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Adopting A 6 Year Old Aussie To Accompany Our 13 Month Old
Hi folks, We have an opportunity to take in a 6yo spayed male Aussie named Gunner, who happens to the be the Uncle of our 13 month old pup Zola.
Zola is a great dog, with that infectious puppy energy and is eager to please. She's mostly well behaved and doesn't get up to too much mischief due to a routine of morning walks and evening games with a backyard to roam around in during the day. The other dimension to this picture is that it is both my partner's and my first Aussie and it's my first ever dog, so it's been quite a steep learning curve for me. Owning an Aussie is a rewarding and life tilting journey... and I've made major adjustments... one seems like a handful... now I'm looking at the potential of two of them.
Sooooo, here's an open question, what can I expect? Can I expect Zola to play up since she's sharing the pack? How long will it take Gunner to settle in?
Gunner is a nice natured boy that's had a bad run of luck moving through a couple of homes for various reason (including the death of one owner). He's now back at the breeder's place (a working farm) crated for part of the day but otherwise hanging with the pack of dogs the breeder already owns. He loves to fetch and the hour we spent saw me getting a sense of his nature and he got along well with Zola. The breeder would like Gunner to have a home... My partner is super keen... I'm looking for some encouragement and my engineering side is looking for some data! lol
Looking forward to your comments. Thanks in advance.