I know zip about dogs. Loved one at 16 my aunt had spent lots of time with it walking me (…). Mix of doberman, black lab and rottweiler, he looked like the hound from hell and sounded like a freight train. And I loved him so much I couldn’t stand it.
Never lived anywhere I could have a dog in my life – I’m 55. Now I own my little house in Nowhere, OK (USA).
Apparently my son in law who is seldom home and has a 1.5 year old maniac toddler in potty training, brought home a puppy – way too young to be away from its mom yet – and didn’t think his wife would mind adding a zillion more potty issues per day, or the issue that neither toddler nor dog were safe from the other. After some degree of mutual meltdown, I hear something outside, go out on the porch, and he drops the dog on my porch and leaves.
So… I guess now I have a dog. It’s 5 weeks old. It’s called a Queensland Blue Heeler. I’ve been wanting to get vastly more exercise and from reading about these dogs apparently that’s gotta happen. I’ve been frantically skimming all I can about training etc.
A friend bought me some stuff on loan like a big crate and harness and leash. Another friend sent me money as a gift just to spend on the dog. Wow nice people in my life right! So what could have been a huge drama did not become one.
I have 3 cats in the living room/porch… 1 cat in the bedroom/back yard… 1 cat in the garage… and 1 cat that is mostly outside, in the garage in winter or bad weather. So far he’s only met the three in the front room and porch.
They are appalled and slightly disgusted, hahaha. But they can get away from him – he’s in more danger from them probably, right now – he needs to be socialized to them very intently so he won’t chase them later because he’s a herding dog. He’ll chase everything that seems to move, without training.
He is the cutest thing ever. My heart grew 3 sizes and broke it’s grinch box.
Meanwhile I looked on amazon for food besides dry puppy food and it turns out there’s lots of fermented cow and goat milk. Well heck I have a jar of fresh kefir on my counter! So I have been soaking the hard food in that to make it soft, at suggestion of friend, and he seems to love that.
With the funds a friend sent, I bought some basics I felt were needed, and… a car seat. I’ll take him everywhere, so while he’s a puppy people will stop and pet him and he’ll get socialized to strangers.
Just got directions from a friend about meat and dogs…
Boy he sure got lucky landing with someone who lives on meat as the vast majority of my food intake. I may be a first time clueless dog owner with a demanding not-good-for-first-timers breed, but he will eat well!!
I haven’t named him yet and have no ideas, weirdly!
Ad-hoc worst-perspective lol video of him from today: