And not what I'd expected!
I've had Rusty for just over 2 weeks now. He's just over 9 weeks old (born 7/7). He's everything I wanted and not exactly as I expected.

His mother, Meadow (Karimar's Girl Next Door, CD, CGC) has the temperament & personality of a Lab at home. She's a real wuss when it comes to going out in public. Hates big buildings. Her CD was a trial in more ways than one because of it. I was nervous about getting one of her puppies honestly, if he'd turned out like her, I would've been tempted to place him rather than keep him. His father, I'm told, is very similar in personality to him confident but not pushy.
He's everything I wanted and then some. I wanted a puppy with lots of drive, energy, and balls. He grabbed Butterscotch (my personality-issue collie) by the ear the other day. He's not afraid of the neighbor's minpin ("Gosh, that thing sure makes a lot of noise. You don't think it'd run like the cat does, do you?"), and hasn't yet met a stranger. He's highly food driven. He's getting the hang of "fetch" but needless, he will carry around ANYTHING he fits in his mouth. Favorites are empty mulch bags. He thinks cats are pretty cool, and caught on that all he has to do is look sideways at Snot and she takes off.
I wanted an obedience/agility/conformation puppy. I think it's all there. He looks GREAT. All the angles are where they belong. He'll already self-stack if I provide bait. The only thing that I expected and didn't get from a puppy with this personality is the mouth. He ONLY barks in play. Other pups I've met with similar personalities had to announce every movement, every thought, and everything they saw. He only barks when he's frustrated (when he wanted downstairs but was afraid; when he's got the cat cornered on top of something where he can't reach, when Mom doesn't get the food out fast enough). He stopped crying after being left alone one time no problems anymore with him howling for hours.

I can't believe how lucky I've gotten. He is 10x better than I ever expected. Having all this time to learn has made the process of integrating him into my household SO much easier. Even though he's not catching on to the not-pooping-in-his-crate idea, he's not very willing to "go" on the carpet or floor anymore. Given an opportunity, he'll dash to the kitchen rather than "go" on the carpet. Heck, he even sleeps all night, provided he hasn't messed his cage.
So, anyways, I just wanted to express how happy I was with this puppy and didn't have anyone else that I could tell about it that would understand just how cool it is to have the dog of your dreams Emotion: smile

Emily Carroll
http://www.geocities.com/diamonds in her eyes/index.html
I can't believe how lucky I've gotten.

It's funny how this happens whether we plan or when it's thrust upon us.
Congratulations on the new pup, Emily!

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
The only thing that I expected and didn't get from a puppy with this personality is the mouth. He ONLY ... he's got thecat cornered on top of something where he can't reach, when Mom doesn't getthe food out fast enough).

Emily, if you know what's good for you, cancel this post right now. It doesn't matter that there are follow-ups. You have jinxed yourself to the max by putting the no-barking thing in writing! He sounds utterly adorable by the way. I just don't think there's enough wood for you to knock on now that you've said what you've said lol.

Tara
So, anyways, I just wanted to express how happy I was with this puppy and didn't have anyone else that I could tell about it that would understand just how cool it is to have the dog of your dreams Emotion: smile

I'm happy for you! Emotion: smile I, too, got the puppy of my dreams earlier this year..she just needs to get bigger! And her bite needs to come together. Emotion: smile

-Abby
Pems, Aussie, and a Pug
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Robin