Meet Our New Puppy

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    :) His name is Homer. I knew we would get a puppy one day and awhile back Habitat for Humanity send us a letter and we sent them a donation....and Homer arrived today. I'm hoping Homer will lead to a real puppy soon...but we thought we'd love this one for now.
     
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    awwww cute lol
     
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    And he's so well behaved too. He's sitting in my Queen Anne chair right now just looking at me with love. :p
     
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    You have the kind of puppy I could love.
     
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    If you really want that real pup, get it. Don't wait. My opinion anyway.
     
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    It's the funniest thing but now that I'm ready to get a dog....my husband is having "second thoughts" about whether this would be best for us now. So I told him we should pray about it and ask God to send us a dog if He wanted us to have one. We started praying about this a couple of weeks ago and already it looks like we are getting an answer.
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    Oreo, the stray dog that our neighbor picked up and brought home with her has been coming every day to spend time with us. He is there in the morning when my husband gets up and goes out on the porch to drink his morning cup of coffee, etc. before getting ready for work. And after my husband gets home from work...Oreo comes and visits again.

    Oreo seems to appear out of nowhere for me too. When I'm going to check the mail, or leaving to run an errand...all of a sudden he is there wanting me to pet him and give him a little attention before I do what I need to do or after I have done those things.

    Oreo also thinks our Bird bath is his drinking bowl and every day he will make a few trips to that bath and drink his fill from it.

    I think God wants us to "rent" Oreo like we are renting our home. We can love him all we want, babysit him if our neighbor needs us to. give him treats, etc. without all the financial or full time responsibility for him.

    And we have "Homer" for our inside puppy....and he is a very good puppy indeed. :)
     
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    Last year we had a Shih Tzu puppy all ready to buy, but backed out of buying it. Even seen and held the pup. Had the food, play pen, toys, training pads, leash/collar and grooming stuff, but.......

    After thinking about it, we thought it would be better to get a pup like that after we move, if even then. Returned the food and training pads, but kept the rest.

    We really want another dog, but having a dog does change a person, or couples, life quite a bit and Vet bills aren't cheap. Will have to wait and see how we feel later.
     
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    Although I love Pickles and can't imagine my life without him, I don't think I would get another pet.

    It's almost like having a young child to worry about. Travel is always an extra stressful step with him. Instead of flying out of my airport here which is easy and only a 20 minute drive I have to take Pickles to my daughter's first and then fly from there and can only get flights that she's able to drive me to and also plan my trips when she's at home.

    I always worry about when I have an appt and it's been too long and he's been home alone for longer than usual.

    Plus worry when he acts a little weird...worry about big vet bills even though my daughter would pay for it it's still stressful.

    Then there are the times his barking drives me crazy especially when I'm on the phone...I think he knows. :)

    I'm glad I have him and love him but no more pets for me. It will be painful enough if I out live him.
     
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    I think it was @Holly Saunders who mentioned something about maybe "fostering" dogs. I thought about that but knew in my heart we would not be able to give up the dogs we fostered when it was time...we would grow to attached to them.

    There's so much to think about when your Senior citizens and considering whether it will be best for both you and the animal to bring them home to live with you on a permanent basis. Financial cost is a big factor for us but as my husband loses more of his vision I think we are both concerned he might trip over our pet, etc. That's why we decided to pray about this and we told God that we would not look for a dog but if He wanted us to have one we would trust Him to bring the dog to us.

    We both feel Oreo might be the answer to our prayer and so for now we are enjoying "sharing" a pet. :)
     
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    Maybe you can find a pet-sitter who would watch Pickles when you are gone, and then he would not have to go all the way to your daughter’s when you are gone. It would be strange for him at first; but once he got used to being in a different place with new people, he might really like it. If you found a senior lady similar to yourself, then he would have lots of attention and not have to deal with kids. I bet there are advertisements for this, or your vet could recommend someone maybe.
    What I use for the barking is a squirt gun. Tootsie is the Family Guard Dog, and she takes that position very seriously. When someone (especially with a dog) walks down the street, she starts barking, and even worse when someone comes to the door.
    So, I keep one of those little spray bottles beside my recliner, and when she. Starts barking inappropriately, first I tell her to be quiet, and then if she doesn’t stop, I squirt her.
    She does not like that and she seems to be learning to stop when i tell her to be quiet.
     
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    Oooh that's fabulous news @Babs Hunt , yes I've long campaigned for animal fostering, and so I really hope that oreo has come to you just at the right time to be cared for until he finds his forever home... he is sooooo cute too... :D
     
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    When I fly to my son's or sister's ...it's usually for a month so that's just too long for a sitter for Pickles.

    Ive tried the squirt gun and everything else for barking with Pickles and nothing works.

    Even tried a bark collar which after one time I didn't like after hearing his high pitched bark but thought that if he even saw it coming he would stop but he didn't.
     
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    Oh I think he has his forever home with our neighbor who found him abandoned and brought him home to live with her and her dog Bella. Our neighbor doesn't mind Oreo coming to visit with us anytime he wants...and if she ever needs help with watching him...we will be glad to volunteer. :)
     
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    awww that's even better...you get all the joy and none of the expense...lol
     
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    Well we do buy Oreo "Doggie treats" and my Honey has even bought him a toy they can play tug of war with. :)
     
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    My daughter had an SOS at her kennels last week from a woman who had been beaten up by her husband the previous night , and she was flying back to the UK to escape him but she couldn't take her beloved chihuahua , so she begged my daughter to take her until such time as she might be able to find a home for her . As daughter had previously had the little dog into the kennels whilst her owners were on holiday she knew the dog well and it's a real cutie ... and agreed, but my daughter has a chihuahua of her own, as well as 6 other dogs... so she's taking it carefully introducing the new dog to her own, in case her chihuhua who is only used to male dogs around takes a dislike to the little new chee... so for the moment chee is sleeping in the kennels in the evening and getting a little careful association with the larger home dogs for an hour a day to see how it goes, they are all gentle patient dogs ..but as of yet she's not been introduced to Daughters chihuahua ..who is a little sweetie but she was a rescue and she's very much a 'mummys' girl..so she might not take too kindly to a new little one moving into her lane
     
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    I think you have to have a "gift" for doing what your daughter does. Although I would not mind one pet I could not even think of caring for more than one...and at my age and without my Honey's help even caring for one would be to much for me alone.

    As we age we still want to do alot of things that we know in our hearts is just not going to work anymore. I would never want to get a pet and then find out we could not take care of it the way it should be taken care of....and have to send it away from what it thought was it's forever home.

    So I think what is happening here with Oreo is probably the best thing for all of us during this season of our lives. :)
     
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    Greetings from Aeioungland. My elder sister and her partner are in their eighties ............(would have used 'octogenarians' but that has four vowels)
    when their beloved 'black-lab' passed on to the next kennel they decided they
    needed to ease up on having to walk a dog four times a day, which is what they
    did come rain or shine. So they joined a help-club and look after a neighbours
    dog once or twice a week for a whole day. Perhaps similar organisations exist
    on your side of the pond ?


    AN AEIOUNGLISH 'FALL DOG'

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    That's a good looking dog.
     
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    Oreo is a wonderful dog although when our neighbor first got him home with her he was very shy and skitish. It was pretty obvious someone, somewhere had either mistreated or neglected him. But he has been here for awhile now and we all spoil him rotten...and he now is as friendly as can be. He definitely would be the dog we would want full time if we were up to this...but having him even on a part time basis is wonderful. :)
     
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    My Izzy is a total momma’s boy, which is good for me. He was about two when my husband realized that Izzy was trying to tell us that I was about to have a seizure. Now that my sons and husband are gone, it is a great help to have three to five minutes forewarning. It gives me plenty of time to stop whatever I’m doing, and I also can get myself into a position to make sure I don’t hurt myself or anyone else. He goes everywhere with me, even the grocery store.

    Izzy doesn’t bark unless it is to let me know that he needs to go outside, or if he thinks I might be going to leave him. Yes, he even must go to the bathroom with me. His trainer thinks he does that because he worries that I might have a seizure if he’s not there.

    To get Izzy certified as a support dog, he went through thee months of training before my visit to @Yvonne Smith and Bobby’s in 2015, and then another three months after we got back. He refreshes his training each year, and it helps that I have always taught my pups with hand signals.

    Whereever we go, there are always people that want to know if they can pet him, especially children, and he is always very patient with people. He has only growled at one stranger, and I decided to trust him, and I got away from that man as soon as possible.

    I think his patience comes from the fact that at seven months, I notice that he had a vision problem, and for the next 14 months he had to go through three cataract surgeries. Through it all he had to have eye drops four times a day, and I had to put pills down his throat twice a day. Now he still get an anti itch pill daily. All I have to do is shake the pill bottle, and he will roll over on his back, open his mouth, and let me drop the small pill into the back of his throat.

    I truly believe the Creator sent Izzy to me knowing I would be on my own, and that I would need help, and a little being to spend my emotions on.

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    @Ina I. Wonder It's so nice that our Creator knows exactly what we need...and often sends those things in such cute packages. :)

    You are blessed to have Izzy to not only love but to recognize when you are going to have a seizure. Having her to forewarn you about this must make things a little less anxiety producing for you. And it's wonderful that because you got her that training she can go everywhere with you too.

    I have enjoyed all the pets I had in my life time except the "psycho" toy poodle that my ex decided to surprise me right after I had my first baby. After two weeks with that crazy dog I told my ex either the dog had to go or I would. Since my ex had been gifted with the toy poodle by a "friend" who evidently couldn't take his craziness either...he decided to regift the pet to another friend. I didn't want to know who he gave him too and I told him to make sure he told the friend there is a no return policy. :) I hope that psycho toy poodle found a loving forever home with the right people for him and that they all lived happily ever after. :)
     
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    Every day it seems "Oreo" moves in with us more and more. I went to put some mail in our mail box a short while ago and found Oreo had "moved" some of his toys from his house to ours. :)

    And when I went to the store the other day my husband asked me to buy him a doggie brush. :)

    The other day we went outside to drink our morning cup of coffee and watch the birds eat their breakfast and there was Oreo laying down under the Oak tree waiting for us to come out. He was just watching the front door. :)
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    Sharing Oreo with our neighbor is working out just fine. Almost every morning when my husband opens the door to take his morning cup of coffee out on the porch to drink...Oreo is already there lying in the grass waiting for him. :)

    And when I come out later to go bring my Honey to work, etc. Oreo makes sure he gets his daily dose of loving from me too. It's wonderful having a pet without having the expense or total responsibility of one.

    We bought a big box of Milk Bone doggie treats which Oreo decided didn't have enough flavor...so my husband now makes some instant gravy, brushes it on the treats and then rebakes them in the oven. He has also basted some in a peanut butter sauce (at my suggestion) and rebaked those too. Now Oreo loves the treats and my Honey is a very happy man too.
     
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