Sunday, January 9, 2011

Sweet Pea!

Guess who was waiting at the Humane Society after all?


This sweet Cajun girl came up from Baton Rouge on a rescue truck. She is everything we were looking for. Good with cats, good with kids, small, laid back. Only problem?... she's part Bassett Hound... so... she already ran away within 5 minutes of getting home! Caught the scent of a squirrel and took off. Gave us quite a little jolt! She's small... but very strong!... Kid cannot walk her on a leash. Lesson learned. Mr F is setting up a dog run right now, which we bought on our way home... we were prepared for this inevitability. She scored an "A" on all of her temperament test (except coming when called... which she got a "B" for... and again we expected as much). She was shy and scared at the shelter, but even so she never acted out. We took her for a walk and she warmed up quite a bit. Everyone there, and her former foster home in LA, all reported that she was an exceptional dog (and VERY well house broken!). She had passed the cat introduction test with flying colors and the shelter guy said he had 100% confidence that she would not show aggression towards our cat. So, how could we walk away?! I didn't want to risk losing her. Sure, there are more beautiful dogs out there (even at the shelter today) but... getting a laid back dog, that is house broken, good with kids and with cats?! Hello! She's ours. Once home, she is a different dog, tail waggin, toy playing, fun girl... who also likes to lie down in her new bed... a lot. She's very happy. The dog and cat have introduced themselves without so much as a bark (in fact she hasn't made any sounds at all since we met her). They smelled each other's butts and that's about it. We're keeping them separated for the next few days... just to keep everything on the safe side. The cat is sitting on his side of the door trying to open it and get in the dog's space as I write this. I think they'll be fine. Mr F is almost done setting up the run from our back door to a big tree in our yard... this girl will not ever be able to be out without being on a lead... so I'm happy to have this taken care of ASAP! It's actually kind of a good thing she took off like she did... Mr F got motivated to install it pronto... and without that nudge it might have taken a week or month or so.

16 comments:

Smoochiefrog said...

You'll have to let me know how hound like she really is. :)

Mrs Furious said...

I've never had one before.... so this is going to be all new. Canine was more of a terrier. We've got the line run up and we can actually hook her up inside before we even open the door. She was like "what the heck is this?!" when she heard it following her, but she'll get used to it. Our yard is too big to fence. She's already demonstrated a short spurt of "I'm frisky" followed by a long "I'm sleepy". My kind of personality!

HC said...

Mazel tov on your new addition! She's adorable, and it sounds like a perfect fit!

Nutmeg said...

YAY!!! So happy! I don't think she is ugly at all!

I think I would get a second dog if we had a bigger house... and if Callie wouldn't eat it, which she totally would.

lucinda said...

She much cuter in the pictures at your house. She can come for a playdate with Dahlia when she's settled. The yard is already fenced.

Marilyn said...

Oh she's cute! What a great addition to the family!

Torey said...

Beautiful! Glad you have a new member of your family!

P/F said...

She was my favorite too, reminded me of my son's favorite book "Flawed Dogs" ...in the best way.

...and no lipstick during belly rubs ;)

Julie said...

She is so cute! I love how short she is. Kind of cracks me up.

trifitmom said...

meant to be huh !!! so darn cute

Elizabeth said...

awww! Adorable! She'll fit in with the dachshunds too!

Is she chipped? I feel much safer about Zoe knowing she is. Although the Zoe beast only ambles slowly for the hills on occasion.

Congratulations!

Jaime said...

Awwwww. Adorable.

gooddog said...

i think she's super cute! we have a random white/spotted dog too... so I'm partial. Ours was almost a year when we got him (a year ago). Great with our cat, great with our kids, lots of energy but has never shown an aggressive ounce.

I fought getting a dog for 10 years and can't believe how easy it has been and how much love he gives us. I'm excited for you guys to have a dog again and think the run sounds perfect for his size. Congrats!!

Gigs said...

I don't think she is ugly at all! She sounds great and know you guys are dog lovers...especially since your dogs were match makers in your marriage...seems like it was meant to be!

Rob said...

A gentle leader will help with the walking if you want to try it. We got our dog micro-chipped - so if he runs away our info is with him. It gives us some piece of mind.

Deb said...

She's actually a cutie pie. I dig her markings. Congrats!

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