Oreo - Crestline, California U.S.A. - September 4, 2016
photo by KoHoSo
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It was not our intention to replace our beloved Buster so soon -- not that one can ever "replace" one dog with another as they all have their own unique personalities -- but Miss KoKo and I did want to give ourselves some time before we got another slobberknocker-style dog to keep our smaller Ladybug and Misha the Cat company plus protect our home that's in a rural area where police coverage is thin at best.
Oreo came to our attention a few weeks ago. He wasn't being tortured per se but he was tied up all day on our neighbor's front porch. Oreo belonged to their son who is often out of town on business. He's one year old but hasn't had anybody spend as much time with him as a pup needs so he's not very well trained (but he is housebroken, thank goodness!). As our neighbor already has two dogs and four cats plus Oreo being a major trash-digger, they had no room for him to be truly free.
We couldn't stand to see him tied up all day on a short leash so we offered to doggysit him while the son was away. While he has been destructive to say the least including loving to bring in pine cones to chew on our formerly white carpet, we were mostly prepared for him after having already had a big dog in our lives for so long.
Our neighbor came over today to let Miss KoKo know that his son was going to continue to be traveling and that he just couldn't give Oreo the life he deserves. With that, he is now ours.
Despite his lack of training with a large tendency toward stepping on my feet, Oreo is so full of love that we are glad to go through losing a few household items while he learns to find approved ways of burning off his puppy energy especially while we are at work.
Oreo seems happy with us and we will certainly do everything we can to make his life as good and healthy as possible. Little does Oreo know that one of the first steps toward that will be going for The Big Snip. However, like all dogs, I'm sure he'll get over it.