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Hello from Philly!

Postby ChristineSLP » Fri Apr 13, 2012 1:41 pm

Hey everyone,

My name is Christine and I am 25 living right outside of Northeast Philly. In October, my boyfriend and I bought a house together and we knew that we wanted to get a dog. He always had a Weimaraner growing up so we planned on rescuing one from the TriState Weim Rescue. After applying and waiting several months with no word of when/if we would be getting one, we decided to go with plan B- go to a shelter. I began looking online and fell in love with several pitbulls. We went to the Animal Care and Control Team in Philadelphia and came home with a 10 month old pit named Huckleberry Finn (Huck for short). He was found in an abandoned house and taken to the shelter where he had been for almost 2 months.

We absolutely love Huck and he provides us with lots of entertainment, including jumping right onto the kitchen table! He is smart, funny and pretty goofy. Since we love him so much, we decided to get him a sister. We are going back to the shelter on Sunday to let him pick out his new friend :) We are so excited to have two dogs to enjoy.

I want to post some pictures but I don't know if the links will work through facebook. I will post one and hopefully it works!

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid= ... =3&theater
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Re: Hello from Philly!

Postby GoingPostal » Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:59 pm

Aww your pic doesn't work, maybe privacy settings. Thanks for adopting! Have you done any reading into multiple dog homes? Pit bulls are prone to dog aggression and it often doesn't show up until they mature so it's not a good idea to get "playmates" if that's what you are after. If you want a 2nd dog that's fine, but occasionally it happens that dogs stop getting along and need to be kept 100% apart, it's called crate and rotate. If you are ok with that possibility go for it, take some precautions, I would get an older adult female who's personality is more set than a puppy, don't leave any toys, treats, food around for them to fight over and don't leave them together unsupervised. If you are gone crate one or both dogs or put them up in separate bedrooms.

A couple good links on multiple dog stuff
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=10229
http://badrap-blog.blogspot.com/2009/08 ... ogdog.html
http://www.badrap.org/node/96
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Re: Hello from Philly!

Postby Curly_07 » Fri Apr 13, 2012 3:04 pm

:goodpost:

:welcome: Thank you for adopting! Your boy in the Avitar is a cutie! I hope you enjoy it here. Please read around the forum. Contribute where you can, and don't be afraid to ask questions :)
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Re: Hello from Philly!

Postby ChristineSLP » Fri Apr 13, 2012 4:23 pm

GoingPostal wrote:Aww your pic doesn't work, maybe privacy settings. Thanks for adopting! Have you done any reading into multiple dog homes? Pit bulls are prone to dog aggression and it often doesn't show up until they mature so it's not a good idea to get "playmates" if that's what you are after. If you want a 2nd dog that's fine, but occasionally it happens that dogs stop getting along and need to be kept 100% apart, it's called crate and rotate. If you are ok with that possibility go for it, take some precautions, I would get an older adult female who's personality is more set than a puppy, don't leave any toys, treats, food around for them to fight over and don't leave them together unsupervised. If you are gone crate one or both dogs or put them up in separate bedrooms.

A couple good links on multiple dog stuff
http://www.pitbullforum.com/viewtopic.php?f=6&t=10229
http://badrap-blog.blogspot.com/2009/08 ... ogdog.html
http://www.badrap.org/node/96



Thanks for the information! It's been very helpful. I plan on having them crated right now, at least until they are older. I was wondering if you thought I should crate them in the same room or in separate rooms when we are at work?

Also, we are taking him with us to pick out the new dog in the hopes that he will get along really well with one of the dogs at the shelter. We never leave food around and we also never leave Huck unsupervised so that definitely won't change lol I will put his toys away though, that's a good idea to avoid conflict.
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Re: Hello from Philly!

Postby Leslie H » Sun Apr 15, 2012 9:00 pm

:modwelcomeonly1:
Gotta ask, does SLP= Speech and Language Pathologist? If so, you guys are awesome.
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