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Loki's visit with the Gordon Setters today
Some of you might have read a couple of my recent postings, where I talked about us thinking of getting a playmate for our five month old GR boy Loki ....& how miraculously, I discovered that a Gordon Setter male puppy that we had commited to late in July, but were unable to get due to the unexpected death of my DH's brother, was still available. This boy had been sold to a young professional working couple, but after a short while they asked the breeder to take him back, as felt they did not have the time to commit to him .... & the husband really had not wanted a dog in the first place!
We have talked at length about the pros & cons of adding another puppy to our family, & had almost made the decision not to visit with this boy & his sister ... both now aged 7 months old (the girl had been kept to show & breed, but the breeder had a change of heart). I was going to phone the breeder this morning, & tell her that we would not be going, & was fine about the decision, but then my DH declared that we should go & at least see them. He felt that it was amazing that this boy should suddenly become available again, after almost being ours & then going to another family.
So we packed an excited Loki into the car & headed off on the 50 minute drive. This was Loki longest car journey, & he was a perfect angel. The photos below show our visit. The first two photos are of Loki patiently waiting to get into the car ...third photo my DH is harnessing the squirming boy into the back seat (when he is a bit bigger, he will go into the big area behind that seat, as we have removed the third row of seats for him). The rest of the photos show Loki having lots of fun with first the Gordon girl (just one photo), & then being joined by her brother (several pics) & then Loki with the boy on his own (several pics ....I missed out on a beautiful shot of the boy & Loki carrying a stick together). The last photo shows the three of them all having a well-deserved drink together.
Amazingly, this boy really took to my DH (I say amazingly, as the breeder said in the home that he went to after we could not get him, the man was totally indifferent to him & this boy really did not seem to like being around men). He was a bit wary of me initially, but once I sat down on his level, he quickly started to get to know me. The visit went extremely well. Not a single growl between any of them. Loki had a total blast playing with these two beautiful young dogs, & they appeared to really enjoy romping with him.
Our impressions ...... well, if we were going to make the decision to add another dog to the family, I really had wanted it to be the girl. However, as beautiful & friendly as the girl is, she is obviously high energy & we felt that she might just prove to be a little overpowering to Loki, who is a bit on the lazy side. The boy, who was quiet & wary when he first met up with us, soon overcame his shyness & started playing with Loki. As Loki had spent about half an hour playing with the girl on his own, the breeder removed the girl after all three had played together, so that Loki & the boy could have a better chance to get to know one another, & for us to get to know him also. He really is a lovely young boy, coming up to us for cuddles & being less boisterous with Loki ....the girl did come up to us from time to time, but she was much more intent upon enjoying herself, & for part of the visit, she took off on her own to explore around the house.
So ..... we now have a LOT to talk about this evening. Loki came home & promptly fell asleep & slept the afternoon away & has had a very calm evening thus far. We will sleep on it tonight & make a decision in the morning.