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Old 10-14-2012, 12:10 PM
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First-Time Dog Owner from TX!

Hi all, just wanted to introduce myself, as I have started using these forums, have found everyone to helpful, and hope to continue learning (and maybe someday giving advice as well).

I am new to dog ownership - I do have a family dog who resides at my parents' home and who we have had since I was 14, but I didn't have very much responsibility in raising her (though I love her with all my heart because she was, really, my first-first dog). I am also new to Texas. My hubs and I graduated law school, and he started work here at a firm right after we took the bar exam, and so we moved here. He is a Texan native; I was from another state before this. I do love it, though! Friendly people, good food, and a large community of dog-lovers, from what I have seen! As I am obsessed with dogs, and my goal is to own 4 once we move into our own home, I naturally love anyone and anyplace also obsessed with dogs

I have been unable to find a job here as of yet, which would be partially depressing, except for the fact that it made it the perfect time for us to get a new pup, since I am home enough right now! So off to the SPCA we went, a little more than two months ago now - and we absolutely fell in love with this little mutt, our Goose. Goose was cowering in a corner, and then scootched towards us, hanging his head, and peeing on us. Love at first sight, lol. We decided that we could work with him. Now he's leaps and bounds confident, and naughty, and a sweet cuddlebug.

Lately, he's become confident enough at home to steal shoes and socks, and parade around with them. It never makes me anything but happy to see, because it's such a contrast from the dog we took home that day back when. He's learned to love car rides, and other dogs. He loves crunchy dog biscuits. He has to eat grain-free food, or else he gets the runs (sorry, that may be TMI). He picks up everything off the ground and carries it in his mouth; sometimes he swallows it if we don't get there in time. (We pray we don't have to get a sock surgically removed from his stomach someday...) He's trustworthy off lead. He's still weary of people, though. We're working on that, but think that may not really ever disappear. Which is okay with us, as long as he is happy. He does warm up over time to familiar faces, such as our parents'. Baby steps, right?

We are told he is a lab/collie, but aren't 100% because he is a shelter dog. I see a Wisdom Panel in our future... Just for kicks, because we love him no matter what.

We love him so much, and he loves other dogs so much now, that we are considering getting him a sister or brother. He was easy to raise, and we're positive we will not have that luck again, so we're taking our time in getting this second pup. The timing has to be right, and so does the fit. This one may take longer to house train, may not take to its crate as easily, may be noisier, may be bad off-lead, etc.... We are waiting until we are 100% that we can take it on, and do it with the particular dog we click with. Well, only the future will tell...

Whew, that was long-winded! I started off just wanting to say hi, and ended up giving a life story Sorry about that - just, hi! I look forward to getting to know everyone here!
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Hi! Welcome to DF! You can NEVER give us too much information, lol! Since you are in Texas you might want to look at your State dog the Blue Lacy as a second dog! He/she could keep up with the dog you have now! Looking forward to the Wisdom panel results. What a lucky dog Goose is! We have two Catahoula Leopard dogs which are similar in temperament to the Blue Lacy...love them to pieces!
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Welcome to the forum...
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Hi and welcome! Would love pics
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Would love pics too!!!
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Thank you for the welcome!

The love of my life:











If anyone thinks he is a breed other than lab/collie, I'd love to hear your opinions too!
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OH DEAR, HERE I GO AGAIN! HE HAS A WHITE TIPPED TAIL, THE BODY AND EARS OF A CATAHOULA LEOPARD DOG mix, FRECKLES? DOES HIS TAIL CURVE OVER HIS BACK AT TIMES LIKE A QUESTION MARK??? You have to know that I see Catahoula in every new posted dog!!! He is sooooo adorable! Can't wait to see the Wisdom Panel...He even sleeps like my Addy!!! lol Here is a pic of one:
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Hi from TX as well! I think border collie/lab seems pretty spot on. Google the mix and you will see several dogs like him. The border collie bit would explain how quickly you trained him, too.
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Hi again!
Just looking at your dog again and what a beauty!
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What a handsome dog!!! He looks so funny with the sock toy. Good luck and enjoy him.
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