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Aspen is home, safe and sound

by Heidi on February 7th, 2009
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Back on the 2nd November we brought Aspen home, 12 days later he went AWOL. Today, 85 days after he went missing, we brought him home again.

Aspen - our maremma sheepdog
Aspen - our maremma sheepdog
Oliver introducing himself to Aspen

About a month ago a very nice lady called us to say that she had seen him in a neighbours barn. Then a while after that she contacted us again to say that he had taken to following her and her dog on their daily walks. This morning she called us to say that she had managed to get a chain on him.

In the last month she has learnt a lot about him. Most notably that it seems he is very scared of men; that once he gains confidence he will happily walk along with you, but clip a leash or a chain on him and he pancakes; and that he wont eat more than 4 cups of food a day – 2 for breakfast and 2 for dinner, if he is given more he just doesn’t eat it!

He really is in very good condition, he has a couple of burs in his tail, but otherwise his coat looks great. He isn’t overly skinny, in fact he may have gained weight. He was still wearing the two collars when the lady caught him and she removed one because it seemed quite tight. When we tried to put his harness on, that was loose enough for him to wiggle out of back in November, we had to loosen it for his neck and round his middle.

Needless to say we are very pleased and relieved to have him home. But now the hard work starts. We have been advised that the most important thing is for him to bond with me. So until that happens he will be where I am. For today he is crated so we can be sure of his reaction to the rest of the family and their reaction to him. Right now everyone is within a few feet of each other and sleeping peacefully.

He will stay in the house until we have worked through his fearfulness and we can be sure he wont run away again. With how he reacts to the leash I think we are facing a difficult time. We are hoping that our ‘pack’ will help him adjust and learn to trust us. Please continue to send your positive thoughts to him, and any advice that might help, to us!

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  1. I’m so happy he’s home!! it’s such wonderful news!
    I see he already has a welcoming committee!

    Comment by Emily — February 8, 2009 @ 11:31 am

  2. Hi Heidi

    So pleased that you found him. After all this time – wow. Hopefully see you later this week if its ok. Take care and welcome back Aspen.

    Comment by Karon — February 9, 2009 @ 7:34 am

  3. I’m so happy that he’s home!!! If you need any help at all, just let me know.
    Good luck, stay calm and assertive!! Be a great confident pack leader!! :)

    Comment by Lindsay — February 9, 2009 @ 2:38 pm

  4. Do you have a long lunge line? You can borrow mine if you don’t.

    So glad he’s home!!

    Comment by Cheryl — February 11, 2009 @ 2:16 pm

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