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Adopted today from a local rescue. Shepherd mix. Almost two months old give or take. Name is Waffles.
She seemed very chill when we first looked at her, which was something we were looking for. She was in kennel with her sister, who was just all over the place with energy.
One of our dogs unexpectedly passed away a couple of months ago. After a bit of time, we were ready to get another. We first tried a couple of breed-specific rescues, but their process was frustrating and flawed... so back to the shelters we went. These awkward yearbook photos from animal control sold me:
She's much less intense looking in person. Husky/Shepherd mix, 10 months old, only knows Spanish. I'm sure she'll annoy the hell out of our 15-year-old Shepherd/Chow mix once we get her home. They've met at the shelter, and did fine.
^ Getting big... is she going to be in the 80-90lb range when full grown?
After a lot of back and forth, the dog that I posted earlier is no longer. She was making our 15-year-old shake, hide under the table, not be himself, etc... so even though it made me feel like a pile of crap, I took her back to the shelter. That really sucked. We had a trainer come over and work on it, and while he was hopeful that it might get better in time (months), it didn't seem fair to put the old man through that sort of thing, especially when months might be all he has left. Basically, she played too rough with him, routinely knocked his arthritic self over while he would slowly get up in the mornings, ignored/misinterpreted his growls etc., which was the complete opposite of what happened at the meet and greet before we got her. She had puppy levels of playfulness, but was respectful and submissive. We all had a bit of a worry that this might happen, but the shelter encouraged us to adopt her anyway and then bring her back if it didn't work. It's not what I wanted to do, but she was re-adopted quickly (duh, she was awesome) and our dog is back to his normal self. They did get along at times though...
Anyway, I now get why so many rescues have mandatory 2-week trial periods. We're now on the hunt for an older German Shepherd/Chow/Husky sort of thing (3-4 years old with a known history), or maybe just let our dog live out his days alone. He does seem a bit lonely though.
Fun story there - I met a potential Belgian Malinois the other day, and it literally attacked me. "Oh, he'll bark at new people, be he's never bitten anybody" Yeah, broken skin and blood on my hand, large bruise on my leg and wrist... guess that dog doesn't like bearded men. The "foster" (which turned out to be the owner for over a year) was a disingenuous butthole though, which I assume rubbed off on his poor dog.