On Sunday night, Pyrrha had the privilege of meeting a fellow Southeast German Shepherd Rescue alum, Howie!
Rainer and I got to visit Howie’s new parents during their application process with SGSR and do a home visit there, so we were excited when we heard that they were finally able to find the perfect puppy. Howie came from a litter of 11 (!) puppies born to a German shepherd mama, Rosetta. As you can see from his appearance, there’s a good chance that his daddy was a black lab. I think you can really discern the shepherd-ness in his face, though.
We let Howie and Pyrrha sniff each other through the fence first, which went fine for a few minutes, but then Pyrrha started getting agitated and barking at him. I was thankful for Emily (Howie’s mom), who wasn’t scared off by this behavior (as Howie had recently graduated from the reactivity class that we are about to take with the same trainer). We let the dogs take a break; she walked Howie back up to her car, I brought Pyrrha inside, leashed her, and then we let them have some space in the front yard to look at each other for a bit and then carefully sniff on loose leashes. In a second, they were wagging and play-bowing, so we brought them back to the fenced-in yard, where they played perfectly without an incident.
It was a good reminder that dogs sometimes just need to be introduced in a different way, that they are very capable of recovering and being perfectly at ease if we just give them the chance. I was also very thankful for Emily, who understood this!
I didn’t get a ton of great photos, as it was quickly growing dark, but these two had a great time together. And they were both thoroughly worn out after about 30 minutes of their vigorous game of tag.
Howie is 7 months old, and he was a great match for Pyrrha in play behavior. She tends to like these floppy, adolescent males!