Apparently winter is not the best time to get a puppy; however, our lives have crossed paths with an adorable little rescued boxer named, Moose. I love dogs and currently have a wonderful companion, Sooke. Sooke is nine and reaching the age where left with just us she would prefer to sleep, rest and become less mobile. Yet when she is with other dogs she plays, gets a better workout and seems to love the company. Our vet recommended getting another dog as a buddy. But we just haven’t found the ‘right’ one – until Moose.
Actually Moose showed in our lives about a week ago when we were out walking in the woods nearby. We crossed paths with two women out walking their four Boxers and little Moose was scooped up in one of their arms when we showed up. Of course we admired the cute puppy and as we were ready to leave one of the women commented she was fostering him and looking for a good home. We wished her luck and off we went. No name – no number.
Once home we both commented on the puppy and wished we had talked more to the woman. We had no idea who she was or if we would be able to relocate her. But we put out signs, near the woods, at the dog park and alerted our vet that we were looking for the Boxer’s foster mom. After a week we were prepared to give up and then we got a call asking if we were the ones looking for Moose.
Last night we introduced Sooke to Moose. I wouldn’t say Sooke fell in love – Moose is twelve weeks and only wants to play and Sooke is nine and looked a bit impatient with the constant playful intend of Moose. However, they did play in waves and Sooke set some limits. Moose respected the boundaries at least long enough to let us know they could work this out without anyone getting hurt.
Now we need to really get serious about our decision. A puppy is a lot of responsibility and a boxer is an additional bundle of muscular energy which will demand training and lots of play and exercise. As the energizer bunny of our household, I could look forward to a running buddy and a companion for longer hikes and activities. I am not as certain about being the dominate leader of the pack but I think CrisMarie commands that role quite well. Between the two of us, Moose should get all the exercise and leadership he needs.
We still aren’t a shoe in as parents. Because Moose is a rescue dog we have to apply. I took a look at the questionaire and Jane, the rescue coordinator is quite serious about who she lets adopt. We will have a home visit, an interview, need three or more references and our vet to endorse who we are. Of course I am happy to see that so much care goes into finding the right home. Last time I got a dog I just went an put down some cash and home we went. For Moose’s sake I am glad there are a few hoops to jump through. He has already had enough disappointment for being only twelve weeks old. Did I mention he started out in Connecticut? He was suppose to have a home in Minnesota but things did not work out. Fortunately, Tracey his foster mom has stayed right alongside him. She owes three Boxers so he has a temporary pack helping him learn. Now he’s out here mainly because she is and won’t be heading back East until early spring. Tracey would prefer to find a good home before that trip is needed.
It’s a big decision. I can think of many reasons not to introduce a puppy into our lives. Yet Moose did sort of magically capture our attention and that we found him again makes me think there is a reason Moose showed up. I know there will be an adjustment for Sooke. My biggest concern is that she know we even started down this road because we want her around longer and to have a buddy. For awhile it may seem like more work then fun. But pretty soon with some dedicated attention and lots of loving and play – I can picture the two of them being a good combination.
Myself I just want to make the best decision for Moose at this point. We have a great little pack. I would enjoy finding a buddy for running and more extreme outdoor activities. But I must importantly I want to know this is the ‘right’ way to go. It would be great if there was a way to get that confirmed. But life isn’t like that, the best we can do is check in and then commit fully if we decide to bring Moose home. I will keep you posted!