Bella, the dream puppy has celebrated her 1st Birthday with us and did us proud over the holiday season. However, to say it’s been a piece of cake would be stretching the truth. As she grows into her body the personality traits are coming to surface, hence the new nickname “Bella Gazelle”. She can and has cleared not only rocks and bushes with great ease but our backyard fence as if it were only a foot tall. Of course she chose to display this talent while I was in my jammies and slippers ready to call it a night. The good news is she comes back when called about 10 times, UGH. Needless to say we scratched our heads about that issue as we worried about the fact we can’t leave her out in what we thought was a safe backyard. The problem was solved with a lattice addition to the top of our fence. Whew! Now, onto the next issue of shedding, shedding, shedding…. Who knew a dog could shed this much. After several expensive purchases of combs, brushes we finally found two that work best, the Furminator and Curry Comb. Can I just say they are the bomb of all tools for a pet with short straight hair that sheds?
More education came while watching the news on Bend Police Department’s new Fido addition this past week. It finally shed light on the mystery of Bella’s primary breed, the Belgium Sheppard Malinois. We were so excited to finally know, until we started researching the breed and the more we learned the more intrigued we became. Had we bit off more than we could chew? First sentence of the breed’s description stated “Highest Level of Activity necessary to keep this Fido happy. Followed by, “High Level Prey” hence the darting out of the front door to chase a squirrel at any given time. The most interesting of all was how they need a job and are used in Police Departments for various reasons because of their high level of intelligence and ability to detect short term scents such as explosives, drugs and guns. At first we joked and said maybe we can get her a job, pay her own way… then we wondered is this going to be a good family dog?
I wouldn’t say the honeymoon stage is over but we have been faced with some challenges. Challenges that have us scratching our heads and making us question did we make the right decision. But, we had already fallen deeply in love with this dog, no going back or was there? This is a common place where I believe folks teeter on the fence and sometimes return their purchased or adopted pets to shelters or put up for adoption. Some feel if they do it early enough the family will not be as attached and it won’t be as devastating. I’m not saying the issues you might be facing are not valid, and some even deal breakers. What I am saying is that there are solutions, some very simple and free if you seek help in the way of education. Do some research online for blogs, trainers and more at www.fidolove.com.
I’ll be doing more research myself as I try to gather education on my new found family member to see what I can do to make this a long and happy relationship.
Don’t forget to find your new best friend or help someone else find theirs at www.fidolove.com.
Until next week!
Suzanne and the Team at Fidolove!