Monday, July 19, 2010

Meet Ted!

Last weekend we decided to adopt a dog for our family. His name is Ted and this is his third adopted home. His birthday is May 19, 2009 and he is a Manchester Terrier.

 Ted in the backyard. This is not a good picture because it makes him look a lot taller.

The first family loved Ted but their son was allergic to him and had to give him up. The second family adopted him but the husband was out of town and when he came back home he did not want a dog so he brought Ted back. When we went to pick him up he was very scared but soon warmed up to us. We took him on a walk in this big field and we knew he was going to come home with us. One of the volunteers at the rescue told us he loves to catch snakes. He is a great car rider and loves to play but he can snuggle down when we watch TV.When get home and once he sees my 15 year old cat, Silly, he starts barking. This is the first time we hear him bark. We decided to put the cat in a separate area till Ted learned the house. We did not want Ted sleeping with us, so we put him downstairs with the cat separate from him. Silly decided to be the mean cat from the movie Babe and Ted barked and was scared at him. We decided to go downstairs and see if he would sleep with us on the couch. He still could not sleep until he could not see Silly. Once we closed Silly in the bathroom for the night Ted falls down and puts his head on the pillow. After a week they can now be left alone in the same area. Silly does not love him but deals with Ted.

Silly and Ted on the couch together. It does not last long!

One of the requirement I could not be a dog parent who dresses dogs. With his short black hair he gets very hot when we are outside. I decided to make him a sun jacket to let him be cooler. This is the only outfit Ted can wear. I will make him a winter coat when it gets colder. I do not know if it really keeps him cooler but he looks very good in it. I found the pattern off of Martha Stewart's website. I had to make the neck and chest area smaller to fit his size. The material I used is from basketball/workout mesh I found cheap on the clearance material at JoAnn's. I also made Ted a cool neck roll in green that he wears when we go on walks.

Ted with his green cool neck roll and his new sun jacket at the baseball field.

The next day after we get Ted, D's parents also adopted 2 dachshund named Colby and Brady. Their birthday is in September 2009. They are still very young and not as mature as Ted. They were owned by an older lady but she went into hospice and died. Her children took care of them but only fed them chicken bones and trash. They have to be touching each other at all times and if one is doing something the other has to do it. They love to run around the yard and chase each other. We brought Ted over and they do not really like him. We are going to training with them starting next month.
Colby (black nose)

Brady (pink nose)

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