January 26, 2014
My pup's name is Willow. She is somewhere between 4 or 5 according to vet estimates, but we weren't sure of her age when we adopted her. Our best guess for her breed is coonhound/beagle or pointer/beagle, but everyone is welcome to try and figure it out! We can't quite figure out what type of hound she is.
We live in the Spring Branch/City Centre area right off of I-10 and the beltway. I adopted her a month and a half ago from a shelter in the Chicagoland area before I moved. I was a volunteer at the shelter and came in one saturday to walk all the dogs, and when I met her I absolutely fell in love with her. She was very calm and had very attentive, focused eyes, and it reminded me a lot of my childhood dog. I guess she had been tied to a post out by the street overnight outside the shelter with no notification of what her name or her history or even her age, so I don't know much about her past; only that she had a few litters of puppies at some point. I came to the shelter 4 or 5 different times to spend time with her and brought my parents to meet her. She was so kind and gentle and loving, and she could not get enough of everybody, so my dad actually got her for me as a graduation present right before I graduated college in december, even though I was planning to adopt her on my own.
She LOVES dogs. There is a dog park in our complex and we'll occasionally find other dogs there that she instantly hits it off with, and she will literally run around for a few hours with them without stopping if they're up for it. She loves ball, but her aim is terrible and she mostly just likes to run after it and then come back to you, lol. And she really likes tug. She's just a happy-go-lucky dog who loves to play.
I have only been here a month, so we've mostly been adjusting to living here and to our apartment complex and the area around it. There is a good sized dog park in the center of the complex--about the size of 4 tennis courts--and sometimes there will be dogs out there for her to play with, but not often. She's smaller, maybe 40 lbs and very lean, but she likes to play with either sized dog, so I'm not sure which part I would take her to. She roughhouses with big dogs, but she's very maternal and sweet with small ones. One of the reasons I want to join this group is because I would *love* to take her to dog-friendly establishments.
One thing I am training her on is her approach to other dogs. Sometimes she can get REALLY eager to see them and she'll run up to them so fast that she might invade the personal space of dogs that prefer to get to know another dog at a slower pace. She hardly ever disagrees with a dog, and the only time she has had problems is if she approaches a dog that does not get along with other dogs (which I'm guessing won't be a problem here!). I did notice once that for very small dogs she might treat it like a puppy--she tends to lick the crotch of my aunt's Shi Tzu a lot, like a mother dog would after whelping. But other than that, she's been very well-behaved. And if there's a dog that really likes to play rough, she is WAY up for it. There is a dog in our complex that she literally wrestles with, gets loud and growly with, etc, and I have never seen her play so hard.
My name is Sarah, and I just moved to Houston with my dog to move in with my boyfriend and start a new job at a K-12 school here in houston. I love my dog and would love to meet some new friends for both me, my bf, and her. :)