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Iris got a brother

Discussion in 'General Dog Discussions' started by Novy, Mar 2, 2019.

  1. Novy

    Novy Little Dog Premium Member

    It's been a while since I posted last. 2018 was a really busy year - renovated my house, bought a new camper, some changes at work. Things finally started slowing down in fall a bit and I've got more spare time now.

    Iris is doing great. She has slowed down a tad, but she's still really spunky despite coming up on 10 years old this summer. I think she was maybe a bit bored last year. We didn't get out on many hikes, hardly went out camping/fishing, and my sister moved across town and got a different job that makes play dates with Koda tough to arrange. A new neighbor moved in late in the year, has two dogs but they aren't really suitable playmates for Iris. They get along good at the fence though, so that's great.

    Adding a second dog has always intrigued me. I wasn't sure if it was something I could make work, so I always tried to keep that idea out of my mind but was still open to the idea if a really good fit came along. And then the lady who fostered Iris posted a picture of her newest foster dog. I commented on it, and she ended up suggesting that he'd be a really good match for Iris. Iris was in her care for roughly 6 months, along with a few other fosters, so she had a really good idea of what Iris's dog interactions are like. I mulled the idea over for a week and then decided to fill out an application and see where it leads. If it works great, if not I wouldn't be disappointed and could carry on with life as is. The application was approved, so we went to meet him in the first week of January. I came up with an introduction plan that I figured had the best chance of going well. It ended up being the smoothest introduction that I've ever had with her. Totally calm on both sides, no fixation, it was almost like they were already friends.

    I ended up following through with the adoption, so I guess this is your introduction to Maxwell. He's roughly 8 months old now, and seems to be Am Bully-ish. From what I gather his entire litter was with the SPCA/rescue group for about the first 5 months of his life, and then were transferred to an out of province rescue due to BSL.

    He's a very mellow dude. I thought Iris was a clingy cuddler, Max is even more so. He's also hilariously clumsy. The two dogs are getting along great. They wrestle a lot and also enjoy tug of war. Iris can run circles around him, it is really funny to watch.

    I will admit, the first month or so was really rough. I wasn't entirely prepared for the potty and crate training struggles. I think he spent too much time in his first 6 months in a kennel and was fairly new to not being able to just go to the bathroom where ever he wanted. It didn't help that the weather we've had for the last couple months has been brutally cold and going outside was not high on his list. I couldn't let my guard down at all, was constantly taking him outside and for a while it didn't seem like we were making progress. He'd pee at random when he really didn't need to and was also soiling his crate infrequently. It took some figuring out, but in the last few weeks we've reached a point where he is perfectly content in his crate and will go in when asked to. House accidents are becoming few and far between, and in the last week he is using the dog door very reliably. It feels like a huge accomplishment and I'm relieved to feel like we are finally making good progress and can move on to other training items.

    I think he is going to fill out a fair bit yet. He's grown a couple inches since I got him, he is more or less the same height as Iris now but his legs are massive in comparison. He's been packing on around 2 to 2.5 pounds a week since I got him and presently is around 65 pounds. I wouldn't be surprised if he ends up being pretty thick at around 80 pounds or so yet.

    I am curious about his coat though. I find it to be quite strange as it seems to have different appearances depending on the light. It's like he has brown tones mixed in, the brown is more evident in low light, at times he appears to be some sort of very subtle brindle (and some people have referred to him as brindle), and in brighter light he is a very dark grey/silver. I've tried searching a few different terms and couldn't really come up whether this coat color has a certain name or if it is just common for blues to look somewhat brown. Any thoughts?

    And of course, he are some pictures:

    [​IMG]2T1A3518 by bman32_320, on Flickr

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    [​IMG]2T1A3300 by bman32_320, on Flickr

    [​IMG]2T1A3242 by bman32_320, on Flickr
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  2. Sagebrush

    Sagebrush Good Dog

    Very handsome boy! He looks blue in theses pics, and I have seen blues that in certain light seem to have brownish tones.
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  3. Capt. Roxy

    Capt. Roxy Good Dog Premium Member

    So good to see you posting again!! Congrats on the new addition. Wow, he’s a big boy and mighty handsome. I’m so glad you guys are making progress and what a lucky pup!! He sure did win the lottery. Gorgeous photos thank you for sharing! You always take such stunning photos. Iris looks amazing (especially in that face plant photo ) and I’m so glad she’s healthy and well.
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  4. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Hi Novy,

    Everything you wrote reminded me so much of Teddy! We had such a rough time with him for several months, actually. He was definitely not house trained or anything trained. lol Congratulations on the new Pup! I agree with Capt. Roxy that he won the lottery! I'm also glad Iris seems to be doing very well. This was probably good for her. Tonka will be 8 soon and she is fairly amused with Teddy. We've also recently witnessed her teaching him to grab magazines and try to tear up his bed. She has never done that herself so this is quite interesting!!!
  5. Novy

    Novy Little Dog Premium Member

    Here are a few videos I have taken. I wish I had full video surveillance of my house, Max is so hilariously clumsy I could post a blooper a day I'm sure.

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  6. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    loved the slowpoke video! Iris is still so fit! AWESOME! The new pup reminds me so much of Teddy!

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