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10 July 2013 @ 10:50 am
My new guy  
This is Sammy, my newly adopted six year old rescue. He is a little sweetie, housebroken, smart, and playful.

He's got an odd behavior that my previous BTs didn't share - he seems obsessive over the bed that came with him. He drags it from room to room and suckles on it constantly. Occasionally he'll hump it a bit (he is neutered). I emphasize constantly - when he isn't playing with us, he's nursing on the side of his bed. I'm assuming he's comforting himself, maybe missing his other peoples.

Feedback, please?
Sammy
 
 
I am feeling: confusedconfused
 
 
 
Nancieeicnan on July 10th, 2013 12:54 pm (UTC)
I'm guessing it's a security thing. Maybe he was crate trainged before and he's hanging on to it for his secure place? If he wasn't crate trained prior maybe being a rescue he's just hanging on to that as his steady item? The humping might be a dominance thing to say to the bed I'm the boss, sort of an insecurity over his changes. I wouldn't worry about it much unless you've had him for awhile and he's still doing it.

My best bet is it's just nerves. That's the one thing he had prior to coming to you and he feels more secure with it.
vix: paw in the Bowl Cam from Puppy Bowl 2006vix on July 10th, 2013 10:06 pm (UTC)
I can't speak from experience but I'd guess it is a security thing like eicnan said. Eventually I imagine he'll give it up, but in the meantime, I'd indulge it as long as he needs it until he starts feeling more comfortable. ADORABLE little guy, btw!
M to the Jmessyjessy on July 10th, 2013 10:52 pm (UTC)
I rescued Casey Jones over 6 years ago and he's always sucked on something. He was about 2 when I rescued him. I thought he may out grow it, but he never has. In fact, he's currently laying in the middle of the living room floor and sucking on his red blanket.
frogsmomfrogsmom on July 11th, 2013 07:47 am (UTC)
OMG!
I adopted Fidget in April- she is estimated about 3 years old.
She stole one of our kids' stuffed animals- a large cheetah- and carried it around like you describe with sammy-
she does this 'nursing' thing- she looks like a kitten- suck-suck-suck and knead with her front paws.
she would occasionally hump it too- and it was always with her.
our pit bull- who loves all toys- wouldn't touch it! i think she was grossed out! lol!

Fidget has since gutted it, and has been sucking on other stuffed toys here and there.
we thought she was just broken- but maybe it's a boston behavior? she's our first...

(and congrats!! he's CUTE!)
adoptdontshopadoptdontshop on August 21st, 2013 06:27 pm (UTC)
Poor Thing :(
Awww....poor baby :( Where did you get him?