|Ryan's immediate family. I can't count that high.|
Don't let the girly pink coat fool you. Dobby is a beast.
When we adopted her, the shelter didn't have a ton of information about her past -
just that she was picked up off the street somewhere in South Central.
If you're not familiar, it's an area of LA with a pretty bad reputation.
But from the moment we met her, Dobbs was super affectionate.
She loves cuddling, so much so that if I'm sitting on the couch with my laptop
in my lap, every single time she'll nose her way onto my lap, so that I have to move
to computer to make room for her. She snuggles with us in bed, she loves Yoshi...
she's just generally a pretty big sweetheart.
But she also has a fierce protective streak, and she's especially protective of Ryan.
If she's laying with him and I try to pick her up, she'll growl at me.
And she really freaks out if anyone comes to the front door.
Dobby met my mom for the first time over Christmas break and she loved her right away.
She remembered my dad and brother, and all was well,
until my Aunt and Uncle arrived to stay the night on Christmas Eve.
Our normal protocol when someone comes into our house is to hold Dobby for a few minutes
until she calms down enough to meet them. That's what we tried at first, but she
just wouldn't stop barking and growling.
Finally, with my dad and Uncle sitting in the living room and Dobby being mostly
quiet, we let her go - and she made a beeline for my Uncle
and bit him in the arm.
Easily one of the most embarrassing and awkward situations we've experienced lately.
It was just a small bite, but we felt so bad.
And on top of that, we didn't understand it. My uncle likes dogs. And he didn't provoke Dobby.
For the rest of the time we were in Mexico, Dobby was inconsolable any time
there were visitors at my parents' house (don't worry, this time Dobby was firmly leashed).
We tried punishing her with "time outs" when she barked or snapped,
but it didn't seem to help.
We assume some of her protective instincts and the fact that she's so easily startled
stems from bad things that may have happened in her past,
but of course we can't know for sure.
She's a stinky little handful and we're working to try to train her
(tips are welcome!) but we can't help but love that furry lady...
problems and all.