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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-16-2014, 09:36 PM Thread Starter
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We took the plunge & brought Angel home!

Because my husband and I are certifiably insane, we decided to take Angel home for a trial run to see how she fits in with our family. I have posted about this before, so thank you to everyone who gave us tips about introducing a new dog into the household.

We currently have a 1 year male GSD mix named Sora. Angel is 5 years old and spayed. Her owner needed to rehome her ASAP because she also owns an Aussie who recently had a litter and was picking fights with Angel. Angel has been living in an outdoor run/garage for the past 4 months.

We went forward very carefully because we were unsure if Angel was going to exhibit aggression to other dogs. We are also unsure of how Angel will do with cats (there were cats on her farm but no house cats.) We brought them both to a huge off-leash trail to introduce each other. As we got there, a man was there with his impeccably trained German Shepherds. We explained that we were introducing them for the first time, and he helped us out. He was using German commands with his own dogs, and Angel was responding very well. I explained that Angel did some Schutzhund, and the guy was ecstatic! He was like, I do Schutzhund with my boys! LOL So that was wonderful. He gave us the rundown on some basic German commands which was very nice of him and very useful!

We went to the park and played some fetch. They had a blast! Angel is so fast! I've never had a dog this fast. She just leaves Sora in the dust! LOL

Everything has been going well so far. Sora, our boy, is very obnoxious. He wants to be with her all of the time (we currently have them separated via a baby gate.) He whines and whines and whines. He gets overly excited and tries to mount her So, we correct him for it and split them up. She has been very patient with him since he is still very much an immature guy, so we are proud of her for that.

We are hoping that she fits in very well and the two of them do well with each other. The man at the park was like, mark my words--they will be inseparable! I sure hope so!

Not sure if I'm posting pictures correctly, but here are a few from our day

The car ride home:




Later on that night at the house after they started to settle down a bit:





And a couple of videos to show you how slow and pokey my boy Sora is! Ha!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qd2jLPxlAOE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfCBahkhhmE


Thank you for reading! I'm off to the looney bin now...
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-16-2014, 09:40 PM
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Congrats!!!! She is a beauty!!!

On thing I do tell all adopters, you generally get a 4-6 week honeymoon period. Then new dogs start pressing buttons. Checking limits. Make sure you have firm rules and guidelines. Stick to them.

Good luck and thanks for getting this girl!!!


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She's lovely. I'm sure all will be well once he realizes ladies don't like that. She'll let him know how much so LOL

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OMG!! They are both beautiful! Congrats on the new addition.

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Congrats! Both your dogs looks so happy!

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Congratulations.

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Thank you everyone! We are not sure if we will be the perfect home for her, but we figure it's worth a shot. She grew up on a farm so she is used to a lot more activity and outdoor time (we live in a residential neighborhood and work FT, so it's totally different schedule for her.) First night was good. We have her set up in our huge finished basement. She had a few accidents last night (which is to be expected, I think) so I may try to crate her tonight. My guess is that she's very overwhelmed, so we are trying to give her lots of space. However, you can tell she's so happy and just loves interacting with my husband and me

She has been very lady-like and issuing quick corrections to Sora on the muzzle for his very rude, ungentleman-ly behavior. This stops him for a total of about 5 seconds, and then he tries again. *eyeroll* If he keeps trying to be persistent about it, that's when she gets mad and it turns into a loud brouhaha (just noise.) So, we split them up. Then Sora sits at the baby gate and whines morosely. OY! Something tells me that this will be a loooong couple of weeks. Hopefully, our boy will decide to chill out soon. He's over the moon and can't even contain himself.

And today, of course, I woke up sick! Greaaaaat. It's Monday and I'm sick, tired, and have to juggle two crazy dogs. Bahaha!
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