Monday, December 5, 2011
Letting the Puppy Out of the Bag
See, I've never gotten a pet like this before. We've always been a family of "oh, look, free puppies" and picked one out of a box kinda crowd. Or, "let's go pick someone out at the humane society" as I did with my other three fur-cat children.
I've never had to mail a check to someone, find out that I'm number something in line, wait until several other people have made their choice, and then get to choose from what's left over. I've been more of the "let's play for a while and see which one I like best." So this whole breeder thing has got me worrying about how this experience is going to play out.
But, let's talk positives: we're getting an Australian Shepherd from a well-known local breeder. We know that she tends to breed both working and family dogs with excellent skills and wonderful personalities. And, I will be able to choose from the three girls that were born in the litter of eight. In this picture, the three are the uppermost puppies on the left, a red and two blues (one being hidden by her brother in the picture.)
Of course, as soon as I said I had told the breeder I preferred a girl, DH said he wanted the black one on the bottom right (which is a male.) I tried to explain female vs. male characteristics and traits, merle vs solid, and how we had to judge temperment, dominance level, sociability, etc to which he answered, "Fine, as long as it's the dark-colored one." This is going to be a long 7 weeks...