Today Matt and I adopted another dog from the animal shelter! We had been talking about it for a while and we even went to a local shelter recently and spent several hours there but couldn’t agree on a doggie. This time we went to a different shelter and ended up taking home the dog we went there to see—just like we did with Leon!
He is about 2 years old (at the oldest), he is a boy, and he is a terrier mix. Shelters never really know specifics, which is understandable with street dogs. Vinny, on the other hand, was an owner surrender. He was in a home with 4 other dogs, lots of children, and no supervision. The people eventually lost their home and had to surrender their animals. I’m not making any judgment on these people for their situation because I don’t know the details but it’s really sad when a 2 year old indoor dog isn’t house broken I can only imagine what that home looked like and how unsanitary it was! Ick!
Speaking of that—this is our first time training a dog who wasn’t potty trained. He’s been home with us for less than 6 hours and he’s already had several accidents in the house I follow him everywhere and let him lift his leg so that I can tell him NO and make him lay down, as punishment. I have to keep a constant eye on him until we get this potty training business taken care of! We were so fortunate that Leon was already house broken (yet, he was a street dog, how ironic is that?!) but this time we weren’t so lucky. Still worth it
On the friendly front, it’s slow progress. Leon is confused when we tell Vinny “No” for his potty accidents and in turn also thinks he’s being disciplined. He also doesn’t really want to share anything—his toys, his beds, his food, or his parents. But he’ll learn. After all, he was once the new dog in the mix. I’m hoping they bond sooner than later! The whole reason for a second dog was to help cure Leon’s growing loneliness!
We are excited to have a new addition to the family and hope that Vinny and Leon grow to love each other as much as we love Leon (and vice versa, of course!) It’s a lot of work having a dog who isn’t potty trained and has lived in a cage for a month but as soon as we get him trained, I am hoping for the best!
We had to stop by Pet Extreme & Walmart this afternoon to get some essentials for the pups, like:
The goods for the dogs include: new food and water dishes, kids ‘n’ pets (carpet cleaner!), wet dog food, new toys, two new matching leashes (Leon’s was broken), and flea treatment for Vinny. Not pictured are two new identical collars and tags, as well as two (stinky) rawhide toys. They don’t even know it and they got cool stuff
What a surprise for Saturday, huh?!
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