Bringing Home Baby…

Posted: November 28, 2011 in At Home with dogs.

Hans now has a baby sister…Several weeks ago, we decided to add a little girl to our home Pack, and as you can see, she has now taken over this little corner of the world.  Hans turned two on September 9th, and we felt that now was the right time for my wife to find a dog more suited to Therapy/Hospital work.  Omorrow had two outstanding litters nearly 6 weeks old, from which to choose, so we made a visit.  We were not disappointed!  But this little one is far more than we anticipated!

When Hans came home, he was an active, squirmy, little ball of fur and vinegar.  A very Serious little German Shepherd…all focus and intent.  This new puppy, that we have named “Holly, Omorrow’s Blossom of Autumn”, is a serious Party-Girl.  Kind of a four-legged version of Paris Hilton, without the intoxicants and prediliction for shopping binges…

Initially, our first concern was how big brother Hans would accept this new pack member.  We decided to go for broke, and take him along when we picked up Holly from Omorrow.  Turned out that Hansie’s big concern was “Can I lick the little puppy?”  Holly was accustomed to being around alot of big dogs,  and this one looked kind of like Grandpa Blitz, so she saw no problem.  In fact, she instantly knew that the complete domination of his world was imminent.

The weeks since have proven to be very busy.  My wife is taking the point on the training with Holly.  She has always been somewhat envious of the bond between Hans and I, and wants the same for herself and this puppy.  I don’t blame her for that…It’s a wonderful feeling to live with a dog that knows what you think before you finish your thought, and Hans and I have that state of being.  He and I are a “Team”, in all my favorite ways.  That’s a subject for another time though…

Holly is more, independant,  than Hans was at this stage.  She’ll tear around the house, yard, or training field like a banshee with her butt on fire, and then find a quiet place to recharge her battery alone.  Hans was always looking to be with one of us.  In fact, as his training progressed, he had to taught that being alone and thinking for himself was necessary.  Holly-boo, as I’ve come to call her, (I’m completely smitten with this little girl) is in the very beginnings of “bonding” with CarolAnn.  During the first 3 weeks, she wasn’t the cuddle-bug that CarolAnn was hoping she’d be.  But I’ve learned that a dog will be what you teach it to be, and that requires time and effort.  Watching them train and grow together gives me no end of pleasure.  Holly is clearly finding her way into our Pack…

She’s growing like a happy weed now.  Her ears flirt with the position they’ll attain as an adult, which gives her the appearance of a miniature German Shepherd.  She tries to eat her big brothers food instead of her own puppy appropriate kibble.  She spills as much water as she drinks, preferring to splash with reckless abandon.  Her teething is ongoing, and we struggle to teach her the “No Bite” rule.  But she is an ideal puppy for our family.

If you and your family have ever considered adding another puppy to your pack, but don’t know how it will work out, it’s an interesting thing to watch.  Hans, our 2-year old GSD, has suddenly become an adult!  He’s combination chew toy/ teacher, potty training consultant and chief tattle tale…Some say having two or more dogs is no harder than having one.  But I disagree.  It IS more work, more challenges.  The second, (or third, or fourth) will have its own personality quirks, just like children.  But your FUN is also multiplied by at least two times!

For now, Holly’s story is just beginning.  What work  will she choose to do?  I can’t say for certain.  But as we’ve successfully done in the past, she’ll have every opportunity to show us what she enjoys, and we’ll pursue her training with dogged enthusiasm.

If you are currently searching for a German Shepherd puppy, please follow the link below and get to know the Omorrow Pack!

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=hp#!/omorrow.shepherds

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