Introducing our new puppy, River!
River is a 5-Month old mutt from Franklin County Dog Shelter. She was labelled a dane mix, but it seems like Catahoula Cur (or Catahoula Leopard Dog) is much more likely the dominant breed, though she is a mutt for sure. She has black, grey, and brown in her coat. She is laid back and submissive, she sleeps A LOT. She loves to be cuddled up on or next to one of us. We expect her to grow to be 50-70lbs. Her name is based on Texas Hold'em. In Texas Hold'em, two cards are kept in your hand and five are played on the table. The first three played on the table are the flow, the fourth is the turn, and the fifth card that completes your hand is the River. River has completed our full house - we now have three cats and two dogs. Our "hand" of pets is complete, and just how I have always wanted it.
So, getting River is the completion of one of my plans, and the start of another. One thing on my "bucket" list, is raising a puppy. Having been a stray and lived in the shelter (we do not know if she had a prior home), River is not house trained or obedience trained. She also, it would appear, is suffering from seperation anxiety, resulting in quite the mess when we try to crate her. These are issues we will have to work on, but when we are home she is very sweet, easily redirectable, and wants to please. Also, ironically enough, there is no doubt in my mind that the puppy will actually assist my efforts to "slow down" as discussed in an earlier post. I will think twice before scheduling too many nights away, at least until she is potty trained!!