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27 November 2006 @ 08:21 am
I'm Getting a BOSTON TODAY!!!!!!!  

I'll try to condense the story as best I can.  My parents went to Tennessee to spend Thanksgiving with my sick grandmother and aunt and uncle.  They went to a flea market and saw a lady with a boston.  My Dad (who is obsessed with mine and my sisters Boston) went up to ask about him and the lady said she had only had him for 15 minutes.  She just bought him at a flea market for $50.00 from someone that was getting divorced - I'm not quite sure why that means you need to get rid of your dog but whatever.  Anyways she said she intended to breed him - he has no papers, no shot records and my Dad said he looked skinny.  My Dad called me and I told him to hunt down the lady and offer her $250.00 for him. Well....long story short he's mine-yippy!!!!!  I wasn't really actively looking for a dog but I always search the rescues because I know that Tini would love to have a friend to play with all the time.  I only hesitated because I would never rescue a dog and not keep it so it's a scary committment.  I'm really hoping they get along.  Any advice from any of you with more than one is VERY welcome.  The dogs name is BooBoo and he's 1 1/2 years old.  I don't really like the name but just plain Boo is okay.  I hate to change his name since he's already been tossed around so much.  What do you guys think?  My parents are on there way home (MD) and will be home this afternoon.  I'm so excited I just had to share - Wish me luck.  AND PLEASE BRING ON THE ADVICE ABOUT GETTING THEM TO LIKE EACH OTHER.

I am feeling: excitedexcited
Rory and Charleyseethewizard on November 27th, 2006 01:09 pm (UTC)
First of all, that is one lucky pup! I am so happy that life is going to be good for him from now on!

Don't worry about changing the name. You're going to find some nickname that fits him perfectly, and call him that at least part of the time, and he's going to repond to both. Tuffy is affectionatley known as "T" and Rory, for some reason, also is known as Poppet. And they are perfectly content with answering to both. Alyson's dog, a rescue like yours, was Gangster for the first 1 1/2 years, but seemed like more of a Bob to her. So it can be Boo, plus whatever you will find suits him perfectly.

As for getting along, that will depend on their personalities. Rory loves Alyson's 2, but Tuffy is more iffy and we have to watch him with other dogs. Rory, Molly and Bob totally love being with each other though. So you will have to introduce them gradually and hope their personalities mesh. A boy and a girl is a good combination and from what you have said of Tini, she doesn't seem as if she will be aggressive to the new pup. Everything else will resolve, other than aggression.

Let us know how it goes!
tini_smomtini_smom on November 28th, 2006 12:04 am (UTC)
So far, not so good. I think Boo may have been a stud dog. Humping seems to be the only way he knows to interact with another dog and Tini hates it. Tini does want to check him out but everytime she does, he starts humping. I am taking him to the vet tomorrow morning. Hopefully I won't have to wait too long to get him fixed and it corrects the problem. I just have to make this work! He is such a sweet, loving and obedient dog. He's brindle and about 6-10 lbs under weight. You can see his spine and his shape looks more like a greyhound. I've just got to be able to keep him.
Jenspecialmonkey on November 28th, 2006 12:53 pm (UTC)
keep in mind that humping is also an instinctual way for dogs to assert dominance. So if he's coming into a new house with some other dog, it is probably his way of saying "hi, I'm bigger and stroger than you. You're not the alpha dog any more"... He's just trying to figure out where he is in the pack, so to speak.

good luck!!
tini_smomtini_smom on November 28th, 2006 09:07 pm (UTC)
I know what you're saying is true but you'd have to see it to believe it. It's not a normal kind of humping, it's more like a mission and he did it at the vets too....like he can smell a girl from a mile away. I honestly think he may have been a stud dog. Both him and Tini seem like medium to almost submissive in the dominance area so you would think they would be a good match. I hope neuturing will help.
Amy H. Sturgis: VA/Meet VAeldritchhobbit on November 27th, 2006 01:11 pm (UTC)
What a lucky pup, and what a wonderful thing for you to do! *hugs* Best wishes to all of you. :)
tini_smomtini_smom on November 28th, 2006 12:05 am (UTC)
Thank You....I think I'm going to need lots of luck to make this work.
Courtneys0yl3ntgr33n on November 27th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)

introduce the dogs on neutral territory, somewhere neither dog has been before and let them sniff each other out.

My two girls don't get a long super well. The older one just "puts up" with the pup. I introduced them in the car because I was too impatient.
tini_smomtini_smom on November 28th, 2006 09:08 pm (UTC)
When you say not "super well" what do you mean? Can you leave them alone together in the house or do they always have to be separated when you aren't around?
Courtneys0yl3ntgr33n on November 28th, 2006 09:23 pm (UTC)
Well, if i'm home they fight like bickering sisters. The oldest is extremely possessive of chews and toys and will growl at the puppy. If i leave them in the house with free roam for an hour, they are both asleep on the couch when i get home. I presume that they aren't fighting since they are both where they were when i left.

Its just not 100% friendly play. Maybe in time...who knows.
jennygel7jennygel7 on November 27th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)
Yay for saving that Boston from untimely breeding and a flea market.

Do you have a name yet?
I'm just a girl: fightcute_bunny on November 28th, 2006 04:46 am (UTC)
YAY congrats! Uhg, how aweful to sell a dog at a flea market, but their loss is your gain!!!

It looks like you've already introduced them, so I would just keep an eye on them until you know they're best buds and aren't going to go after each other when you're not looking. Sometimes it's not always love at first sight but they'll grow to be friends. My pups didn't get along too well with my fiancee's parents' dogs, but after a couple meetings they're all pals. I think it does depend a lot on both dogs' personalities. Good luck and pics pics pics plz!!!! :D
Sheri: REBEL BEE happybooksaremyhabit on November 29th, 2006 09:07 am (UTC)
you must have him now (I'm way behind on lj)
hope it's going well