"Maladive attachée," said Bernard when we picked up the dogs last week. This trip, Loki never settled down. Bernard had many dogs this time and apparently, Loki plays really well with the big dogs, but when he wasn't playing, he was barking, crying or trying to escape.
"I don't know any kennel who will take him," Bernard added. "He's sickly attached to you and cries constantly." Part of me wonders if Loki hasn't learned that since I eventually come for him, he just decides to make everyone's life miserable until then. The funny thing is, it isn't me specifically he's attached to. Loki likes us fine, but his anxiety has more to do with a profound (and I mean profound) pack drive. He never experiences this anxiety when we leave the house, but he still gets a bit wound up, for example, when I go or Mr. Wild Dingo goes into a store downtown while the other holds his leash. While it's awesome to walk a dog like this off-leash, as he even keeps tabs on Juno for us, I'd much rather have him calmer.
While Bernard did say he would take Loki again, Mr. Wild Dingo and I already decided to put him back on Shen Calmer, a specific set of Chinese herbs that "cools" the shen in an anxious animal. Loki was on it for several months before coming to Switzerland and I weaned him off slowly when we got here. I'm also going to try adding a mix of Valarian Root and Skull cap I found from an online store I regularly order from in the UK, and use it for any of his singular occasions of high anxiety.
For the most part, Loki's adjusted very well, for who he is---a nutter. And I have no doubt that he'll get used to being kenneled and the herbs will help. But it won't be easy on any of us. Especially poor Bernard.
And if that doesn't work, there's always Nurse Diesel.
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