Furry Family

24 Hours Later…

Maverick: His Petfinder Photo

Maverick Kodi’s Saga, continued…

24 hours later we know:

  • His name is not Maverick (his shelter name), nor Woody (which was his original name). His name is Kodi ! (although I have been informed there is dissent in the ranks… ie. Rhiannon thinks Kodi is too All-American & he needs an exotic & unique name.)
  • He has a serious need for leash training. We have a Halti, otherwise called a Gentle Leader. He hates it. Too bad.
  • Sadly for him, Kodi’s previous life did not include things like stairs, mirrors, tv, toys, or even bones.
  • Happily for him, Kodi’s new life includes all of those, and much more – a loving home.
  • He really loves Kasha. Really, really loves Kasha – in the way only unaltered boy-dogs can love a female dog.
  • Kasha really loves Kodi. Even though she was spayed, and then re-spayed when she continued to go into heat, she may be releasing bitch-in-heat pheromones. Sometimes, females will re-grow some ovarian tissue after a spay. The “second spay” was to look for it, but they were unsuccessful in finding it.
  • Kasha is tremendously tempting to Kodi, driving him slightly insane with the innate drive to breed. But Kasha will not allow that. She’s had to tell him there will be no puppies for him. Many times. Glad he’s set to be neutered next week!
  • Kodi seemed like such a huge dog at the shelter, but it’s really that his head shape is just very different from what we are used to – long muzzled German Shepherds or GSD-mixes. Next to Kasha, who is over 100#, he is not so big after all.
  • I never thought I’d sort-of provoke dog on dog assertiveness, but when Kodi’s overly excited, hyper-stimulated brain had him whining and barking just about constantly over his desire for Kasha, I needed her to gain his utmost respect. So I gave her back her “babies,” the soft toys she keeps on the porch, and is very protective of. She’s even snapped (without contact) at the cat over her babies. Kodi got a much-needed lesson, with no harm done – I knew there would be no harm, or I wouldn’t have allowed it. Now she just has to curl her lip.
  • Kodi loves to be brushed, and we quickly relieved him of a pillowcase worth of golden fluff. I suspect this was his baby winter-coat. He’s much blacker through the body now. He’s supposed to be about a year old. His teeth are very young-dog white.
  • Underneath all that golden-fluff is really a pretty skinny dog. With a big head. I think he has quite a bit of filling in to do, and won’t be surprised if he grows another inch or two taller. He’s at least two inches shorter than Kasha, and much shorter through the body.
  • I love the way he wiggles his non-existant tail. His fur grows into a slight point at the end of his back, giving the illusion of a stump. He tries to wag his tail, and the fur wiggles in the most adorable way!
  • He’s very cat-respectful. Interested, would like to sniff, but not prey-drive interested. Thank the gods!
  • Hyper-stimulated, overly excited, learning about so many new things and new people, and just released from the shelter, dogs can be very hard to get to sleep. He was awake until 3AM. I was ready to go to sleep at midnight. He was up again at 7AM, briefly, but then finally gave in to his exhaustion and slept soundly until 1:30PM. So did I!
  • He gives most excellent good morning (or, good afternoon) greetings! Flopping down in my lap, big kisses, cuddles and snuggles galore!
  • Kodi is very smart. It doesn’t take him long to learn what’s expected of him. Or to learn that it’s much cooler in the house than it is outside, and therefore inside is the place to be.
  • I thought Kasha had a big-dog bark. At 100#, she ought to! But wow, Kodi’s bark is much, much more intimidating. So far his barking has been confined to complaining that Kasha’s rejecting his advances. Once he learns that this is home, I suspect he will greet visitors, or intruders, with that bark, and they will high-tail it the other way as fast as they can. He was a big sweetheart in the shelter, gentle with kids walking through, interested in greeting everybody without any aggression.

All in all, while it has not been an easy 24 hours, the dog that’s laying contentedly in the hallway now is a far cry from the wound up, confused, anxious dog we brought home yesterday. I think all will be well, once he’s become acclimated to how things work around here, our schedules, the pack dynamics… and gets neutered.

2 thoughts on “24 Hours Later…”

  1. Oh it sounds like he knows that he is at home! And what a loving and perfect home that it is! I found the story about Kasha’s spay(s) interesting from a medical standpoint, as she still keeps and is protective of her “babies”-sounds like she definitely has some hormonal behavior going there-and poor Cody! On a different note, our last adopted cat (not the newer kitten) did not have stairs in her house either-and she would not go up or down them for a long time, and when carried would actually hug/hold on to the person carrying her, and hide her face during the trip-with shaking of course! I am so glad that you found a new member for your pack! It sounds like her will be a happy and loving/loved addition, although I may be a bit on Rhia’s side when it comes to the name….


    1. Dawn, apparently it’s pretty common for the ovarian tissue to either regrow, and it can appear just about anywhere in the abdominal cavity from what I read, or for a little bitty piece to be missed during the spay, especially when done very young. We got her from the Richmond ASPCA when she was about 8 months old, and had been shaved by them to prep for spay surgery, but then I guess they saw a little something that made them think she’d already been spayed.
      When she went into heat after we got her, we let it go on for a while, then decided maybe they had been incorrect in assuming she’d been spayed, and in fact she wasn’t. So we took her to the spay/neuter clinic up here. They shaved her down, saw no scar, and went in to find she had in fact been spayed already. They then spent 1.5 hours, with 2 vets, sorting through her innards looking for the ovarian tissue causing the problem, but no luck.
      She developed Lyme right after the surgery, so I think it dampened her immune system enough to let it get a foothold – dogs can often fight it off on their own.

      Interestingly, the spay/neuter contract we got from the shelter with Cody states all animals will be given a small tattoo on their belly so there will be an easy way to tell if a dog has been altered or not. Makes me wonder if it was always that way, or if that was a change that happened after Kasha’s experience, because it’s being done at the same place, the Shenandoah Valley Spay/Neuter Clinic. They work with rescue groups as well as shelters and run a little van up daily to pick up groups of dogs & cats. They didn’t charge us for doing all that surgery on Kasha because they said they hadn’t actually spayed her – and they knew our money was very tight.

      Cody is doing very well, a beautiful unfolding of his spirit as he shows us new aspects of his personality every day. Love this dog. A lot.


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