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 Well, having carefully documented the first Six Days of Perdy, the experiment has been derailed by my managing to find a mug generous sighthound lover who has no cats, who was prepared to take Perdy in as a foster dog.

So yesterday I went over to sort out the official home visit and took Perdy with me.  She seemed to like it, so today I took her out for a long walk with new fosterer and her dogs, and then sadly handed her over.  I have to admit it's a lot more relaxing to just be able to wander around the house without worrying about where she is, and I think Rosie will be more relaxed without her too.

Here are two photos of progress on Friday.  Stealing cat biscuits right next to Henning

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Yesterday I got back from the home visit and Perdy was able to be calm enough to snooze under the desk while Footie cat was on top of it.

But here you can see why I really thought Perdy would be happier in a cat free home.  She's trying *so* hard here (you can just see Henning behind her on the cat tree, and Footie is nearby too).  But she just doesn't understand, and it's stressing her out that there are these bark-target cats that she's not allowed to yell at, that just don't get *scared* the way cats are supposed to do.  They are weird freaky brave cats! It's just wrong!  
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I might have got her there in the end, but honestly, given a good alternative I think she's better off not trying.


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I can't decide if Brythen misses her or if he's just a tiny bit relieved to be able to properly relax again...
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lindahoyland
16th Feb, 2015 00:05 (UTC)
I'm sure you have done the right thing.
bunn
16th Feb, 2015 09:43 (UTC)
Rehoming them is always hard, and I felt bad about this one because it's not a forever home. But I do think she'll be more relaxed there.
huinare
16th Feb, 2015 00:43 (UTC)
I hope Perdy will be very happy with her new people.
bunn
16th Feb, 2015 09:44 (UTC)
Well, so far so good - I got an email saying she was upside down on the sofa!
puddleshark
16th Feb, 2015 11:59 (UTC)
It does sound like the right thing for her - if the presence of cats is still stressing her out. Hope she settles in with the new fosterers really quickly.
bunn
16th Feb, 2015 13:34 (UTC)
The cat training thing I think was worth the effort when the only available alternative was kennels (and they had tried pretty hard to find someone else to take her). Kennels is pretty stressful in itself.

Also, she had been described as dog aggressive, and I was able at least to demonstrate that was not the case, she's a bit reactive on lead, but really just frustrated and wanting to play and have a good run.

However, a foster home with other friendly dogs and no cats is definitely better than I could offer, so I'm really pleased to have found one!
ladyofastolat
16th Feb, 2015 13:13 (UTC)
When your updates stopped at Day Six, I did wonder if she'd enthusiastically boinged you down a mine shaft, or something.

That picture of her being stressed by cats caused quite a double take last night, when I was walking past Pellinor's room and saw it from a distance on the screen. My poor little brain saw the big Perdy head as growing out of the tiny Rosie body on the left, and it looked scary and freaky and confusing and WRONG.

Hope she's happy in her new cat-free home!
bunn
16th Feb, 2015 13:28 (UTC)
Oh, well that was rather boringly just because last week was a busy work week and annoyingly, I dropped my camera and broke a lens, so I didn't have photos to post, or time to post them.

Six days of posting updates every day turned out to be my limit!
alitheapipkin
16th Feb, 2015 17:01 (UTC)
Sounds like the best thing all round, but also like you did some valuable work with her :)
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