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04 February 2016 @ 05:50 pm
Meet Baloo  

Meet Baloo, the newest member of our family:


Baloo is a year-old rescue dog who came to live with us a couple of weeks ago. He is, according to the rescue people, part collie (likely: he shows a tendency to herd, anyway), perhaps part lab or retriever, or, in the opinion of the woman running the place, part flat-haired terrier.

He’s *definitely* very large. He’s definitely very furry. He’s also very patient, which is good, because Young Indiana cannot. stop. flinging. himself. at. the. dog. Or barking. Or running around on all fours. Or many, many other things that cause ‘having a pet helps people to relax!’ to be totally, totally untrue.


He chewed through the €100 soft-sided crate we got him to sleep in in less than half an hour. I’m still pretty annoyed about that, and keep reminding myself how very, very patient he is with a five year old bouncing on him.


He flopped down with a pig’s ear and ate it all up, upon arriving home. Good dog. Of course, half an hour later he also opportunistically helped himself to half of Young Indiana’s PB&J. Some obedience training is in our future.


He wasted no time trying to move in on the couch, a hope that I am discouraging as strongly as possible. He’s mostly got the idea that he’s not allowed on the beds, although he’s in denial about the fact he doesn’t get to sleep in a bedroom.

He had a bath almost immediately upon arriving home, but unfortunately he has since discovered a break in the fence that allows him to get to the brook, and consequently the house smells strongly of River Dog. We’ll be attending to that problem this weekend. :p In the meantime, holy crap the fur.


The photograph doesn’t really do the amount of fur on the floor there justice, but that’s 10 days’ worth. I had, when I thought to take the picture, taken a damp washcloth to the left half of the carpet, before even bothering to vacuum. Frankly, every floor in the house needs the same treatment, though I ran a vacuum around the downstairs until the vacuum said “nope, that’s enough fur, filter clogged,” and simply stopped working. Tomorrow I (and other people :p) will get to do more, and the electric broom is now out and will be applied daily, because OMFG.

(x-posted from The Essential Kit)

dancinghorsedancinghorse on February 4th, 2016 05:01 pm (UTC)
Y'know, with his size, shape, and shedding prowess, has it been considered that the non-border collie half might be Newfoundland? The fur sure does look and sound like it. Also, the size. And the tropism toward water. And the patience--Newfies are famous nanny dogs.

Whatever he is, he sure is purty.
dancinghorse: dog day afternoondancinghorse on February 4th, 2016 05:06 pm (UTC)
(My guy broke out of a locked metal crate in his early days. We still don't know exactly how, though the area around the gate was suspiciously bent and twisted. I was going to get him a soft-sided one for travel, but after that? and the Very Expensive Crate Pad That Lasted Exactly Fifteen Minutes And The Largest Surviving Piece was Four Inches Across incident? No. Also, he climbs fences. And jumps out of the yard. And flunked out of puppy school. But with private tutoring and much patience, has become Best Dog Evar.)
kitmizkit on February 4th, 2016 05:06 pm (UTC)
I dunno. He's awfully slim thru the chest for a Newfie, and his face is pretty long, which I don't think of Newfie faces as being. OTOH, he's only a year old and probably hasn't reached his full breadth yet, tho I expect he's pretty well at full height. Standing on his hind legs he's damn near as tall as I am.
dancinghorsedancinghorse on February 4th, 2016 05:20 pm (UTC)
If the other half is collie, that would explain the differences. Those are all collie traits.

Collies do shed a lot. So there's that.

A year old is still a puppy, especially for a big dog. My guy is coming three and finally filled out this winter. He's probably Aussie (maybe border collie) and definitely German Shepherd aka German Shedding Dog, so we share your fur-on-the-floors pain. He got his height by the time he was a year and a bit, but the heft and the extra brain cells took a while to finish installing. He went from a consistent 44.8lbs at the vet from last year to this fall, to 50lbs at his last vet visit, two weeks ago. (He sees the vet a lot. He likes to trash his right eye. I have a running appointment with the ophthalmologist.) I notice there's more chest and a deeper draft. So you may see some changes there over the next year or two.
Alix (Tersa): Kitties--brotherly love (tersa)tersa on February 4th, 2016 05:22 pm (UTC)
Awww, congrats on your newest child! I've been wondering in that vague way when you were going to get a new pet after the long drought. :)
Laura Anne Gilmansuricattus on February 4th, 2016 06:31 pm (UTC)
Welcome (back) to the wonderful world of Fur On Every Damn Thing.


Collies shed like whoa. Does he have an undercoat? if so, spring is going to become...entertaining.
mevennenmevennen on February 4th, 2016 06:56 pm (UTC)
"Relax." HA HA HA HA HA.

However, he looks lovely. He's enormous!

We also smell strongly of Pond.
peadarogpeadarog on February 4th, 2016 07:17 pm (UTC)
Large and cute :)
nojaynojay on February 4th, 2016 07:33 pm (UTC)
If there's collie in there then he's trainable, as long as you remain smarter than he is. Until then be vigilant and never assume the best/take your eyes off him. In time, once he's out of the terrible tweens you'll have a dog you'll never regret taking on.

(As a kid I grew up with a collie cross, a working farm dog. I love them.)
Geek of Weird Shit: statlerwaldorfgows on February 4th, 2016 09:15 pm (UTC)
When people come home and greet him, I bet there's a hell of a HulloBaloo. ;)
Mary Annepers1stence on February 4th, 2016 09:22 pm (UTC)
does that mean the allergy-reduction procedures have been effective?
kitmizkit on February 4th, 2016 10:15 pm (UTC)
*hand wobble* Ish.
Mary Annepers1stence on February 4th, 2016 10:18 pm (UTC)
that's better than "nope" i supposed.

Hope you know I've been thinking lots of good thoughts your way lately.
irishkateirishkate on February 5th, 2016 01:10 am (UTC)

That's good I hope.

kitmizkit on February 4th, 2016 10:15 pm (UTC)
irishkateirishkate on February 5th, 2016 01:09 am (UTC)

She did. She did.

Geek of Weird Shit: statlerwaldorfgows on February 5th, 2016 05:25 am (UTC)
Thank you, thank you, I'll be here all night. *bows*
Geek of Weird Shit: statlerwaldorfgows on February 5th, 2016 05:24 am (UTC)

(Feel free to tell people that's his given name. ;)
Itinerant hacker adventuress: grey hand-drawn crowthewronghands on February 4th, 2016 09:23 pm (UTC)
Oh, how lovely! Many happy years together.
javacatzjavacatz on February 5th, 2016 01:27 am (UTC)
For the fur on carpet (and everything else) I highly recommend a squeegee. Seriously. Someone suggested it, I saw one on clearance and decided to try it. At worst it was only a dollar and/or I could use it to clean the windows.

It is AMAZING! You would not believe how much fur and hair that picks up! I have really long hair and can kill a vacuum faster than the cats.
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on February 5th, 2016 11:10 am (UTC)
My first doc was a border collie terrier mix. :)
Childlightchildlight on February 5th, 2016 02:20 pm (UTC)
Beautiful. He didn't look that big until the picture of him trying for the couch then Wow! Good luck it will be an adjustment for everyone but I think he will make a wonderful and loyal friend.
Kari Sperringla_marquise_de_ on February 5th, 2016 06:43 pm (UTC)
He sounds delightful and a handful in equal parts.
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on February 8th, 2016 03:27 pm (UTC)
He's HUGE. (And adorable.) Clearly part dragon, as you would know if you had read the Baba Yaga books :-)