Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Megan to the rescue

I had a heart stopping moment today. We were out for a walk when Shelby's collar came undone. She was off like a shot and headed for a busy street. I tried calling her and she wouldn't come. Running after was a bad idea. She just ran away even faster. Finally, Pam let go of Megan's leash and said, "Get the puppy!". She did. She ran after Shelby, flipped her over onto her back and held her (gently) by the throat until we got there. What a good dog! I'll be sure to double check that collar each time we go for a walk.

Thursday, October 7, 2010


Shelby is officially ours now. We signed all the adoption papers last night. We found out a little of her history. She was taken from a hoarding situation in Kentucky. Her father, a springer spaniel, was also taken in by the same rescue and is not ready for adoption. She has five brothers and sisters as well. I haven't seen any of them. She is going to my vet today to get her second set of shots and have her demodectic mange re-evaluated.  Oh and to add to the excitement we are taking care of SIL's three-legged Saint Bernard, Falstaff  (who, coincidentally, came from the same rescue as Shelby and Megan) and husky mix, Peaches for the weekend.

Monday, October 4, 2010

Lessons from Megan

Lesson 1: Our home is this way
  --- When we get within two lots of our house, if the coast is clear, I let Megan off the leash to run the rest of the way home. I've started doing this with Shelby as well. Megan won't go as fast as usual and often looks over her shoulder to make sure Shelby is coming.

Lesson 2: This is how you play with a toy
  --- I have two Skinneez toys, a fox and a penguin, that I bought for Megan a while ago. She tore the tail off the fox when I first got it and then ignored it. She never showed any interest in the penguin. Until a couple of days ago. She has taken to throwing the toy for Shelby to catch. Shelby will drag it behind her and then the dogs will each chew on an end.

Lesson 3: Good dogs don't chew on paper
  ---- Shelby, being a puppy, loves to chew on lots of things. Yesterday she found a travel guide that we got for our upcoming trip to the Outer Banks. She dragged it on the floor and started chewing on it.  Megan got this exasperated look on her face and pounced on the guide, dragging it away from Shelby. When Shelby tried to get it back, Megan pushed it further under herself and growled softly. She showed no interested in chewing on it herself.