The dog has declared this house, this people, all the Jones Natural Chews, as his own. Gadget has settled in.
This little dog, who was found on the side of the highway near Atlanta, made the trip all over the south to get to Tulsa, lived with my mom and her Honey, endured surgery for perineal hernias, infected anal glands, broken tailbone and neutering (all in one fell swoop), this little dog is finally settling down and deciding to be ours. He wasn’t supposed to be ours. He was supposed to be Honey’s playmate.
But with the pain of all of his maladies, then the recovery from some serious surgery, plus living with girls after losing his manhood, it wasn’t meant to be. He was a nasty little biting dog, determined to be king of the heap at mom’s house, driving Honey away from himself and mom. Oh, sad thing.
Gadget spent a week or three being bitey here while I tried to find him a home. But there are just too many guys in this house for Gadget to be top dog. He was lost for a bit, trying to figure out where he fit in, demanding laps, demanding pets, demanding treats, demanding everything, while only getting a fraction of what he wanted. But now? Now he belongs.
In fact, he’s settled in so well that he owns the bench on the back porch. It’s his spot when we’re outside. And he’s happy there.
It’s tough having four dogs. I have chickens, a duck, kids, a life. And four dogs? What’s one more dog? you might ask. It’s one more dog. With a fancy, picky eating habit. He can only have soft food. With lots of fiber. And oil. I can’t just dump food in a bowl and call it good. Twice a day I make his and Chewy’s meals, then stand and watch them eat, because with four dogs, they’d all love to eat each other’s food. Gadget’s diet has been simplified a little, thanks to The Honest Kitchen. I pick it up at the feed store. High in fiber and nutrients, while still being a soft food. Next box I’ll simplify even more and get the one with the meat, so I’m not adding canned dog food. My point it, four dogs is time consuming.
Would I change things? Would I give a dog away or trade one for a chicken? Heavens no. I love them all. Gadget fits right in with the family. And do you know what I love most about this little dog? Every single person who comes to the house is a lap for him. That means that each person who sits down becomes his favorite. He has everyone convinced that he loves them best. There’s no better feeling than to be a dog’s favorite human. Gadget gives every visitor that gift. It’s beautiful. I’m so grateful to be blessed with a fourth dog. And I’m so glad that Gadget has settled in. 🙂
Until I write again …