1/10/11

Our Newest Family Member -- A Dog Rescued


Two days ago, my daughter brought home a very adorable surprise! Her name is Minnie, she weighs about 6 pounds from what little we know, she’s a Chihuahua Wire Fox Terrier.

Long story short, her owner couldn’t keep her, gave her to a neighbor but neighbor had too many small children who were rough with her. My daughter heard the puppy was going to the pound cause no one wanted her, so she brought Minnie home…

I have to admit at first I wasn’t too sure if I could take in another animal and my top priority is my own rescued dog who is a bit neurotic and somewhat territorial. I didn’t want any behavioral problems developing or any jealous fights breaking out, but I said I would give the puppy a chance.

bathing & caring for new puppy

When Minnie finally arrived, we bathed her, fed her and made her a warm place to sleep. The puppy ran all around the living room, wagging her tail, jumping in our laps and giving us puppy kisses! Her delightful personality won my heart over right away, but my own dog, Terra, was not happy at all!

She gave a low disdainful growl and glared at the puppy intently while her “mohawk” stood up in fear /anger!

I knew it was the wrong way to make this introduction but it was cold & late at night and we couldn’t have a “chance” meeting at the park on neutral ground.

According to the Humane Society, “puppies usually pester adult dogs unmercifully. Before the age of four months, puppies may not recognize subtle body postures from adult dogs signaling that they've had enough.”

aggressive behavior toward puppy

So when the two of them ran amok in the living room, puppy trying to nibble on big dog’s tail and big dog getting extremely temperamental, I separated them immediately and took control of the situation before it escalated.

Many people worry about adopting a second pet. They don’t think they can handle the aggression, the biting and the disobeying nor do they have the patience & knowledge to make the transition easier.

In fact, after watching Cesar Millan, The Dog Whisperer, I knew that the most important thing in a dog family is to be the “leader of the pack” and to always have a calm assertive personality!

 2 rescue dogs

When the tension had subsided, I reintroduced them and allowed them to “sniff” each other in a friendly but controlled environment. Although Terra was reluctant to make friends right away, I could tell that she was trusting enough with my guidance to give it another try.

I know they won’t be bosom buddies any time soon, but I trust in myself to diffuse an alarming situation before it becomes an issue. Dogs need an Alpha Dog and a steady routine to follow & respect.

Fortunately, I’m a stay-at-home mom which is a big advantage for my rescued animals. I can take care of them, train them and give them the attention & love that they need on a dependable schedule. This includes giving my older dog enough quiet time for herself and making sure  her  routine isn’t too seriously interrupted.

It’s important to say that small cats & dogs make good companions and people who live with pets tend to live a longer & much richer life. If you’ve ever considered having a pet, please check your local animal shelter first. There are so many abandoned paws & whiskers, both breed and non-breed that would love to come home with you and give you unconditional joy and sweet snuggles!

As for our newest “furry” family member, we can already see a future full of possibilities… We have saved the soul of a very innocent & loving animal, given our older dog a friend to play & bond with, and have rewarded ourselves with the notion that we’ve done our part of a very unselfish deed!

Minnie is here to stay!!! Welcome Home, Puppy!!!

new puppy rescued dog

      


10 comments:

Carla Fisher on January 11, 2011 at 2:15 PM said...

Loved your post! Thanks for all the inspiration

StephanieC on January 11, 2011 at 4:22 PM said...

Soooo with you on adopting from shelters!

Your new pup is adorable!

Java on January 16, 2011 at 9:55 PM said...

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Buffi Neal on January 19, 2011 at 5:44 AM said...

Thank God for people like you! He is such a cutie!
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-Buffi

Jessica Salazar on January 19, 2011 at 2:05 PM said...

Thank you so much for Adopting!

I love dedicated dog owners who educate themselves instead of just assuming they know best. Cesar is a great role model to have.

I am a dog behaviorist in the Bay Area and I want you to feel free to ask me any dog questions you may have :)

Thanks again for adopting! You are amazing!

Cheryl on January 23, 2011 at 7:53 AM said...

Thanks for stopping by Showcase Sisters! What a cute baby! Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

Show Me Mama on January 23, 2011 at 5:35 PM said...

I just love the puppy- my daughter is looking at Minnie and she wants a puppy. We dog sit quite a but who know her wish might come true one day :)

Drachma Girl on January 24, 2011 at 2:23 PM said...

Carla: When my daughter insisted for nearly 4 years that she wanted a puppy, I thought it was just a passing idea, not a genuine desire. I also thought she was too young and would lose interest, I would end up taking care of her pet. So I waited... When we finally moved to a more "long-lasting" housing,(we were military back then) she asked again. I had promised her that when the timing was right, we would. She convinced me that the timing was right, when she showed me a list of items a new pup would need, prices next to each item and $200 worth of allowances she had saved up! When I saw this kind of commitment, I knew it was the right time!!! I'm sure your child will love a puppy too! :)

Mary Bennett on January 29, 2011 at 11:18 AM said...

That dog is adorable!! It isn't it's own breed? You are such a sweetie!!

Michelle From Life Buy The Beach on January 30, 2011 at 8:57 AM said...

What a darling darling puppy. So happy he has a great new home and will be loved and taken care of.

 

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