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New addition to the family

Our son Kevin phoned my wife a week ago, telling her he was on his way home, and asked if we wanted a new dog.  When he got home 5 minutes later, he brought home a puppy.  Of course, there was no decision to be made;  it was a done deal before he even got home.

He was at a friend’s house, when an acquaintance of his friend pulled up to the house with a dog in his car.  The acquaintance was a 19 year old living in an apartment on his own, and “couldn’t afford to feed her anymore” (or so the story goes).  We found out later that he was probably going to shoot her rather than take her to the SPCA, as there was a waiting list for dropping off dogs, and a cost as well. We also found out that she spent the majority of time in a crate.  (it’s not uncommon in this rural area for farmers to shoot a dog once it’s outlived it’s usefulness-NOT something I would ever even consider)

Kevin didn’t want to see the dog put down, so he asked if he could have her.  And that’s how we got Chloe.

She’s a Laberaner (my term); that is, a Labrador Retriever/Weimeraner mix.  You would think that she would be huge, but she’s actually very petite.  I’d say she’s about 50 lbs at most, and undernourished as well.  Her ribs are clearly visible, but we’ve had her for about 10 days now, and she eats like a horse.

The only potential problem is that we have a 3 year old male GoldenDoodle, who wasn’t neutered.  Digger went  to the vet this past Monday and that’s since been fixed (pun intended).

Digger and Chloe get along GREAT.  They play together until they’re exhausted (good for both of them); Digger LOVES his new playmate.  Our 13 year old Springer Spaniel is a different story.  She let Chloe know early on that she will not tolerate any nonsense, and Chloe steers clear of Kelsea.

We keep Chloe in a crate during the day when we are at work.  Based on experience, sporting dogs can’t be trusted (as far as chewing) until 2-3 years of age.  Chloe will be 1 year old on Halloween, so she still has another year or 2 of the crate.

Here are pics of our dogs:





Chloe and Shamrock

Chloe and Shamrock

Digger after ridding our yard of a rabbit

Digger after ridding our yard of a rabbit

Kelsea, our elderly Springer Spaniel

Kelsea, our elderly Springer Spaniel

  1. Bel
    October 16, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    Love the doggie pics!

  2. October 18, 2009 at 8:35 am

    Aww, good for you. I just inherited an elderly springer spaniel whose owners didn’t think he could be trusted around their new baby. My heart went out to him, and you know how springers are, but it’s worth it.

    • October 18, 2009 at 7:55 pm

      We’ve had 2 Springers. The first was not healthy from birth, and died of a prolonged seizure at age 5 (I think she had an event during surgery which led to seizures). The second is the one we have now.

      Kelsea is a very nice dog, although she’s getting senile and is hard of hearing. She was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at age 5, but never let that stop her (ironically, she’s on Imuran for this, an old kidney transplant med). She’s still a sweet dog, but gets to the point where is snaps at the pup, and I’ve seen her snap once at a 6 year old who was getting “in her face”.

      That’s great that you “rescued” a dog as well. Good luck with your “new” Springer. Is it a liver and white or black and white?

  3. Nancy Murrell
    October 19, 2009 at 7:02 am

    He’s liver and white, fuzzy faced and adorable. I wonder if springers are just seizure prone. He gets them too and yes snaps at me, snaps at the other dogs … His mouth is his go-to, but he doesn’t mean to be aggressive. It’s just his first impulse. He also has some neuro thing that affects his back leg. Runs fine but is a bit unsteady walking. His vet records are on their way.

    He was immediately in love with me and who can resist that?

    Good luck with your new kid!

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