Well, much to our surprise, we are considering adopting Ace. We weren’t really contemplating another dog, but he’s such a nice little guy that we are thinking he might be a good choice.
In his favor: He’s the kind of size we had already decided we would look for after Bodhi is gone. We are old enough that we want a dog that we can pick up to take to the vets and such if needed. He is a good size to travel with us and Gracie too if we choose in the future. He doesn’t chase cats. (Are you watching and listening Gracie??) He gets along with everyone in the house, and doesn’t need to play, which suits Gracie and Bodhi. He loves walks, and is really easy to walk with Gracie, which is good since Gracie isn’t a huge fan of walks, but does really well when she has a walking companion. At 4 years old, she should still be doing lots of good walks. He loves his crate, and goes there often to rest and relax. He’s housebroken. He rarely barks…though I suspect he was debarked, and will ask the vet about that tomorrow when he gets a wellness check. Remembering that he is a beagle/jack Russell mix, his bark is muffled and the kind of bark you have when you have a sore throat…so not a beagle sound . He’s only been here less than a week and I haven’t done any training with him yet, but I suspect, given how much he wants to please people, and how food motivated he is, that training won’t be difficult. Since he already walks beautifully on leash, the rest of the stuff is easy. He sleeps quietly through the night and gets up when we do. In general he’s a very happy little dog. And so cute when he carts his stuffed toys around in his mouth – he loves his hedgehog especially.
Marley and I are both aware that Bodhi won’t be with us tons more time. He now has a growth on his gum that the vet checked out today. It is sizeable and we won’t know what it is unless we do a biopsy, which means general anesthesia. Bodhi is slowly deteriorating, losing more muscle tone and some ability in his legs, and we are contemplating our options. We may watch it a couple weeks and see if it grows at all, and if not, will probably let it be. Quality of his life is what matters to us now, not quantity. So, Bodhi’s shorter time left with us is part of our thinking about Ace, sadly.
And, adopting Ace means we wouldn’t be fostering dogs anytime soon. Maybe that’s a really good thing. 10 foster cats/kittens at the moment is more than enough.
Cons: Not a lot. We would have three dogs for awhile…that’s a lot, but we’ve basically had three dogs in the house most of the last two years, and survived to tell about it. It isn’t really a con, but he will need a little bit of work/help on relaxing…he is easily startled. Part of that may be that he was given up by his original family a little more than a year ago, ended up in a high kill shelter, was transported here to Castaway last April and placed with a foster, was adopted in June, and then returned 11 months later landing in a kennel for a few weeks, before coming to our home. There will be a little repair work on all of that. I have also seen him sort of duck and run when he thinks he might get hurt, and I would not be surprised if he was punished earlier in his life? He doesn’t get aggressive or difficult, but he is a little scared and he will need some time and help coming to a new understanding that he is safe now. He will also need to get with the program that table scraps are not on the menu here!! Given that he is a few pounds overweight, I think he was quite successful in his begging efforts in the past. Ignoring him seems to work, and he gives up quickly and goes to lie down elsewhere, so there’s great hope for him. I can just teach him to “settle” if we start a training program.
He seems to be a little afraid of cuddling, though he loves pets and belly rubs. He jumps up on the couch to sit with one of us, but jumps down quickly. Maybe he wasn’t allowed on furniture in the past…who knows. But we hope he will get more comfortable sitting with us as time goes by. Marley especially misses that Bodhi can’t jump up on the chair with him anymore, and would love it if Ace decided that suited him. As it is, when Marley came home from a client today, Ace’s tail wagged wildly and Marley gave him lots of belly rubs, and everyone was happy.
So, we shall see. Ace has a vet visit for a thorough check tomorrow (Wednesday), and a test or two, and we’ll see how many pounds he needs to lose…somewhere around 5 would be my guess. He’s close to 30 lbs now, I think, and 25 would probably be better. And we will continue to contemplate…