In an earlier post I introduced our farm dog, Buddy. We got Buddy from a rescue shelter and chose him specifically because he was smart, loyal, and had very good shepherding instincts. His role and responsibility was to watch over everyone on our farm and especially to protect the kitties. He took on this job like a champ and the kitties love and adore him for it.
This is not Buddy. This is Friday, our naughty dog. As you can see from his sweet expression, he really wants to be a good boy and no matter how much trouble he causes, we love him and are so thankful he came into our lives.
About 2 weeks before we got Friday, my youngest son started asking for a puppy. I told him, “No.” We already had a dog. Then we were driving across Wyoming, in the middle of Nowhere, when we found a little puppy on the road with a broken leg. We pulled over and he came crying to us for help. Of course our hearts melted, and after leaving our information with the animal shelters within 100 miles and never hearing back, we just knew that he was our dog now. We didn’t find him on a Friday, but that is the name our youngest knew was right.
Near as we can tell, he is part Australian Cattle Dog (Heeler) and part Pit Bull. His personality sort of reminds us of Chance from Homeward Bound. He chases Buddy and bites his heels when Buddy tries to fetch, teases the kitties way too much, absolutely hates all UPS men (to the point that they now leave packages at the neighbor’s house), tries to dig his way to China, and chews everything from bicycle seats to gas grills to lawn tractors. Did I mention that he really wants to be a good dog and we really love him?
For the chewing problem we found that, in addition to providing him with good things to chew, Bitter Apple works great to discourage him from destroying expensive things! We are really hoping that once his teeth are fully developed the chewing will slow down a bit.
What does he love? Most of all he loves US. Every time he sees us he tries to sit politely but his excitement comes out in the sweetest little squeaks and whimpers. Then when we pet him he absolutely melts into a puddle on his back. We weren’t planning on getting another dog, but this little guy literally fell right into our path. He is part of our family now and we love him no matter what!
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