I haven't mentioned Newby in a bit, so I thought to give you a little update on our new rescue pup! I hate to say the normal "He is fitting in just fine" speech, but it's true. He, Milo and Dixie have become a pack. They have had "words" at times, but there hasn't been any big tiffs that we have had to referee. He is still really nervous, he gives us those "OMD I'm in trouble" eyes often, changes scare the bejeebes out of him, he still isn't allowed out in the yard without being on leash, but...
* He is also very playful! I've never had a dog who likes to play with toys. He adores anything that squeaks. He can make it NOT squeak within a day, usually, but he loves the crap out of any squeaky toy until it stops making sounds.
* He has no clue how to chew a bone properly. Milo and Dixie always get a bit of bone chew time after their dinner, in the evening, while we are waiting Prime-time TV. (Think of it as NCIS and Nylabone!) We've been trained to hold their bones so they can chew... their little paws holding our hands, turning them to get the right chew angle, so they can thoroughly enjoy their bone (and mom doesn't get slobbery bone streaks on the couch or bed covers). When we encouraged Newbs to enjoy, he doesn't get the concept of chewing a LONG. LONG. TIME to get a bit of the good stuff. He is constantly grabbing and trying to pull the bone off into bits. And no matter how many times we say "Newby it doesn't work that way..." he continues to try. Patience apparently isn't a virtue.
* He smacks his mouth when he eats. You know, those sounds your mom tells you not to make when eating? Well it is TOTALLY endearing when a dachshund does it. He also fails to clean off a little patch of skin near his lips after his meal and has little food bits looking like a goatee! Squeeeee worthy for sure.
He is just a wonderful dog. He is a big baby, wanting to be loved and cuddled on, and doesn't want to make mistakes. As much as I love my Milo, bought from a breeder dog, I think we will only rescue from now on. I know he, and Dixie, too, have lots of 'issues' which you have to be cognizant of and work 'through' or 'with', it is definitely worth every second.