Monday, July 26, 2010

Yes, we're crazy!

What did we do this weekend? Went out and got another dog!!!! Please welcome the newest White family member, Ernie! He's a 1 yr old Boston Terrier mix. Why, you ask? Well, dad loves Eby, but she has, as he says "the personality of a cat." Soooo, little ole me said, "We could get another dog if you want, one to be more yours." Little Eby must have had female owners before, because she gravitates towards me a little more, although she likes dad. Anyway, in less than a week we had another dog. We looked Thursday night online at the County Shelter's website and saw a couple cuties. I mean all those dogs just tug at your heart. Anyway, Friday afternoon, during the middle of a band of weather from Tropical Depression Bonnie, we walked into the shelter "to look." Well there were really only 2 dogs we liked that would fit the size needs of our apartment. And Ernie won out. We are waiting to see what his personality will be like. For now he is very timid. The shelter said they think he was mistreated because of his super submissive personality. He has not barked even once since being with us. Or even whined. He just licks his nose, the air, or us constantly and wags his little tail. Poor guy. I'm glad we could give him a home. Momma is holding back on her lovin' a little so that he'll gravitate towards dad. And this little guy is such a lover, I think they'll be 2 peas in a pod.
Princess Eby, however, was not so pleased with our decision. She is definitely mourning the loss of her monarchy. Her reactions range from growling to apathy to purposeful disinterest. She is definitely trying to cling to mom more. But her attitude has been improving daily and I hope she'll come to love him as a buddy. He is so go-with-the-flow he would love any person or dog. They were kenneled together Sunday and nothing happened. They shared the same doggy bed for awhile at night. But they don't voluntarily snuggle up yet.
Then we discovered- poor Ernie is terrified of a leash. When you put one on him he drops to the ground like a wet noodle. He'll be dragged rather than walk. This is slowly improving and we hope he can join the fam for walks in a week or so. He's also very unsure about eating. Never have I seen a dog (unless it was sick) that wouldn't eat. He'll eat a few bites and then be done. Poor guy just feels terribly insecure still I think.
Ms. Eby is at the vet as we speak getting her lady parts out. Mr. Ernie got his out Saturday morning at the shelter. For a lot cheaper too! I highly recommend adopting from the shelter. Alas, Eby was a stray who never made it there, so no discount shots and spays for her.
Having 2 dogs in the house really does make us feel more like a family. Especially with this baby-repurposed-for-dog item:

We had to pull Ernie the whole time since he wouldn't walk, but Eby still got her exercise by running alongside us for about a 1/2 mile. We get friendly waves and questions from everyone who sees them. They're not lazy, really. We make them run for a bit first. But they could never go as fast and as long as we can on our bikes. So this way they still get to come with us. Their weight also amps up the cardio and strength factor in our rides. And most of all it's just ridiculously cute!

So yes, we got crazy this weekend! We'll see how it goes!

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