Laila is SOOO sweet! She's just full of love and lots of kisses! Of course, her kisses will take much more getting used to than Tango's. Behind that big grin is a lot of slobber....
I honestly didn't want one big dog, much less two. But we literally tried for MONTHS to rehome Lily. Nobody wanted her because she is a pit bull. We couldn't stand the thought of turning her over to a shelter. After about 6 months, it became apparent that we had found her a good new home.....
I think that's so sad, when people classify all dogs as "bad" because of their breed. In the past I've owned a german shepard and an akita, both of which are labeled as "aggressive" breeds. I never had one lick of trouble with either dog, and it was all due to training. Now, I did get both of those dogs from reputable breeders after MUCH research, where I don't know a darn thing about Lily or Laila. But I still think it has more to do with the owner than with the dog. The biggest problem (IMO) is when people get a "mean" dog to "protect" them. That's just asking for trouble, and is SUCH a disservice to the poor dog, who is only trying to please their master. That just makes me
I just heard from the rescue organization, and it looks like we're all set to bring Laila home tomorrow, assuming their third day in a row together at daycare goes well.
I am a bit apprehensive because she is deaf, but we'll just have to figure out how to train her. She's very eager to please, and I really don't think we'll have much trouble once we learn how to communicate.
Elizabeth, I've actually never used a day care before! We've been taking Lily to daycare so she can play with Laila while being supervised by professional trainers who can assess their behavior.
The rescue organization, doggie daycare, and obedience class that we'll be attending are all branches of the same organization and run by the same people. I know several people who have been daycare and obedience clients for several years, and have always spoken highly of this place.
It is located on a side street between Greenville Avenue and the Hwy 75 access road. I think you said you're in Garland.... You would take Mockingbird to Greenville. Turn right on Greenville. There is a stoplight at SMU Blvd. Go through that stoplight, then take the very next left onto Dyer (this is where Ozona's is). Cross the RR tracks, and the building will be on your right.
I don't think they take walk-ins, though. They are pretty strict about who they let in. There is an application you have to fill out, and they sort of do an "interview" to make sure your dog will fit in well with the others.
I'm actually glad they do that - makes me feel good to know that they have background information on all of the dogs, as opposed to some places who will let in anybody with the only requirement being current vaccinations.
Also, this place has indoor and outdoor play areas, and separate pens for dogs based not only on size, but also on temperament. So the really energetic toy dogs are not mixed in with the more laid back toy dogs, even though they are the same size.
I've been very pleased so far. We'll be attending basic training there, and I'm also buying a "block" of daycare days. We play to take Lily and Laila in together once a week (forever, probably) to keep them socialized, because with a terrier that's VERY important.