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Eva Girl

Discussion in 'Photography, Artwork & Videos' started by Noah George, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. Noah George

    Noah George Little Dog

    So, after determining I was definitely going to wait until after I was finished with school (I have another year) and settled someplace before I got a dog, it looks like I'll actually be joining the bull breed-mix community with my own come the end of this semester. Without further ado, let me introduce you all to Eva:

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    My brother and sister-in-law adopted her as a puppy from an area humane society, so I've known her since she was a pup (and have adored her since she was a pup). She and my ol' girl were buddies, at least as much as Jin had buddies: they had very compatible play styles, enjoyed the occasional hike/walk together, and were just plain good together. They decided earlier this year, however, to try and find her a new home given that they're expecting their second child and already don't have the time for her as it is. After some work and a few conversations, this past Saturday I was given the go-ahead to bring her home full-time once finals are over and I'm moved back home!

    This, I realized after the fact, happened a couple days shy of a year to the date of losing Jin...it seems a little fitting, now, to post this good news on the anniversary of that date. I think, call me crazy if you want, that Jin would be glad I'm taking her. (I couldn't help but include that pic of just my girl up there: I rather like it.)

    I guess I can start looking for new supplies and such more seriously now, haha.
     
  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator Premium Member

    Nice looking dog!!
     
  3. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog

    Awwww!! Congrats!!! And I'm so sorry about Jin.

    Eva is gorgeous! I love that photo of the 2 of them in the field together running forward. You better post some more photos once she's settled in! :) Good luck with finals, the move, bringing home Eva, and I wish your brother and sister in law well with their 2nd child.
     
  4. Derek1

    Derek1 Big Dog

    Congrats, pretty girl.
     
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  5. Madeleinemom

    Madeleinemom MS Bites, My Dog Doesn't Staff Member Super Moderator

    Welcome to Eva! Although there is some sadness in it, this is a truly happy twist of fate, I think!
     
  6. Noah George

    Noah George Little Dog

    Thank you, all! :)

    @Capt. Roxy, yea, I really like that one, too -- I took several pics of them that day and I'm glad one of those shots turned out so well. Haha, no worries on the picture front: I'll have her most weekends until this semester lets out and have her signed up for a class, so I should have more pictures even before then. Thanks for the well wishes and the luck!

    @Madeleinemom, a happy twist of fate for sure! This has been "in the works" most of this semester, and for a good portion I was worried I would have to watch as she went...who knew where. But it worked out! :D
     
  7. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Great pictures of both dogs. Congratulations on the new dog. I agree that is is a very nice looking dog.
     
  8. BullMan

    BullMan Puppy

    she looks great
     
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  9. Noah George

    Noah George Little Dog

    Thanks, Nat and BullMan :)

    This one is long, but this past weekend proved...interesting. So, I signed Eva up for a class under the impression that she was up to date on her vaccinations...come to find out (within days of her first class), she's not. Fortunately, the other dog's owner (there were only two dogs total in the class) couldn't make the class either, so that worked out and gave me another week to figure out where I could take her for her rabies vaccination. Saturday I manage to get her updated for that at one of the TSC clinics (really nice set up they have there, by the way, we even got a free 5lb bag of food!), but, as we're waiting in line, I see that she's starting to go into heat...

    Great. Having worked at PetSmart in the past, I had a pretty good feeling that she wouldn't be allowed in the Petco class while she was in heat. After leaving a message I get a call back (once the trainer was finished with her class) and she confirms that we'll have to postpone: no classes for three weeks until she's completely through her heat cycle... :confused: I was really looking forward to starting, too.

    Eva, by the way, says waiting sucks.

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    So, after contacting both of my brothers, who I had originally had separate plans with, Eva and I end up heading to the river. It was a less frequently used part of the river, and I thought I remembered her recall being pretty good, so I figure I'll let her off-lead and let her run. No real good pictures because, I don't know, it's been a while, I guess, and I have to get back into the groove of trying to get good pics while out with a dog. I did get these: lots of grazing on grass because it's nice, young, and tender this time of year.

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    Well, I'll have to dig up my long leads for next time because her recall wasn't as great as I had thought it was: I did have to go and retrieve her from a smell she had tracked down at the top of the dyke. So, with her back on lead, we continue our walk and end up going through town a bit and she's great the entire way, earning us smiles and a wave from an elderly lady in a car (I think it was her pink collar and lead). We get back to the Jeep, I contact one of my brothers again, plans end up being postponed further into the day (ultimately just plain cancelled) and, by that point, I was hungry so we head up to my folks'.

    And end up having an impromptu sleep-over.

    We walked our three acres, watched the neighbors' beef cattle (she wasn't quite sure what to make of them), and generally got a taste of what was to come. She's such a good girl, and in a lot of ways reminds me of Jin (no wonder they were buddies). She did her thing but always stuck around me, not too far away. Her recall was better on the property. I could call her back from the road and when she wanted to see what the folks who own the other 40 acres were up to, she hurried right back when we called her. She's a little anxious about me driving the garden tractor/mower and the four-wheeler, but I was able to get her to consistently jump up onto my lap as I sat on them. She stuck with us and "helped" as we cleaned out the chicken coop, spread the bedding on the garden, pulled weeds, "harvested" rocks, and dealt with some dead trees on the property.

    Also learned a few things:
    • She gets up on the counters, but keeping on top of that and being consistent greatly reduced that.
    • She respects gates, for the most part, until I step over them...then she just hops them and follows me. Honestly, I kind of got a kick out of it, but given she hops the 3' gate no problem I'll have to figure out something for when we decide to eat in the living room so she stays out of trouble (I'll probably give her something to occupy herself with in her crate, but that requires having a crate with which to do so).
    • She shows a lot of promise to be a good dog to get my feet wet in some agility (she can be directed back over the gates) and scent work.
    • Her confidence when meeting strange people is improving, and may be translating to other dogs as well: apparently she'll get snarky with other dogs when they rush over during high excitement situations. There was no intention behind the snark, and no further problems, so I'm attributing it to overstimulation. I pulled her back by her harness when it happened and removed her from the situation, then kept the harness on her until well after she had settled and shown good behavior. But, something to keep in mind and manage.
    • She's proven to be a dog that won't accept my folks' dog's usual behavior: Sasha started hooking a leg around her and Eva immediately began climbing on top of her. It wasn't an attempt to mount, and at first looked to be an attempt at play, but she started getting worked up and Sasha wasn't interested anymore so we just interrupted that behavior when it started.
    • She definitely can't be out off-leash if we let the chickens free-range: those flighty birds are way too tempting to chase. She can be called off if they're penned up, and her fixation broken if I just grab her collar, but why take chances?
    • The Timneh can still put the Fear of Bird into dogs right off the bat, haha. As good as she was about getting off the bed when told to, I didn't want to spend the night waking up and telling her to get off, so I blocked the bed and slept on the floor with her. Well, the Timneh had her intimidated to the point she refused to lay on the beds I set out for her until I laid between them and the birds. Only then would she settle down on them.
    She was restless for most of her stay, even at night, but Sunday she started settling and relaxing a bit more. Even when she was given a chew, she wouldn't settle down with it until I sat on the floor with her. I'm attributing that to just needing to adjust to the situation.

    Here are some more photos (please pardon the mess). I managed to get a video as well that I'll try and get some shots from (to try and balance out all of the Jeep shots).

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    Oh yea, there was a lot of begging, too. This was three different "sessions."

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  10. Derek1

    Derek1 Big Dog

    Sounds like a good weekend. She's a pretty girl looks in good shape to.
     
  11. Noah George

    Noah George Little Dog

    Thanks, Derek. It was an adjustment having a dog to take care of again, let alone one that I had to keep more of an eye on, but there's nothing like having a little buddy acting as a shadow and just wanting to be with you no matter where you're going or what you're doing. There's just something right about that.

    She started giving me a little bit of a wag or excitement more often than not when I told her she was a pretty girl. This is her on a shitty diet and less activity than she needs, too, so I'm eager to see how she improves with better food and more exercise. Still making a final decision on the food.
     
  12. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog

    And so it begins.... Adventures with Eva...!! :)
    She looks so sweet and calm in the photos. Would you say for the most part she is a very laid back dog? I get the impression she is. Hehehehe! Great photos! Thanks for sharing.
     
  13. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

  14. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs Good Dog Staff Member Administrator Premium Member

    Facts!

    Broly is literally my buddy ( i have no life), he gos everywhere i go pretty much 98% of the time, of course i'm not a big people person, i would rather spend time with my animals anyway. I have a few spots we like going to where i can let him off the lead, one is the creeks, he loves going creeking and he does have a great recall.

    She looks like she could easily work and exercise and i think she looks pretty good now!
     
  15. Noah George

    Noah George Little Dog

    @Capt. Roxy, “Adventures with Eva” Hey, I like that! Maybe that should have been the name of this thread, haha.

    Anyway, apparently the photos are deceptive because she’s not really that laid back or calm for the most part, or at least not compared to the laid back and calm that I’m used to. She has been pretty restless, but Sunday she started settling and lying down more…so there’s the potential she’ll be more chill once she’s mine full-time and has adjusted. Even at night she was pretty restless. She is definitely sweet, though! And thanks J Sharing is my pleasure!

    @pitbulldogs, haha, I don’t have much of a life, either: right now most of my life involves school or school/major-related activities or, when I’m home, our various animals (and Eva). A dog that can and will go with me anywhere and everywhere is part of my concept of my “ideal dog”: dogs are always up for whatever and never have something else come up, or say that you should do something together but never seem interested or able when you invite them to do just that. I like my friends and I like doing things with them, especially when we can get together with our dogs, but trying to make that happen is a headache full of disappointments.

    Some of my fondest memories as a kid and a teenager were hiking through creeks – oh, how I miss that. I always hoped we would move to a property that included one, haha. I’ll have to find some once we’ve worked on her recall and gotten it more reliable.

    Yea, she looks pretty good and I’ve no doubt she could work and exercise – I’m surprised though that she looks as good as she does because they have her on Ol’ Roy and Alpo. She deserves better food than that. Not to mention her stool is huge and excessive, and she tries going even once her bowels are empty, ending up just squeezing out a little bit of liquid. I have little doubt the food she’s being fed is part of why she acts so ravenous. We fed her 4Health over the weekend and, even with an abrupt switch, I noticed a huge improvement in her stool and she wasn’t repeatedly trying to defecate: just once and done. I’m deciding between 4Health, Diamond, and Victor right now.
     
  16. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs Good Dog Staff Member Administrator Premium Member

    I like Diamond, i think it is a good kibble.
     
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  17. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    W
    hat protei. Is she on?
     
  18. Noah George

    Noah George Little Dog

    @pitbulldogs, I was honestly kind of leaning toward Diamond (I've been looking at their Naturals line). Partly because it's only a couple dollars more for an additional 5lbs and they seem more calorie dense compared to 4Health. That might be the smart move while I'm in college.

    Knowing me, though, I'll probably end up rotating between them, haha, because I think 4Health may offer a couple of different protein sources compared to Diamond Naturals.

    @Nat Ursula, her food protein source currently? I think the Ol' Roy bag that I saw was the "Complete Nutrition" formula, which is supposed to be "poultry." That said, poultry by-product meal is fourth on the list, after "Ground Yellow Corn, Meat And Bone Meal, Soybean Meal," in addition to corn gluten meal after the fat, so aside from corn and soy, who really knows what the protein source is. All of that and the protein percentage is only 21%, with a 10% fat percentage: no wonder the girl is always hungry!
     
  19. pitbulldogs

    pitbulldogs Good Dog Staff Member Administrator Premium Member

    I fed Naturals, dogs did well on it, i would just rotate flavors.
     
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  20. Noah George

    Noah George Little Dog

    Thanks for the input, man. It's been a while since I've fed grain-inclusive dog food. Her first bag will end up being 4Health, since that's the brand that was offered at the clinic and I'd hate to transition her again after only a 5lbs bag, but I think from there I'll go with the Diamond Naturals. Their protein and fat percentages are better, too.
     

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