We do find things out about him everyday as he experiences new things. For example, The Husband found out in the middle of class yesterday that Louie might have issues with tall men in white baseball caps when he put up a big ruckus when he saw a tall man in a white baseball cap (although he was wagging his tail through all this a mile a minute)! He has shown some hesitation with men in the past but has never put up a fuss.
We still have not been able to cut his nails. He put up a major fuss at both our regular vet and at the local Pet Smart vet. The technician at Pet Smart has to 2 rescue dogs, a dobie and shepherd, so she knew what we were facing. All they did was bring out the clippers and he went ballistic. His nails are not a huge issue yet so we are taking him for daily walks on the concrete to help keep them trim.
Those of you with rescue pets, don't you wish you knew about your pet's past? We have been carefully watching Louie and how he reacts to things and have pieced together this scenario: He was kept in an outdoor kennel with his dad, while somewhat trained and treated good, he was only played with once a day with a tennis ball and or possibly driven someplace to place with the tennis ball (dog park or field). We don't think he was socialized real well.
Louie is really a good dog, he is learning everyday and becoming more comfortable around people and strange situations. If he would let someone cut his nails he would be close to perfect. Maybe someday, after all we haven't even had him a month!
So far Louie hasn't any more encounters with Gus, but we keep a very close watch. I cleaned Gus's pen today while he roamed the yard (Louie was inside). Here is where Gus lives:
It's 8' x 6' and located in a nice shady part of the yard (has morning sun). He spends most of the day under the bush but I put up the umbrella to provide a little extra shade at midday over his water.
When I put Gus back in his nice clean pen he made a beeline for his bush. I came out a little while later to get a picture and couldn't find him. I had to get down and look hard under the bush but here I found him.
Burrowed under the fresh hay, keepin' cool ....................