You can catch up if needed by reading The Story of Fuzzy Part 1 wherein I rescue my dog Said’s sister from an irresponsible new owner.
So, here I am with two, 3 month old dogs on my hands. I don’t generally think it’s a good idea to try to raise two young pups at a time. One is hard enough and I am set up for it. My house is totally dog proofed and I am a professional dog trainer.
I knew that I could never train my own dog to the level I wanted him trained with another pup around, especially a sibling. How do I compete with a bond like that?
Fuzzy was a bit malnourished and scared of her own shadow and I set about repairing that as best as I could, while training my own dog. Mostly I let Fuzzy be. I wanted to give her a chance to remember that the world is a safe place. I taught her some basic manners like sit and down but the main part of her therapy I left up to Said and he did a great job.
I took Fuzzy to my group dog classes with me on Saturdays along with Said every week. It happened that one of their brothers, now named Sarge, was in the class. Sarge’s owners fell in love with Fuzzy and when they found out I was looking for a home for her they wanted to adopt her.
I was a bit leery. I knew how hard it was to raise one pup. Sarge was their first and they were having a bit of a hard time. At my house I have a luxury most dog owners don’t. I have a group of dogs ranging in age and breed that hang out on a regular basis. As a consequence I don’t have the problems a lot of dog owners do. I have very tired dogs who behave very well.
Sarge’s owners also had a small child. I think kids and dogs go together like PB&J but gosh, two baby pups and one baby human? That’s a lot to handle! ON a trial basis, I sent Fuzzy home with the couple for a week to see how it would go.
Who wouldn’t want her? She is such a cutie!
I have to admit there was a part of me that hoped they would want to give her back the next week, Fuzzy was a dear, but for good or bad, they didn’t. It turns out that having Fuzzy made their life much easier. Amazing!
They now had a playmate for Sarge so they had two tired pups at the end of the day instead of one that was raring to go. They said housetraining was also easier once Fuzzy, now renamed Sadie, came on the scene.
So, you just never know. What would have made my life much more difficult enhanced theirs. The couple now has a third dog and a second child and is doing great. Fuzzy’s story had a very happy ending.
From left to right: Fuzzy (now Sadie), Sarge, and Sherman