Friday, March 23, 2012


Let's face it, we're not getting any younger.  Middle aged spread occurs unless you fight it, and such pains as arthritis set in...and this is all worse in dogs.  Dogs age so fast, it doesn't seem fair.  Our dear Charlie, is old.  He turned 12 last November, and the poor guy is slowing way down.  His hips hurt all the time, it's dodgy giving him aspirin, and I don't have any prescription pain meds, plus half of those available, tend to cause liver failure.  So I give him what I can, Vit E, FishOil, glucosamin/chondroitin.  It helps some, but as he is less active, he puts on weight, for there is NOTHING wrong with his appetite!

Our Cody, on the other hand, is 9 now, and in good health.  However he is a follower, not a leader, and we felt it might be better for him if we got another companion dog--one whom he could bond to before Charlie's gone--one who might fill Charlie's spot in the pack.  Someone Cody could follow.

Enter Shiloh.  Shiloh is a pretty little (well, not so much little, as lithe, and light weight) female Ridgeback.  We met up with her at TIRR,  where we sometimes board our boys, and lo & behold, they got along well with her!  We found out she was available to adopt, and we had a few long talks about adding a 3rd dog to the house.  In the end, we decided it was a suitable idea, and put in an app for her through RRRInc.

She has begun to respond to her new name, Shiloh, which is good.  I think she will be a fast learner once she acclimates to the household dynamic.  She is certainly different than the boys, in that she is quiet!  Oh, she does have a yippy bark which we hear once or twice a day maybe, but not the cacophony of barking that we get from C&C!  She will whine at the front door, but usually quiets down in short order too.

Although Cody is known to rumble at her when she encroaches on his space, or on his food dish (heck, I'd growl too if you got into MY food dish!) as you can see, he will tolerate her close presence on the Dog Couch.

We have found she likes peanut butter, like the boys do, but you should see her little face positively light up when that American Cheese Single comes out of the fridge! She's a true Cheesehead! The boys like cheese, but she ADORES it!

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