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Selecting the perfect family dog can be a daunting task. Potential canine masters should begin by analyzing vast databases of empirical data. Statistical probability and fuzzy logic are then used to develop a highly scientific metric for defining the ideal dog breeds, potential health issues, sex, age, size, weight, intelligence, affection, ease of training and grooming requirements. Computer programming experts and math guys will have little trouble getting meaningful results. Finally compare the evaluation criteria to the online rescue shelter databases and parse for a match.
Methodical application of this resulting data set at a Shelter Fair resulted in total success. We threw the spreadsheet in the trash, deleted the SQL database and adopted a mutt who absolutely worked the crowd to find a forever family. Once again the dog chose us and we ended up with a loveable mixed breed and life long family member for better or for worse. So much for science.
Our puppy, like most, is a bundle of frenzy. The dog experts say that long walks will help burn off excess energy. They do. Liz and Dave head straight for the couch after the daily road trips. Action pup proceeds to run laps around the house and yard. Eva is constantly exploring and making mischief. She is a natural born predator and no fly is safe from her hunting instincts.
Eva is likely going to be a big bitch (not that way). She already has a large dog bark and a growl that gets attention. In two months she has nearly doubled her weight at the time of adoption. She is a good looking puppy and the vet says she is quite healthy despite her unusual diet. So far she has consumed almost 40 pounds of Purina dog food. Other dietary supplements include:
Having a fuzzy new friend - PRICELESS
Eva attends weekly training sessions and usually naps or completely spazzes out while we get educated as to how dogs think. Our instructor has trained hunting dogs and sled dogs in the great white north for years. Not much call for that in Arizona so he patiently works with goofy local pups who have peed on his leg ( bad Eva ). It is a real awakening to see how much puppy training revolves around people training.
We've started the socialization process with regular trips to the dog park. When our dog gets wound up she is fast! It's great to see her playing in the mud and sometimes with other dogs. She has already had one skirmish with a mutant Terrier who literally clamped down on Eva's neck. Thank goodness for the collar.
As the learning progresses so will Eva's doggy web page.