December 19, 2017
“People love dogs. You can never go wrong adding a dog to the story.” ― Jim Butcher, White Night
Well, one month ago, my story got a lot better.
Yes, it has been a month since I picked up my little Direwolf from the airport and to be honest, it has been one of the hardest months I have had in a long time. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the little man, but I didn’t realize the amount of upkeep a large dog like this would require.
In case you didn’t know, the largest dog I have had was the family beagle we had when I was a kid. After that we had a chihuahua mix and a yorkie mix along with two small cats…and then we get Ghost, the polar bear. He is growing so fast and each day he learns something new and it’s just crazy to me that it has already been 30 days. But of course, not every moment has been sunshine and daisies.
Ghost is a major biter. Yes, I know, he is a twelve week old puppy and that is normal, but I have never had a dog bite as hard as he does. My hands are permanently swollen it seems. I know he doesn’t mean it, but it can be stressful on me, especially at seven in the morning…I am NOT a morning person in case you didn’t know. We have tried a multitude of things. Yelling did nothing, grabbing his jaw was a bust, and we even resorted to a vibration collar. The collar worked for a bit, he definitely did not like the feeling, but he soon got used to it. There was the shock option, but I couldn’t bare that…we had to use it once or twice when he almost tore into the baby cat. However, I don’t like shock collars, so the vibration was the way to go…until it wasn’t. We are currently using a spray bottle and that seems to be working for now, will update on that later.
And not only does he bite, but he also has a horrible habit of swallowing stones and eating dirt. To solve this predicament we bought him a basket muzzle to wear when he goes outside. PLEASE NOTE HE DOES NOT WEAR IT ALL THE TIME. This is to protect him from trying to swallow the rocks and he seems to be getting used to it, hopefully he won’t have to wear it for long. I just cannot have him getting sick or worse because of his eating habits.
As for sleeping through the night, we are almost there. I get stressed out easily and my beautiful mother has been staying with him so I can get some proper sleep as I was turning into a nightmare, but soon I am going to get back to having him by my side in the night. He has to get up once or twice, but that is normal for his age. But at 7 AM I am up and on dog duty and even though he bites a lot, his reaction in the morning with me is the best.
His obedience training is…a work in progress to say the least. He knows basic commands such as sit, lay down…and that’s about it, but he’ll get there! I have faith! He still doesn’t have all his shots, so he cannot go to the official classes yet, but soon. His health is good, he sometimes favors his back legs, but they don’t seem to be bothering him quite yet. We had quite the scare last night as he got some cat litter and it was stuck to his mouth and throat…not good. We still aren’t sure how that happened.
As for our relationship, even though he stressed me out and had me crying in the bathroom while he barked on the other side of the door once…I couldn’t imagine my life without him. He is the light of my life (he and Gracie of course). I know that this is only the beginning and that there will be more trials, but I am willing to go through them for him.
If you ever have the chance to own a White Shepherd, then I highly recommend these intelligent and loving animals!