We went to the Uvalde Animal Shelter yesterday to look for a dog. I’m sorry, but as soon as we got out of the truck it almost gagged me. The stench was horrendous. We did walk around for a little bit, but only saw one dog that we might have wanted. It was a wired-haired terrier, but looked to be a really old dog, so we passed on that one. By that time I had taken all the smell I could stand, so made a dash for the truck.
After we left there I decided to go to Wal * Mart and get a hair cut. A very nice lady cut my hair, and we were talking about getting a dog, and she suggested that we try the Humane Society, so when she was done with me we drove by there.They were closed, but they had some cages outside with dogs in them, so we went ahead and looked while we were there. We saw a puppy that we both immediately fell in love with. He is a little ball of brown fur, and very lively. He rides in the truck like a trooper, and was even easy to take on a walk, even though he had never been walked before. He has the prettiest face. Right now we are trying to decide when he should be walked, fed, and everything else. He is so full of energy, and when we took him to the vet to be checked, to make sure he is a healthy puppy, she told us to walk him to death . He is also a big chewer. He chewed both of Donnie’s hands up on the way home. We got him chew toys and balls, but he likes our hands best.
He and six of his brothers and sisters were abandoned along the side of a road, so they are guessing he is part Chow, and who knows what else. They think he is a little over 2 months old. He is up to date on his shots right now, but needs another series in late December. They think he will be a medium sized dog, about 40 lbs. or so. Between our donation, and buying the new crate, toys, food and water dishes, and chew toys, we have roughly $200.00 tied up in this new member of our family. I am sure a puppy from a Pet Store would have been more, and may have come from a puppy mill, which I hate.
He also developed a runny stool this afternoon, and we are wondering if this is caused by nerves or what. He has been put through a lot today, and even though he acts like he loves us and his new home, I know it is a lot for him to get use to in one day.
He has already discovered the mirror on our closet door, and thinks it is another dog, so we know he can growl and bark. :) This wore him out, so he is in his crate taking a puppy nap right now. This is the first time he has settled down all day.
We were advised by the Vet, and the people at the Humane Society to crate break him right away. They said puppies can be very destructive, so it doesn’t hurt for them to be in the cage part of the day. You are just supposed to make sure they get plenty of exercise and walks.
If anyone out there has any tips about the runny stools, please share it with me. We have him on Puppy Chow now, and we are hoping for the best. That’s all for today. Catch you all later…