It's been a while since I've been on the forum. Two dogs (red heeler & a mastiff x ridgeback x great dane), 7 ferrets, and 2 kids (with another on the way) to keep me busy
Over the weekend we went to the Animal Welfare League with the intention of rescuing a dog. We have a 3 dog permit from council and a ranger came out to inspect our home and property, and as a stay at home mum who absolutely loves animals I can easily make time for another furry friend.
We saw this sweet little brindle dog and absolutely fell in love with her. The AWL thinks she is a 9 month old staffy cross. She's much smaller than an English or American Staffy and I've been thinking about what she's crossed with. I'm thinking maybe a Boston terrier or French bulldog (check out the size of her ears!). What do you guys think?
She gets along beautifully with our other two dogs. They absolutely love playing together. She's been great on walks, in fact I have to keep checking that she's still attached to the leash because she doesn't pull at all and just happily walks right next to me. She's learning sit and stay, we'll go to our first dog training class on Sunday. I've also made it a point to touch her all over, especially paws and gums so that grooming and vets visits are drama free. She's also really responsive when I say "no" and she really looks like she wants to please us. She's fantastic with the kids (ages 5 and 7) and just an all around sweetheart.
I've had dogs my whole life, but never a rescue. I'm guessing there might be some things that are a bit different with a rescued dog at first so any insight would be great! She pigs down her food like crazy, so I'm being careful not to over feed her. I've also gotten one of those bowls with bumps in it that dogs have to eat around in an attempt to slow down her eating. She's not even chewing the kibble, just inhaling (she's gotten car sick a few times and the kibble is whole).
I'm also wondering about potty training. We're crate training, and she hasn't weed or pooed in her crate. She has had a couple of wees in the house though and a bit of poo in my car. I'm wondering is he might be a tad more difficult to potty train because at the AWL she had to eliminate in her enclosure. I'm also wondering if there's anything that I should be doing differently to help her get potty trained.
Just thought I would share our good news and see if anyone has any tips
Kenzie 1 by Monster Maille, on Flickr
Kenzie 2 by Monster Maille, on Flickr
Kenzie 3 by Monster Maille, on Flickr