Friday, February 15, 2019
My husband brought a dog home. Does that sound like a re-run? It is a different dog. Not Redneck.
My husband was working. He and the man working with him heard something in the street. When they went to look they saw a dog who had obviously been hit by a car.
They went to comfort the dog who was injured and scared. It would not let them get close. It growled and snapped and tried to bite. My husband got an old blanket out of his car and threw it over the dog so he could pick it up.
He took the dog to the vet. X-rays showed that her (yes it was a she) leg was broken in three places. Her hip on that side was shattered and looked like a jigsaw puzzle.
The vet set her leg and put a cast on it. There was nothing he could do for her hip. He told my husband to keep her as still as possible for the time it would take for her to heal. So he brought her home.
The vet also noticed that she had numbers tattooed in her mouth. He would check to see if he could find her owner. He never did.
Of course my kids were happy to have her. She was not as happy to have them. They named her Sheba.
Sheba was a Doberman Pinscher. A very pretty dog.
My oldest son was especially thrilled to have her. He wanted to make her his dog.
For the first couple of days Sheba slept a lot. As she began to feel better she began to move around a bit. She got pretty good at maneuvering with the cast on her leg.
She still was not overly fond of the children except for my oldest son. She also liked my husband. She was not fond of me but she stayed out of my way.
One day we decided to go to the store. Sheba had come into heat. Redneck was a randy little male so we had to find a way to separate them for a couple of hours.
We locked Redneck on the back porch. Sheba had the house because she was still healing.
They were successfully separated so there would be no danger of puppies.
When we returned home and opened the door running to greet us with big smiles ( I swear they were smiling) were both Redneck and Sheba. How did they unlock that door and open it? I have no idea.
Even though we were worried about Sheba carrying and delivering her puppies with her injuries she seemed to be just fine. In the allotted time she had 5 or 6 cute little babies.
Some looked like Redneck. Some looked like Sheba except where a Doberman is tan they were a pretty reddish color.
After Sheba had her puppies she became even more emotional than she was before. She only wanted my husband and older son near the pups. She did not even want the other three of my children to sit on their father's lap.
She would growl to show her displeasure. I told my husband I would not have a dog that was a danger to my children.
After the puppies were beginning to wean Sheba was even worse. Then came the day she snapped at my daughter as she was climbing onto her father's lap. I gave the order that Sheba needed to go.
My son was unhappy. I told him he could keep a male puppy.
My husband found a new home for Sheba and the rest of her puppies.
Sheba was a beautiful dog. She was simply too temperamental for a household full of children. She was quite happy in her new home.