All our dogs since then except for 1 Basset, have come from shelters, rescue, give-aways etc. Through them all, Laker has been the one dog whose personality and overall wonderful nature has left the greatest impression. Not to dismiss the others, and I am sure our 2 deaf Boxers will would tell us that they are the best dogs we've ever had.
There is and always has been a very special place that Laker holds in our hearts and minds. Oh yeah--including the hair and what goes along with it.
Jim retires this fall and that will be the start of our official search.
Thanks for letting us lurk for awhile.
Thom and Jim
|Welcome, does this mean you'll be looking for a rescue sheepie? There are a lot of people on this forum who are very active in various sheepdog rescues all over. You should post in the "Rescuing a sheepdog" forum, I'm sure you'll receive much help and guidance.|
|Welcome from Minnesota!|
Happy lurking, and drop in on any of the topics/conversations that interest you
Retirement sounds great, and getting a new OES...even better!
Welcome, does this mean you'll be looking for a rescue sheepie? There are a lot of people on this forum who are very active in various sheepdog rescues all over. You should post in the "Rescuing a sheepdog" forum, I'm sure you'll receive much help and guidance.
Haven't really decided that completely yet. We have contacted the Indiana and MI rescue, although still have to finish the paperwork. We also try to assist a local rescue with time and donation when able. So, there is a bit of a moral dilemma going on.
The main reason we are thinking puppy, is knowing that an OES should be good natured but also confident. A pup would/might probably be easier to add to our group. None of our group is DA, but we have to respect our present group and its level of organized chaos.
Shep/Rottie +/- 14 yrs male
Lab/black hairy thing 9 years male
2 deaf Boxers females 3 years and 1 year
Shep/Dobie male almost 2 years
The other reason we are going to wait, is that 5 is our self imposed limit. We absolutely won't hasten Wolfies last months but at 14 years we know that his remaining time is winding down.
And of course in being totally honest, there is breath/smell, soft fuzziness and general goofiness that comes with a pup.
|In regard to your group harmony, let me add in something.|
Most of us who are crazy enough to foster for rescues, also tend to be crazy in other regards...like many of us have multiple dog households. We do, and we are definitely not the only ones!
It always is a calculated risk adding in another dog. It's inevitable it will (to some degree) change the pack dynamics.
I am lucky, I have a stable group of 5 of our own, one forever foster senior basset, and now #7 is an OES foster.
I know without a doubt my foster OES would do well in a large multidog family...because she integrated easily here. In fact I would NOT place her in a home where she would be an only dog. It's just not the best match for her.
And this would be pretty typical assessments for most fosters - the home they are in will pick up on what the individual quirks are of their dog and attempt to place them in the very best match of a family.
Your group sounds as diverse as ours - nice to see that!
|Another welcome from Minnesota. All 3 of my dogs are rescues. My OES's are from Breed Rescue. After I adopted Gracie, I fostered and volunteered for the rescue. My Boy, Oliver, I actually did the rescue from a shelter that was filthy dirty and ultimately shut down about 6 weeks later. For me, I cannot imagine not adopting thru rescue. I believe very strongly these animals know they are getting another chance and truly apperciate it. There is always a transition period whether it is with a puppy or an adult dog. They act out in different ways but ususlly settle in pretty quickly. In my opinion though, going to 'school' was the best thing we did!! It was fun and great bonding. I especially recommend for rescues. With puppies, there is so much more work. For the most part, rescues are housebroken, not the chewers puppies are and fosters give you so much information regarding the animals because they want successful adoptions. Happy uprights and animals. I am a volunteer for a rescue group and have been involved with transports, home visits etc and many of the animals come from kill shelters. |
I love my OES's dearly along with my Golden Retriever, Abbey. I have had 6 sheepies over the years and can't say I would never get an OES pup again, although having a sheepie is still like having a pup since they never really mature anyway.
Good luck and welcome again.
Nancy, Abbey, Gracie and Ollie
|Welcome, welcome, welcome to our furry little corner of the web!|
I couldn't tell from your post if you've had an OES puppy before or if Laker was an adult rescue. If you haven't had an OES puppy, I urge you in the furriest of terms to read the puppy and behavior sections! The naughty puppy stage seems to go at least 2 full years in this breed.
Nice to have you here, and THANK YOU for all you do for rescue!
|welcome from fl|
|Ron-- Laker was a pup. Yeah, it is quite possible that our recollection of puppyhood has been clouded by aging brain cells. |
Two years or more for puppyhood doesn't sound too terrible. This is the year Bailey our oldest Boxer is supposed to be growing her brain, according to Boxer people. Think its going to be a long year.
Dogmom--our Shep/Dobie came from the all breed rescue we help with as a 16wk old. Not having to housetrain is definitly a plus.
|Welcome! Your Wolfie definitely deserves to live his life in peace, without a puppy using him for a chew toy. |
Our SIL in California had an OES, Murphy, whose best buddy in the whole world was their neighbor's Boxer, Jake. They used to go to the park together, and Murphy would herd Jake, cutting him off at an angle, while Jake would literally jump back and forth OVER Murphy.
Laurie and Oscar, An Only Child
|Welcome from Melbourne, Australia|
One of Tiggy's best friends is a boxer, same energy levels!
|Laurie--funny thing about Wolfie being a chew toy. With our youngest deafie Boxer Sidney, he is absolutely the most gentle and accepting of any new dog that has come onto his turf. She torments the daylights out of him but has picked up his signals really well.|
Mim--we have questioned our sanity about having a young OES and young Boxers under the same roof. Hmmmm---- a few more years of chaos, non-stop action and goofiness will be just fine.
|I have a young male boxer named Jasper (a little over a year old) in one of my classes. He and Chewie just love to wrestle and play. |
Jasper's owner loves it that Chewie actually "boxes" right back at him. And gets some pretty big OES paws going too - Jasper may have gotten more than he bargained for!
I think the boxer / OES buddy thing is a pretty good matchup.
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