Sunday, October 30, 2005

Welcome to the Bugsy Family - Sandy!

Hi everyone.

I would like you to meet the latest addition to our menagerie of pets - Sandy the Golden Retriever. Sandy came to us yesterday. I saw her on www.aaps.org.au and I contacted them to find that she was still there, so Hubbs and I went and had a look at her. I found out that she is 18 months old, and had lived her life until recently being ignored in someone's backyard. No training nothing. She became too unruley for them and they surrended her to the shelter. Another couple took her and she lasted 5 days with them. They brought her back because they couldn't handle her. So we definately have our work cut out and obedience will be starting immediately. It's going to be tough - standing on her back legs she is as tall as I am, and she is pretty strong, but I have done obedience training before, so I know it is more about consistency and persistence than strength. We might home school until the new year and then join an obedience club. That way she will be used to us, and hopefully follow some basic commands.

Until yesterday she was called Mishka, but I wasn't really keen on the name, and she didn't answer to it anyway, so we decided a new life, a new name, and Sandy seemed to suit her.

The shelter were great. They even went and got a couple of the shelter cats that are totally used to dogs, to see how she would react, and she didn't give two hoots. We then went home and got Maddy and the two got on really well, which they were suprised at as she has been scared of dogs so far. Since coming home the two of them haven't stopped playing together, so I am sure they will be fine.

Molly has quite accepted the new addition, but Oscar's little pink nose is really out of joint and we have had to give him lots of cuddles and brushes to settle him down. Poor pet.

So what do you think of Sandy? I think by the look on her face, she is happy to be with us.



9 Comments:

At 6:23 pm, Anonymous MrsHUGS said...

Oh Bugsy...
Sandy looks fabulous...
She doesnt even look like she has been in a shelter...
She certainly is one very lucky doggy to have you and Hubby as her new owners...
I am sure you will train her just as you want her to behave...
Have fun...

MrsHUGS

 
At 6:49 pm, Blogger Katt said...

Now what was it you were saying to me the other day on msn about your fave kind of dog!?!? She is gorgeous!

Looks like she is loving her new caring home. Good luck with the training. Hope she learns fast.

Katt

 
At 2:53 am, Blogger vixanne wigg said...

Aww I love Golden Retrievers. They are the sweetest dogs! She's beautiful!

 
At 6:36 am, Blogger PJ said...

She's beautiful. Congrats on your new addition Bugsy.

 
At 7:24 am, Blogger Julie said...

She is a beautiful dog, and so lucky to have a great family! You are good people. Enjoy!

 
At 9:26 am, Blogger Anita said...

She is gorgeous...but you are even more so, being that you have taken her in!

From one animal lover to another...

 
At 9:35 am, Blogger Panda said...

That's a cute puppy! So smiley!

I think its a good sign that she is already getting along with your other dog. Boredom was probably part of the cause of her unrulyness anyway.

You're a sucker for a cute furry face like me!

 
At 10:45 am, Blogger leonie said...

Sandy looks like a lovely dog. It will be alot of hard work but worth it. I could not imagine my life without a dog. As you can tell by my blog. They bring so much joy to our lives. Good luck with the training.

 
At 5:46 pm, Blogger Lesley said...

She is a lovely looking dog. She looks very happy to be where she is..
Now you'll have your hands full.
:-)
Have a lovely week.

 

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