Everybody meet Spike!

Curls=BeautyCurls=Beauty Registered Users Posts: 1,781
We had been looking for a dog for a while. No one was e-mailing us back about dogs we were looking at on Petfinder. So on Saturday we decided to make a visit to a local shelter. It is a private shelter. No-kill.
They have a LOT of dogs and cats. We were there for a good two hours, I'd say.
We found Spike. He is a Jack Russell Terrier mix. He was really sweet, calm and obedient. Five years old. We spent at least 20 minutes with him. We decided to come back Sunday afternoon to get him, as we had to get stuff for him.

We weren't able to get him yesterday (Sunday) as the cats were due for rabies vaccinations last week and they don't allow you to adopt unless they are UTD on rabies vaccinations. The only place open on Sunday would have had to give them exams in order to give them rabies vaccinations, which would have run us over $180, not to mention they didn't need a check-up yet.

This shelter gave rabies vaccinations, but only between 2:00 and 3:00 PM and we were 30 minutes late.
We were worried because someone else was interested in him when we left.

We called this (Monday) morning to make sure he was still there. He was.

So at 1:45 PM we left with the cats to get them vaccinated. My dad met us there and while they were being vaccinated we got all the paperwork finished.
My dad and I went back to get Spike and put his new collar on. We brought him up and he was all excited. One of the workers was really excited for him and was glad we were able to get him. I took him out to an area and he did his business and sniffed around. I took him back in because it started raining and after a few more minutes we left.

He slept the whole way home in his crate.

When we got home, I took him to the area we designated for him to do his business in while my parents got the cats inside.
After that I took him inside and he met everyone and started playing with some toys we had out for him.
He layed down in the middle of the floor and calmly started pulling the fuzz off of the tennis ball. Then he wanted to play fetch. After that he then promptly started chewing on it and it split open.
Then he played with some other toys for a while.
He went in and out of his crate and figured out that he can jump over the gate to get into the kitchen.


Then at 5:00 PM I took him on a 25 minute walk. I think he had been trained prior to being at the shelter. He walked beside or behind me the whole walk and was a trooper the whole way. A couple of times he got distracted, but a firm "Lets go" got him walking again.
We got back and I tried to give him his dinner. Didn't work. The shelter had a wacky schedule of feeding them, so I didn't expect him to be hungry.


After my sister got back from work we gave him a bath. Not only did he smell like the shelter, he splashed through puddles during the walk and got muddy.


He doesn't need crate trained, either. He went in his crate without a problem and slept through the night.

He also seems to know down (if he is jumping), sit, lets go and stay.

One bad thing. He was fine the cats, just calmly going up to them to sniff, but they all had hissy fits about him. And since they ran all around, he decided to chase them so he could sniff them. He also keeps trying to play with them, and they aren't having any of it.

We are going to change his name, I think.
I personally wanted to name him Fitzwilliam Darcy, but my brothers and dad told me to forget it. Then I suggested Mr. Knightly. They reminded me some friends had named their dog Mr. Knightly.
Then I suggested Little John or Much (for those of you who don't know, BBC's Robin Hood had a character named Much, one of Robin Hood's merry men). Again, no.
Seriously! Then my dad suggested Aslan. I, nor my mom or sister like it. So any uncommon name suggestions would be appreciated!
We also all threw out different names, but someone always has an objection to it.

Here are pictures of him.


Tearing his ball up-
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Eating one of those edible Nylabone thingies (It looks like he is bearing his teeth at someone, but he isn't)-
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  • ninja dogninja dog Registered Users Posts: 23,780 Curl Neophyte
    He's adorable! So happy.

    Looks like an Oswald to me.
  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Registered Users Posts: 10,573 Curl Connoisseur
    Wishbone! :) I'll come back when I think of more. He's cute! Congrats!

    Here's one, he looks like Basil would fit.
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  • StarmieStarmie Registered Users Posts: 7,169 Curl Virtuoso
    He's a cutie. I like Spike as his name, why do you want to change it?
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  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Registered Users Posts: 8,002
    He's adorable. I like Darcy or Bingley.
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  • Curls=BeautyCurls=Beauty Registered Users Posts: 1,781
    Spike doesn't really fit him.
    I really wanted to name him Fitzwilliam Darcy, but use Darcy for short. My dad and brothers say it sounds girly.
    Okay, it so doesn't.
    I also had suggested Bingley.
    I suggested Basil and Oswald (I like those, BTW) and they all said no. As you can see, we have picky people. Eight picky people.

    My sister finally just picked a name this morning. Jeeves. It's okay, but I still like Darcy or Bingley better.
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  • ninja dogninja dog Registered Users Posts: 23,780 Curl Neophyte
    Bertie would be better.
  • CurliLocksCurliLocks Registered Users Posts: 10,573 Curl Connoisseur
    Oh, I know how hard it is to choose a name when you have a few (or more!) people involved that need to agree. You know, you can wait a while to name him, at least a week to see his personality and see what fits. :)
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  • ResRes Registered Users Posts: 2,911
    Oh gosh he is so adorable. :love7:
    Bingley sounds cute. :)
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  • SariaSaria Registered Users Posts: 15,963
    I like all the other names (including Spike) better than Jeeves. Enjoy your new friend!
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  • wavycurly40+wavycurly40+ Registered Users Posts: 2,017 Curl Neophyte
    I just said "awwww" out loud. Twice. With that high, squeaky tone that I save for the incredibly cute. Congratulations!

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  • Curls=BeautyCurls=Beauty Registered Users Posts: 1,781
    Okay, apparently when she said that his name was Jeeves, it wasn't definite. We all decided it just does not suit him.
    I convinced her to give it a week or two. I'm really pushing for Bingley since she hasn't said yea or nay on that. And I think it suits him.
    He is so cute. When you scratch his belly, instead of thumping his hind leg like most dogs would do, he does both of his front legs like he is trying to swim.
    He also saw a reflection from a DVD disc on the ceiling and started hopping up again and again to try and get it.

    We finally heard him bark earlier. When he saw my brothers friend, who is very tall, he barked. Twice. It sounds very deep for such a little guy!
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  • fraufrau Registered Users Posts: 6,130 Curl Neophyte
    although pets are emotional slaves to humans (i'm against pet owning), your doggie is the cutest.
  • Curls=BeautyCurls=Beauty Registered Users Posts: 1,781
    We found out he LOVES apples. He isn't behaving as well on his walks. He's pulling and walks so fast that I would have to practically run to make sure he is beside or behind me.
    Going to get a Gentle Leader Head Collar.
    One thing that I noticed is he walks faster and pulls more when he knows we are heading home. He also doesn't even respond to treats during a walk. It's like I'm not even there. He gets really distracted by people, cars, other dogs and one person has a parrot that is really loud and that REALLY distracts him on the walk.

    We decided to not rename him because we can't all decide on a name, unfortunately.
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  • realisticrealistic Registered Users Posts: 2,222 Curl Novice
    What a cutie!!! Congrats!
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  • KurlyKaeKurlyKae Registered Users Posts: 3,413 Curl Neophyte
    Hello, Spike/Jeeves! Welcome to the board. You sure are a cutie, my Heidi would sure love to play.

    C=B, I highly recommend the Gentle Lead Collar. The very first time we put it on Heidi, my 10 year old was able to walk her, without any helpf from me. Before that, she would just pull and pull and DD just couldn't hold on.
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  • rudeechickrudeechick Registered Users Posts: 6,726
    He looks like a sweetie! Enjoy him!
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  • SunshineGrrlSunshineGrrl Registered Users Posts: 3,823 Curl Neophyte
    I like Radar, especially with their tales docked off and the way they stick straight in the air when they find something of interest. It's like a radar!

  • Curls=BeautyCurls=Beauty Registered Users Posts: 1,781
    KurlyKae wrote: »
    Hello, Spike/Jeeves! Welcome to the board. You sure are a cutie, my Heidi would sure love to play.

    C=B, I highly recommend the Gentle Lead Collar. The very first time we put it on Heidi, my 10 year old was able to walk her, without any helpf from me. Before that, she would just pull and pull and DD just couldn't hold on.


    Thanks. It's great to hear that it really does work.
    I'm hoping it will work for him!

    If he had asthma, would the vet have picked up on it during his check-up?


    I really do like that name, Radar. But I don't think his name will change. Everyone can't agree on a name, unfortunately.
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  • SystemSystem Posts: 39,060 Administrator
    We found out he LOVES apples. He isn't behaving as well on his walks. He's pulling and walks so fast that I would have to practically run to make sure he is beside or behind me.
    Going to get a Gentle Leader Head Collar.
    One thing that I noticed is he walks faster and pulls more when he knows we are heading home. He also doesn't even respond to treats during a walk. It's like I'm not even there. He gets really distracted by people, cars, other dogs and one person has a parrot that is really loud and that REALLY distracts him on the walk.

    We decided to not rename him because we can't all decide on a name, unfortunately.

    Hello, Mr. Spike. My aren't you a cute doggy? I think a lil' guy needs a big ole tuff name! :laughing4:
  • KurlyKaeKurlyKae Registered Users Posts: 3,413 Curl Neophyte
    KurlyKae wrote: »
    Hello, Spike/Jeeves! Welcome to the board. You sure are a cutie, my Heidi would sure love to play.

    C=B, I highly recommend the Gentle Lead Collar. The very first time we put it on Heidi, my 10 year old was able to walk her, without any helpf from me. Before that, she would just pull and pull and DD just couldn't hold on.


    Thanks. It's great to hear that it really does work.
    I'm hoping it will work for him!

    If he had asthma, would the vet have picked up on it during his check-up?


    I really do like that name, Radar. But I don't think his name will change. Everyone can't agree on a name, unfortunately.

    I don't know about the asthma. Maybe you could call the vet and ask?

    It took us a week to come to an agreement on Heidi's name, and two weeks for our cat. Hunter wasn't anybody's favorite name, but one we all could live with! (I usually call him "Trouble" anyway8-))
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  • goldygoldy Registered Users Posts: 5,463 Curl Connoisseur
    He's a cutie...
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  • automaticflowersautomaticflowers Registered Users Posts: 3,465
    Aw, he's adorable! Congrats on the new addition to your family. :)
  • MarMar Registered Users Posts: 3,004 Curl Neophyte
    ninja dog wrote: »
    He's adorable! So happy.

    Looks like an Oswald to me.

    We came pretty close to naming our new cat Oswald:)

    Your pup is adorable whatever is name is!
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  • zmanzzzzzmanzzzz Banned Banned Users Posts: 3,826
    does he like food?
  • Curls=BeautyCurls=Beauty Registered Users Posts: 1,781
    We are going to call the vet as soon as they open tomorrow, but I was wondering if there is anything we can do for Spike.
    He has a flea allergy so even though he has hardly any fleas he is itching and scratching and biting himself raw and going absolutely nuts.
    I was wondering what we can do to ease the itching besides another steriod shot?

    We are working on trying to completely eliminate the fleas.
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  • SpiderSpider Registered Users Posts: 3,381 Curl Neophyte
    We have a wire haired JRT and she's great, not too crazy for a terrier.

    I named my rescue dog (found as stray so they named him something silly) Pilot, in part after Mr. Rochester's dog in Jane Eyre ;-)

    Of course if you're going for an Austin character, I might suggest Brandon (for Colonel Brandon) :love7:
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  • SunshineGrrlSunshineGrrl Registered Users Posts: 3,823 Curl Neophyte
    I also like Maynard. Don't know why, but I think it's cute.

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