My names Aleesha..... my first dog (and my eternal favourite, she's not here anymore) was Shelby... the most loving bitza you'll find, saved her from terrible BYBs and gave her a good life.
Anyway to business.... we are taking on a 12 month old entire male Amstaff (are desexing ASAP) and a 3 month old female Amstaff (she will also be desexed). We are not interested in breeding or showing just want some wonderful pets to love.
There is question over the papers they have (or possibly don't have) but regardless the dogs need a good home, they are in good health so I am happy to have them become part of our household (well the external part of it.... they won't be inside). I have spoken to the local vet and one of the pet shop owners (she is a breeder of Great Danes) to ascertain that I can indeed have them and have them registered with council etc successfully so all is ok there as far as I know.
I intend to have them fully vet checked and microchipped when we get them (which is planned for monday), as well as then arranging for the desexing of both.
I already walk daily (for my own benefit) so they will become part of that routine, we are home bodies so when not at work we are at home. My partner works an equal time roster (out of town) so for every 5 days he spends out at work, he is then home for 5 days (the pattern varies but it's always equal time). I own a take away shop and atm work 6 to 7 days a week. I do 3 days 11am to 7.30pm, 2 days 10am - 7.30pm, 1 day 3pm - 7.30pm & the other day 7am -1.30pm, so as you can see even though I work 7 days there is plenty of awake home time as well. I often walk when I get home at 7.45pm so they would enjoy possibly a short walk in the morning and the evening walk as well.
They will have dog beds on our patio which is enclosed on three walls and they can see into the living room and our bedroom via sliding doors so will never be far from the action. The yard is fenced completely with 6 foot fencing with see through panels at the front they will be able to see through, so they will be well contained with out getting frustrated by not being able to see the noises out side the yard.
We don't go away often and when we do it is normally only for one night, maybe two (we race speedway so that takes us away from time to time). Depending how they go we may take them with us or we may just get a friend to pop in on them and feed them, walk etc. They will also enjoy plenty of play time with us, as we enjoy being outside.
I appreciate they are a physically strong breed and will require consistent training to ensure they are also in complete control, they will require socialising to ensure they know how to behave with other dogs, humans (in particular kids) and other animals. The plan is to start walking them with Halti's until I am confident and comfortable with their behaviour.
I guess I'd like some info from any Amstaff breeders/owners what diet you recommend, any heads up I need on the breed that I haven't got yet or any other pointers anyone thinks I need to ensure I can give these two guys the home they deserve.
Thanks in advance Aleesha