I’m super happy to be introducing a new category to my blog to file future posts under: dogs! This happy occasion is brought to you by the fact there will be a new dog in our family soon. I do think I need to recap a little though, since I missed out on some things the past 6 months.
To start off with, I haven’t lived at home for 3 years now but I still consider the pets my parents have as ‘our’ pets. It’s still my home after all! When I was 12 we bought a puppy from a really nice breeder of a relatively unknown breed, the Stabyhoun. He was an adorable and incredibly sweet dog who never harmed a fly and protected small children and hunted mice. A loving companion whom we all loved dearly and who grew up happy and healthy.
In February 2014 (this year), on the 20th, when the dog was exactly 13.5 years old to the day, we took him to the vet after he had an episode in the garden. It turned out he had a stroke, and chances of recovery were so slim that we’d just be putting him through misery to keep him around for our sake. The difficult decision was made to put him down, and he was cremated. His ashes are kept in my parents’ living room.
Although my parents said they didn’t want a dog anymore, it was only a month later that they told my sister and I they were looking to get a new puppy. They missed the companionship of a dog and with my father stuck at home on disability and my mother only able to work part time, they have plenty of time to raise a new dog.
This time they opted for a Wetterhoun. It’s an even rarer breed than the Stabyhoun. Full blooded dogs of this breed don’t seem to exceed a population of approximately 1,000 worldwide. The breed faced extinction in WWII and down the line was hit with a disease that killed puppies at 8 weeks old. Careful breeding with the use of DNA programs eradicated the disease, but the breed is still relatively unknown and struggles. There have only been 2 litters in the entire country this year, so far. (I’m talking about the full-blood bred dogs that are registered with the program where inbreeding is avoided. I’m not accounting for non-breeders where people bred the dogs with other breeds, although considering the exclusivity of the breed I doubt there are many who breed them so… recklessly.)
We were lucky to get a call from the breeder and hear that the people who were supposed to get this one male puppy had not returned calls or emails for over 3 weeks. She told us that since there was no point in trying to get in touch with these folks any longer, that we could have the dog if we wanted to. Naturally my parents agreed and my dad went to the breeder to take a look.
The puppy is absolutely adorable. He’s like a little fuzzy bear! The breeder is absolutely excellent. It’s her first time breeding her dogs and therefore her first litter, but you’d never be able to tell! At only 4 weeks old, the puppies have been exposed to all sorts of sounds and noises, the vacuum cleaner, children, even a wild bird her husband shot. The puppies are also being housebroken by encouraging them to do their business on the grass rather than on the floor. I’ve never heard of a breeder investing this much awesome into a litter. But then again, people breed this dog because they loved the breed, not to make money off of it.
He will be coming home on July 31st (less than two weeks!). I’m VERY excited and so are my parents! 🙂 After he had his first round of shots, I’m taking my cats over to my parents’ and let them socialize as early as possible. It shouldn’t be a problem since they got along fine with the other dog all the time.