Here is the link to our decision making process in getting another dog. Thought you might like to hear how it all turned out...
When is it time to get another dog? - with a twist
My son had his heart set on a hound mix puppy. There aren't a lot of hound puppies in our area, but tons in the south and in WV. I happened to mention this to RebelGSD. She sent me a link saying, "You should check out this shelter. They always have hounds and they always have puppies." The shelter is in South Carolina. We checked out the site and my husband and son soon pointed to a puppy. "We want THAT one." THAT one was on the urgent list. He had Demodex. He was a return. I told the boys I did not know if the shelter would adopt to us, as we were out of state and not a rescue.
I sent an inquiry to the shelter. Almost immediately, I received an email...."He is ready now. When are you going to pick him up?" I asked about transport and the shelter supplied me with a contact person. The transport would have been fine, but I would have had to drive several hours to meet it. Again, Rebel pointed me in the direction of a transport that would deliver right to my door.
If it wasn't for Rebel, our pup would not be here. I would like to think that if we hadn't adopted him, he would have still been saved, but maybe he wouldn't. I consider him a life saved and told Rebel she should include him on her rescue site. We would never have found this little guy on our own.
So, our new pup was born June 27, 2012. His name is Natty Boh. We call him Boh. He is a hound mix. I will post pictures later and let you all take a guess as to what he is. While he is probably many breeds, we definitely see three. Oddly, when people guess, they tend to guess the same three breeds.
I can tell you about his traits and personality, which will help your guesses. Boh weighs between 18 and 20 pounds and probably won't get much bigger. He walks with his nose to the ground and his tail straight up in the air. (first breed) He goes into full bird-dog stance - nose forward, tail straight out, paw lifted. (second breed) He is tenacious. He doesn't know when to quit and never gets tired. He is wicked smart. You can see the wheels turning as he figures things out, but he does NOT aim to please. (third breed)
When my husband saw Natty Boh on the shelter site, he said, "He looks like a rascal." That he is. We love him to death. He is a lot of work and a lot of fun. Even though he is NOT a shepherd, I will still be coming here for advice. I am relying on you guys to help me. I tried joining a hound forum. It is not very active and not much help.
I hope you can forgive me for not getting a GSD. It is my hope to have my rescue GSD one day - after Natty Boh is better trained and has better manners. He LOVES other dogs. What a nice change that is for me. LOL!
Thanks for looking guys. Pics coming soon.