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Here's a photo the woman who runs the rescue took of the Captain and me when I picked him up on Friday. I'll try to get some better pictures of him this week, and also of Gracie, who is a new and unexpected member of the family as of today.<br><a href="http://cdn.veggieboards.com/a/ab/abe404f8_vbattach14718.jpeg"><img alt="LL" src="http://cdn.veggieboards.com/a/ab/525x525px-LL-abe404f8_vbattach14718.jpeg" style="width:88px;height:105px;"></a>
 

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so sweet!
 

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so sweet!</div>
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He is. He earned his name. He fell asleep in my arms, as I was talking to the woman who runs the rescue and her husband. Incredible people, BTW.
 

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He is. He earned his name. He fell asleep in my arms, as I was talking to the woman who runs the rescue and her husband. Incredible people, BTW.</div>
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even sweeter! How are they liking their home?
 

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The Captain and the girls act as though they've always been together.<br><br>
Gracie is a dog, and she's only been here a couple of hours, but I think she will be happye here. This is her story: My nephew called me a month or more ago. His wife's parents were both married multiple times, so she has a large number of siblings, some related by blood, others not. I have never met all of them. One of her sisters moved to the east coast and is living with relatives for the time being. She couldn't take her dog along. Another sister has agreed to keep the dog, but was now threatening to take her to the pound. My nephew called to ask whether I could take her. I said, only as a last resort. He called me back a couple of days later to tell me that the sister was going to keep the dog after all.<br><br>
Then this morning I got a call from him - he and his wife had just found out that the sister who was taking care of the dog had been foreclosed on and has to vacate by tomorrow and was planning to take the dog to the pound. So we ended up meeting halfway, and after a four hour drive, Gracie was here, in her new home.<br><br>
She's part lab, part boxer, black with a white bib. Some **** docked her tail. She's a year and a half old, has a great temperament, intelligent, and needs to be worked with. A really good dog, but not one who would have stood much of a chance at the pound. The initial introductions with my existing three went pretty well, and things are progressing nicely. The cats like her, which is a good sign - they are excellent judges of character.
 

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what a journey! Good thing you were able to take her! Lucky girl.
 

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Not too lucky - first, a family who moved and left her behind, and then months with another family where she was resented. It's so hard for animals to catch a break.<br><br>
Jack is making sure she knows he runs the house, and Tascha has let her know that <i>she</i> is the alpha female, but both of them have played with her. Toby is quite smitten with her. The pack will be alright.
 

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oh, a lab - you know they have to be crated, right? (j/k)<br><br>
Thanks for taking everyone in, especially since it sounds like everyone bailed on that poor dog.
 

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oh, a lab - you know they have to be crated, right? (j/k)</div>
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Actually, she has been crated, all day while they were at work, and all night. Poor kid.<br><br>
It's not rational that I felt obligated to this dog, simply because someone called me about her and I was the only thing standing between her and the pound after that call - after all, there are thousands of dogs in pounds and shelters within the same driving distance - but she would have been on my conscience.<br><br>
On a better note - the woman who runs the rescue where the Captain came from and her husband are both awesome. I told her to keep my e-mail and telephone number, and if they ever get in a crunch and need someone to house animals on a temporary basis, I will be happy to help out.
 

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You are awesome. Can't wait to see pictures of the dog. Do your dogs all leave the chickens alone, or are they just kept apart?
 

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I keep the dogs and the chickens apart (and the ducks too). I don't think any of the dogs would bother the chickens, but I'm also aware that, when in a pack, predators may do things they wouldn't do individually. Jack, the JRT, comes with me when I do chicken chores, and he's careful to maintain a distance. I'm not sure whether he's a bit nervous of the chickens, or whether he's nervous about showing an interest in them. (When he showed up on our doorstep, it was initially not my intention to keep him, because of the high prey drives JRTs tend to have, and because all my cats were nervous of him, which they had never been with any other dog. That told me spmething about his potential to be a danger to the cats, and I worked hard at making sure that he is aware that they are off limits.) It's very important to Jack that he be considered a Good Dog - he is heartbroken at a cross look - so he is careful to not give even an impression that he might do something of which I would disapprove. Jack is the only one of my three who is reliable off leash, so he accompanies me on all my chores. Tascha, as a Pyr, is simply not completely reliable off leash, and Toby is somewhat autistic as well as having some OCD (completely amateur diagnosis), so I don't trust him off leash either. So those two stay in the fenced in dog yard, and Jack is the only one who accompanies me around the chickens and ducks.
 

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Actually, she has been crated, all day while they were at work, and all night. Poor kid.</div>
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It's very important to Jack that he be considered a Good Dog - he is heartbroken at a cross look - so he is careful to not give even an impression that he might do something of which I would disapprove.</div>
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When you think about how sensitive and aware animals are, it's such a tragedy that so many callous humans own them, not to mention their lives of torture in labs and on farms.
 

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Congratulations! Those two will soon know how lucky they are to have someone like you taking care of them. We'll be waiting for more pics.
 

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Great news for them!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumbsup.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":up:"> Hooray for MLP who takes in all sorts of animals. For that matter, hooray for anyone who takes in all sorts of animals.
 
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