Smokey fits in great! ...
Connie (and all the other people and pooches at B&B),
I just wanted to send you a progress report on Smokey. We have changed her name
to Dakota, and she is learning it very quickly.
The first couple days were a little rough! Dakota and our original dog, Dodger,
had some scuffles that scared us half to death. Rory and I really appreciate
you getting back to us so fast with your advice on the matter - we did as you
suggested and let them work it out with no intervention from us. By the end
of the first week they had everything sorted out.
are great playmates now, wrestling together and chasing each other all over
the place. The two of them have formed a very effective tag-team to beg us for
belly rubs and head scratches. They love taking walks together, getting combed
out in the evenings, and snuggling on the couch when they have finally tired
of the living room-to-office-to-kitchen-to-bedroom-and-back chase circuit.
Dakota is just a gem of a dog, and we couldn't be happier to have her in our
family. It was
touching to see how excited she was to have her own toys and her own bed on
the first night we brought her home. She's definitely a dog who appreciates
the simple things in life! She is so sweet, so eager to please, and so well-mannered.
She has so much personality - one minute she is downright regal with her poise
and elegance, and the next minute she is sucking on her hind foot like a total
goofball. Thank you thank you thank you for taking care of this lovely lady
until we were lucky enough to meet her. It's hard to remember what life was
like without her, even though it was just a few weeks ago!
I've enclosed a few pictures of Dakota in her new surroundings. There are two
nice portraits, one of her in her bed, one of Dodger "saying goodnight"
to her, and one action shot of the two of them wrestling. You can't see their
faces in that last one, but I like how Dakota's ears are flopping around like
crazy. :) I tried to save them as smaller files - I hope they don't clog your
bandwith too badly.
We'll be in touch! Thanks again for helping to pair us with Dakota. I tell everyone
about your organization and the great work you do.
Julia Humphreys, Rory King, Dodger and Dakota [10.8.01]
Ricki marti is one smooth woofer!
This is just to let you know that I adopted Ricki Marti (now Micah) and
he is doing just fine. Already has taken over the whole house and won
the hearts of all the children that we have(6, all grown and away from
home). He is so funny and breaks all the rules, but is so cute about it
that we have had many good laughs and lots of fun. He can climb gates
but is housebroken and that was a definite plus. Has very definite ideas
about how important he is and feels we all should know it. He pouts when
he does get in trouble by turning his back to you and hanging his head
until you laugh or give in, usually both. He is an absolute bed hog and
must be covered up and next to a warm body. He is not a morning dog, prefering
to loll around in the bed at least till 9:00 every morning and just cannot
function well before that. He already has some traits that show us that
he was very much adored before, he must have gotten away somehow, like
climbing the gate. He's such a sweetheart that I'm sure that his previous
owner must have been heartbroken to lose him. Their loss and your kind
hearts have been a big gain in a tiny package for us.
Thank you for all that you do and may God Bless You all. [09-18-01}
do new dogs and babies get along?
The baby and the dog should never be left alone together.
However, Bassets are the least likely to be dangerous. There are other breeds
such as the Labrador, the Golden Retriever, and the Collie that are unlikely
to snap at children.
Adopting an older dog that has had experience with children is much better
than adopting a puppy or a young dog without experience.
With puppies, teething is part of growing up - and sometimes they don't
know the strength of their own jaws. Rather than riskng it, go with an older
dog. That way, both parties can have fun & respect without getting into