"JESSE" IS NOW "CHASE"........

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We almost finished "Meet and Greet" Day today.......and Jesse is now Chase.  Seemed to prophetic to ignore - .  We had watched reactions as pups sniffed through their crates.  Today we had individual introductions - outside - then play time.

Chase has a great personality.  He, like the proper young gentleman, did a play bow for each - followed by wiggles and more bows - then it was 'on'.  Zoomies - rips - oops.....that little dog just stopped and I had to go over the top........oops, where did that little dog go?????  Oh, there he is, oops........ The little ones loved him.  Head dog, our white miniature schnauzer, Kruizin-Dude, just thinks he's really cool - and they played for a long long time - until their tongues were hanging out.  Our Giant Schnauzer, Kodi Lynn, thinks he's really really wonderful - and he's smitten with her.  On and on it went - and everyone was happy with everyone.  Tonight Chase is sleeping on the end of my bed, and Kruizin-Dude is on my pillows - LIFE IS GOOD.

Chase took another 100 mile car trip today.  All our dogs need to have two strong 'likes' - they need to like the car and/or the truck (because we RV and go all the time) - and - they need to understand that Mom is in charge.  Daddy does work stuff - Mom is in charge of the pack...... we all get along.  Those are the simplified rules.

I'm uncertain about Chase's age.  He is just getting in some of his jaw teeth - ones that Kodi just got at one year.  I did get 'paperwork' - but I'm wondering about it's 'accuracy'.  His 'neuter' is pretty new - and he's 'less developed' than a 18 m/o male would be.  He's tall and gangly (as well as being way too thin) - but he has a distinctive 'puppy' look.  His pads look like really young dog pads too -.  There's no way that I'm aware of to tell for sure - all just the way he 'looks' and what I can judge from the schnauzer crew. 

We're believing that we were really blessed to 'find' him.  Today we got our first Dobie bark - WOW!  I though Giants had a voice!  His warning was well placed too.  A group of teenagers - droopy pants - hoodies - all in black - walked down the sidewalk in front of the shop.  As soon as he saw them he got in between me and them.  He didn't rush the fence but he 'spread out' in a great alert posture - and let out several serious, mind altering, WOOFS.  "DID THAT COME OUT OF MY BABY BOY"????????  The little gang bangers didn't linger - they immediately got down the street and around the corner.  He couldn't have done anything to make hubby happier.  We figure it's a group like this who robbed us.    He also met some new people today.  I really liked the way he assessed them.  One guy is a friend of my husband.......Chase took a calm look at him and when the guy reached out, slowly, Chase tolerated him, but that was all.  The man got the message.  I feel the very same way.  Another man who does handyman work for us came in the shop and Chase was much more receptive.....even put his big head in the guys hand and nudged him for rubs.  Again, perfect judgement.  I'm really liking this.  He and I are on the same 'wave length'..........

Tonight Chase is fast asleep on the end of my bed -.  He's not guarding the shop tonight.  He's with his family and it's the weekend.  Somewhere, behind those serious eyes - the heart of a clown is lurking.....I can just feel it!

jan

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Wow.. Sounds like Sir Chase is settling in quickly and smoothly. Good for him.. good for you...

And that Dobie bark..you spoke of.. it can shatter windows!!

Loved your story about your meet and greet and I think Chase has already decided he is a full fledged member of the family

Yay!! 

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I think I must be equally happy for your family AND for Chase.  What a good match.  I love how you described the playtime...I could honestly picture it happening.  He sounds like he has a similar personality when it comes to meeting strangers that my Ziva does.  She's not the type that just starts wig-wagging all over and rushing up to people with a big dobie smile on her face (3 out of 4 of my sister in law's dobermans ARE that way, they just know no strangers) but rather, Ziva will cautiously look at the person that is standing there with their hand out, (usually asking me "she wont bite me, will she?) then she will take a step forward, sniff them, allow them to pet her, then step back as if to say "OK, you got to touch me.  You're done now".  People that she knows well, like family or friends, or people that I work with, she is considerably warmer acting to.  I take her to my office once in a while just for a 10-minute visit, and they are always amazed that a DOBERMAN PINSCHER is so sweet and well mannered.

I am so happy that you and Chase found each other.  I dont necessarily believe in 'coincidence', so I choose to believe that this match up was "meant to be".

Looking forward to many many more stories and some photos of your crew.

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So great to hear that it went well and everyone, even the dogs, are settled and happy with their newest family member.

Some of the things that you mentioned about concern for his age... keep in mind everything about him has probably been guessing and estimates since he's a rescue unless he has always had a known date of birth.  The question on the lanky/gangly... remember these guys go through growth spurts and don't often stop until they are 2 years.  He may also just need to fill out with proper diet and the TLC you can offer him.

The pads of his feet may not have the calluses that your other dogs do because he may not have had much time to use them.  Who knows?  My 7 year old chihuahua's pads have always kept a consistent "lack of use" look to them even though he gets walked, hiked, etc while Steve's have that used look to them since we brought him home.

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Wonderful. The deep shattering Dobie bark comes from that deep chest giving it room to reverberate. They don't use it very often, just when they really want to get someones attention.

From your description, I would say that Sir Chase is closer to 12 months than 18 months.

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Wow Jan, it's so great to hear that Chase is fitting in so well with your family!  And what a great name too; the names that come with stories are always the best I think.  Their first impressions of people are so cool aren't they?  I love the stories of Chase sizing up those men.  He is going to make a wonderful guard dog by the sounds of it! 

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Awesome Jan!!!! SO GLAD TO HEAR IT IS GOIN SO WELL n i lovfe the name chase!!!!!

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"Chase" is such a nice name <333 especially for your boy :D He seems like a total sweetheart <33333333 And yes, just feed him accordingly and he'll fill out with love too <3333

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Most of the time our dogs take their cues about people from us. Chase is reading your emotions about those men. I learned this as a very young person from a dog named Fella. My parents had a neighbor who was not a good person. We really didn't have any real relationship with the family. We moved into the house right before my senior year in high school in. The following year I went away to Texas A&M, and during the Christmas break, they decided they needed a dog, because the neighborhood knew that family next door did not like dogs. So we got a Lab/Boxer mix from the Houston SPCA and he turned out to be a wonderful dog. He had been dropped off only a few days before.

About a year later, the neighbor across the street came over to ask dad a question. He was working on his car and was fairly dirty. My dad opened the door (Fella sitting next to him quietly with his tail wagging, because he knew and liked this neighbor) and invited the neighbor in. He declined because he did not want to drag dirt into our house. So, my dad let the screen door close. Fella the let out a low growl. He took the closing of the door as my dad not wanting that man in the house, so he let him know he was going to back up that decision.

I learned a lot from Fella, and he is one of the reasons I really love dogs.

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Chase is wrapping everyone around his little 'stubby'.......and what a sweetheart he is!!  He's scoped out the spot at the foot of my bed as 'his special place'.  If I don't give him the correct quota of loves, rubs, pats, or massages - he puts a big paw firmly on my knee or arm.  He loves TV - especially dog shows.  

My husband is equally in the program.  He has an amputated finger - and he wiggles it at Chase - and Chase appropriately wiggles his tail in return - 

The 'owies' are healing.  His coat is softening with the help of his dailly lotion and massage. I've been using a soft bristle brush on his dry skin.......and that is also improving dramatically. All his wounds are healing really nicely - 

He gets along with all the other dogs - and plays with all of them - and is quite the 'gentleman'.  I feel like I've found a real treasure -  

Welcome Chase - we always needed you!

jan

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I'm not a stranger to the 'big bark' since we have a Giant Schnauzer - about 115#s of 'her royalness' - but his bark is bigger and deeper - and the two of them together - wow - it's something.  

Funny too, we have a white miniature schnauzer who takes his 'watchdog' responsibilities seriously too.  Yesterday Chase let out a big 'WOOF' and there was Kooper-D - standing under him - barking too.  

It's all working better than planned......

jan

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Love this jan! So glad all is well w/ your new kid! now the important thing for us here!! PICTURES PLEASE!!!!! :)

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Thank you for re-affirming that.  His pads are 'baby pads' - and he's not as developed as an 18 m/o would be - plus, his teeth indicate that he is younger.  It really doesn't matter one way or another - but I just don't feel he is an 18 m/o dog - and he was advertised as a 2 y/o.  

jan

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That's exactly the way he interacts.......very dignified.  I have the feeling that underneath that stoic face lies the heart of a clown - he shows that too - but not with strangers as yet.

I like his personality just the way it is.  i think it was a 'meant to be' - 

I promise photos - I need to re-read the instructions to upload them.  I've taken several - one with Chase and Kodi side by side on the bed.  

I'm really happy he's here - and that we found eachother!

 

jan

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Oh Jan.. My heart is so happy..

thank you for posting about your big baby boy.. Can't wait to see the whole crew.

Katie and Sofia

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Jan & Chase - sounds like true love! Isn't it strange when a plan just comes together! Welcome to the gentle place! Looking forward to sharing of your stories and photos. Have fun with all the new discoveries of each other
Barbara & Leo

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Jan he is a handsome doberdude!!!! This thread has made my heart so happy- Josh and I have agreed when the time comes we will be rescuing another one. I can't even think of that at the moment w/ the 2 little ones but someday I want to bring a special one into my home - we have a wonderful rescue in our area.... God Bless you!

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Welcome Chase!  I agree from your descriptino of his ganglyness (yeah probably not a word but..)
 he sounds about Rocky's age which is 1 yr.   Kinda like a teenage boy, he got tall and lanky but he's a bit awkward looking yet and even clumsly at times.   He'll fill in and out soon enough. 

 

As for his coat - try adding a spoon of Olive Oil to his food every 3 days or so...helps a lot with dry skin and dandruff.  Also, better food often solves that anyway....

 

sounds like you have found a wonderful new member to the family, congrats to you both!