Well folks, we are the new adoptive parents of a beautiful 4 month old beagle puppy we named Heidi–after the main character of Heidi in one of my favorite stories as a child. And Heidi means “noble one”. We happened to see Heidi when we had come in to look at another dog. I have wanted a beagle for twenty years, but never found one as other doggies claimed our hearts. However, Heidi leapt into my heart instantly! Heidi was being fostered by a staffer at our local Humane Society and she wasn’t up for adoption yet–until they called us last week about her. And being fostered meant that Heidi was learning how to live with a family–and being mostly house trained. Snap! We are very grateful that Heidi had that caring and loving training by her foster mommy.
You see, Heidi was very scared of people in the beginning when she came to the Humane Society. She had been a stray. If you can believe it, someone had thrown sweet beautiful loving Heidi away and left her to fend for herself as a 1 month old puppy on the streets. Heidi could have died but for someone finding her and taking her to the Humane Society. Bless the kind soul who saved her!
So let me make a special plea, that if you have a pet that you can no longer care for yourself, please please please relinquish it to your local Humane Society or some other pet advocacy agency so that it will be cared for–and hopefully adopted by a new family. Every life is precious–even the life that you do not want. And if you have a pet you love, you might consider helping another pet to live by making a charitable donation to the Humane Society in their honor. Here is the Humane Society’s national web site http://www.humanesociety.org/
Since we have a 4 year old doggie named Max, we wanted to smooth the transition for him receiving a new companion as we were easing the transition for Heidi to have a new home. We made introductions between Heidi and Max last week on two different occasions and things went swimmingly–or doggily. Well, Max tried to ignore Heidi most of the time–except when she chased him. Ha!
We brought Heidi home Friday afternoon and so far have had a smooth transition. She slept in her bed pillow on our bed. And there was no bed wetting–not even by Heidi. Ha! She did chase Max off his end of the bed a few times. Poor Max, he was so looking forward to being the alpha doggie this time round. Not happening! Max was Sophie whipped and he is well on his way to being Heidi whipped. Ha! But really, Max seems to be taking the new puppy, Heidi, in stride.
Saturday morning Heidi sailed through her first veterinarian visit. Dr. Dave said “You’ve got a good one there.” But truthfully, the dear man says that about all of our dogs over the years. Ha! However, we have been very blessed. Unfortunately, Heidi did pee on the Vet hospital’s vinyl floor. But they expect that and mopped it up right away. Ha!
When we came home, we started training Heidi for short visits in her lair/crate–with Max leading by example in his lair/crate. Both of us work, so our doggies are crated (to keep them out of mischief for their own protection) separately weekdays while we are at work 4 days a week–except when I come home for lunch for them each day to feed them and let them outside and such. Of course, treats help with the lair/crate training, too. And I let Heidi off leash for the first time Saturday morning.. She chased Max through the dining room, great room, and kitchen–we have an open floor plan home. I sense a theme here with the chasing. Poor Max. Ha!
Then, Heidi napped for a good hour in my arms and on my shoulders before lunch. However, rather than waiting for my hubby to get home to take her outside after lunch, I should have done it–because she peed on the carpet. We’ve been baptized! Hey, it had to happen sometime. And at least she hasn’t peed on me yet–since she is in my arms most of the time. *Grati spits, turns around 3 times, and spits again* (Just in case the gods are listening–so they don’t make Heidi pee on me.)
After lunch we had a 10 minute crate/lair test that Heidi passed with flying colors. There was playing with her green worm chew toy after that. And, 24 hours in to being puppy parents as I finish writing this Saturday evening, life is good good. I’m even learning how to type one handed for shorter Facebook and Twitter posts–the other arm is holding Heidi. Ha!
And now, Heidi is napping again–puppy bliss!–after I sang a lullaby to her “Lullay, Thou little tiny Child/doggie” (also known as The Coventry Carol, sung beautifully here by the Dale Warland Singers in a video by LGwalt):
So, do you have any pet stories to share or wisdom to impart to us about puppy training?
P.S. During the writing of this post on Saturday, I had several cute interruptions by Heidi and Max–for playtime and outside peeing time (yes!)–and I was only able to make progress while Heidi was napping again. Ha!
P.S. And for those of you wanting your Richard Armitage fix, I was trying to find a photo manip I saw once of the British actor transformed into one very cute hound dog–basset, I believe. But that didn’t come up on the Google search. Then I recalled a Richard Armitage graphic that I had created for a CRAzy Captioning post back on April 29, 2012:
However, a delightful essay did pop up in the Google search with photos of different Richard Armitage characters and the dogs they might resemble titled “It’s a Dog Eat Dog World, Richard Armitage” by the I Want to be a Pin Up blogger AgzyM. And it’s a hoot! So here is that link for you: http://iwanttobeapinup.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/its-a-dog-eat-dog-world-richard-armitage/ (parental caution: I might rate one of the images shown in her post as PG-13 due to one of Richard Armitage character image’s beauteous bare bum being likened to a particular dog’s hind quarters. The dog’s bum is bare, too. Ha!)