One of the barn's busiest helpers turned two yesterday. It's Elliot, of course. I found him on petfinder of all things when trying to search out a nordic breed youngster. The search was hard! My application was rejected by two groups until I finally pulled out my BR card. Wow - What an exercise it was in working with rescues. Some can be really snotty! He came from this warm hearted rescue in Idaho and, like a sappy mom, I'm constantly thanking Karen for letting me have him. She'd already received 25 applications for him when I applied.
Elliot's job is to 1) keep me sane 2) remind me what it feels like to have a dog that doesn't attract negative attention and 3) help us socialize the dogs that come through our program. He's done a stunning job on all accounts. I can't explain why he knows how to de-stress dogs. Maybe it's because the sled dogs are closer to their ancestral wolf-y roots, who first developed canine body language? but the cues he offers to scared, sassy and under-socialized dogs are pure genius. Growling dog? Elliot turns his head slightly, yawns and lays down. Stiff body posture? Elliot slowly turns his rump to the worried nose, "Here. Smell me." I really have to peel my jaw off the floor one of these days and get some of his work on video. Here he is working his magic on the worried Nita.
Happy Birthday Elliot, and thanks again kind Universe for sending this dog our way!
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