I went to pick up Moose at the shelter just after 6 PM. It took about twenty minutes for shelter staff to put a leash on him, and then another thirty minutes to get him in the car. He wouldn’t go in, so we pulled the leash into a 48 F trap and then loaded the trap in. I drove him an hour away to a nice home in the woods in Fall City. Once we got there, Moose was still very upset, and he wouldn’t let me put the GPS collar on him for another hour. I wanted to put a harness on him, but that just wasn’t going to happen.
I finally got the GPS collar on him, and got two leashes on. I took him out of the car, and his first thought was to run off into the woods and hide. I walked him around the driveway and the yard, in big loops, and tried to get him closer to his very nice foster lady. Moose drank a little water that she offered, but he wasn’t taking any treats. I couldn’t get him into a crate or into the house. They had a large outdoor kennel, but I couldn’t get him down the narrow path to get in there. Finally, I was able to walk him into the garage and close the door. I spent another 90 minutes trying to calm him down in the garage and get him in the house. After three hours, I really had to get home to my dogs, so we left him in the garage to relax.
After I left, the foster reported that Moose came into the house eventually, and seemed to be settling down. Moose shows all the signs of being a high risk for escaping, and I’m glad we have the GPS tracker on him. Although, if he does break free and run into the woods, he could be very hard to catch. He won’t go into a regular trap again. We would need to bring out the extra large kennel trap, and even then it could be a challenge.
Moose is acting like Viktor did. Moose will let me pet him. He even sat on my foot, which made me feel better, like he was accepting me. He really seems set on running away, like Viktor was at first. Three years later, I think Viktor has accepted his new family and wouldn’t run off if I dropped the leash. I certainly hope it doesn’t take Moose three years to calm down. I hope Moose appreciates that everyone is being very patient with him and doing their best to help him calm down and settle in to a safe place. It makes me wonder if he has spent his whole life outdooors and never been in a house. Moose is going to be a challenge.