Hi there, I know it’s been a while since I have posted anything new…. However, we’ve been busy. Over the last 3 1/2 weeks we’ve had a new addition to our family…her name is Molly. Molly is a Coonhound and Short Haired German Pointer mix. She has the markings of both her breeds and her ears are a combo as well but her bark is definitely coonhound.
We adopted her when she was just 6 months old and is now coming up on 7 months; don’t let her size fool you…she is a big girl but still a puppy. We lost our dog Jetta last August, a month before her 15th birthday. I know some people say you should get a dog right after you lose one, but it took a while before our hearts were ready for another one.
Molly has been through three homes prior to us….she was found in a ditch on the side of the road by a friends son when she was 4 months old and they took her in. Unfortunately, because she is very energetic they couldn’t keep her with little ones running around as well. Molly was adopted out to a family who didn’t really have the time she needed and because of this was not a good fit for them, so 3 1/2 half weeks ago she became ours.
The first night was hard on her and the first week difficult. As we came up on the second week we had a few struggles with dominance and her trying to make the rules. As we came up on our third week she became accustomed to our routines and us hers and she’s learned some new tricks. We are now coming up on a month and she is totally different than when we first got her. She still has moments where she reverts back due to insecurities but it doesn’t last long. Lots of hugs, kisses, good girls, play times, belly rubs, and walks help.
My advice to anyone looking to adopt a new puppy or even an older dog….find out what the breed is; do you have the time and energy to give them the attention they will need. What is your lifestyle? Are you away from home a lot? Do you hike, boat, bike, run? As long as you have the patience and the time you’ll have an amazing new family member who will love you unconditionally.