I got a call last week from my dad telling me that they are now a "Two dog family". Otis has a new brother, Mr. B. My dad was at a local end of summer festival and they had a bunch of dogs from shelters they were showcasing in hopes of finding them homes. For whatever reason it was decided that Mr. B should become part of the family. But it was not that easy, it was a 4 day mission trying to track the dog down after the festival. But he was found.
Apparently, Mr B was picked up from a shelter, a few days before he was to be put down. He was then taken to a no-kill shelter for a few months, and was moved to another no-kill shelter for another month. And then he was showcased at the festival. He is a black lab mix.
He is not in perfect health. He is very overweight. He is between 90 and 95 pounds and should probably be between 60 and 70 pounds. He is about 8 years old. He will be going on a diet and going on many walks to get to a healthy weight.
He is sweet around people, but he seems somewhat defensive and on edge around other dogs. He is ok, with Otis, since Otis is so mellow, (although I was told he growled and snarled at Otis a couple of times). But he was a bit on edge around Lola and her energy level and went at her a couple of times. We put a stop to that very quickly. But we think it will take sometime for Mr. B to be comfortable around Lola and her energy level. Lola was fine and just left him alone after he went at her. I think she knew and sensed what was going on and knew it was better to just let him go to sleep on the couch.
There will be more updates on Mr. B's new life (and diet). We hope that once Mr. B is at a healthier weight and adapts more to his new home he will be more comfortable around other dogs. I think he has had a rough life the past year, (and perhaps longer) and just needs to learn that everybody around him just wants to love him, (Lola and Otis included).