It's a Team's Life
Big Dogs – Big Responsibility
Texas, our German Shepherd got into the truck at about seven weeks of age. She started out having to stay in a kennel when we were not in the truck and also sleeping in the kennel at night. This kennel lasted for about two months until she outgrew the kennel and we went one size larger and she stayed in this kennel when we got out of the truck. She was allowed to stay loose at night. We got lucky with Texas and her personality.
When we went to see Texas, she was an outdoor puppy. We met her mama who was a very happy dog and happy to see people. That was a great start and then we played with the puppies as there were three females. Texas stood out to us and off we went with her. From the first moment she was placed in the truck she felt safe and was comfortable. The best part was she has never gone potty inside the truck and next is she likes her toys and has never chewed on any of the interior fixtures.
She needs her exercise though and that takes a lot of room. Texas is not a toy snob and she has yet to be given a toy she does not like. While on the road she likes to play with her frisbee and tennis ball and at home she has a heavy large ball on a rope that we throw for her. If there is not enough room for her to play with her frisbee she needs her walks. Those walks were becoming a problem as the pavement is heating up to the point of burning her tender feet. Well, that problem has now been solved she has doggy shoes. It took her several steps before she decided the shoes were staying on her feet and then she ignored them. She is an exceptionally easy going dog.
Texas turned a year-old March 17th and has been in the truck a year and what a year it has been. There have been times of frustration with her energy, with all of the hair she loses on a daily basis, and her lack of knowledge of personal space. When I get frustrated with her I remember that we are her whole world and her goal is to please us, sometimes she gets a little off track. Overall though she compares a lot with our Molly that passed away several years ago as they were both happy and up for any adventures as long as they could be by our side.
Our puppy is growing up and turning into one of the smartest dogs we have had. She knows many commands and is getting better at greeting people. She gets too excited when she meets people and cannot sit calmly to be petted. Her other problem is meeting other dogs as she does not know if she should be afraid or play. It takes her several times meeting a dog before she is confident enough to play and then it is rough playing involving a lot of running.
We are pretty easy to spot when out walking, look for a German Shephard with her tail wagging wearing bright blue shoes.
Bob & Linda Caffee
Saint Louis MO
Expediters since January 2005
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