Dublin, the Wonder Dog

Not a number, but a family member


October has always been our family's favorite month, but it become more important this year as we added our newest family member, Dublin.

We had been wanting a new puppy to add to our crew. We have Chloe, a seven year old Wolfhound, Harry, a 7 year old Catahoula/Border Collie rescue, and Bonnie, a true Heinz 57 rescue. We had been following the rescue efforts and had volunteered to foster, adopt or help in anyway needed. We were so fortunate to receive Dublin (#751). Dublin came to us as an adorable, scrawny, scruffy puppy. It was love at first sight. She was in good health, but was small and underweight. She immediately took to our three other dogs and formed a special bond with our Catahoula/Border Collie rescue dog, Harry. Dublin bonded with our dogs first before she bonded with us. We think it is because she really had such limited human contact. She spent the first several days making friends with our dogs and constantly playing. We took her to the vet and she had a great check up. She had a case of mites that we treated. The vet also said she had what was commonly known as a parrot mouth (the upper jaw being longer than the lower jaw), which is caused from over breeding and breeding at too young of an age. It will not hurt her in anyway, but is clearly visible from a side profile. She gained almost 20 pounds those first several weeks. She also slept A LOT. At one point we took her back to the vet because we were concerned with the amount she was sleeping and wanted to make sure she was not ill. The vet assured us she was fine but thought that she was exhausted from the trauma of her previous situation.

The Sweetest Puppy

Dublin quickly picked up the daily routine and became more loving everyday. She really started to warm up to us and shifted her dependence more on us than the other dogs. She started to seek out attention and affection. She became more lively and feisty. Dublin is one of the smartest wolfhounds that we have ever had. She quickly became potty trained and learned simple commands in the first month. She quickly learned to walk on a lead and loves to go for daily walks. She is also by far the most playful wolfhound that we have ever had. She is constantly playing! She walks around the house with a toy in her mouth and begs everyone to play with her. Tug-of-war is her favorite. She also loves to play fetch. She will even play fetch by herself. She picks up a ball, flings it and then will run and chase it around the house. She will do this for hours. Chloe, our older wolfhound supervises her like a mother hen and makes sure she does not get into too much trouble.

Dublin has the most fantastic personality and makes friends instantly with everyone. She truly brightens each day and makes it special. She loves to sit and/or lay directly on top of you or on top of the other dogs. She is crazy about 'people' food! She will steal anything she can when she thinks you are not looking. She is always in your business and wants to help with whatever is the current task at hand.

We are so blessed to have Dublin as part of our family. We don't know what we would do without her!

Steve, Jennifer and Zach Harry

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