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Bringing Home A New Dog

Bringing home a new dog - pup or older dog - can be stressful. Get off to the right start.

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Quick – can you tell me the most cost-effective way to get security, companionship and entertainment on your farm? A dog, of course! A big, muscular farm dog!  Farms (and homesteads) and dogs go together like … well, like little children and dogs. And guess what we got this week?
Bringing home a new dog of any age requires discussion, planning and a lot of work - but it's definitely worth it!
Just after we moved here in 2013, Mojo came to us as a five-year-old black Lab who had already had a couple of homes.

That's not ideal for a dog, since they're pack animals. People sometimes forget that a dog bonds with his people and sometimes has a lot of trouble adjusting to a new pack. (As a reader noted, this is more, or less, extreme depending on the breed. Some need a lifetime home while others can adjust fairly quickly) Our place was to be – and definitely will be – his forever home.

Ahem. We call him a black Lab. The vet says his white bib and paws say there's Border Collie in there, and his jowls and broad chest and body sure aren't Lab, either. More like a pit bull. He looks more like a baby black bear than he does a dog, and, truth to be told, he kind of waddles like a baby bear. So while he's a beautiful mutt with the sweetest temperament you could ever find, we call him a black lab so as not to hurt his feelings.
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Mojo is probably the most perfect dog we could have here. He is gentle with everything that lives here, from baby chicks to human children, even though he did not (as far as we know) grow up around children or livestock. And yet, as gentle as he is, we know he's run off at least one bear, and I have to warn visitors not to try and get out of their vehicles until we appear and tell Mojo the visitor is safe.

The problem, though, is that the poor old boy is lonely. He certainly loves his people but we’re not … you know … dogs. We don’t like to run in the woods or roll around in the compost, and we never get as excited as we should about finding a half-rotten chicken egg under the hen house. No matter how much he loves us, we simply can’t take the place of another dog.

There is so much involved in bringing home a new dog - no matter the age!
So when we were asked if we could take in a one-year-old pit bull terrier who needed a new home, I hopped right in the car and headed over. No questions.

Which is not, you know, the order in which you should actually do things.

Generally, adding a new dog to the house should involve more than “Ok.”

And, seriously, if you have any doubt when it comes to adding a new animal, take the time to talk, talk, talk and talk some more. It's like getting a child, since a dog is going to be completely dependent on you for the next ten to fifteen years. (Maybe more!)

For us, we had already decided that we needed another dog, and we had left the decision-making to God. (Hey, if you want to insert "the Universe" there, go ahead. I promise not to be offended.) Just like when Mojo was, without warning or much ceremony, dropped at our doorstep, we knew the right dog would appear at the right time.

The only issue I have is that February is not "the right time" to add a new animal to a Nova Scotia homestead, and I wasn't really expecting to home a completely untrained, malnourished, unspayed rescue. (And, like Mojo, Deeze is definitely not a purebred.)

Come along and check out some of the things you really need to do before - and after - bringing home that new dog. This is important stuff that you need to know! What are you waiting for? Click on NEXT PAGE and let's get going.

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Bringing Home A New Dog
Bringing home a new dog - pup or older dog - can be stressful. Get off to the right start.
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