Insane, Crazy, Dim-Witted?

Call us insane, crazy, dim-witted…whatever you’d like, but we’ve gone and adopted another furry friend from the local animal shelter. 🙂

His name is Balto and he’s a 2 year old lab mix. We think the mix might potentially be husky, but we aren’t sure on that. He was a stray that was picked up in May. We’d seen his smiley picture in the paper a number of times, and even near the pet supplies at Walmart, and thought he looked like a really friendly dog. Then, I noticed that his adoption price had been discounted; meaning he was close to being put down. We called the humane society and asked them some questions and then took Spunky and 1 kid with us over to the shelter to see how Balto reacted. He was wonderful! We took both boys for a walk and then went home to discuss and decide if we could handle another large dog in the house. After really thinking about it for a few hours and knowing we might be his only chance at remaining alive, we went back and picked him up to bring him to his new home.

He is a very well-mannered and sweet tempered boy. I think he’s pretty much ignored the kids other than to sniff or lick them a few times. And he’s put up with any petting/hugging the kids have wanted to do to him too. He and Spunky have actually played suprisingly well, but they are fighting a bit to be “top” dog. He is completely potty trained, knows a few commands and is an excellent walker. Until he’s been here longer we won’t be able to let him go leash free at the dog park, but my husband thinks he may be a good duck/goose hunting dog next year! The one downside is that we think Balto may have been abused in his former home; perhaps the reason he showed up as a stray at the shelter? He seems to think we might hit him, so we are being sure to show him a lot of positive praise and attention. I think he’s figuring it out quickly that we want him here to love, not to hit!

For those who don’t know, we also adopted Spunky from the same shelter, but he was just a 13-14 week old puppy at the time.
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