|Barked: Thu Jul 19, '12 6:16pm PST |
|I just wanted to thank everyone for the input and give an update. Saturday, we brought home Snow, a 5-yr-old Smooth Collie, and she's fitting in beautifully. There's such a contrast between her and Marlowe, lol! She's incredibly low-key, easy-going, and happy wherever she happens to be, whether it's out on a walk or just laying around. And she's absolutely the sweetest dog I've ever met, just walking up with wags and resting her head in your lap or giving toe kisses.
She definitely doesn't have Marlowe's intensity or NEED for interaction, which my husband is happy with. She's only been here a few days, but she seems to check all the boxes he wanted, with the possible exception of training quickly and easily, but that may just be the fact that she's settling in. Once she's recovered from her spay, they're starting basic manners classes, so we'll see how it goes from there. Right now, he's just trying to clicker train a sit...and she keeps giving us beautiful, perfect stacks instead.
Just for the contrast, right now, the Curly is laying as close to my feet as possible, alternately sleeping, squeaking his toy over and over again, and standing up to rest his chin on my arm while I type. The Collie is laying in hall, sleeping, and only coming in when we move or do something new. When we go outside, the Collie checks out stuff in the yard, then comes back to the people for love. The Curly finds the nearest tennis ball and drops it at the feet of the nearest person repeatedly until someone throws it for him. And although Curlies are definitely the most elegant of the retrievers, Snow does everything so gracefully and delicately, she makes Marlowe look like a bull in a china shop.
I'm definitely still firmly in the Curly camp (I LIKE Marlowe's quirks and obsessive tendencies), but Snow's really growing on me, and she's already fitting into the house like she's always been here. I'm so happy to have a two-dog household again after so many years!
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