It’s time to show off our new puppy: -Westley- Wesley An English White Retriever
Wesley is not my favorite name, but for some reason we had a difficult time getting 4 teens and a Dad to agree on a name. Imagine that! We have had a Maverick and a Ruby over the years - Maverick was my name choice, thank you very much. Ruby was a rescue dog and some sort of Terrier mix, , and Maverick was a Australian Shepherd (not cheap). There is a story behind our dogs and why we just got (had to get) a new one.
(This post is a bit long, but dog lovers, or anyone needing a break from reading business or internet, or… Google+ related posts, will enjoy)
Our first dog, Ruby, was wonderful except that she shed stiff hair that no place in the house was without, and had oily skin (and hair) that was annoying, and, to say the least, had a certain unpleasant odor. We put up with it, though, because… well, dogs become a part of the family, right? Well, one day, the meter guy came when she happened to be outside and left the gate ajar. We never saw Ruby again after 4 years with us.
Maverick, my absolute favorite and most intelligent dog I have ever had. Beautiful, smart, playful, attentive, loyal, and if I went by the look on his face and eyes when I talked to him, the only dog I know who understands English. Ha! He had a nuance though„ that eventually could not be ignored, and caused problems. He was over-protective. Add that to his energy that got built up sometimes that normally would have been exhausted running around a ranch herding sheep or something, and the result was……………… he would nip and/or bite anyone he thought was a threat to us (especially my children) or who approached our house (his domain he apparently saw himself in charge of) unannounced or unaccompanied by us. Yes, a couple of neighborhood kids got bit, and I had to deal with irate parents. It was strange, he didn’t hang on and gnaw or bite over and over. It was, I guess from instinct, to bite once and then come running back. We tried so hard to help him, train him, etc. I gave him a year for it to somehow click in his brain that he couldn’t do that (or, even better, at a deeper level, be relieved from the desire to be so protective and protect through biting). It never happened. My kids’ friend were afraid to come over, even though he didn’t bite all the time, nor any of the regular visitors. However, the word had gotten out, and friends who had been coming over for years and loved Maverick suddenly become afraid to come over. Go figure…. (I noticed a trend: those who had dogs and were dog lovers by nature weren’t afraid, and actually faced him down if he came running up to them, and he always stopped and turned around. Just a side note)
At the age of 3 years old we sold him to a rancher in Granbury, Texas where is one of the best sheep herders this rancher has ever had. We have been grieving and missed him over the last year. My kids all cried, even my then 18-year old as he got in his new owners truck.
We have had
Westley Wesley for three weeks. Wonderful puppy, playful and almost house trained already. We got him for only $100 from a wanna-be breeder who decided it was more trouble than it was worth to breed dogs in the city - normally $500 -$1200, depending on the pedigree and papers, etc. My kids are so happy. We chose a retriever-type for obvious reasons. Affectionate, gentle, laid back, smart (not as smart as Maverick, though) all around great pets.
So, should we spell it Westley or Wesley ? Westley of Princess Bride is spelled Westley, and , thus, the reason it is not my favorite name.
Share about your dog and/or dog experiences. I would love to hear about him/her.
Have a great Saturday!
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