferocious growling. TRex has NEVER displayed that behavior in my house but for some reason it didn't surprise me. In the almost two years I've had him, nobody has ever been seriously interested in him - except a family with a baby. I knew right away that wouldn't be a good fit. Can you imagine if the kid was playing with a set of keys and TRex remembered the jingle jingle jingling of Cooper's tags???
We have all sorts of ways to calm TRex down. JTK's favorite is what he calls "Treating him like a parrot." If TRex is too annoying or angry, we just get a cover and throw it over him. He just completely settles down and shuts up - it's magic! It's like he has a reverse invisibility cloak over him. :) Another way is to rub both of his ear tips at once. This is a dog whisperer trick and the only dog it's ever worked on is Rex. And one of TRex's favorite things in this world is to have his butt rubbed. I tell you he could be in the middle or thinking about attacking another dog and one butt rub, and he's jelly in your hands.
Speaking of jelly, it's impossible to have anything to snack on in the car if TRex is out of a crate. He has laser focus when it comes to food and ninja skills to swipe it from any unsuspecting human. Yesterday on the way to the adoption event, we stopped at BK and I even bought TRex his own breakfast sandwhich and he still was after ours like an insane man. Why don't I put him in a crate for the ride? ::sigh:: Because the poor guy gets himself so worked up into a frenzy in a crate, I honestly think he might hurt himself. He's already a little nutty - put him in a crate and he becomes a nut with superpowers.
|JTK computing and rubbing TRex's belly at the same time|
|Jingle is TRex's Surrogate Mommy|