I had many awesome responses to my inner turmoil about dogs. I was fully expecting to be tar and feathered. To my surprise, many agreed with me! However, Mrs. 4444 brought to my attention breeds that DON'T SHED!
So, back to the drawing board I went. I researched custom mixes of dogs that are chosen to get the best characteristics of two different breeds. Remember, I was looking for very small, non- shedding, not much barking, not hyper, and non- smelly and my
To my surprise, there are many dogs that fall into this category, within reason. Most of them were from breeders and out of our price range- part of the deal was that the kids were throwing their hard- earned money into the pot.
Then a found a website for a rescue that specialized in 'designer' breeds- ooh, la,la, right? Well, long story short: we went, they fell in love, and we bought:
Pretty damn cute- huh? He is an 11 week old Shihtzu/Bichon Frise and weighs 3 lbs and will weigh about 10 full grown. He is cuddly and soft and sweet and doesn't appear to shed, that's the good news.
The bad news: He threw up all over me on the way home. He also shit on the floor boards on that same drive. He cried and yelped all but 3 hours of the night last night. The fresh groomed fragrant smell that he had when we picked him up was replaced, within about 10 minutes, by that dreaded 'stinky dog smell'! CRAP!
So, I am walking around in that fog, you know the one you have from lack of sleep from a newborn? Yeah, that one. I have done more research about house-training, crate-training and getting rid of stinky dog smell than you can shake a stick at!I have neglected my bloggy world because I can barely keep my eyes open, again, what the fuck was I thinking?
Please wish me luck on a better night tonight!