A few people have asked me if I could provide weekly updates on how Odin is adjusting to his new life and I’m happy to honor that request!
Since I’m new to all this I didn’t think that weekly updates would be possible because I didn’t know how much progress we would make from week to week or even how much progress Odin needed.
As each week passes though, I’m seeing more and more of the real Odin come out and it’s amazing to watch.
We’ve had a had pretty busy couple of weeks since our last update but I think the most wonderful thing was seeing his eyes soften.
I know many of you have noticed that too!
Instead of having this intense look of fear and uncertainty in his eyes he now has a look of calmness and contentment and that may be the most rewarding thing to happen yet!
A few new things were introduced to him these past few weeks the first being the carting harness.
Since Odin is smaller than Sherman and Leroy I was curious to see if the draft harness would fit him or if I would need to order a new one.
First I had to locate the harness because it’s been several years since we’ve used it and then I had to figure it out…..again.
I didn’t find all the pieces but the main part of the harness does fit.
I’ve decided we won’t be doing any carting this season but hopefully, we’ll be ready for next year.
We worked on jumps a little bit.
Well, not really worked on jumps but Odin did give the cones a try.
I had them set up for Leroy so one day I just moved the bars up a few notches and guided Odin over them.
He didn’t actually jump over them, rather he took really high, uncoordinated steps over them.
He’s very agile and quick which makes me think that agility may be in his future.
I also introduced the grooming table to him.
Odin was at the groomer on a grooming table before he came to us so I knew he was a bit familiar with it.
I brought it outside, set it up, sat on it and then asked him to jump up on it.
He had a little bit of hesitation but eventually, he jumped up on it and then quickly jumped back down.
He did this 3 times.
He likes to jump and sit on things. Lol
I didn’t do any grooming on the table but I’m pretty confident after this that he’ll be fine up there.
Odin saw his first dog on a walk!
I know that Odin doesn’t have an issue with dogs but I still wasn’t sure how he would act when he saw one out on a walk.
We practiced avoidance and crossed to the other side of the road and I kept an eye on Odin’s signals and he did well.
He was excited and happy and I didn’t see any aggression or agitation on his part so that was good!
Odin had his first family party!
My son turned 18 last weekend so we had family over to celebrate.
Odin had met about 1/2 the family already but this was the first time everyone would be together in our home.
There were about 12 people here including a toddler and Odin did great!
He was overwhelmed for sure but he greeted everyone with a happy tail wag and kisses.
He listened well and he had a strong begging game.
I was super impressed with him because I know it was stressful but I couldn’t have been more proud.
Odin made his first Halloween appearance!
Many of you saw his costume earlier in the week and he did wonderful.
I wasn’t sure if Odin would be into dressing up but when I saw the shield in the store I knew it was meant for Odin.
He could do without the helmet and cape but he loves his shield!
Odin has a goofy side and it comes out more and more each day.
He gets the zoomies and he loves belly rubs right in the middle of them!
It’s not super loud snore but it’s a snore for sure.
He also found my side of the bed.
Nicknames we have so far for Odin:
Big O and Odie Boodie. He responds to both.
I think he’s really starting to know and feel comfortable in his new life but there’s still a lot to learn.
He looks forward to every single day and so do I.
But he still refers to me as Jen.
When do you think he’ll call me mom?
p.s I had someone ask if I could share the challenges that I’m facing with adopting for my first Newfoundland so I’ve been really giving that some thought and will have a separate post devoted to that topic next week.