Richard, the first three days

3 Nov

I saw Richard for the first time as I pulled into the parking lot of the Wilsonville Petsmart on Saturday. He was walking on the sidewalk with one of the volunteers who had driven to and from Bend, a six hour round trip, to pick him up and hand him over to me.

What struck me first was his size – he is double the size Lucy was! I was also relieved to see that his skin wasn’t as bad as I feared. Oh, it’s bad, but his treatment seems to be working.

He greeted me happily when I got out of the car and came over to say hello. He just rolled with it when he was put in another strange car (mine). He settled into the back and was calm on the drive home. Arriving home, I got the parking spot right in front of my place. When Richard got out of the car, he went straight up the stairs as if he knew this was his new home.

He peed in the house once on Saturday.

Fortunately, I am learning to read his signs and there have been no accidents. There have been lots of walks. In Saturday, we just walked around the block in each direction. Sunday, we took a walk to Laurelhurst Park and Richard was like a kid in the candy store. Squirrels! Dog friends! Smells! His enthusiasm was infectious.

Yesterday, was the real test: would he disrupt my classes. Of course he didn’t! I took him on a long walk at lunch so he slept through most of them. He barked once during my last class – that’s his sign that it is almost time for dinner – then settled down after some snuggles.

Yes, Richard seems to be settling in.

14 Responses to “Richard, the first three days”

  1. glenda funk November 3, 2020 at 6:40 am #

    Aw, I’m glad Richard is doing so well. He’s a cut pup. 🥰

  2. Diane Cherry November 3, 2020 at 7:28 am #

    Oh🤗. I think he has found the perfect foster mommy. Maybe forever mommy? Here is a short video of our new “grand puppy.” Nathan and Andie got her Saturday. Her name is Remi, an aspirational name based in the Greek word for calm (iremía).

    Hope you are doing ok. We gave a news blackout in our house until tomorrow morning. Sean can’t stand the stress of his fear that we might have the same President! Diane

    Sent from Diane’s iPhone

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  3. energylibrarina November 3, 2020 at 7:40 am #

    Really sweet pics, Adrienne. Congratulations on your new friend!
    Cathie Padgett
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  4. arjeha November 3, 2020 at 7:48 am #

    What a handsome fella. I am so happy for both Richard and you. Glad he has settled in comfortably.

  5. Anonymous November 3, 2020 at 7:51 am #

    Big boy!

    • Adrienne November 3, 2020 at 8:00 am #

      He is!

  6. Beth Bilson November 3, 2020 at 7:58 am #

    Oh Truman and I are very happy that Richard is making himself at home and that you have some really handsome company on your walks. Truman says you might even have a class clown in the making…………..Beth & Truman

    • Adrienne November 3, 2020 at 8:00 am #

      Richard is definitely a funny boy. And. snuggler.

  7. Bill Armstrong November 3, 2020 at 8:26 am #

    I’m so happy for both of you. Of course Richard won’t replace any who came before him, but I’m sure they all had a paw in sending him to you. Love the pictures, thanks for sharing.

  8. Writing to Learn, Learning to Write November 3, 2020 at 1:05 pm #

    Welcome to Richard!

  9. Lisa Corbett November 3, 2020 at 5:04 pm #

    He looks so comfortable! Do you ever have two dogs at the same time? I can see how fostering a dog like him would be rewarding. I have told my kids that if we get it dog it will be a nice, old, calm dog!

    • Adrienne November 3, 2020 at 5:12 pm #

      I had two dogs for years. Lucy was not fond of others so she was the first dog I had as an only. Older dogs are great.

  10. onathought November 3, 2020 at 7:34 pm #

    Oh my goodness. Of course he didn’t interrupt! Such a sweetie! So cozy.

  11. Debra Marshall November 4, 2020 at 7:47 am #

    Richard is beautiful and so lucky to have landed with you. He looks so content. I’m happy for you and Richard!

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