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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 04-12-2011, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
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I really need some help here. Any feelings at all on the subject is much appreciated as always.

I am thinking of adopting a rescue. I feel an incredible draw to this pup and I can't put my finger on it. My home life is good right now. I think my two pups are well balanced and happy. My father is dying so it's a time in my life. I can't explain but I always seem to pile things up even if it's not the best for me. Having said that, I think that we don't always have control over signs in our lives and I believe Blue is a sign for me.

It's been really difficult to make this first meeting happen and when it did it was not with the actual foster mom. She was at a show with some of her dogs. The young woman who was kind enough to let us meet this pup used to help out all the time but hasn't been a part of the rescue for a while and had never met the pup until that morning as well. She knew nothing of Blue.

When we arrived Blue was playing with another very small pup as you will see in one of the photos. The tiny pup is estimated to be eight weeks old. Blue is estimated to be a five to six month old male Shih tzu/Poodle mix. He has a curly peach colored undercoat and a long coat tipped in blue. He looks more like a hav to me and my husband. He does not have an under bite. Blue played very nicely with the younger pup and carried his tail high on his back most of the time. The other pup was very rough with Blue but he remained playful and gentle. He was very afraid of the three humans in the room. My husband wanted to take him outside and we believe it was the first time he had been on grass. In the picture with my husbands hand on him, he was looking at a horse. He started to growl at the horse and began to chew his growls just like our Watson does. He smelled very bad. He did have some poop on his rear end but his entire coat had a really bad smell. That concerned me for sure. The foster mom told me he had a bath "not to long ago" but I was troubled by this. The tiny pup did not smell at all.

I know he needs a lot of love and training. I am told he came from a puppy mill. I don't think he has had any socialization, potty training, etc.

I am leaning toward adopting him. Unfortunately he already has my heart. I have read some books and watched some Cesar Milan shows. (just recently got the channel he is on) What is the best way to introduce a new pup to my pack? Should I take my two there and use that as neutral ground? What other things should I consider? I know there are more important things that need to be addressed but I am blinded right now.

Please weigh in if you have any questions or suggestions.
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He has the sweetest eyes! I can see why you melted.

I am sorry about your father. Good luck with whatever you choose to do.
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Oh Trudy, he's sweet! He really needs a little love. It sounds like you have your hands full but if you feel like he is meant for you, I think you should go for it.

Good Luck!

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Well, you sound like a very insightful person and this does not sound like a decision you are making on impulse, without any thought. And it sounds like you and your husband are talking about this, which is a good thing.

I understand what you mean about timing but maybe this is happening right now for a reason. You are dealing with a very very difficult situation with your father and maybe this little dog has come into your life right now to help you through this in some way.

When I adopted my first dog, she was from a shelter and she was very filthy and smelly and also very matted. And when I say smelly, I mean really really smelly. After she was groomed, she became a different dog And with Blue, once you start to feed him proper food (goodness knows what he has been eating) and he is groomed, I think those issues will resolve themselves. He is a very handsome boy. If it was me, I would go ahead and proceed. Of course this is just IMHO and I know you are seeking out opinions here so I am posting mine.

IMHO, go for it Blue looks awesome and I bet he will be a great pet.

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Is there a dog training school nearby? I met with a trainer before we brought Jack home. Our other dog has 'issues'. She offered to have the dogs met at the school - neutral territory. We didn't take her up on that because Jack arrived really late at night.

You probably are going to need a trainer anyway to help the little guy with socialization.

I love his pics - so sweet.


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Well, I'm probably not the person to ask! I came very close to adopting a Maltese rescue just before I had the opportunity to "rescue" McGee. We are caring for my dad who has dementia now so probably not the best timing either but I do agree with what Andra says. Sometimes following your heart is the best thing to do. My DH agreed that as long as I "realized" I wasn't being rational, then he was totally on board!

I'm sure a good bath will work wonders but sniff his ears - he may have mites or an ear infection - either can smell pretty bad.

Whatever you decide, you can count on this forum to support your decision!

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If you get him, check out some training classes, and talk with a trainer as to which type she might recommend. If you want some good article don't hesitate to email me. I would definitely get him vet checked , preferably before you make a decision.

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Luckyone, any more thoughts on adopting Blue? Just wondering how you were doing!

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Thank you everyone for your opinions! I don't always think with my head before my heart. Hubby and I kicked it around for about 10 days and yesterday Blue joined our family. We had to change his name since he would be Blue Gray. He's happy as can be! He has issues for sure but I think with time and love we will get by. I should have come back to the forum sooner because I didn't even think of taking him to the vet before the adoption but I know that if he rode in the car with me that would be it anyway! He was so happy on the way home. We put him in a crate as he was really comfortable there and his tail wagged all the way home!

He smelled alright yesterday but today he's a little stinky. He kind of smells like the house of the rescue lady. Hubby says not to worry. Picked up a sample shampoo from the vet today and I took in a fecal sample and they found one type of worm. Can't remember what it is but it can get in the soil and is in fecal matter of rabbits. It will come to me later. We started him on the med for that today but he doesn't have his first vet visit until Monday and the groomer on Tuesday. Einstein is alright with him and outside they RLH but Watson wants nothing to do with him. A little concerning for sure. He didn't soil his crate last night and not a peep out of him either. It's been 24 hours and he just ran in the house with the boys for the first time! We are so happy. Hubby says he walks in the room like Norm from Cheers walked into the bar so his name is Norman. We love him! I hope he is as healthy as he is happy!

Thanks so much for the opinions and the encouragement.
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Congratulations Trudy! Norman is adorable. Watson will come around.

(FYI - my puppymill fosters frequently smell pretty bad even after a few baths. Eventually the smell goes away.)

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