Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Augie Doggie joins the family
The Dude grew up with a Dachshund named Otto, and has been pining for a Doxie for a REALLY long time. I'd mentioned about a month ago that now would be a good time to get a new dog, as Duke is at least 15 years old, and maybe as old as 17, and if he lives past 25, I'm going to rename him Dorian Grey. Duke is a GREAT dog, gentle, sweet, loving and very smart, and my thought was he could help us acclimate and train a new dog for our family. Or, we would have to wait until Duke was gone, because I didn't think it fair to bring in a new dog if Duke was acting old and infirm (which he really isn't at this point).
I was looking for another mutt, but The Dude wanted to pick himself, as I've picked all of our furry family members over the years (or they picked us, or one furry person picked another furry person). He found a backyard breeder and checked out the place, and I found a puppy on Craig's List. He also went to see the CL puppy, and ended up bringing him home last night!
Our new puppy is a 5 month old red shorthaired mini dachshund named Augie, like the cartoon. Duke is so happy we brought him a puppy, The Boys are over the moon, and Daisy, the cat is likely going to kill me in my sleep. He is not yet house trained, but Duke taught him to pee outside this afternoon. (Yippee!) I need to talk to my IRL friend Sam to get the secret to housetraining Doxies as they are notoriously hard to house train. The Boys have been taught that dogs belong on the ground, not in a person's arms, and the proper way to pick him up, but only when The Dude or I am there to supervise it. He slept through the night last night in his crate, so we'll see how tonight goes. If the cat lets me live to tomorrow, I'll post an update...