We found a puppy! Picked him up yesterday, an early birthday present for me! Max is a 4.5 month old male German Shepherd from very good bloodlines. His grandfather was imported from Germany. His parents had their hips and elbows certified and were genetically tested for the major inherited breed conditions. Such a sweet, calm and smart boy. He already loves his new people, and new best buddy Otto.
Max was not house or leash trained, but is picking both up very quickly. He knows his name after one day! He loves his new farm home and acts like he was born here. The cats aren’t quite sure what to make of him, but I think they will come around. They lost a lot of trust in strange dogs after the recent episode with Becky. When the pup barks at them, the cats scatter. They come back sooner each time and Max is trying very hard to learn not to bark or whine at cats. Yesterday was the first time he ever saw a cat.
Although he was never crate trained, he did perfectly last night in his crate. No whining, and he slept all night with no accidents. He was ready to go out in the morning! Luckily, Tim wakes up early and took him to do his duty before 5 am. Nine-thirty pm to five am is a long time for such a young pup to hold it, but he had no accidents. So Max is learning and experiencing all sorts of new things. He is a bit afraid of chickens, the flapping and squawking disorients him. The horses must look like giants. He maintains a respectful distance.
Max should grow into his ears one day, his dad weighs over 100 lbs. He will be black and tan with lots of silver, a very nice color. Right now the pup is in the middle of teething. His gums are sore and his eyes run occasionally from the trauma of erupting teeth. Although I did not want to get another German Shepherd after we lost Holly, I realized after looking at many breeds of dogs that this breed is my favorite. The massive amount of shedding is a pain to deal with. I’m devising strategies to better handle the hair including more frequent brushing and also periodic application of the high power air dog blower.
It is really fun to have a puppy again. Almost like having another kid!