Before you say we’re crazy for getting a puppy this month, let me state our case. Mike and I have been wanting a dog for the longest time, and we have been waiting for just the right time and just the right puppy/dog. I can’t tell you how many rescue and breeder applications I’ve filled out in the last few months. And last week, we saw a one year old golden/sheltie mix in NC that melted our hearts. So I started talking with the rescue, and they cat tested the candidate.
But after discussing at length, the rescue and I decided that a one year old dog that has never been around chickens/goats/chickens/sheep/chickens, even if a total sweetheart, might be a bit of a challenge. Since we’d already planned our Sunday around visiting the shelter, we ventured down to NC anyway, and discussed fostering a puppy for them. Just to see how it went before committing… Uhh, right.
Well, after spending a few hours playing with a group of 6 puppies…this is the one we chose. She is very submissive, but not shy. She has the black and tan markings that Mike loves. And she is really, really smart. It might not be the English Shepherd that I was thinking of, but to be honest, I don’t think we have enough of a farm yet for an ES. Soon, but not now.
So, we’re training this little mush to be the ambassador to all who come next. So far she’s done amazing with the chickens, looked at Noodle with BIG eyes and sat between my legs and let Snuffles touch noses with her. It’s been a big two days for this little girl, and while we’re a bit sleep deprived…we’re pretty darn happy.
Now she just needs a name (her shelter name was Jasmine)… For now, we’ve been calling her mush, mushface, puppy toes…
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