Greetings from Minnesota! It’s been another drizzly day, and it looks like more of the same for a while.
Now that it’s been a few days, I figure I owe you all an introduction.
After some debate, we’re still searching for the right name for this little guy.
Yes, we seem to have acquired a sweet little dog. Several weeks ago I was talking to my mom, and she mentioned they’d had a dog show up in their yard. He seemed friendly and well-mannered, but he had no collar and he wasn’t even neutered. They called around to neighbors and animals shelters, but nobody seemed to be missing this guy.
So… you know what happens next. My parents decided they couldn’t keep him, and somehow he’s been transplanted to us. We are both suckers when it comes to big, brown doggy eyes, and of course we had to give him a chance. For the record, I have posted his picture and information to try to find his owner, but so far nobody has claimed him.
Things I have discovered:
1) He is great on a leash, and he’s also been a good running partner on the few measly runs I’ve been able to do lately.
2) He is also fairly well-behaved in the house.
3) The farm is a different story. He gets excited and can hardly listen when he sees animals, squirrels, or birds. Jumping in calf hutches seems like great fun to him, and he wants to cross the road and run to the neighbors. For now, he’s got to be closely supervised or on a leash.
4) He is one hungry dog. I swear he’s half the size of Wellington and eats double as much.
5) If there are big, muddy ruts to be found, he will find them. See example below:
And so far, that’s what we know- besides the fact we think might look rather like a coon hunting dog. (not that we seriously know what one looks like. Anybody have one??)
He’s still on a trial basis, simply because we’re not sure we are ready for another dog. It also doesn’t seem fair to keep him on a leash as much as we have been, but so far he just can’t be trusted to stay put at the farm. Maybe an invisible fence is in our future?
He definitely wins points for being sweet and extra cuddly, so I’m starting to think it may work out.
Not much to report. Things are feeling okay, and I’m planning to attempt a run longer than 30 minutes tomorrow and see what happens. Obviously I won’t run through sharp pain, so I’m hoping I don’t have any of that.
Do you notice my blog looks a bit different up top? I’ve wanted to do a full update to my blog design and layout, but I just haven’t gotten to it yet. Besides, I need inspiration. I thought a running related picture belonged somewhere on my homepage, and I think this will do for now.
Any experience training dogs that don’t want to stay home? Does this invisible fence stuff really work for speedy dogs that like to chase squirrels?