Drum roll please….We adopted a new puppy dog into our home!!! Meet Marshall, a 1 year old Collie/Australian Shepherd mix. He is Monkey’s very early birthday present!
For quite some time now, Skip has been on the hunt for a good companion dog for our son. Penny (our 10 year old Beagle/Jack Russel), though very sweet and great with kids, finds
little no interest in loud noises, wrestling, or even fetch most of the time. She much prefers curling up on our couch and squishing our throw pillows! Every once in a while she will run and get excited, but she simply cannot match the energy of our rambunctious little boy.
The Hunt for a Puppy Dog
Though we have always talked about owning a second dog, our search did not become serious until a friend had to surrender her 4 year old German Shepard at the pound. She put out a desperate plea on Facebook for someone to adopt him. We asked a few questions and then offered to bring him home. His name was Thor and appropriately so. At 110 lbs this dog was a beast! Monkey fell in love immediately. Sadly, Penny had very different feelings and after three days I had to contact my friend and deliver the sad news that the adoption was not a good fit. Monkey took the news with his usual roll-with-it attitude with the promise that we would eventually adopt another dog.
Our goal was to give Monkey a new dog for his fourth birthday this coming April. But last weekend when one of the local humane societies posted a picture of this cute little guy, we just couldn’t help ourselves…it was puppy love. Collie’s are on the American Kennel Club’s top 10 list for best family dogs and having been around them before, we knew the he would be sturdy and active enough for Monkey. The morning after they posted his picture, Skip went to the humane society to meet the little guy.
The humane society workers affectionately named him Bean (as in Java bean), because of his coloring and his warm personality. He had been picked up after being abandoned when a local trailer park shut down and all its residents evicted. After being in the shelter for a week, there were no signs of aggression,abuse, abandonment issues, anxiety or any of the things you would expect from a dog in this situation. Very friendly, he constantly stuck out his paw for you to hold and bowed his head for affection. He did not pee in his kennel and was a healthy weight. Skip immediately felt a great connection and wanted to bring him home. The next morning we headed off as a family to adopt the little guy and give him a new home.
Wanting it to be a surprise, we did not tell Monkey where we were going or what we were going to do. Pulling up to the humane society, Monkey was very confused as to where we were. When he got out of the the car and heard the dogs, he immediately shouted “the pet store!”, while grinning from ear to ear. He rushed off saying “let’s go!”. Monkey was so excited to meet his new pup and wanted to take him outside immediately! While waiting for the adoption paperwork to go through, Monkey settled on a new name for his dog. Marshall, after the silly, clumsy, fire rescue pup on one of his favorite cartoons, Paw Patrol!
A New Home
After seeing how Penny reacted to Thor, we were sincerely concerned at how she would react to bringing Marshall home. After all, she is a part of the family too! Their first interaction wasn’t the best, with Penny snarling and snapping, but that soon faded. Within the first day she was willing to be in the same room with Marshall but hid on the other side. By the second day she came downstairs and got in her favorite spot on the couch. After a week they happily eat beside each other and have played together several times (as long as Marshall didn’t get too rowdy!!) .
Marshall came to us potty trained (hooray!!) so we really didn’t see any need to crate train him. We confined him to the kitchen for the night but woke to a large piece of the linoleum ripped off the floor (good thing we are redoing the kitchen soon!!). So, we decided that for now, crate training would be best. He has a fetish for shoes (we’ve only lost one so far) and all stuffed animals. We make sure all “lovies” stay off the floor or up in the kids rooms and the shoes get put in their proper bins (we call that a win). Overall, our adjustment is going well and he is a sweet new addition to our home. We are sure Monkey and Marshall are bound to be best buds for many years to come.