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How do you solve a problem like 'Susie'?

[leave her to sort it out herself]

Being fairly heavily involved with a Dog re-homing Charity, when a Vet asked me to look after a middle aged GSD bitch who had been abandoned at the surgery. Susie was the first GSD that I had actually looked after.

To give her the gentle exercise that she needed, we would take her by car to the local park. Then the night-mare would start. Whenever she saw another dog she would stand on her hind-legs and scream blue murder at it. So our walks were very carefully planned to keep out of sight of other dogs – walking behind bushes and hedges etc.

We were sure that as she was both big and strong we would have difficulty in controlling her if we met another dog.

Then one day our nightmare came to life. We had just got Susie out of the car when another car parked beside us and decanted two Westies, under Susie’s legs !!!!!.

Susie looked down and said ‘You are lovely little people, can I play with you? And then an old black Labrador came on the scene. Susie went up to him, obviously thinking he handsome and asked to walk with him.

I then believed she would be happier in a home with a companion dog,. So now it was time to find her a permanent home. Now when visitor’s came to my home, Susie would greet them politely, then go to her bed and watch what was going on, and if any one talked to her she responded happily.

So when the first person came to offer Susie a home she gave them the routine polite greeting, then to her bed with her back to them and when they tried to talk to her she pointedly refused to take any notice and as for going for a walk ‘ you must be joking, I am not going anywhere with them’. Needless to say the decision was that they did not want that unresponsive ‘ lump’.

After this had happened another three times, I began to think she was going to stop with me for life.

Then the day came when a lady called to see if the re-homing charity had got a Labrador as hers had died, and her other dog was pining. I invited her in and asked her to sit down while I took her details. Susie gave her the routine polite greeting and then sat beside the lady, whose hand came down automatically, to stroke the head and twist the ears etc., when I realised Susie was easing up onto her lap. Next move was positively Feline. She worked her way onto the lady’s chest aand started rubbing her head around the lady’s neck, first one side and then the other and I swear I heard her ‘purr’.

At that point I said to the lady ‘You did want a Labrador didn’t you’. Her answer was ‘I think I’ve been adopted’.