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Sun May 2, 2021, 04:48 PM

57. I wanted an older dog, myself

At 65, an older dog would fit us so well, I thought. I'd lost my Leonburger 2 years ago on Xmas day. Ended up rescuing a true Heinz 57 from the pound who's enormous and turned out to be about 2 years old. She'd been abused by males, didn't know how to walk on a leash, wasn't housebroken, and doesn't know how to play with a person. She loves her chew toys and balls... but has no idea how to play ball with a person. We're working on all of it with her. She's a loving goofball who really wants to please you, but isn't the brightest bulb in the pack. I'm open to suggestions on training on any of it, please! Both my Leonburger and my Border Collie were wicked smart. They trained us more than we trained them! This is whole new kettle of fish. During the 2nd walk in the park on a leash, she got distracted, took off running, and sent me flying thru the air holding onto the other end of her leash. I wasn't going to let go; I was afraid she'd get hurt. Instead, when I fell back to the ground, my leg broke in 2 places. My 103 pounds didn't stand against her 77 pounds of pure, unrestrained energy!

I'm waiting for my leg to heal, and then will start looking for a trainer for both Lexy (and myself). Meanwhile, I'm definitely open for suggestions. She's already been adopted and turned back once. I want her to know she has a forever home with us, but there are certain tradeoffs that come with that (LOL)... like don't break Mom's leg!

I'd post a pic, but I don't know how. Can someone explain to this newbie? I didn't see an option in the editing tags...

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