Rusty

Today was another fantastic family day. Jeremy woke up around 7:45 and wandered into our room to catch another thirty minutes of snuggle time. When snuggle time turned into wiggly tickle time, we went to the kitchen for a table full of waffles. Yes, my child who refuses to eat bread, has decided that he will make exceptions for pancakes and waffles. It was great.

Then we packed all of us up into the truck and took off to the huge covered flea market up near Jason’s base. We hadn’t been there before but heard good reviews from locals. I’ve gotta say, it was really awesome. The whole thing is open air but covered with permanent roofs. It boasted the usual fare of used small appliances, video games, cheap t-shirts, kid toys, and whatnot… but it also had a huge section of locally grown fruits and veggies along with a full row of puppies. We saw tons of kennels full of mini-daschunds, yorki-poos, schnauzers, and other small lapdogs. Not our style. Next up were the pit bulls and boxers. I love boxers because they are just so energetic and fun, but that’s also the problem with them. Since we’ll be bringing a new baby into the house in roughly six months, I don’t want to have a wonderful playful dog that doesn’t know it’s own size.

Then we saw the last kennel. It was staffed by two sweet young teenage boys and held seven or eight puppies. We talked to the boys about the puppies and their parents. They turn six weeks on this coming Tuesday and unfortunately their momma was hit by a car last week and couldn’t nurse them anymore. Over the last week or so the family had weaned the puppies onto small dry food instead of milk and were now looking for good homes for the little guys. The father is a redbone coonhound and the mother a bluetick coonhound. Both breeds are very alike and make good family pets. Averaging them together we should wind up with a roughly 70-pound dog a little over 2-feet tall.

This family are not professional or backyard breeders like a lot of the other people selling puppies today. All of the other puppies were incredibly overpriced, hundreds and thousands of dollars for about two pounds of animal. I don’t care what kind of operation you run, but I will never pay a price like that for a pet. This family was selling their little guys for $50-100. We held a few and chose the gorgeous mix that chose us. We saw a black and blue one, a totally red one, and a few others, but the one that won us over has a red body with a black muzzle, black butt, and dark black hairs mixed in with the red along his backbone. He’s the only one who snuggled up to Jeremy’s neck and licked his face, all the others just laid in our arms.

We took the little guy back to the truck with us, named him Rusty for his copper-colored head, made a pit stop at Petsmart for food and a leash/collar/tag, and brought him home. Rusty suits us just perfectly. He’s playful and well-behaved. Since he’s so very young, we can start training him immediately and not have to train out any bad habits picked up from another owner. Both Jason and I have always rescued animals from the pound or rescue agencies, but we really wanted to start with a puppy this time.

After chasing Jeremy back and forth across the house while I made lunch, Rusty plopped down in his new bed and totally crashed out.

Isn’t he just beautiful? He’s very sweet and nibbles softly at earlobes and fingers and toes.

We do need to work on potty training starting now, but since we’re already doing it with one kid, it’s not much trouble to do the other as well. We love him, in less than 12 hours Rusty has totally invaded our hearts.

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