I have an imposter basenji on my hands.
Two days ago my sister babysat Kipawa. I didn't want him in his crate with his 'cone of shame' on, required after his neuter surgery. But my sis left an imposter basenji behind when we got back home.
Yesterday, my husband and I went to pick up his van (it needed repairs). So I took the cone of shame off and brought the dog we thought was Kipawa with us to get the van.
The imposter dog was super well behaved as we walked into the body shop and the service area, with lots of cars all around. He did sit/stay perfectly. People were petting him, both the workers and people sitting in the reception area waiting for their cars. He did not jump up on any them. He was the epitome of a pet therapy dog (that's what we are working towards).
Then Darrel drove his van back home and I took the imposter dog to Canadian Tire, a hardware store. The aisles were really narrow, but the imposter dog navigated them perfectly and didn't try to grab anything off the shelves while I looked for black hockey tape and found a bin to store dog food in and a small mat I need when I take MY dog to his next training classes starting on August 23.
Then I had to get something from the drug store. The imposter dog came with me in there and stayed right beside me, no pulling on the leash. No jumping up on people. Hmmmm. He sat quietly while a few people asked me about what kind of therapy he was going to be doing. I told them MY dog was going to work at the GF Strong Rehab hospital and ultimately it would be lovely if he could do some work at The Children's Hospital. That last venue really impressed people, and as the imposter dog sat nicely, the people pet him and said how cute he was. The sales associates at the cosmetic area asked if I would be keeping this dog, as PADS/therapy dogs are usually trained and then given to someone else. I told them we were keeping this dog, but in my head I was thinking "we'll be keeping Kipawa but not this imposter dog".
Then we headed home and the imposter dog laid on the front seat and rested. He is still being INCREDIBLY well behaved. I will eventually call my sister on this prank she has played on me, and we will get Kipawa back.
Seriously, could having this cone on his head be calming him? He only licked his little man area a bit yesterday, but enough that I needed to put the cone back on. And what kind of a reduction of hormones, if any, would I/could I be seeing this early?