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Pippin!


He was very alert at first...
 

...then he got a little tired.  It was a big day for him!
 
I got a dog last night!  I've been wanting one for a while, and everything just worked out well.  I saw him on the shelter's website on Wednesday, went on Thursday and met him, went back on Friday to officially apply, and went for my last adoption consultation yesterday.
(Sorry for the poor picture quality.  I took these on my phone yesterday!)

lilkimbo lilkimbo 4 years 41 weeks
Thanks, Ruby! And, just to give an update, his plane rides went really well. Much better than I expected, actually. I think he was a little confused/scared, but he didn't bark, whimper, move around, etc. I was very happy that everything went so well. Now I have to work on getting him into a routine. Taking him to visit my parents (and their two dogs) after having him for such a short amount of time probably wasn't the best plan, but that's how it worked out.
eastcoastgirl eastcoastgirl 4 years 42 weeks
Congratulations!! I love the name.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 4 years 42 weeks
Thanks, Harm! And I see, haus.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 4 years 42 weeks
So cute! Congrats lil!
hausfrau hausfrau 4 years 42 weeks
yes, but he's still in limbo about whether or not he will deploy... no news yet. maybe he's part of the new schedule and since that isn't set yet... who knows. anywho, i think he's going to give it to his brother to take care of anyways, which is probably for the best. i was kinda looking forward to it... but yeah, probably for the best.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 4 years 42 weeks
And haus, you should get a dog! Weren't you thinking of taking care of your friend's dog for a while?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 4 years 42 weeks
Thanks ladies! I forgot that you had Pomeranians, BB! They are such cute little dogs. There was one at the pet store last night with a cast on! He was adorable. And yes, sarah, my heart completely melted. I fell in love with him a little more when he did that! (It's not hard for me to fall in love with a dog!)
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 4 years 42 weeks
Kim he's so CUTE!! I do love little fluffy dogs. :) Which is funny because I've never had one in all my dog years! Sounds like he's adjusting well, and I'm sure your heart just melted when he came and sat next to you on the couch. It's so rewarding to bring a dog out of a crappy situation and provide a stable, loving home.
BeachBarbie BeachBarbie 4 years 42 weeks
Awww, he is adorable! Congratulations to your new furry addition. (I definitely see the Pomeranian in him. :) )
hausfrau hausfrau 4 years 42 weeks
So cute!! I want a dog!!
tiff58 tiff58 4 years 42 weeks
What a cutie!! Love the dog, love the name! Hope you guys have a great time with your family for Thanksgiving. :) TS, I've used one of those sites before, and they are so helpful! It actually helped us save a lot of money on dog food, because we were giving our dogs food that cost more than other brands that are actually better for them.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 4 years 42 weeks
Snarky, he definitely seem social so far! (In the short amount of time that I've had him.) When I took him on a walk this morning, he wanted to go up to every other dog we saw. He was the same way with the dogs int he store last night.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 4 years 42 weeks
Yeah, they're both pretty high energy breeds, but he seems a little calmer than a typical Papillon and/or Pomeranian. Although, some of that could be because he's still adjusting. Luckily, there is a dog park somewhat close by, so I'm going to try to make it there as often as possible. Although, at the shelter, they did say to watch him very closely because he was a little bossy toward the other dogs and they don't want him to be bossy toward a larger dog and wind up getting hurt. On days when I can't make it to the dog park, I'm just going to take him on long walks. I also have a small fenced in backyard that I share with my landlords, so I'm planning on playing with him back there, too. As far as food goes, I am still kind of unsure. I was planning on going with mostly dry food, or possibly mixing, like you suggested. I had to take him to the pet supply store last night to find a carrier he would fit in for the flight and they gave me a few sample packs of a food from Solid Gold. (http://www.solidgoldhealth.com/products/index.php?product=68&code=140) I'm going to see how he does on that. When I had dogs in the past (when I lived with my parents), we fed them Bil-Jac and/or Hill's Science Diet. I'll definitely check out the sites you suggested. Thanks!
snarkypants snarkypants 4 years 42 weeks
from the little i know about papillons, they're really social dogs, so he will def love the dog park! (my parents never let us get a dog growing up so i read a lot of dog books to make up for it)
MartiniLush MartiniLush 4 years 42 weeks
Awwww, that is so sweet, Kim - enjoy him! And I second what TS said about the dog park - find one near you and take him, I bet he will love it! :)
T-S T-S 4 years 42 weeks
Kim, that is perfect! We got our dog at about 15 months (based on the shelter's best guess since he was a stray). I also didn't want a puppy. They're cute, but such a handful.
T-S T-S 4 years 42 weeks
I don't know about Pappillons, but Pomeranians are pretty high energy, right? Do you have a dog park near your place? I try to go to the dog park every day, it makes him happy and standing outside watching dogs play for an hour is pretty much the highlight of my day. What kind of food are you going to feed? With a little dog you could do raw pretty cheaply. We feed half raw (Nature's variety medallions) and half kibble (Innova Evo) that way when we're on vacation or something where it's not convenient to keep his food in the freezer, he can just have his kibble and it's not too much of an interruption. I found these two sites extremely helpful when I was picking out food: http://www.dogfoodanalysis.com/ http://www.dogfoodproject.com/index.php?page=labelinfo101
lilkimbo lilkimbo 4 years 42 weeks
Thanks, Martini! He is very soft. And he likes to snuggle. I didn't want to force him, so I just let him feel out his new environment last night and eventually, after sniffing around a lot, he came and laid down right next to me/half on my lap.
MartiniLush MartiniLush 4 years 42 weeks
Gosh, Kim, he is so freakin' adorable!!! I just want to smoosh him - he looks so soft! :) Congrats! Let us know how he does on the plane!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 4 years 42 weeks
Tia, I was looking on Petfinder a lot! I wound up going directly to the website for the Animal Welfare League of Arlington; that's where I found him. TS, I'm a dog nut, too! I always see tons of people with them; I love living in a city where a lot of people have dogs. And they think he's about 18 months old, which is pretty much exactly the age I wanted. I didn't want to get a puppy because I don't feel like I have the time to properly train a puppy right now. And I didn't want a dog that was too old. (I know older dogs can be great, but I just didn't want to get one that was much older than 3 or so.)
T-S T-S 4 years 42 weeks
No, that's interesting! I am a dog nut, so no detail is too much for me. Did they have a guess at the age?
tiabia tiabia 4 years 42 weeks
He's adorable!!!!!! I've been pet-stalking for a while. What site did you go to?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 4 years 42 weeks
The shelter is guessing that he's a Papillon/Pomeranian mix. They listed him as a stray at the shelter because they didn't have any medical history/prior information about him. But, apparently his previous owner's sister or brother brought him in and said she (the owner) hadn't been taking care of him. Then I guess the owner called once to try to get him back and they were going to meet with her to discuss it. (I guess he was all matted and a little underweight, but otherwise healthy, so they don't think she was necessarily guilty of criminal neglect or anything, but they also don't think she took as good care of him as she should have.) Anyway, they were going to meet with her to see if she was fit to take him back, but they told her that, if they released him to her, she would have to pay boarding fees. So, she never called back/got back to them. OK, that was a long and confusing explanation, but basically, they know he was in a home before, but they don't know his exact breed, age, etc.
T-S T-S 4 years 42 weeks
Did the shelter know what breed he is or have aguess as to the mix? Was he turned in or just found? Details, please!
T-S T-S 4 years 42 weeks
Yay dogs! I just got to the airport and the check in lady was like, "You have a pet?" I'd forgotten we were originally going to bring our dog with us and I'd forgotten to call and cancel that part. Makes me miss him more!