Sunday, January 23, 2011

What a difference a week makes!

What a difference a week makes is for sure!! Last weekend, on Sunday it was cold. Very cold in fact. And, I picked up a new foster dog named Boston, brought him home and realized within minutes it wasn't going to work for lots of reasons. (but mainly his fear of Sophie, which I can't entirely blame him for!).  Anyway, he went back on Monday and I committed to take a puppy. Well, since then, the weather has warmed up to melting temperatures, Sophie has gone back to agility classes (but, I think she deserves a post all to her own, about that!) and I brought the pup home.

His name is Ringo, although that doesn't really suit him, to my way of thinking. I call him Porkchop and Piglet because he's a rolly polly pup. He's a farm special dog; in other words, who know what he is?  There's likely some lab in there, possibly some border collie but there's also maybe some shepherd, looking at his siblings. All I know is that he is CUTE!

Ringo is 7 weeks old at best guess; his momma was rescued when he and his siblings were about a week old. She was tied to a dog house and had very little food. It was cold, and New Hope had to take them.  So, here they are and Ringo is a sweet little thing! I love puppies this age because they are all potential and promise; who knows what this dog could become?  I can tell you the base of his personality is sweet, cuddly, mostly quiet but still full of puppy play. He plays with Murphy then crashes on my lap for a nap. He's learning to stand up for himself a little because Murphers is relentless in her pursuit of play. In comparision to Murphy, he's laid back and fairly moderate in his energy levels.

He's fairly quiet in his crate; he'll settle in there nicely at night, but watch out, once he's awake, he lets you know loud and clear! He's actually doing fairly well with his kennel training. He's keeping his crate clean, which I am so impressed about, but we'll see on Monday when I am gone to work all day. In any case, he's doing better than Murphy even does in her crate, LOL. He's even doing quite well on housetraining.  There's been very few accidents (like 1 or 2 since Friday night) and he'll even cry a bit when I suspect he needs out. He's even rung the bell at the back door, which is Sophie's way to tell me she wants out. So, while he can't be considered housetrained for a long time yet,  I think he's a smart one and won't take long to figure it out.

Really, for anyone looking for a cute, cuddly boy who might end up on the larger side of medium, they can't go wrong with this little gaffer. He really is a lovely boy!!  I am quite smitten with his little socks, his sweet personality and how gentle and friendly he is.


achieve1dream said...

Oh my goodness, what a cutie!! He's totally adorable. :) I hope you can find him a good home and have lots of fun with him until then. Also looking forward to Sophie's post.

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I wonder if he knows my passenger Mary!

She's got the same unknown heritage!

BUT all cute!

He is a total doll!

ForPetsSake said...

I'm all smiles - I remember those puppy days. As you said, they're all hope at this age. I think I even have a pic somewhere of Nyxie trying to scratch her collar off like little Porkchop there. Too cute.

Surely he'll find a home soon. Until then, enjoy all that sweet puppy breath!

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh my goodness, Ringo is ADORABLE!!! I'm sure a million homes would want him - just hope his future family put in the right training & socialisation to make the most of his wonderful puppy potential!

Hsin-Yi (& Honey the Great Dane)