We adopted a new dog last night. Just like that. We really couldn’t say “no” to a handsome fella like “Diesel”. As you can see from the photo, Diesel is a German Shepherd. He’s 9 months old and ready to learn. To keep a long story short, I’m just going to tell you that he wasn’t working out in his previous home. It wasn’t Diesel’s fault and it doesn’t help to blame the owner either. Things just weren’t working for him.
It was sad to see his guardian tell him goodbye, but enough of this sad stuff! It’s time to start looking forward to a better, brighter future for this young guy. He’s a bit aloof right now, as GSDs are prone to be. He’s afraid of his own shadow at the moment, but I believe that will change as his training progresses and his confidence builds.
My plan at the moment is to keep him for about a month so we can work on basic obedience and social skills. When I’m confident that he’s ready, we’ll start looking for a new home for Diesel.
I wasn’t crazy about the name, “Diesel”, but he does seem to recognize it. Perhaps it’s more important to work on substantive issues rather than get hung up on a name. After all, he’s got a lot of new stuff to work out, so I think I should let him keep the name. What do you think?