I want to tell you about the new addition to my home, Amber.
Amber joined the family (being me and Abby) on Saturday. She is 36.7 pounds, 6 months old, and completely neurotic. When she wags her tail, her entire butt sways back and forth, and she walks like she has cerebral palsy.
I took her to the vet yesterday, and the consensus was that she has just spent most of her life in a tiny, dirty crate, and needs some time to get her coordination. She didn’t know a single command when I picked her up, and by yesterday, I had her sitting on command.
It helps that she can watch Abby, and then follow her example. We’ll probably all three go through training part two.
The only bad thing is that Amber is very defensive of her territory. If Abby so much as looks in the direction of her food, toy, or kennel, she growls, snaps, and jumps at her. I know that Abby isn’t trying to steal her stuff, it’s just that she wants to play, and Liv just doesn’t get it.
The did warm up to each other once I put Abby’s kennel upstairs, and started feeding them seperately. I make sure they both get a treat at the same time, and I’m going to talk to a behaviorist later today. We don’t want Liv to continue her bad habits.
The vet thinks that in addition to being left in the kennel all the time, including laying in a puddle of pee, she was also fed along with several dogs, and had to fight to get any food. But she will learn that I will always feed her, and she doesn’t need to be mean to dear sweet Abby.
“Lynne” brought her baby over yesterday to meet Liv, because he LOVES dogs. They immediately pounced on him and scratched the bejeezus out of his face. He didn’t seem to mind, but he did run over and grab a big old stick from my drum kit. Smart boy.
Here is a picture of princess number 2.