I busted out the camera last night - and boy did I have fun. Scampy is so cute, and hopefully my pictures have captured his playfulness and sweetness. He's been doing great - setttling in nicely. He knows how to sit, and come. He is learning to not grab toys from big dogs. :) My redbone is a bit more relaxed around him now, and enjoys playing with him. Scampy loves her long ears - such wonderful, easy targets!
He went to the vet yesterday - the vet said he is around 11 weeks old, and weighed 11 pounds. She thinks he might have a bit of lab in him. So... I might have to up my guess on his full-grown size to around 40 pounds. I need to find an adoptathon around here soon, so he can get some face time.
We also had Steve Wilson, a local dog trainer, come visit our multi-dog household to give us some training tips. With so many young, big dogs, things were getting a bit too crazy for my liking. What a wonderful training session - Paul and I learned so much. We knew the basics, but there was much fine-tuning to be done - just small adjustments, that have made a big difference. I must've asked a million questions, and he took the time to answer every single one. I highly recommend him! His website is: http://www.theraleighdogtrainer.com/ His views and philosophies (and you know I have many) were very much aligned with mine - communication and leadership are the key tools to use, not dominance and antiquated gear. Scampy just followed along with the dog training, too, and was a model student.
Wednesday, January 19, 2011
Oh my goodness, what a cutie I have! This little fella is about 10-15 pounds, and is 3-4 months old. Just cute as a button. He looks like a real Heinz 57 - but I can see a few breeds in there - definitely some kind of non-shaggy terrier - my guess is fox terrier or jack russell, and I think his nose looks a bit like a chihuahua. I think he'll be about 25 pounds full grown. He is the color of carmel - like a deer. Now he came with the name Oscar from the shelter, but I've been calling him Scampy, because he scampers all around when he plays. He is so playful, always wagging his tail. He absolutely adores my big 100 pound Shepard boy - they play until they both just collapse. He loves his food, but is not food aggressive in the least - not something you'd expect to see in a young pup, anyway. He has done WONDERFUL in the puppy potty training. Of course, it's more people training than puppy training. This morning for the first time, he ran to the door to go out - what a clever boy! And as soon as he does his business, he starts wiggling and wagging and comes running over to me, because he knows he is going to get some well-deserved love and cuddles. He loves the car - he'll ride in the crate, but really prefers to curl up in one of the kids' laps, or in the front seat next to me. And he also loves his crate - he goes right in, and curls up, settles down, and sleeps all night. He is going to to make someone a wonderful, loving pet. Now the trick is finding his forever home! If you are interested in this cutie, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. He also has a page up on the PAWS website, at http://www.pawsofhertfordcounty.com/. Now let's see if I can remember how to post pictures!