Better known as simply “Bo” (coincidence?), this is a 5-year old, 20 pound shih-tzu that we have welcomed into our home in hopes to adopt it from one of Kim’s friends. Kim’s friend Dusty has an unpredictable work schedule that doesn’t allow him much time to keep a dog. So, he’s looking to give away the dog to a good home.
Several times during the past few months, Traci and I have discussed getting another dog. Honestly, we’d be getting the dog so that Zeppelin would have someone to play with. So, in effect, we’d be getting a dog for our dog.When we caught wind of Bojangles…oh hell, Bo, we were pretty excited. Traci went to Manchester tonight to pick him up while I stayed home and prepped Zepp for his potential new brother.
I’m writing this post at 11pm on Wednesday the 19th. After just over 24 hours, I’ll be honest and say that Bo’s arrival hasn’t been quite as we hoped.
Let me get this straight by saying that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this dog. The problem is that we’ve owned Zeppelin for the past 3.5 years. Zeppelin is the perfect dog for me/us, and I believe he’s going to be the dog that I compare all future dogs to. So, Bo has a lot to live up to.
Bo has lots of energy, which is my biggest area of concern. He’s about 8 lbs. heavier than Zeppelin, and he kinda bounds around the place, which is a bit more in-your-face than I’m used to with my dog. While Zeppelin has plenty of energy, it’s contained in a smaller frame and he’s grown up knowing that sometimes Traci and I just like to lay down on the couch and not have a 20 pound dog jump on our faces.
The other issue I have with Bo is that he has literally no reaction to any verbal cues. I’ve only seen him react once today at lunch when I bellowed “Noooo!” because he was tracking muddy rainwater through the house and was about to jump on the couch and he would not come here. My sudden and surprising rise in voice made him hunker down and slunk back to me, but that’s the only time he’s acted like I’ve actually said anything.
I know it seems like I’ve focused on the bad, but Bo does have some good qualities. When he does settle down, he does enjoy cuddling which is something that Zeppelin just doesn’t get into. But, Bo usually follows the delicate moments of cuddling with a tongue-attack to the face and then a flying leap from one couch to the other.
I am truthfully trying to be optimistic about this, but I’m at a place in my life where I’m happy with our living situation and I’m protective of outsiders coming in. We have Bo in our possession until Sunday for the trail run, so we’ll see how it goes.