|Meeting Takoda at the breeder's house|
Thursday, October 19, 2017.
I couldn't get the dream out of my head in the morning. Though I had no intention of replacing Zenzi and was determined to go back to being a 2 dog household again, I couldn't get the dream out of my mind. Sure enough, I found the ad exactly where Zenzi said it would be. The breeder bred primarily for military families of Camp Pendleton, but any extra puppies were available to the public. The parents were health tested, rated excellent on their joints, and cleared of heart/eye defects. I arranged to meet them that night, and was quickly in love. The Mama met me first, and just laid at my feet, belly up, and grinned while I rubbed her belly. The Daddy came out second, and while utterly friendly, was most interested in the treats one of the little boys was holding. When I met the only remaining puppy from this Mama's last litter, I knew he was special, and I quickly fell in love, despite my broken heart. He passed all my service prospect puppy tests with flying colors.
|Dad: Bumblebee, 10yo, left|
Mom: Rose, 8yo, right
Takoda has been home just over a month, and has settled in like a champ. Dolce wrestles with him constantly. I swear Takoda will keep Dolce young, his muscle tone is already improved! Maya has been recovering from steroids/MRI/spinal tap and is starting to open up to the puppy.
Takoda is incredibly easy. He was crate trained in a couple weeks, has since been house trained, and has started obedience training, public access training, and service dog task training. He's excelling in all of them. Videos of his training are available on the Hounds in Harmony Youtube Channel. I intend to document that training here from now on.