For those who don't follow us on Facebook, a very exciting addition was made to our family last week! Introducing Rally, our shelter rescue, seven month old pup. Her paperwork says she is "retriver mix" but we're more convinced she's a beagle-pit-cattle dog mix. A true loveable mutt.
We had planned from the beginning to adopt a dog while on our journey. It might sound crazy to add a dog to our tiny living situation, but with both of us on permanent vacation for a bit, we knew we would have a great opportunity to bond, train and love Rally without real world time constraints.
Most shelters recommend taking "a few days off" from work to help establish basic boundries and bonding. But, with a pup who was found at 3 months on the side of the road, brought home and loved by a family and then turned in to a shelter at 7 months, we are very thankful to have a few months with her all to ourselves. Her seperation anxiety is out the roof, but with time, she will know she has her forever-home.
And really, isn't exploring the great outdoors just the best way to bond with your new furbaby? Plus, her seperation anxiety has made her a very good off-leash companion. We can't get more than 4 feet away from her before she come barrelling after us!
Even better, our tiny living provides two great situations for us and Rally.
#1 - When we're home, she is ALWAYS within eyesight. Training is much easier when we can catch her in the act, or if we are lucky BEFORE she even does it. We don't have any surprises waiting for us in the next room (there isn't any other room!) and all consequences for boundry breaking are immediate and focused.
#2 - Because our home is tiny, we get outside more. She gets her morning walk and play with Jeffrey, then a bit of quiet time while we get ready for the day (checking email, catching up on social media, blogging). After that, we are out and about with Rally until sunset. We love being the only ones in the off-leash dog park at dusk! It's a great way to test her off-leash skills with us in a safe enviornment. By the time we get home after sundown, all three of us are tuckered out and ready for sleep.
It seems like a pretty good match for all of us!