Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Reagan

Confession...Reagan does not live with us anymore. I honestly was not going to post about it figuring the readers would forget about her eventually. But she is doing so awesome and has found her place to really shine. I just have to blog about it.
Long time readers will remember that I adopted Reagan straight off the farm as a 10 month old pup back in 2008. She was extremely talented in agility, but her career was cut short because she became terrified of my van that stem from noise sensitivities and phobias. As you know, I tried everything from counter conditioning with a Manners Minder, to insulating the van to reduce noise, medication, consulted a behaviorist from Tufts University, and considered selling the van, but then she showed the tendency towards other vehicles. It was just not to be. Unfortunately, that meant no more trips to the training field or to competitions. No more hikes or weekend trips. She would hide from me when I started to prep the dogs for an outing.
At the time, that was okay. My husband had three senior greyhounds that stayed home with Reagan. Stephen drove a vehicle that was more acceptable (she still would shake and hunker down, but at least she would jump in willingly) and he would take the four dogs to a hiking spot 10 minutes from our house.
Over the summer, Stephen lost his last two greyhounds, Stacker and Allie. Suddenly, Reagan was home alone... A LOT. After work and on the weekends, Riley, Seven, and Maddie load up into my van and we go hiking, training, or competing almost every single day so Reagan sat home missing all of the activity and fun!
Well, my awesome friend, Stefanie, and her husband, Tom, often babysat Reagan when I was away at agility trials. Stefanie often joked about us not picking Reagan up. "Reagan who? There is no Reagan here." I finally asked one day... "You are joking, right?" She said no. So after some discussion with our husbands, I did not pick up Reagan the last time.
And it has been great! We all knew that Reagan fit in well at their house and got along well with their greyhound, Wilson, but I think none of us had any idea how great of a fit she would be for them and vice versus.
For one, Reagan has Wilson as a companion and never has to be alone, but I think it has become evident that her personality really comes through in a smaller group. In a larger group at my house, Reagan did not play with toys and she was protective of her space, often growling at the others. Now she plays with toys and is silly and goofy. She is also allowed on the furniture and she has become quite the cuddle bug.
Reagan gets to take walks around the neighborhood, but Stef also drives a vehicle that Reagan finds bearable and takes her to the barn she boards her horses at. Stef had been hesitant to get a 2nd greyhound because she wanted a dog that could hang out when she fed the horses. The pastures are fenced, but it is 40 acres and a lot of space to not have control over a dog that explores and tests fence lines. Well, Reagan is not very prey driven, sticks close to Stefanie, and happens to be extremely well trained. Reagan pretty much follows Stefanie around the farm as she does her chores and gallops a couple of loops in the pastures.
Stef also has some agility equipment in her backyard so it is very cool that Reagan gets to practice some of what I taught her and that someone has fun and use for her training.  Sometimes we still get together so I can show Stef what Reagan knows.  Probably time for another session, Stef!
So that is a glimpse of Reagan's new life. I still get to see Reagan on a regular basis. She comes back to my home when Stefanie and Tom are out of town and Stefanie and I hike with all of our hounds a couple of times a month. Plus Stef regularly texts me funny stories and pictures. I am just so thrilled for her new life!

Thank you, Stef and Tom, for loving Reagan so much!

17 comments:

jet said...

that is great for Reagan!!!

gyeong said...

Awesome! Reagan looks so happy. So many times we've had dogs returned to our group b/c they didn't fit in, and shine in their next home. A few times that been my own home.

greyhoundtails said...

I'm glad Reagan is okay. I was wondering what she was getting up to with the other two hounds gone. I'm glad you have found a good spot for her that she can enjoy her life and actually do things with another hound by her side.

Team Zero Gravity said...

Jen,
Kudos to you for doing that was best for Reagan. I'm so happy that she is thriving in her home with Stefanie and Tom. It could not have worked out better.

Mad Red Hare said...

I was wondering about her a couple of times. How awesome that she is a happy and content girl. Loving something/someone means doing what is best for them. From the looks of it, she is one damn happy girl!

Greyhounds CAN Sit said...

Absolutely fantastic! I too had wondered about her and it's awesome she's found her own place to shine :) A happy ending for everyone.

newdrim@gmail.com said...

This brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful, beautiful story! I remember seeing Reagan on video for the first time and how impressed I was with her enthusiasm for agility. We should all be so lucky as to find a life that we fit right in.

houndstooth said...

It sounds like a great place for Reagan! I'm really happy for her to find a place where she can be so happy!

Hazel said...

I think it's neat that you didn't have to make the decision and then search for a new home: it developed naturally! Good job Jen and Reagan!

Claire Krigbaum said...

How wonderful for Reagan!

Janette Ash said...

Love a happy ending story, so really she has just moved in with Aunti Stef and Uncle Tom...

wildwind shores said...

Hi Jennifer, I was just wondering at what age Regan was spayed, as I've been reading about noise fear in adult dogs and early sterilisation. Many thanks, Ann

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Thanks for all the lovely comments!

Ann, Reagan was spayed a little after 26 months and had not yet had a season, but her phobic tendencies had already started a year prior. I avoided early spay for orthopedic reasons, but never heard of in relation to noise fear. Fascinating! With Maddie, I am waiting until after she goes into season which could be at anytime in the next 12 months.

Gloria Sanders said...

Awesome win/win!

What Remains Now said...

I am so happy for Reagan! I love the pictures of her and Wilson. They look like the perfect team.

Michelle said...

How awesome for Reagan!

Hawkeye BrownDog said...

Hi Y'all!

Oh what a wonderful story!

Y'all come by now,
Hawk aka BrownDog