Saturday Special – One week in

P1000114m2Well, I wanted a dog, and I got one. That isn’t something I regret of course but here she is and now what. Before Mel passed, the morning ritual had become.. wake up, leash him up, and take him out so he could take care of his business. It didn’t matter how cold it was or how much it snowed, that’s just what needed to be done. In fact, if it had snowed or was snowing, he was able to manage a little better. It didn’t make me very happy but there it is.. After he passed, I got a small reprieve from the weather in that I didn’t have to go out in it. Not first thing in any morning anyway.. That’s the last time I’ll speak of Melvin passing away.

In the couple weeks after he was gone, I was trying for a long distance adoption, and I had plenty of willing help to make that happen. In fact, I had one picked out due to one of our members having seen one at one of those Petco adoption day type things. That dog was Molly.. She is a poodle type mix with something else, had recently had a litter of puppies (a litter of 2) and they had been recently adopted out. She has kind of a don’t bother me, I’ll come to you type attitude, and she kind of fit the bill of what I was originally looking for. No, she does not have a tail. A visit had been made just to try and make sure the dog wasn’t the Tasmanian devil reincarnated and I had decided to take her. The only problem was, she was in Memphis area and getting her here was the tricky part. There are transports or one can make private arrangements which is what I tried to do because the shelter type transports run when they run and no guarantee as to when they’ll come to any given area. The final roadblock was the shelter didn’t want the dog riding in the baggage compartment of an airplane due to Possible pressure loss. There are no oxygen masks that drop down for the animals in that event. So all the hoops were what sent me looking local to see what was there. I was actually looking for someone like, Molly but what I wound up with was Lil Bit.. Molly looks to still be available if you’re in the Memphis area and interested. Click the picture for details. Once again, I cannot thank my online friend here enough for offering and trying to help me during that time. I still get choked up thinking about it.

When I last wrote, Lil Bit had been here a couple days. The first order of business was to change her name.. Say hello to Lucy. Many others were suggested, all good so, Lucy has several middle names. You can add one if you like.

So here we are.. I have a 9 month old pitbull mixed with something puppy. She’s kind of P1000192mrhousebroken but won’t wait for me if I’m feeling lazy. She’s getting use to the idea of bedtime which means she has to go into her crate for the night. She isn’t always jazzed about being in there but she eventually stops fussing, when she does, and settles down for the night, and never messes in the cage. She has to go out every morning whether I want to take her or not. She gets leashed every morning to go outside and each morning she sits on the landing by the side door and waits for me to drag my ass up the stairs to take her out. She’s adapting to all of it quite nicely.

I’ve had to develop hypersensitive hearing so I can decideΒ  if what I hear her chewing on is something she’s suppose to have. The only thing she has destroyed was that cone of shame sh was P1000207mrwwearing when I brought her home (that I took off of her upon arrival).. Well, that and a couple tennis balls that she peeled apart.She’s beginning to understand the word no or rather my tone when I say it.. She’s very much right now, an out of sight out of mind type of animal. I can kind of control what she does if I’m there, if not there, yeah.. Forget it.. Right now I would expect nothing less from her.

She’s getting use to the leash and will actually sit down and let me put it on her. One thing she really seams to enjoy is going for rides. I’ve started this early with her because it’s too much of a pain in the ass to crate her every time I want to leave the house for something. Something I forgot about due to my past experience with both Mel and Charlie before him is, puppies do whatever is next. With them, I would put the window down so they could look out and let the wind blow through their faces.. With Lucy, like I said, whatever is next.

One day, We had errands to run and I don’t want to be constantly locking her up when I 2014-03-31-17-50-57leave the house so I took her with me. I put her leash handle on the seat belt latch so she can’t crawl in my lap.. The picture kind of shows it.. Everything was fine until I got a couple blocks from the house. I had opened the window all the way like I use to do for Melvin. At about a 3mph roll, the little shit Dove out the window. Fortunately her leash is long enough she didn’t hang herself but short enough she didn’t end up under the back wheel of the truck, and no one else was around.. That was our adventure for the day. She’s no worse for the wear but scared the shit out of me..

I won’t be doing these every week but when something interesting happens, I’ll be sure to share it.. Overall, I think this is a win win for all involved, except the critters who thought they were going to make my back yard a home πŸ˜€ Below is a shot of Lucy’s typical in house position..




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52 Responses to Saturday Special – One week in

  1. SAC says:

    Congratulations! Lucy is so precious, may she bring you many years of joy and happiness!

  2. Lucy is beautiful! I would have lost it if Yogi had dived out the window. How did you manage to even stop the car? LOL! Thank goodness the leash was the right length. Good grief! The things you never think you have to guard against always seem to end up happening, don’t they?

    Sounds like she’s adapting quite well and that you are too. I’m sure this is just the beginning of a beautiful relationship! Have fun!

    • MelTheHound says:

      Fortunately, I’ve never been one of those people who is in a hurry to get somewhere. I have seen that get people killed. At the speed I was going, I could have jumped out, put her back in the truck, got back in, and drove home, with the truck still rolling. Still, I certainly didn’t expect it to happen.

  3. Kaereste says:

    Hi Jeff!! Love your Saturday adventure blogs!!

    You aren’t the only one who almost lost their puppy out the car window. Years ago my husband was cruising around with our then puppy who was about 15 lbs. Hubs had the back window 1/2 open for her. She was also anchored on a leash. At some point hubs looks in the back seat and there she is …. one back paw inside the window and the rest of her dangling outside the car! OMG OMG OMG.
    Hubs slowly stops so not to dislodge her or strangle her. He jumps out and stuffs her back into the car … she was no worse for the wear.
    HE however was beside himself….. heart thumping for hours!!!

    I’m glad you have a new buddy. Keep up the weekly stories.

    • MelTheHound says:

      Puppies are just like little kids. They do the craziest shit when you least expect it.

  4. Barb (Just Wondering in Jersey) says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for honoring my request for an update. It made me smile and gasp and then smile again..

    If Lucy doesn’t have some dalmation in her I will be a monkey’s uncle. She is precious. I love that in-house position pic. I’m a little confused which is easy to do with only 1 cup of coffee in me. You said a visit had to be made to ensure Molly wasn’t the tazmanian devil. Did someone go for you or did you go there?

    How long before the potato chip was devoured? I nearly had heart failure (as I am sure you did too) when I read that Lucy jumped out the widow. She sure looks comfy in the passenger seat. One of my cats loved to get in the car but as soon as the motor started she howled. I wanted to jump out the window then πŸ˜‰

    Will you eventually be able to let her into the back yard without having to leash her and walk her?

    I’m so happy you have a new friend, companion, furbaby or whatever you prefer to call her. She’s a keeper.

    • MelTheHound says:

      Any time Barb(JWIJ) πŸ™‚ RE Molly.. The woman who was trying to help me adopt her went and took a good look for me, took a few pictures, etc.. I once saw a guy who had his cat car trained (go ahead and laugh at the idea of a trained cat) .. The cat rode on top of the car seat where the head rest would now be… The kind that can be removed. Letting her run the yard is my eventual plan.. There are a couple possible escape routes for her that I have to get closed up first but not a big deal.. It’ll be quite awhile before I can leave her out there by herself though.

      The chip, lasted until I let her have it.. That’s actually the way I break them of snatching food from my hand.. Eventually it becomes leave Everything alone unless it’s given to her/him πŸ˜‰

      • Barb (Just wondering in jersey) says:

        The daughter of the cat I mentioned above was leash trained and insisted on riding in the back window πŸ˜‰ You should have seen the looks we got. Cats can be trained or at least they let you think they are. πŸ™‚

        • Barb (Just wondering in jersey) says:

          Damn kindle messed that name up. No comments about Freudian slips lol.

        • MelTheHound says:

          I know they can.. I had one in college that i had bent to my will of stay of staying off of the furnature, including my bed.. One weekend visit to the then GF, training was all blown to shit. I gave the cat away, to the GF…

          • Barb (Just wondering in jersey) says:

            The cat had to get revenge for you leaving πŸ™‚ um, something weird here. Did you tinker with the messed up names or have I completely lost my mind today?

  5. Boobah says:

    Oh Jeff!! I have been meaning to congratulate you on your new housemate, Lucy! She is adorable! Love the name, I have a cat w/the same name. I am thrilled for you and Lucy! And holy sh*t! I would have probably swerved into a tree by accident if my pet jumped out of the window! Scary.

    • MelTheHound says:

      Thank you, Boobah πŸ˜€ .. I wasn’t moving fast enough to swerve anywhere.. Lucy says hey to Lucy πŸ˜€

  6. catmom1 says:

    Hi Jeff. I’m so sorry to hear about Mel. What a terrible loss for you. As a pet owner/ownee, you have my deepest sympathies.

    Congratulations on Lucy! Sounds like she is aptly named. What a handful. She looks like the type that “should” be low maintenance, but it really high maintenance… least until she grows out of puppydom. She also looks like she’s going to be more than worth the trouble for you and an endless source of Lucy stories for us.

  7. AZGirl says:

    Ha! What a great blog. Lucy is a doll. Pepper a/k/a Cujo says “Arf”

  8. StaceySuperfly says:

    OMG she jumped out the window!!?? I can only imagine the panic you felt. So glad she is ok and hope it scared her enough to remember not to try that again. Glad you two are finding a routine, hope she doesn’t chew up too many valuables!

    • MelTheHound says:

      Well let’s see.. First day she was here, she chewed up my favorite back scratcher.. I am still a little pissed about that.. A couple days ago she came trotting into my office with my phone… Other than that, minor stuff..

      I don’t know if jumping scared her but it scared me enough, she won’t get a second chance πŸ˜‰

      • catmom1 says:

        Mel, years ago I had one Doberman that developed a fondness for my designer leather pumps and the cushions off of a brand new sofa. After a day at work I came home to find my darling little Jazz had pulled seat cushions off of sofa, ripped the zipper apart on one of them and was working on the stuffing. Got a crate that night and learned that it was to become my new best friend. Love those puppy years, they are so cute but they can be trying at times.

        • MelTheHound says:

          I haven’t had a dog that chewed anything that wasn’t his in years. The crate does a lot of things.. Among them, Gives them their own room, and gives us peace of mind πŸ˜‰

  9. Skabootch says:

    Oh I think if you are intending to write on Lucy’s adventures we might just have more then a few blogs to come lol The car window must have been quite the heart stopper and thank God no lasting damage to you or her. Lesson learned for her I would think lol. I would love updates of Lucy’s latest escapades as I’m sure there will be a few yet. No pressure though!! Make sure your shoes are away as she just might have a taste for that πŸ™‚ She sounds adorable and I know I would absolutely love her. I do hope Molly finds a forever home soon – she too looks like a keeper. Just so you know I am Karen Christopher on Zuzy’s pg πŸ™‚

    • MelTheHound says:

      I’ll certainly post updates but after a few, weekly may become a bit much..

      Good to know who I’m talking to here πŸ˜€

  10. California35 says:

    Aaw πŸ™‚ Lucy Lu is now right at home πŸ™‚

  11. Jan (TexasTart) says:

    Hello Lucky, oh, I mean Lucy! Glad that worked out with the dive from the vehicle! I’ve heard stories about peoples dogs jumping, so I never opened any windows for mine! Lucy is smiling and so happy in the new pic and the one waiting with the chip, made me bust out laughing! I enjoyed the update!

    • MelTheHound says:

      Glad you enjoyed it TexasT πŸ˜€ I’ll open the driver side window and crack open the rest for ventilation.. No AC but never again will she have the chance to jump… Lesson Leaned πŸ˜‰ .

      • Jan (TexasTart) says:

        Funny, how I don’t think of ventilation via window, as this Texan has probably never been in a vehicle without AC! Well, not that I remember, except driving one with a broken A/C….and that was very memorable.

        • MelTheHound says:

          Broken.. I figured in Texas AC would be a priority πŸ™‚ Here I can get by without it… most days..

  12. Mel, don’t say “that’s the last time I ‘ll speak of Mel’s passing”
    Its ok to talk about it. I am so glad society now accepts that animals are apart of the family. πŸ™‚

    • MelTheHound says:

      It doesn’t mean I won’t talk about him, I just don’t want to talk anymore about him dying..

      • Ok. Let’s try this again. I apolagize if u double post. I am hijacking wifi — yes legally!
        By the way, pit bulls want to make their owners happy, you can tell that with your dog.
        Thanks again so much for rescuing. Means so much to ppl like myself who try to find animals homes. Xx

        • MelTheHound says:

          Rescue is the only way I would do it. It isn’t that I have anything against other ways but I’m cheap and don’t want to pay hundreds or thousands of dollars for a pet.

  13. cusi77 says:

    Lucy in the Sky is a lucky girl! Glad to read your Saturday Special… I was wondering how your lives were now and this was a very nice read! Love the photos. I wish I was a fly in the wall to see you two interact. Lol.

    • MelTheHound says:

      Glad you enjoyed it, Cusi πŸ™‚ I think you would enjoy her until she gets her late evening crazy time and runs up and down the hallway like a bat out of hell. Just like she has to learn my signals, I have to learn hers..

  14. tuzentswurth says:

    Lucky Lucy πŸ™‚

  15. I can just picture the chaos with Lucy going out the car window. :D.
    I’m so happy that you have Lucy and, even better, that she has you.

    • MelTheHound says:

      Haha πŸ˜€ … The only chaos was in my brain.. I’m sure Lucy thought nothing of it..

  16. sparklemuffy says:

    I have never heard of a dog diving out a car window so I would have had a heart attack— yay –glad she’s ok. ( glad you’re ok) What a lucky puppy and congratulations–

    • MelTheHound says:

      I’ve heard of it but hadn’t really thought about it until it happened πŸ˜‰

  17. shamrockblonde says:

    *hugs Jeff really hard* I can’t even change the radio station while driving so I don’t want to even think about what would have happend if Lucy did that while I was driving!!! – I can almost hear her thoughts..”let’s see what happens when I do THIS!!!” Crate is the best way to go, not just for you but for Lucy too – dogs need their own space and their own alone time just like we do and as long as you don’t cram a dog into a too tiny crate, they will be just fine with it – glad it is all going well –

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