|| 05/03/2006 ||

On Monday I picked up a new dog. For those who don't know, I already have a dog (half wolf), Dog(tm), who I have had for about 16 years now. I had wanted to get Dog(tm) a companion for a while, but I knew that if I got a new puppy it would have been a bit too much for him. My friend, Heather, mentioned that she was thinking about taking in a rescue dog that had to be given away by her elderly owner due to a change in residence.

After she told me about the dog, left a picture in my door last week, I knew I couldn't pass up the offer! So here is Cote (pronounced "Co-dee"). She is an eight year old (nine in June) bitch mutt (most likely a husky/shepherd mix?). She came with some slight problems: a bad right, rear hip that had surgery when she was two and currently on medication for Lyme (something I'm very familiar with - Dog(tm) has had that three times), and very overweight, although she looks pretty good in these pictures.

Outside of those small issues, she is very loving, a great dog. The transition to a new home has been probably a bit stressful for her, but she is settling in well. Dog(tm) is totally infatuated with her, lavishing her with sniffs, licks and unreturned attention. She is keeping him at bay, but they are starting to settle in together. Since Dog(tm) is deaf, he can't hear her growling at him when he checks her out, I'm sure they'll figure it out.

One problem I do have yet to figure out: Dog(tm) has always had food available in his dish at all times, he eats just enough and is not used to a feeding schedule. Cote, however, eats on a schedule and will eat the available food (not pigging-out, just what she wants). With her weight problem, I can't leave food out all the time (they are on different foods), but with Dog(tm)'s age I can't retrain him to eat on a schedule. Seriously, it would be confusing to him, he would starve rather than eat on a set schedule. Sixteen years ago I had never planned on this so I guess I goofed as a dog owner in that respect. For a while I can deal with this but I need a solution. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to hear it.

And if the previous owner of Cote ever finds this site... be assured that Cote has gone to a great home, she will have a very happy life here with Dog(tm) and I. Lots of land to run around on... She'll be as spoiled as Dog(tm) is now.

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codewolf Wrote the following on 05/03/2006 5:43 PM :
Cote is currently on a low calorie food. I'll try leaving that out for a few days to see how much she eats. Thanks for the tip!

codewolf Wrote the following on 05/05/2006 6:24 PM :
After about a week together, they are doing fine. Only a few small incidents. I'm glad that the weather has been somewhat nice, I can take the dogs out in the yard and get them a bit of exercise.

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