February 27th 2010 5:21 pm
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Hi there everyone - I am Gershwins human Mommy, Charlie and I thought I would take a moment to write down about how Gershwin Kitchi came to our lives.
I have always been a lover of all animals - big, small, tiny and huge. I think that they are all wonderful :)
BUT, I do have a real thing for the Giant Breeds - Saints in particular, but never felt that I was in a position to have one and provide for them in a way that they should be provided for. It wasn't that the love wasn't there, but more so the funding and the ability to give this Giant breed the proper attention they would need for training.
My love for all dogs never stopped though, so I have always had a great deal of animal love running around my homes - dogs and cats. I also always give them forever homes.
Well a couple of years ago I battled ovarian cancer. It was a nasty battle, but one that I was not going to succumb to. I refused to, I had 3 kids ( I am a single Mom ) 2 dogs ( Gauguin and Chloe ) and two cats ( Tigger and Chocolate Chip ) to stick around for..... and stick around I did, even after they told me that I was going to die and I needed to get my house in order.
The battle was tough, and took a lot out of me, to be honest, more so emotionally than anything.... its hard to get up in the morning sometimes and deal with the fact that you may very well die soon.... especially when you feel the warmth of the sun on your face and you don't want to ever lose how good it feels to feel it.
It also took nearly everything I owned from me. I sold my things to be able to meet the bills that kept rolling in, and watched everything I had worked so hard for slowly slip through my fingers, and worried that if I did die, what would be left for my kids to survive on ?
Well I made it through it. Broke. Battle weary, but not caring, because I had made it through it and was still here and alive !
I made the decision to start really making sure that I lived life the best that I could and to start making my dreams for my life a reality.
One of those dreams that I wanted to make a reality, was to make the adjustments to my life that I would need to, so that I could finally adopt a Saint.
It took me a little bit of time, and a lot of work, but the day finally came, that I knew in the near future I would be able to finally add one of these gentle giants to our family - and that day became a reality last month, when I drove to the airport to pick up my baby.
I will admit, I did think about adopting an older rescue Saint, and it weighed on my heart heavily that I should. It still bothers me that I didn't, but I honestly felt like at this point in my life, that while I truly believe all dogs are good dogs, that I didn't have the desire to have to deal with so many issues that could or might come to play with bringing in an older dog, while already having other dogs , cats and kids in the mix. So I did decide on a puppy, which I felt would be easier to introduce into my family, at this time in my life.
After combing through hundreds of Saints, when I saw my Gershwin Kitchi, I knew he was the one for me. It was his eyes, and the way he held himself - the way he just spoke to me so to say.
So I made all the necessary arrangements that needed to be made.... and waited for the day that he would finally be ready to leave his Mom.
From the very first night he was with us, he has been a total dream. I wanted a dog that would and could be my constant companion - my right hand man so to speak, but would still have a desire to bond with all of our family members, but would not pose a threat to my other babies, in making them feel insecure.
I could not have prayed for a better dog. At 3 months he is already potty trained in a way that works for us. He comes up , whines ( I tell him to use his words , LOL ) then trots off to the door, letting me know its time to go outside.
He has taken exceptionally well to his leash - he came from a farm where he was allowed to freely roam, he will bring me his leash or his little buddies leash, to let me know, he would like to go for a walk. During our walks, he never pulls, never tries to run, stays at my side, and eagerly seems to wait for new commands. I have also begun to train him in walking with me without a leash , as I believe that this is also very important for him to be able to do.
I do not crate him but he does have his crate to be able to go to if he is looking for a little reprise time from everything else that is going on in the house, and he is comfortable with it.
LOL, except for his brief discovery last week that he was tall enough to counter surf, he has not had any issues with tearing apart garbage from bags, or trying to take food from the table.
I think that because he has the older dogs to watch and also learn from, they have an imaginary line that they are not allowed to cross while we are sitting down to dinner, that this has helped the process greatly.
Because of the great size that he will reach, he is being taught that he cannot jump up on anyone and that paws stay on the floor.
He is right now in that stage of mouthing / teething, thank goodness this will be done soon, not because he has been hurting any of us, but more so because I know that he has enough other aches that are going on with his growth. He has been taught already and understands the command "No bite" and he lets go and chews on his toys when he is given this command. LOL, it was actually my one son that it took me longer to get broken of this then it did Gershie - my son thought it was funny, when I finally showed him how big Gershie is going to get and the damage that can be done if we don't work properly with him now.
I have to be honest, to some it would seem like this is just a lot of work to put into having a dog, but he is such a smart dog, that the training has been a real breeze, as well it is entirely worth it, because with some Saints reaching up to 200 pounds, an untrained Saint could be a real terror as well as a real danger.
He does things naturally that I had hoped he would, but knew if he didn't, I would be okay with it.
One of those things was that I hoped that he would be a dog that would naturally want to be by my side at all times. And he has been. I am self employed and able to take him with me to my different assignments and work most often from my home, so this is something that works well for me in my life and that I did hope and want for.
The first time I did leave him though, to go to the store, he did have "Oh no, Mommy is gone " reaction, he wasn't bad, didn't chew up on anything, but apparently cried the entire time I was gone, so we quickly worked on this, so that in the future this would not be something that would cause him stress.
Gershie is my dream dog, and bringing him into my life, has helped make one of my life long dreams a reality, as well as fueled me to continue to make the rest of my dreams a reality..... as once you touch one dream, it has a domino effect and makes you strive to reach the others.
I cannot stress enough to those of you that want a Saint, if you have the ability to do so, and you are willing to take them in as a forever family member, this is very important, as these are huge dogs once fully grown and much harder to find new homes for, that if you honestly can, then to go for it.
This beautiful dog has truly already changed my life for the better and it shows in every part of my life. Don't get me wrong, I love all of my dogs, lol, I better, they all constantly follow me, sleep with me, sit with me, play with me, and look to me for their own unconditional love - but my Gershie was a real turning point in my life for me.... lol, it was the day that I definitely realized that I am the crazy pet lady down the street :) honestly, having him has forced me to come back out of my shell - during my cancer, I discovered that the man I was engaged to was already married, yea, one heart break after another, and having a Saint that you take to dog parks, and everywhere else pretty much forces you to come back out amongst the living again, because everyone notices him !