Maybe it's because of the Nolichuckey Bluffs location, or maybe it's because people know I am a sucker for animals, but rescuing dogs happens here. The count is 5 rescued and rehomed so far. Two have gone to cabin guests who came to breakfast morning one determined NOT to take a doggie. Then on their final day, doggie was in the car as they drove away from Nolichuckey Bluffs. LOVE LOVE LOVE
Nola is amazing with each of these rescued creatures. I can see her head spinning when an eager misbehaving new dog comes along. "Oh dear....here we go again .... something's going to get destroyed .... trouble's coming."
She puts up with the rough play. Demonstrates to the new doggies what commands mean. "Go potty!" Poor Nola does her best to squat and dribble repeatedly until the new doggie gets the point.
She comforts quickly the first time doggies race after a squirrel in front of the golf cart only to connect with the wheels. VetCare doesn't even ask questions when I call. LOL
The last doggie was a strong willed shepherd mix. Younger and stronger than Nola and very very rambunctious. Nola, ever submissive, didn't appear to want to take on this young whipper snapper and kept her distance.
And then it happened.
Three weeks into the rescue after a long romp in the park and with the new doggie on the leash and Nola not, it happened. Nola came at the doggie full force and made it known SHE was the alpha dog.
Suddenly the two were best of buddies.
When something is coming at you full force, and you know you can't defeat it, step away. Wait until it's contained ... a clear boundary set ... and then face it full on, with all you've got. The forces will align, and tranquility returns.
Written by Pam Sadler & Illustrated by Brian Konutko