I Love Lucy

March 25, 2009

Yes, I got a new dog, the one I posted about a few weeks ago, and yes, I named her Lucy!  Thanks for all of your name ideas.  A few I was thinking might  be good, but nothing really seemed to fit her; a day after getting her, I just needed to give her some name.  I for the first time looked at one piece of paperwork that came with her adoption papers, and this piece of paper was her surrender form.  She was surrendered to a Georgia high-kill shelter on 1/30/09, a guess of one year of age, no reason given for surrendering her.  The name on the form was Lucy.  I tried it on her to make sure she didn’t hate it (i.e. hadn’t been abused or anything), and she seemed nonchalant, really didn’t even seem to know the name!  So I decided that Lucy it was!

She has gotten along fine with Jart – playing with him the instant she arrived, pretty much.  The neat thing is that Buddy does not hate her!  At times, in fact, he seems to almost like her, which is really rare for him.  He put her in her place a few times the first week as she learned what was and wasn’t allowed, and about Buddy’s preferred spots and habits.  Every time he growled or nipped at her she backed away and sat down about 10 feet away, waiting for things to calm down.

She has a lot of energy, never seems to get tired.  She pretty much stays out of trouble, although she did get into some food in the pantry one night and relentlessly chews apart the soft and rubber chew toys.  She is still a little underweight, but I think she’s been getting into food a  bit because of boredom, not hunger.

She is super-smart, as has shown from the little bit of training I’ve done with her.  So now I have to get on the stick and keep her mind busy!


New Dog? Yes!

March 5, 2009

Sorry for the lack of posts lately.  I’ve simply been swamped. 

Thanks for all of your advice in my new dog search.  I have found a potential dog.  However, I need your help – I need a name for this dog that will looks like she will be mine soon (I’m just waiting on the paperwork final ok). 

I went to visit her last night in Kingston, and brought my dogs along.  She is such a sweetie – friendly, loves everyone, not overbearing, just a joy.   Veronica (Princess’s foster Mom) had a front living room where it was just me and her and the dog.  Well, actually, because I had to park a side street away, I brought Jart right away, knowing he wouldn’t have a problem.  Despite Jart being nervous in a new place, and darting under the coffee table several times when someone moved or talked, he was playing with her and getting along fine.  Veronica (the foster Mom) brought her dog down, too, an Affenpinscher (what a cute, but rare, breed this is!), and all 3 played for awhile.  Then she offered to put Jart in a small crate in the corner of the room so I could go get Buddy. 


When I got back with him, and edged open the front door, Buddy and Princess (her temporary name) were nose to nose!  Buddy was fine, didn’t seem to mind being face to face with a strange dog, and in fact he didn’t seem stressed at all as I closed the door for a second and fed Buddy so that Veronica could get Princess away from the front door.  I then came in again, feeding Buddy treats, and Princess walked over to us again.  They circled each other a bit, then I wanted to remove Buddy for a minute and praise/reward him, but Princess wasn’t on a leash and kept following us.  Again, Buddy was calm and seemingly unaffected and not threateneded by her prescence.  Veronica took her over to the corner of the living room, and I gave Buddy a few minutes to acclimate without Princess right next to him.  I then let him go back over to her, and spent the next 5 minutes or so alternately letting them interact (sniff, circle, stand next to each other) and moving Buddy away and treating both of them.  Twice Princess got too close to Buddy’s face (I think she wanted to play) and Buddy curled his lip at her.  She appropriately backed away, and wasn’t overly bothered by it. 


Buddy was reaching his limit (i.e. he was getting tired of holding it together in a new place), and I wanted to end on a good note, so I got ready to take him back to the van.  Just as I was telling Veronica my plans, Princess came up beside Buddy and put a paw on his back, wanting him to play.  I felt him tense up and I picked him up as he started to growl to tell her off, and I kept holding Buddy while Veronica gathered Jart up so we could walk both dogs together back to the van.

So, now, I am waiting to see if I’m approved to be Princess’s new Mom, but in the meantime, I need to think of a new name for her.  The foster Mom is calling her Shatzi now, but I don’t want that name, either.  I need a name that’s unique, comes out nicely on an agility course, and that fits her.


Any ideas welcome!

Here’s the link to her Petfinder listing: