Picking up our toy fox terriers on Saturday made for quite a weekend!
Eric and I were both awake at 6 AM on Saturday so we started on our road trip a few hours ahead of schedule. Before we left, we vacuumed and made sure our place was as puppy-ready as it could be.
Normally I love a road trip with Eric but the drive to Mineral Wells, TX — in the grossest weather — seemed to take forever! I was anxious the entire time. But after five hours and 30 minutes on the road, we finally made it.
Once we arrived, our breeder Shelly set us up in the living room and brought the four puppies in to meet us so we could choose which ones we’d take home with us. We had an idea after watching the videos, but we wanted to get a better idea of their personalities first. We talked to Shelly about who was the alpha dog and who might be good candidates for agility training and competitions, all while sitting on the floor playing with them and observing how they interacted with others. We eventually chose these two.
Meet Indiana and Charleston! (Or, as I like to call them, “Hellfire” and “Brimstone” since their arrival coincided with the would-be end of the world.)
Alias: The Alpha Male.
Likes: Sleeping in his crate, squeaky toys.
Dislikes: Going to the bathroom outside, his collar.
Likes: Keeping Indiana from sleeping, going to the bathroom outside.
Dislikes: His collar, being in his crate.
After we chose our dogs, we introduced them to their travel carrier and they stayed in there as we went through the paperwork. I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again — our breeder, Shelly, was awesome. She knows animals, she knows the breed, and she is extremely nice but has a no-BS style that I love. While we filled everything out, she gave us tons of advice on everything from pet insurance to food to keeping them safe. They love squeezing into small spaces and they love jumping, but they are really fragile, meaning there is a number of ways they could hurt themselves — safety is definitely our biggest concern.
Eventually, we finished the paperwork and Shelly sent us on our way! We strapped their carrier into the backseat and started the long drive back. Despite the hour of doom closing in on us, the drive was relatively uneventful. The dogs stayed perfectly quiet the entire time and, much to my delight, the world didn’t end (although, not going to lie, I couldn’t have picked a much better place to be if it had — the sun had come out, we were on nice country highways surrounded by lots of green and gold land, and I was with Eric and my puppies).
When we finally made it home, we got them started on their new routine right away — we got them outside to do their business, introduced them to the parts of their new home where we want them, fed them, played with them, and wore them out before crating them for the night. They barely even whimpered before settling down for the night.
Sunday morning, Eric woke me up at 6:30 to remind me that we need to set their routine, and that means getting up at the same time, even if it is a weekend. And so it began — took them outside, fed them, played with them, watched them play with each other, wore them out, crated them, etc. Over and over again. Most of the time we’re either playing with them or rushing them outside because we are suspicious about how they are sniffing around. During the hours we spent with them this weekend, we learned a lot more about them.
They are both really spirited and playful when they are in the mood, but they are definitely little snugglers…they love to get in the tiniest curves and nooks in your body when they lay with you. Indiana tuckers out much faster during playtime than Chuck does. He starts looking for the crate to go lay down…but Chuck wants to keep playing so he’ll go into the crate and try to convince Indiana to come back out. Indiana will reluctantly get up to play and before we know it, it’s full-out puppy playtime again. This goes on for a little while and then Indiana will try to sneak off again and take his nap…until Chuck comes back for more. This goes on and on until eventually Chuck wears himself out too and curls up next to one of us and chills out.
It was a pretty exhausting weekend but Eric and I both feel like they are off to a very good start. I definitely feel like a lot of things about our day-to-day lives are going to change, but I know we’re both OK with it because we’re so happy to have them.