born ~July 2017
Ready to meet Rascal!? Boy is this lil’ boy a cutie-patutie! Rascal is only about 20lbs right now but since he’s an Anatolian Shepherd mix and still a youngster, you can bet your bottom dollar he’s going to get a bit bigger. It’s hard to say for sure, but Rascal will probably get to be in the mid 60’s by the time he’s done growing.
Just remember, as cute as puppies are, they are PUPPIES. Puppy does not equal easy-peasy, got that? Rascal still has some potty training to do. The good news is that he sleeps through the night and he keeps his crate clean, so we know he can hold it. He just doesn’t quite understand that the great outdoors is where the great outhouse is… for him… even if the back door is wide open. With consistency in his training and a little more time, he’ll be able to catch on and be a champ at it! Just like his crate training – a champ! Rascal puts himself to sleep when it’s time for a nap and doesn’t make a peep if Foster Mom puts him away to clean the house. Can I get an Amen!?
Rascal basically lives in a zoo. He’s got Dixie as his big foster sister, Spike as his WWE partner, 3 grumpy old sisters who don’t want to deal with puppies and another puppy recovering from some tough times. Needless to say, he’s great with other dogs. Spike didn’t give Rascal a chance to ‘adjust.’ Instead, he went straight for the throat in a “we’re-going-to-be-best-friends-whether-you-like-it-or-not” sort of way. There’s no need for soft introductions and while he can be a little shy at first, he’s a great dog-park dog and ultimately loves having so many play partners around. When it comes to people, he’ll march right up and jump all over them, competing for the most attention.
Other than loud, abrupt noises, Rascal has quite the confidence. He’s your typical puppy who power plays, then power naps. Though he stays alert, he mostly focuses on dog toys and other play partners and isn’t needy with his humans. But as Rascal gets bigger, regular exercise is going to be a MUST. A combination of mental stimulation (he LOVES chewing on his bones in his crate) and physical exercise will be required to entertain this young pup.
While it’s atypical with as young as he is, Rascal is a pretty independent man. His ears are absolutely ridiculous and yes, they’re stuck that way. You can’t force a stiff ear to flop and you can’t force a flopped ear to stay up. Rascal has a permanent side ear… which makes him all the more loveable!
Before we close, I need to make a disclaimer – Rascal has his name for a reason. Remember the remark at the beginning regarding puppies? Yeah, he is one. And he has no manners. So expect your recycling to be spread out around the yard if he has any access to it, baby gates being climbed, people getting jumped on and furniture being mounted. Once he learns that the world is not his jungle gym, he’ll be aight.
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