This week’s Critter Spotlight is on a member of the (mis)Adventures that wasn’t supposed to be. What do I mean by that? Well you see, for many years we had an amazing dog named Mazzie. When he passed, we decided a few month later that maybe we should start looking for a small dog for the country kids. Why small? Well because Mazzie had seizures near the end of his life and he was really hard for me to carry back into the house when he would collapse.
Now you noticed I said small dog and that we would START to look, not that we were going to go to a shelter and bring home the biggest dog they had. But, that is exactly what happened. *smacks forehead* While none of the smaller dogs were clicking when we would visit with them, the littlest country kid had squatted down in front of a pen containing a lab/mastiff mix and was becoming bestest friends. Fine, we would look at her. She was a nice dog, but way to big. And she was young, just 10 months old. This was NOT the dog I was looking for, but it was obvious that we where who she was looking for. And so my hubby went to start the adoption paper work. As I stood there crying and saying “I don’t think this is a good idea” Heidi the homestead hound became part of our family on November 14, 2013.
We stuffed two kids and a giant dog in the backseat of my hubby’s tiny Kia and headed for home. Needless to say, that giant dog didn’t fit in the back seat and road home with her butt in the back and her face in the front with me. As soon as we got home she passed out.
Having been an outside dog, it should not have come as a surprise that Heidi the Homestead Hound tested positive for heart worm when we took her to the vet. Despite the cost to treat here, which we really couldn’t afford, we managed to work out a payment plan with our vet to get her treatment. I am so happy to report she is now and continues to be heart worm free!
One thing about Heidi, other then she is a small horse and still very young, is that she is VERY active. She loves to play! Being from down south, Heidi had never seen snow before, but she LOVES it! She loves to try to catch snowballs in the winter, but if you throw one at her, she will take you down. Ask the oldest country kid who took a doggy beat down last winter when he tried to start a snowball fight with Heidi!
From the way Heidi acts, I don’t think she was raised around other animals in the first few months of her life. She is starved for friendship, and tries to befriend every animal we have. Unfortunately her size and abundant energy tends to scare them. Every time we have hatched chicks or ducks, she has been deeply curious and so tender towards the new additions. I wish the other animals here would realize that the big, scary predator really just wants to play and be their friend. I guess the country kids will just have to do as her playmates.