For a while, we've been wanting to fill out our menagerie with a dog. I (Tim) have always had dogs around, while Laurie's family was a cat family. We've been watching Craig's List as well as checking out animal shelters. Laurie spotted a 7 month old puppy at the Humane Society that peaked our interest. We went to see her and it was a perfect match! "Chantilly" had just come into the shelter and they don't let them out until they are spayed. So, we had to go back the next evening after her surgery to pick her up. That worked out well, as we had to make some preparations at home before we were ready for her. Of course, one of the vital preparations was to pick out a name. We decided on "Goldie".
When we picked her up, she was still under the influence of the anesthesia. She tried her best to look around while driving home, but most of the way she just laid down and snoozed. I made a crate for her to stay in the house to aid in housebreaking (if necessary). As you can see, the crate didn't phase her. She was too "pooped out" from the surgery.
We were told that she is a German Shepherd/Lab mix. However, we're not convinced of that. We're splurging ($70) for a DNA test to see what she really is. We'll let you know when the results are in.
When Goldie got more alert, we let her roam the house and get used to her new home.
It turns out we didn't need the crate at all, as Goldie is very good at "holding it" and hasn't had a single accident in the house (yet).
She has to wear a cone most of the time for about a week, to keep her from licking on her stitches. We got a nice, soft pad for her to lay on. Of course, we also got her a few "chew toy" selections. She really likes the rope (a whopping $2 investment). Here, she took her rope to bed with her.
We're taking her on walks, introducing her to the horses and ducks, etc. She has been a great addition to the family and we look forward to many years of companionship.