A Recent Surprise?

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My subject is: what is a nice surprise that you recently got?

It was submitted by: http://thethreegerbers.blogspot.ch

Well I had a few ideas for this post but changed it at the last minute. Why? Well we have two new additions to our family.

I kept pressuring hubby that we needed to adopt another dog for AJ after our sweet Balboa passed away over a year ago. We knew it would be hard to adopt because of our small apartment and wild boy, but an opportunity arose.

My BIL knew a guy who runs a dog rescue and Tony took the trip with him to see if there were any adoptable dogs. Turns out there was.

He didn’t come home with one dog. NO! He came home with two dogs! TWO! That’s right two rescued and bonded rat terriers. Two dogs that were rescued the day before Thanksgiving. Two dogs that were set to be drowned because they were leftovers from a puppy sale. Two dogs that have made my son happy.

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Did hubby tell me he was adopting two dogs? NOPE. But he said he couldn’t leave one behind, he said Rambo looked miserable without Bonus. Having two dogs changes EVERYTHING. Having two dogs who are somewhere under a year old changes everything.

We have to

  • start crate training again
  • start command training
  • rearrange our schedules

which sucks with two dogs…but I am determined. Does anyone have any advice or tips? 

I am stressed and sick, but know once this crazy stage is over the outcome will be grand. Our son will have two dogs who he grew up with. He is already calling them his brother and sister. I know months down the road he will be happily playing with them in his room or we’ll all take long walks and maybe even teach them really cool tricks.

I’m hoping once the training stage is over they will be okay to lay on the couch when we are not home. The tough part is that I doubt they were ever spoken to…which is going to make command training even more difficult. As of yesterday I have taught Rambo to sit and Bonus follows allong not wanting to miss out. Of course he still looks for a treat, but consistency will make it a habit and soon he will sit because I told him to.

I told AJ that eventually we can train them with all sorts of commands and even have them do tricks. AJ wants to teach them, as if they are his students and he is the teacher. I told him that is a possibility in a few months time. 3text

About karen

Karen is married to a big kid and mom to a head strong, only child. She is happy with her family of three, along with their spoiled fur baby. Karen works full time as a teacher and still finds time to blog, read, crochet, and cook. Follow along as she enjoys this life.

Comments

A Recent Surprise? — 13 Comments

  1. I can understand why you’re stressed, it’s going to be a time consuming task to get TWO dogs trained. But once it’s done I know you will be thrilled with these beautiful additions to your family. Congratulations!

    • we had to give back the boy dog for a number of reasons. AJ’s safety must come first. I feel terrible, but know it was the right decision in the end.

  2. That’s a double surprise, indeed! I was wondering about your FB posts… where did those puppies come from all of a sudden?

    I have no experience in dog raising or training, so I can’t give you any advice – only the one I give to new mothers: “don’t listen to other people’s advice – listen to your heart and gut, and you’ll do the right thing!”

    • we had to give back the boy dog for a number of reasons. AJ’s safety must come first. I feel terrible, but know it was the right decision in the end.

    • we had to give back the boy dog for a number of reasons. AJ’s safety must come first. I feel terrible, but know it was the right decision in the end.

  3. First off, your son is adorable! Those eyes, he’s going to be a heart breaker when he grows up! I would kill my husband, but I could see his dilemma. It should be worth something nice in return for you haha! I also love the second one’s name. Bonus, that’s hilarious!

    • we had to give back the boy dog for a number of reasons. AJ’s safety must come first. I feel terrible, but know it was the right decision in the end.

  4. This is the most exciting news I have heard in a long time. I have rescued over 30 dogs and the last two came as a package – just like yours. They could not be separated — they grew up together. Rescue dogs are the most grateful creatures on the planet. Aside for the work, they will bring you much joy and when you learn how to “talk” dog, they will tell you how much they appreciate you.

    • we had to give back the boy dog for a number of reasons. AJ’s safety must come first. I feel terrible, but know it was the right decision in the end.

  5. My hubby would be in big trouble if he brought home two dogs!! Actually, he’d be in trouble if he just brought home one. For now…maybe someday he’ll get his dog and I’ll be okay with it.

  6. I’m sorry to hear you had to give Rambo back, but you’re right – AJ’s safety must come first. We had to put down a dog after she bit Little Sasquatch. It was a terrible thing, but the children must come first.

    Congrats on Bonus, though! She’s adorable.

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