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Our newest family member (post #48440)

This is Abby.

She's a "mature" dog of mixed parentage, I'm guessing German Shepherd and a large barrel. (For those know the 3 Crotch Dogs, she's nearly Piper's height, with Taz's breadth.)

We have her on trial from an organization that specializes in rescuing dogs from local native reservations. She was definitely mistreated in the past, if not outright abused. Nevertheless she has a sweet, steady disposition and tolerates Jasper poking her feet and barking in her face without even blinking. There isn't an aggressive bone in her enormous body.

It goes without saying that the kids love her and have already integrated her into the family.

Because on her age she's been in foster care for a while, where they also had to teach her basic things such as that it's OK to be inside the house.

She has no formal training, but is gentle on the leash, very good at reading body language, and very fast at figuring out what you want from her.

And I think she really ought to be named Shadow, because that's how close she sticks to me.

avak123's picture

(post #48440, reply #1 of 52)

She is just a love!


Those big eyes just make me melt.


Congratulations on your new addition.

MadMom's picture

(post #48440, reply #2 of 52)

You made the right decision!  Who could resist those eyes?  I'll bet Dexter is smiling a big doggy grin right now.



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shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #48440, reply #3 of 52)

Awww... every family needs one of those -- but where's Peabody in the mix?





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MadMom's picture

(post #48440, reply #4 of 52)

Peabody could never live behind those sweet eyes!  He's just at The Three Crotch Dog Inn looking for his next chance to escape.



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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #48440, reply #5 of 52)

No terriers!

But seriously, I see Peabody in her patience with the kids.


Edited 8/27/2007 3:24 pm by CookiM0nster

MadMom's picture

(post #48440, reply #6 of 52)

That's right.  I remember how Peabody took it upon himself to guard Jasper, making sure no harm came to him.  Sometimes I concentrate too much on his prison-breaking talents and not enough on his other many talents!



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shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #48440, reply #9 of 52)

And those other talents would be??? (Actually Peeps has been foiled for several months now - he's losing his touch -- or he's lost the cel phone number for the Army Corps of Engineers, who were secretly helping him move all those concrete blocsk).





"the meat was prime,/the produce sublime,/but nevertheless/the dinner was/a horrible mess."
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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #48440, reply #10 of 52)

Oh, she was a great indoor escape artist when the rescue group first picked her up. She actually managed to break out of a crate, and I mean break.

Now that she's figured out she won't get beaten for being inside the house she's calmed down a lot.

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(post #48440, reply #7 of 52)

Awwwww.



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shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #48440, reply #8 of 52)

I always sorta suspected that Peabody was guarding Jasper the way he guards his food bowl - Jasper represented a nice, light snack just waiting to happen.





"the meat was prime,/the produce sublime,/but nevertheless/the dinner was/a horrible mess."
Samchang, 2007

AnnL's picture

(post #48440, reply #11 of 52)

Oh, she's beautiful!  Bless you for taking a senior.  They make such good companions, as you're finding out.  So sad that she had such a bad life, but at least you'll give her the love and comfort she deserves for the rest of her life.  :-)

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(post #48440, reply #12 of 52)

Just seeing the picture scared me!  LOL


But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

But, but, it's SUPPOSED to taste like that!

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(post #48440, reply #13 of 52)

Sounds like a match made in Heaven!  Enjoy her and bless you for adopting an older dog.

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TracyK's picture

(post #48440, reply #14 of 52)

Awwww. She looks like a big ol' teddy bear. What a great nose! :-)


 


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AJ12754's picture

(post #48440, reply #15 of 52)

Wow -- what a doll :-)


Lucky CookiMonster!


Lucky Abby!


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soupereasy's picture

(post #48440, reply #16 of 52)

Thats a face a mother could love. Hope she works out well for you.

evelyn's picture

(post #48440, reply #17 of 52)

She's beautiful. I love her smile!

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plantlust's picture

(post #48440, reply #18 of 52)

Congratulations on the newest baby. I totally agree with the part Shepherd part.
I would need acreage before I can adopt a THIRD dog. Darn those photos on petfinder.com anyway.

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KarenP's picture

(post #48440, reply #19 of 52)

 Congratulations on your new adult baby!   Hope that this works out..she does look like a love.  Evelyn said it..what a great smile! 


Edited 8/28/2007 1:52 am by KarenP

msm-s's picture

(post #48440, reply #20 of 52)

what a sweet dog! glad she finally ha s a good home. i like the name too, "shadow".

annieqst's picture

(post #48440, reply #21 of 52)

Very exciting for you and AbbyShadow! It's nice to know a dog with a sketchy, nasty beginning can end life with a loving family. Good going!

Quilter's picture

(post #48440, reply #22 of 52)

Look at her!  She's smiling because she's so happy to be part of your family! She's just lovely.  

SallyBR1's picture

(post #48440, reply #23 of 52)

WHAT A SMILE! That is a happy dog, if I've ever seen one!

any more photos????

 


 


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CookiM0nster's picture

(post #48440, reply #24 of 52)

Sigh.

I posted too soon.

Unfortunately, I have to give Abby back, and I'm just sick over it. She's a wonderful dog, and it's no fault of hers, except for her size.

To make a long story short, we had an incident in a busy mall parking lot where she panicked. It wasn't anything I couldn't handle if I'd been alone, except I wasn't alone. I had my kids with me. I got stuck in the awful position of having to chase her down and reign her in while simultaneously trying to keep my kids safe and out of traffic. In the end I managed it, with help from a few bystanders, but it made me realize that in an emergency I won't be able to keep both her and my kids safe.

So I'm bringing her back today, and we'll continue to look for a (smaller) new dog.

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #48440, reply #25 of 52)

Oh, I am sorry to hear this. I do understand, though -- a large, untrained dog + two small children + all the normal challenges of daily life = a real potential for chaos or worse. I do hope Abby finds another loving home soon (hey -- I know of a great place -- nice, rural, fenced-in yard, with three other dogs to keep her company! And P. keeps saying we need a b*tch for the boys.)





"the meat was prime,/the produce sublime,/but nevertheless/the dinner was/a horrible mess."
Samchang, 2007

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #48440, reply #26 of 52)

I can recommend a wonderful shepherd cross.

I feel so awful. I just keep bawling. I hope I made the right decision.

PeterDurand's picture

(post #48440, reply #27 of 52)

Would obedience classes work...might be worth a try.

 

shywoodlandcreature's picture

(post #48440, reply #28 of 52)

She could get a Certificate of Attendance, just like a certain well-loved, if not well-behaved husky we know.





"the meat was prime,/the produce sublime,/but nevertheless/the dinner was/a horrible mess."
Samchang, 2007

CookiM0nster's picture

(post #48440, reply #29 of 52)

It's not so much a training issue, though that would help some. The problem is that, because of her background, she freaks out in certain situations and tries to bolt.

KarenP's picture

(post #48440, reply #30 of 52)

So I'm bringing her back today, and we'll continue to look for a (smaller) new dog.


  I'm biased, I like big dogs, but I think that if a dog is going to have a "moment" with a child, it will be a small dog.   Is her demeanor worth trying obedience?  She's a beautiful dog and if a few good tugs on the leash convince her that it's best to do things your way, it may be worthwhile. 
  You'll make the best choice for your family.  She just has such a look about her.