Wednesday, February 13, 2008

New dog in town

This is Oscar. He is a 1-year-old Westie/cairn mix.

Oscar's been living with us for two weeks. Here's what we know so far:

  • He gets along great with Maggie. They started wrestling and chasing each other around the house almost immediately.
  • He loves snow. He wants to roll around and bury his face in it.

  • He chews things. The tally so far is a newspaper, a bunch of mail, two houseplants, a paperback copy of "Into the Wild" and two pairs of shoes.
  • He suffers from "submissive urination." This means that if you scold him for something (like, say, chewing up your shoes), he pees a little. It's like a pathetic little apology. Somehow this does not cause me to be any less upset with him. Especially when I'm scolding him for being on the couch. The sad part is, this behavior probably means he was abused at some point in his life. The peeing is to show the alpha dog (i.e. human) that he is submissive. It's a last-ditch effort to avoid being attacked. I'm hoping he'll grow out of it as he gets more used to us.
  • He eats poop. Ewwww. I know this isn't uncommon among dogs, but this is my first experience with it. I tend not to be too prissy about dog things, but jeez, this dog wants to lick my face. The other day Oscar brought a half-chewed turd into the house and spit it out at my feet. Gosh, thanks.

  • He has a bit of a flatulence problem. (Boy, I'm really painting a lovely picture here, aren't I?) It's not the worst dog farting I've ever experienced, but, uh, it's not the best. I'm sure it'll be cropping up at inopportune and embarrassing times in the future.
So despite the body function issues, he's really super cute and a lot of fun. For instance, this kind of stuff happens several times a day: