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Old 01-09-2008, 12:52 AM   #1
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Our soon-to-be new dog!

Alki and Chester just aren't into long hard hikes anymore so I've been looking for about a month trying to find the perfect dog to add to our family. I hope we've found him! I spotted him on Petfinder. He's a lanky teenage lab mix, about a year old. He was rescued from the pound where he arrived as a stray. I emailed and the foster home gave me more info about him, and today we went to meet her at a PetSmart across town and let him meet our dogs. Everyone sniffed noses and seemed to get on pretty good. Chester wanted to wrestle, Alki just wanted to not get squished.

They want us to think about it for at least a day, but I think he's a sure bet.

His name is Romeo, but they've been calling him Buddy, which I think fits him. He is just as happy-go-lucky as he looks!
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Old 01-09-2008, 01:02 AM   #2
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Profile Dog..

The dog peaking in your avatar picture doesn't seem as excited.

We got a rescue puppy as our old German Pointer was on his last years... I must say the pointer for the later part of his life was not happy about having another dog around. We brought him home to 5 acers of land. All it could do was take a dump on the deck right next to the front door. I have a feeling they rescued it from a balcony of a condo!

Thought I would give you my two cents since our circumstances were simular.

Black Labs are great dogs and companions, and if you do decide to get him I hope they are all buddies and he was rescued from the woods
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Old 01-09-2008, 01:13 AM   #3
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Yes, our Dalmatian was also a rescue, and he wasn't exactly the dog we'd always dreamed of Unfortunately rescue dogs do seem to come with baggage. One thing I like about this guy is he's been in a foster home for 6 weeks and he has been living in their house with their dogs and so they have good information to offer on how he should fit in.

I'm sure we can continue to spoil Alki to her expected level She survived Chester being added to the house, and recently the two cats. Hopefully one more dog won't give her too much of a headache.
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Lookin' good Stephanie! We took a long walk in the mild weather yesterday afternoon -- it doesn't feel right without dog friends along. But we're working on that too...
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It looks like you'd better increase your intake of Wheaties and vitamins in order to keep up with him. This one looks ready to GO! He may have you running up the trails When we add our daughter's yellow lab to our two (Old Weimaraner and 2 year old GPS) on her visits home, life gets crazy around here. Probably your Alki will be like our Wally, and just try to keep out of the way of the two others. Best wishes for your growing family. ~G
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Thumbs up Congratulations!

Good for you!! Best wishes, he looks very sweet!! Romeo/Buddy looks like he'll be lots of fun on the trails! Our black lab is a lot of company on hikes, she's seven and still spunky!! She still loves to chew rawhides too!
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Karma to you for going with a rescue. He's great! Labs have such a wonderful personality. He looks like he's full of life and loving it.
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More Karma to you. Both our standard poodles were rescued and yes they do come with baggage but in the end we would do it all over again.
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What a cutie! Guess it's good you're getting a bigger trailer.

Let us know where he ends up in the water dish line (or if he's even willing to go along with that program).
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Alki and Chester just aren't into long hard hikes anymore so I've been looking for about a month trying to find the perfect dog to add to our family. I hope we've found him! I spotted him on Petfinder. He's a lanky teenage lab mix, about a year old. He was rescued from the pound where he arrived as a stray. I emailed and the foster home gave me more info about him, and today we went to meet her at a PetSmart across town and let him meet our dogs. Everyone sniffed noses and seemed to get on pretty good. Chester wanted to wrestle, Alki just wanted to not get squished.

They want us to think about it for at least a day, but I think he's a sure bet.

His name is Romeo, but they've been calling him Buddy, which I think fits him. He is just as happy-go-lucky as he looks!
Yes, kudos to you for getting a "pound puppy!" My question is, where does everyone (mainly the doggies) sleep when you are on the road? Do you bring doggie beds or is it every dog for himself on any available couch? We have a 7-year old black lab (she is spoiled as you might guess) and we plan on getting another dog prior to a summer 2008 roadtrip.
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Ha ha, it's every dog for himself! Actually, Chester does not travel as well anymore. He needs frequent potty breaks during the night, and is really happy staying home with his doggie door and petsitters visiting. Alki travels better, but she gets nervous with long car rides, and sometimes the activity is a bit much for her. So really I'm thinking we'll be leaving Chester home from now on, and just taking Alki and/or the new pooch.
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It's neat that you are opening your hearts and home to another rescue dog. We all come with baggage of some sort but sadly usually the rescue critters have had difficult and sad circumstances.

It will be interesting to see how the new pecking order falls out. That's our one concern right now with bringing in a new pet with an older one already here. He has really come out of his shell after 11 years of being second fiddle even though we tried hard to make sure he was treated the same.

See what happens when you get a bigger trailer? Everything else gets bigger too and now it's your family. And that is a very good thing.

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Congratulations and kudos for picking up a rescue. Don't worry about the size of the trailer we are OK with our three dogs. Its the kids that require room!

By the way looks like Romeo has some retreiver in him. Maybe some short coat retreiver. A very fine dog indeed.
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What a cutie. We have 2 pound puppies (lab mixes) that are really great dogs. Buddy (our first) has the most emotional issues of our adopted bunch. It appears he was disciplined with a water hose at some point in his young life. We got him when he was 9 months old or so and he is 8 now and still doesn't like water over his head or loud noises. You couldn't ask for a better friendly / protector dog. Dusty is happy go lucky no matter what. Ivy was adopted from our neighbors so she is just a spoiled mess. Our dogs sleep on blankets / comforters in the truck and on comforters on the floor of the trailer. They sometimes sleep on the gaucho as well.

I hope everything works out and Romeo/Buddy can join your family and fit right in.
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