Sunday, May 31, 2009

Meet Rosey

We tried to hold out as long as we could, but we didn't last...we got a new puppy. I know, I know, we are trying to sell our house and we were hoping to wait until we got into a new house. The boys have been missing having a dog and ask us constantly to get a new one. Cody really wanted a Chihauhau for some crazy reason. Caleb has been telling us he misses Max. Ben and I have missed having a dog too. We definitely did not want to run into the same dog troubles that we have had in the past (we don't have a good history of picking well-behaved dogs). Diggers, chewers, escape artists, hyperactive, crazy dogs. So we have spent months researching different breeds. We wanted laid back, low maintenence, non-shedding, no chewing, no digging, no jumping over fences, no digging under fences, no biting, no aggression, no hyperactivity, etc. Sounds like a perfect dog that doesn't exist in this world. Well we actually found several breeds that fit the bill through online doggy personality tests. Most of them were mixes of poodles or cocker spaniels. The only problem was that these designer dogs were available at the low, low price of $1000+. Forget that action! I guess we forgot to type in "inexpensive dog with above characteristics". Lately we have also been perusing the dogs at PetSmart on Saturdays. These are usually dogs from shelters or rescues, both boys migrating towards the chihuahua or miniature pinchers (dogs with bad habits or attributes). We found out these same dogs are also listed online at Petfinder.com. We began checking them out frequently and I saw a litter of cocker spaniel mix puppies (possibly poodle) at a rescue in Southern Illinois. This was the type of puppies that we had been looking online that cost a bundle! They were called the Seven Dwarfs because there were 7 pups. They were 1 month old when they were found dumped in a field and brought to the rescue facility. They are now 5 months old. The little dwarf "Happy" won our hearts. She is a very laid back, sweet pup. Caleb immediately changed her name to Rosey and told me how to spell it correctly. She has the body of a cocker spaniel, with an unruly, curly black coat with white chin, chest and paws. Her face looks like a terrier or like "Shaggy Dog" with the cute beard and eye whiskers. She shouldn't get any bigger than she is now. She is very quiet, rarely barks and so far has not shed even with brushing and a bath. Rosey adores the boys and follows them around the backyard constantly, running along with them, or just staying close to where they are playing. When they are on the playset, she lays down nearby and keeps an eye on them. The boys played in the backyard all day with her today and love on her constantly. She is starved for attention and eats it up, but does not bug you to death for it. You can tell she did not get much one-on-one attention at the rescue with all the other dogs. She seems to be a really great pick. Our friends, the Atnips couldn't believe what a well-behaved dog she was and said, "are you sure she isn't a 14 year old dog?" Maybe our doggy luck has changed for the better...we sure hope so.

5 comments:

Kev said...

Wow! Why didn't you tell me about this when I called earlier?!

Jim said...

I don't know if Ben remembers or not, but she looks just like a cockapoo we used to have named Bridgette. Glad you found one, and I hope she is all that you want in a friend!

Mom said...

Cute pup. Hope she makes a good pet for the boys.

The Petitts said...

Holy cow, another dog! Good for you. Maybe a girl dog will be better. We sure love ours!

Dad said...

You all go thru pets like crazy, Why don't you just open up a Pet Store then you can have your choice. See you all later