As the wait for a puppy-in-training continues, we decided that we needed to get a dog to be our forever family. We learned that I'm not emotionally ready for a small dog, after the tragic loss of our Rizzo three years ago, I just can't handle it. We looked and looked for a rescue lab, we found one. She was an older girl who was very sweet and bonded to me quickly. However, she had some aggression issues and with a young toddler in the house and puppy raising, we decided it was not a safe situation and so she didn't get to stay.
So that brings us to this: a 3/4 lab 1/4 golden retriever, adorable, free, tiny little puppy we named Tahlia. She's a chocolate tinted black and oh so little. The owners of the momma dog took the puppies away from her at 4 weeks and had them locked out in a pump house all day and night. With the temperatures still dipping into the 40's at night and rising to the 80-90's during the day, it was not a safe situation. The person was getting rid of the puppies one way or the other. So this adorable little thing came to our home. She's incredibly sweet, loves to cuddle and play and she has bonded hard. It's hard to remember that she's only 8 weeks old since she's already been here for a month. We are working with her on potty training and introducing her to the clicker.
My hope is that whenever there is a PIT available for me, that she will be trained and vetted enough that I will be able to handle it. We needed to get Carter a dog that's staying, that he can grow with. It still breaks my heart that that isn't Eva but at the same time, I have to move on and trust that we did the very best thing for her that we could.
So for now, I will try and post updates on my sweet Tahlia and the adventures training her. Until then.