What a lovely puppy!
Buzz is quite taken with the puppy, he follows him around, watches him closely and grooms him.
Having the puppy in the house has really shown me how sweet Buzz can be. Usually Buzz just interacts with other dogs outside and is very playful and kind of rough, but Buzz maintained his usual inside calmness even with our little visitor.
Last night, we all watched some television together and Buzz wasn’t worried or jealous when the puppy took over my lap and fell fast asleep. Buzz really plays the “big brother” role well!
The puppy is very accepting of Buzz’s attention; it’s amazing how sweet they are together.
After discovering that the dog was house-trained, neutered, and respectful of human dinnertime, I decided that the puppy definitely did have a home and decided I could give him a name without getting too attached, so I tested out a few on the dog and eventually we settled on “Key.” I know that dogs are supposed to prefer 2-syllable names that end in vowel noises, but guess what? I don’t care and neither does Key!
Unsure if the puppy had ever been crated, I fed him his dinner in Buzz’s old crate to start him on crate-training. That went just fine. At bedtime, Buzz went into his crate per usual and the puppy watched Buzz and then followed suit! Whew! So, we had a quiet night with 2 dogs in 2 crates.
In the morning, Buzz and Key had a fun romp in the yard and for the first time ever my dog corrected another dog for misbehaving! Key latched on to Buzz’s rear and Buzz turned, told him off, then moved along! I have honestly never seen Buzz stand up for himself or give a fair, clear correction. It was great! Go Buzz!
Key, for his part, was very sweet after being corrected. First he came over to me for reassurance, rubbing on my legs like a kitty-cat, then he approached Buzz calmly to restart their games.
The fun continued in the house : )
One of the reasons that I was sure Key had an owner looking for him is that Key knows a dog toy when he sees one!
Look! Buzz found a fellow tug-lover!
Update on finding Key's Family
After exercising everyone and feeding everyone I called the vet to make sure they could check Key for a microchip; they said yes. Before I could crate Buzz and leash Key, the Humane Society called to say that they were pretty sure they had found Key’s owner. I told them to pass along my information to his owner and before long a woman named Beth was standing on my porch with a leash in her hand.
Apparently, Key was adopted from the pound yesterday and within 30 minutes of being in his new home found a little hole in the fence and took off! That's why he had a collar but no tag. Anyway, I had attached one of Buzz's tags to Key’s collar yesterday and I told Beth that she could leave it on until she could get a tag for the little stinker.
Beth said that the puppy came with the name "Rusty" but she's going to change it because he doesn't respond to it. I told her I'd been calling him "Key" and she said "Key?" and he looked at her, ears perked...so maybe that's going to be his real name now!
Key and his momma have my information and we’re planning on playdates for the two dogs.
See you soon, baby Key! It was nice meeting you!