Newbie here and gosh I really hate posting these kinds of things. So.. in a nutshell
Have owned dogs my whole life. Have always had a "big" dog and a "little" dog (and at least one cat...). Usually a Weimaraner (later a Weim x) or cattle dogs and a foxie.
Last year, almost 12 months to the day, my husband and I put my "princess" to sleep. She'd been my birthday pressie when I turned 15 and she was almost 15 when she was PTS. It was one of the hardest, yet easiest, things I have ever done. Still think about her every day. She'd been with me, literally for every boyfriend, exam, move from the country to the city - every major event in my life was shared in one way or another with that fat, spoilt, naughty little dog
When she went I found myself in an odd situation. it was the first time in my entire life I didn't have a pet! I warned my husband - who is a pet lover but could take them or leave them - that I didnt know how long I would last and that we'd have another fur child within 12 months. Well we lasted just over 6.
I saw my him first. It was Thursday. He was on Facebook - being the poster boy for "seniors week" at the local shelter. They said he loved tennis balls and pats and he was approx 10 years old. I shared his photo with the hub and my Aunt for good measure. She must have known he was special because she actually called and enquired about him and said I'd be in on the weekend. I went home from work that night and spoke to Hub. He wasn't sure. We looked at the photo. My Aunt confessed to making the call. Long story short - we agreed to go meet him we took him home.
As I have said - I have had dogs my entire life, I vet nursed while I was a uni and feel reasonably confident in my pet ownership skills but with any new pet they throw new challenges at you and after owning the same dog for 15 years her care had become second nature. Her likes, dislikes, body language and triggers. It also helped that she was pretty lazy, easy to confine and happy to lounge on her mat all day.
All we know about Scottie is that he's a mature gentleman, loves tennis balls, wasn't chipped when the rangers picked him up and his owners never claimed him. He's affectionate and willing to do almost anything for a pat. He's easy going and will let you do ANYTHING to him (the vet managed to get a wagging tail out of him the other day while taking his temp!)
He's pretty handsome (so I think). Oh - he's also great at jumping and not so keen on spending his days on his mat. Apparently the laundry (with the back door to the yard) isn't the most wonderful place for dogs - in the lounge is OK, on the king sized people bed is better. He is also fussy and reacts badly to a lot of dry (he's happiest on 'grain free').
Because of his tummy troubles - which I have never had to deal with - I'm really enjoying learning more about dog nutrition. We're working on obedience and building a relationship and I'm learning how to teach an old dog new tricks. I have to say, with out wanting to sound wanky - while he's affectionate and easy going - working with him is so rewarding because I am earning his respect and trust. With the old girl she was mine and I was hers and there was never a question of trust. I asked, she did it if she wanted to and if I needed to do something it was OK because I was mum. It's different with him - we have to earn it.
So the main reason I'm here is that I think I have a lot to share but I know I have a lot of further learning to do. Lots of other dog forums are very american based or slant heavily towards certain breeds or one view on certain topics - (e.g. raw feeding your pit bull nothing wrong with either but not for me). I'm hoping to be able to find Aussie resources and references and maybe even some social groups around Sydney's inner west.
cheers - Scottie and his Mum.
By the way - heres a photo from the day he came home. I appear to have deleted all the other photos! Whoops!