Tuesday, May 01, 2007

Do Not Adjust Your Monitor....

...you are not seeing double. BlackJack now has a younger brother. Meet Cricket.

Double Stuff

Cricket is the wide-body on the left. He is 7 years old and weighs 21 pounds! He is a fatty and I have taken to calling him Porky. By comparison BJ is 12 years old and weighs only 10 pounds.

Cricket comes to us as a "free to loving home" adoption off of Craigslist. Apparently the owners had taken him in in January for a relocating friend. The adopters have a large rottweiler/shepard mix that wanted to eat Cricket and so they felt it best to rehome him before he became a main course.

I have wanted a second dog for years and have been scanning the pets section of CL for a few weeks trying to find the right fit. I did not want to spend hundreds of dollars and Debby was against a second dog altogether, especially a puppy. Last week I came across the listing for Cricket and showed it to Deb. She had schipperkes as a child and said she always loved having two. I e-mailed the owners with her approval and they brought the Big C over on Saturday to see if we and BJ were a good fit. BJ was basically indifferent about a second schipperke (and another male at that!) which was good since we have tried other dogs over the years with no luck. So far everything is working out and we are working on shedding some of the big guy's girth. He is a sweet dog but either stupid or just still adjusting as all he does is sit by the front door. All day long. The boys don't hang out together but don't mind each other. On walks together they get along fine. It's a curious dynamic that I think will get better as both of them realize that Cricket is staying put with us.