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!