Mudcat Café message #4009922 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #165433   Message #4009922
Posted By: Stilly River Sage
22-Sep-19 - 10:35 AM
Thread Name: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life 2019 - 2020
Subject: RE: De-clutter & Fitness: House, job, life - 2019
Having seen this pup's profile a few times when she slowed down enough, I think she's as much or more boxer than pit. The lower jaw has an underbite that pit's don't usually have.

So - when you adopt an older dog (like Pepper, who was ~ 3) and you leave them in the bathroom overnight they drink water and sleep. Puppies tear up the paper off of the holder and spill their water on all of it.*

We went for our first walk this morning, around the block. We had to turn around on the first block and go the other direction because there were two small dogs out loose. I met a neighbor out walking her two larger dogs (labs) and warned her, but those two came barreling around the corner and caused a bit of a tangle. With my own three I had to keep going the other way, I couldn't help. The pup has a collar but I walk these guys with the Gentle Leader head collar. We compromised this trip - she wore the head collar but I clipped the leash to her regular collar. She has to get used to this thing on her face. It took a couple of blocks before she settled down a bit and I'm hoping she learns from the other dogs that the walk is meant to travel and spend time together, not jump all over me and grab her own leash. :) We haven't been at this for 24 hours yet, so there is lots of time to work this out.

Adopting this younger dog now is strategic. There is no such thing as a free dog, the no-adoption-fee program over the weekend just gives you a little financial head start on the lifetime expense of owning dogs. Zeke is a 70-pound Chocolate Lab who will be 13 in November. They can live to 15, and we want to have him as long as we can, healthy and happy. I think eventually I'll be back to two dogs and will keep it that way when the day comes. These two girls will be in the 40-50 pound range.

*Note to self - childproof all of the cupboards.