Drum roll please! We have a new addition to the NewfandHound family! On the 21st of March we officially adopted Cody, a four year old longhaired dapple Dachshund from the wonderful Dachshund Paws and Pals Rescue in southern California. In honor of this special little guy joining our family we decided to throw him an adoption day party complete with his own pumpkin flavored Adoption Day dog cake from Top Dog Barkery in Newport Beach! We were so excited to adopt a new dog that we actually bought this cake before we met him and drove it all the way back up to the bay area, keeping our fingers crossed that the three of them would all get along.
We actually went down to southern California to meet Blue but quickly realized that he wasn't a good fit with Nooner although he is a really friendly, happy dog. I really appreciated the fact that his foster mom did not force Blue on us because I wasn't comfortable and in my gut I knew that there would be further issues between Nooner and him, but recognized that Cody's temperament would fit in much better with our family. That says a lot to me about how well Dachshund Paws and Pals Rescue gets to know their dogs and their limitations or quirks.
When you first see Cody he seems like such a tiny little guy, but that's only a facade because inside is this energetic bundle of love that is only too happy to run around the yard and jump from sofa to sofa. (Yikes, we have a jumper! He is using the ramps and stairs more and more though so that's a good sign!) Each day his personality comes out a little bit more and we discover something new about him that just makes us smile or laugh, like the fact that he "smiles" wide and shows all his teeth when he's happy and excited! We can't get over those big brown eyes looking up at us all the time, especially when he feels that I haven't given him enough of my pillow at night when we go to sleep. Yes, he claimed the bed pillows from the first night, but he's not going to be spoiled......no, not at all. (wink!)
Here's what we know about him and his background: (granted what we know is limited so facts may not be correct and I apologize to his previous family and the rescue group if I have them wrong)
- He is four years old.
- He was dropped off at the Hollister shelter with two of his buddies.
- He was placed in rescue, then adopted, but due to his family's circumstances was put back into the rescue. (lucky for us!)
- He was never leash trained or had to wear a collar. (it's been interesting attempting to leash train again and he hates wearing the collar but he's getting better at both. Now at least he's excited to go on his walks!)
- He was rarely taken out of the house. (he's nervous in busy/new places but calms down relatively quickly so we've decided take it slow and introduce him to new situations at his own pace. He's doing great walking around the neighborhood though.)
- Spent quite a bit of time in his crate. (we set up a crate for him so he has a safe place in case he gets scared, but right now he loves to go in there to eat breakfast and dinner. I'm trying to make his crate a happy place, so any crate games or ideas are welcome.)
- He doesn't mind strangers and warms up to people very quickly, although a little more timid with men. (he actually does better than Nooner so I hope it gives her confidence!)
I was worried that the girls may not get along with him and I figured we'd find that out pretty quickly but within the first few days I watched Nooner slowly sit closer and closer to him, finally lying next to him on the couch or the bed. (In fact they are currently laying butt to butt in their bed while I'm writing so I think they're going to be good friends) Tonight we watched them play together for the first time! Yes! He's the perfect playmate too, not too hard or rough, and stops when they want to stop. He's also learning about 8:00 treat time so I expect him to chime in any night now.
Like a true Dachshund he loves his food and tucked into this cake once he got a taste of the frosting. In fact, they all liked the cake and it was quickly demolished between all three of them. I have to say that the staff at Top Dog Barkery was amazing, and so helpful, so I can't wait to go back next time we are in the area. They had one cake left and went out of their way to add the text onto the top and to wrap it up carefully for traveling. Not to mention all the tasty treats they let Hazel and Nooner have while we were waiting!
Some friends have asked if we will still get a Newfoundland and that is definitely in the near future because what is NewfandHound without our Newfie? We need to get a few things out of the way and settled and then we can commence our search, but right now we felt that another male Dachshund would be a good fit for the girls since they are getting a bit older and seem to really miss Ernie's companionship. Don't worry though, there will be lots of Newfie faces showing up in this coming month so I will have plenty of chances to kiss those big smooshy faces again.
I hope you are looking forward to more pictures and updates of Cody though, I can't resist that cute face and I have to say that he actually likes having his picture taken! Stay tuned for more! Also, if you have any recommendations for integrating a new dog into an established home please feel free to let me know. Anything I can do to make this transition easier for all the dogs will be helpful!