Er….I mean dog.
Happiness is a warm dog.
We rescued a new dog this past week. Stress. We actually got her from a breeder but I say “rescue” because I did not like the way the dogs had to live there. They lived in kennels. Pretty large kennels. Probably 8′ x 8′. But this little girl has lived in one for almost 4 years. They were very clean and pride themselves on breeding great tempered German Shepherds. I just can’t get my head wrapped around the kennel thing.
She is a super dog but she has many things to learn. We have begun the transformation. Over the years, I have learned that to train a dog properly you have to give up your life for about a month and just be there for all the rights and wrongs and poops and pees. I installed a toilet squatting stool in her bathroom so she should be good to go. And I moved my bedroll out side so I wouldn’t miss a thing.
So, I go Monday to meet her and the farm is a riot. They had lamas, horses, donkeys, mules, pigs, chickens, donkeys and German Shepherds. Just a few of each. He asked me if I wanted to buy their baby lama. “Eek”, I said. I have never been up close to a lama. I know they spit and just hope that they weren’t going to spit on me. He said, “Come on, let’s go take a look” . We went in the fence and the mama lama wanted to smell my hair. REALLY liked the smell of my shampoo. Every time I moved she moved with me. Lamas are large creatures. Horse like. She then got a little fanatic about my hair. Excited. AND THEN SHE TRIED TO MOUNT ME. She was trying to climb on top of me. Ok, let me ask you…Have you ever had an animal the size of a horse physically try to mount you? Just wonderin’. Scared the livin’ day lights out of me. The guy had never seen such a thing. I said, “Uh, I think I’ll go wait outside the fence, thank you”. I coulda died. There at the hobby farm.
After the visit to the big animal pasture, we turned our attention back to Lubeck. They named her after a town in Germany. After we square away all that she needs right now, we may consider renaming her. I have been calling her Lubecka. A little more feminine.
I have never adopted an adult dog before. I knew this was going to come with some challenges. Old habits. Bad training. Etc. But I could not have been prepared for the next line….” Oh, and she just went into heat. Just this morning.” Never had a dog in heat. What in the heck do you do with a dog in heat for goodness sakes? Freaks me out. I don’t want to attract strangers to our property. 3 weeks, she is in heat. My vet wont spay her for a month. That has added a whole new dimension to farm management this month. I have twice called breeder man and said I am bringing her back. At least while she is in heat. I have cancelled twice too. He must think I am nuts. He was nuts to send me away with her. I was nuts to not listen to my feelings about how I felt about this whole thing. Afraid he would yell at me or something if I chose not to take her. I have a sick brain.
We will survive. All in the name of ……what?…….who knows? Who cares?
I took a photography lesson from a generous gentleman who offered a few free hours to help a hopeless situation. Sometimes I take a good picture. Most times I take horrible pictures.
Aside from the composition (which is a whole other story), the colors in the left photo are amazing. The light is too. There is nothing good about the photo on right. I have not a clue how I accomplished either one. Probably a good idea for a lesson or two, eh?
Have a super Monday. Thanks for checking in. God is good to let all of us live in this beautiful place.