The New Guy: Crazy Casper!
What possessed Cindy and I to adopt another dog in the midst of moving to a new state, while already having a dog and a cat, I’ll never know. This is what I remember: We were bored one night this past August, we turned on the computer and started looking at adoptable dogs on the Web site of our local animal shelter, then we’re talking about what size and breed of dog we’d want.The next morning, we were at the animal shelter.
As always, Cindy and I wanted to adopt 99 percent of the dogs we saw in those cages at the shelter. But once reality set in and we began to think about which of the dogs would be a possible fit into our little “pack,” we decided it would be best to take a look at a couple more nearby shelters before making a decision.
During our visit to one of the shelters, we came across a group of puppies playing and barking loudly in one of the cages. One of the puppies, a cute, poofy white dog, was getting ganged up on by three of the others. One of the puppies was even biting on his neck! We couldn’t believe how that little white dog just walked around while these other dogs kept biting and barking at him–he didn’t show one bit of aggression! Cindy and I had no intention of adopting a puppy–it would be hard to find the time to train and care for one. But we loved this little guy’s spirit, so we requested to be on the waiting list to interact with him once he was available for adoption.
On adoption day, we showed up as soon as the shelter opened. While the shelter worker was taking us back to interact with the little guy, she told us out of all the dogs in the cage with him, he was the only one to pass his behavior test and be declared adoptable.
When the shelter worker brought the little white dog into the interaction area, Cindy asked her how old he was.
“I’d say he’s about three or four years,” she said casually.
We couldn’t believe he was a full-grown, adult dog! Apparentely the workers at the shelter thought he was a puppy at first too, which is why they put him in with that group of bully pups.
After interacting with this little Corgi/American Eskimo mix, we knew he was a fit for us.
We took Casper home the following week.
After a couple months of learning the rules of the pack (ie: our other dog Pom Pom is the boss, attempting to pee on every piece of furniture in the house is not a good thing, etc), Casper has settled in very well. We love how he sleeps on his back with his short little Corgi legs up in the air. He is such a happy and energetic little dog!
He is currently staring at me and pawing at my leg, which is Casper-speak for “I gotta pee, man!”
Where the heck did I put that leash…