And what a sweeeeeet girl is she. We have debated for quite some time about having another dog around the house. The Dog Dude gets bored and lonely but he has had so many emotional issues and these last several years he’s added health issues to the list of our own health issues, so we just kept putting it off. Someone I know got a new dog (puppy) and that puppy has livened up her two dogs – one bored to tears and one older dog. So, a little over a week ago we made the trip to a local shelter. The dog we went to see turned out to be a terror of six months old who boldly came out, ignored us and started a fight with the Dog Dude. Thankfully, one of the staff knew just the dog for us. We walked through the baying, howling and otherwise clamoring of several pens-worth of mostly big dogs to the second half of the room where one little girl, just arrived the day before, had her paws up through one of the cage openings, nose held close, shivering (it was very cold that day) and saying “take me home”.
We met with this Little Miss for a while, then introduced her to the Dog Dude. She walked right up and kissed him. Wow! We were blown away by her friendliness and gentle spirit with us all. The Dog Dude has mostly been a meet-and-greet kind of fellow, but as I mentioned, with his issues, he’s well, he’s had issues. Anyway, Little Miss went home with us that very day. Oh, though she had been delivered to this Shelter the day before, she had been in another for over a month. She’s about a year and a half old.
We’ve had really cold weather here lately. This particular day it was barely over 32ºF (if that). Little Miss walked right out to the truck, hopped in and settled down for the ride. The Dog Dude, on the other hand, needs much assistance.
We weren’t sure about letting her loose during the night. She seemed to want to be loose but … you never know. Those crooked pieces in the cage? The work of the Dog Dude. He absolutely does not like crates or cages. In fact, neither of them do and it just caused a haunting so, being that Little Miss is so well behaved, she only spent one night in the cage. Wow. There was a time in the beginning with the Dog Dude that he preferred the cage or crate but when he knew it was safe outside the cage or crate, never again did he want one. Not even a fence. Although, we have a swinging gate to keep him, and now her, out of the hallway to the front door. It’s not a problem.
They trade off on the beds here lately.
And on the second or third day, the Dog Dude was plum worn out. They have had two fights and he is possessive about his toys and sometimes us, but he’s working through it.
From the very beginning it’s been kiss, kiss, kiss, kiss. I’m trying to get a better photo of their faces when we pet them and they are nose-to-nose kissing … it’s so cute
I caught her staring out the dog-printed window of the back door. Out the window, out the door! Precious Little Miss. She can run!! Her middle name should be Cruiser. And, last night she proved it, she darted out the back and headed for the cat I didn’t see til it was bolting across mom’s front yard. She’s tried to catch the low-flying hawk. She bounds through the yard like a rabbit sometimes. We’ve had several discussions face-to-face (no kissing) that there will be no jumping, climbing or digging on, over or under the fences and she must be escorted by leash by us outside the yard and house by us. She has a bit of wander-lust that bursts out now and then. I mean, she was a rescue dog, you know? We’ve kept her on leash and been working with her. She’s done pretty good except for the other night when I should’ve known better when I let her out, for she was whimpering.