|We don't have a lot of toys around our house, but I dug out a few.|
Costco had a set of three for $10 that looked pretty durable.
They are proving to be a good investment.
Jess had spent a lot of his time being crated and alone, so he developed the neurotic behavior of tail chasing as a result. Playing with Bella gives him something better to do, although he periodically relapses back to chasing his own tail. I hope (and if I did so, would pray) that this behavior will diminish as he grows and learns that there are better things to do. He does a lot of excitement urination still too, and I really hope that will go away. Those were two of the things that his owner cited when the gave up the dog. Of course, crating him and yelling at him make both things worse, so he wasn't likely to improve in his former home.
Jess has an appointment to get neutered on Tuesday, after which it will be time to find him a home. He has brought in a flood of inquiries, emails, and applications to Green Dogs Unleashed, most from people who shouldn't even have a concrete shepherd as a garden ornament. One person asked about his bite strength, and another clueless individual asked if we would stud him out. The application of two simple rules can weed out most applicants: 1. no assholes; and 2. you must be smarter than the dog. There are a few good apps, however, and I'm sure more will be coming.
|Those blue eyes are mesmerizing.|
|Bella is a happy dog now, but still has a lot to learn.|
Bella still has enough puppy in her to make her a good playmate for Jess, but she hasn't entirely grown out of the inclination to get into everything. She's smart and a little sneaky. She's going to make a really nice dog for someone who will put in a little time and effort. She is bonding with me already so I'm less concerned about her trying to run. I need to make an appointment to get Bella spayed, but would like to see her put on some weight first.