Friday, October 19, 2012
We are a dog family...at one time we had four. All herding breeds (3 German Shepherds and Cattle Dog). A year ago we found ourselves down to one - a 7 year old female shepherd, Kay. Now Kay was still what I considered active and we knew that we wanted to add another Shepherd to keep her company. We considered adopting, but the rescue groups won't home a dog with children under 7 (our daughter just turned 5) and Kay has some dog "issues" and an adult dog would really have to be the right fit. So when we introduced my mother's Corgi puppy to Kay and she did great, we decided, puppy it would be. Now, it's been 7 years since we had a puppy and while Kay is active, I wouldn't call her busy and our life was fairly predicable and calm - something I knew would change. But maybe that was the shove I would need to get up early and walk more and a puppy could be the running buddy that Kay's hips prevented her from being. At the beginning of July we got Dexi, a female working line Shepherd puppy..
Flash forward 3 months...we've gotten past the middle of the night puppy wake-ups. We are at a mangeable point in housebreaking (any issues can be attibuted to lack of proper attention on our parts). And Dexi has certainly been a shove in the butt! Missing a morning walk or evening walk, especially during the work week when she is confined longer has obvious ramifications...that tend to involve double the effort at redirection of naughtiness and alot of "Dexi, No" from all of us!
She is fiesty, funny and when old enough will be my running buddy! In the meantime I mostly enjoy the chaos she brings - even though that means my alarm clock goes off at 5:30 AM so we get a walk in despite the dark and anyone with a Shepherd can attest to the fact that walking a Shepherd is not a leisurely stroll - it is an athletic event. Dexi's natural gait is a trot...I sweat.