On May 21st I rushed off work, went to a shop to get a grid seperating the boot from the rest of the car (Renault Scenic) then to Ine to pick her and Mischa up and on to the Tierschutzhaus. The paperwork was done in no time and then we went to Orion to take him out of his kennel a last time. He was over-excited as always when he saw me and the carer got a bottle of sparkling wine to celebrate that the dog finally found an owner after at least 8 (!) years in the shelter.
Our next stop was one of the largest pet shopt in the area to get a collar and a lead and food and to change the grid to a larger one, because the first one left too much space for the dog to get through it.
Then we went to Ines place and while Orion explored the new space, Mischa was very worried about the things going on. But it was only a stopover and soon we went on to my place. Orion explored another flat and Mischa seemed deeply worried because he seemed to have lost my attention and his unique position in the family.
May 22nd to May 24th we spent a lot of time in parks near my home and the local dog-zones where dogs can run off the lead. We got to know Orion a little better, Orion had a chance to get used to us and Mischa could work out his position.
On May 23rd we decided to go to Schwarzenbergpark and as Orion reacted rather agressive to some dogs I kept him off the lead but wearing a muzzle. Off course he was attacked or attacked a few dogs and I always went there to grab his harness and pull him out of the danger zone. The little fights were not fair as all the other dogs were off the lead and not wearing a muzzle. At the end of our walk Orion limped a little, but as he always did that when he was tired (he is an old man without stamina) nobody was worried. This should change the next morning.
In the afternoon Ine decided to have a little nap on the floor and two dogs guarded her.
In the evening Pascal returned and Orion had to face two teenagers instead of one.
Monday morning Orion was still limping. His left leg showed no swelling at all and you could examine it as much as you wanted, the dog did not react to it any way. But something certainly was wrong. The usually active dog was not pleased with the situation and Mischa saw his chance to improve his position and attacket Orion who knew he was vulnerable and backed off whimpering.
During a walk in the park Orion tried to attack another dog in the morning and the fast movemet seemed to be too much for his leg/paw. He sat down and cried in agony for about a minute. I could ease him a little but his limping got worse. I called a vet and we'll see her on May 25th to have a closer look. So far nothing can be done, but his limping got a little better thoughout the day.
Around noon another change worried the large dog. Ine and Mischa went home to their flat. Once we returned Orion was calm and quiet but the more time passed, the more Orion went looking for the two. Out on the street he sniffed every woman to see if it was Ine or not.
We used the dog-trailer I have for my bicycle and went to Prater to get Orion used to the trailer and to offer him a walk around a little pond. As Orion likes water he enjoyed it and he was very quiet in the trailer. The sun shinin on his leg warmed it and this seemed to improve his situation a little.
In the evening I left the flat for the first time for 5 minutes to leave Orion alone with the boys he now knew. As I have to work this test should how how he'd react to this situation. He was better than I had expected. Off course, he was worried and ran around whineing but the boys could calm him. When I returned he was obviously over joy to seee me again and the welcome he gave me was great.
So we all survived a thrilling weekend and are about to face the first week.
--- to be continued ---