Advice On If We Are A Good Fit With An Australian Shepherd?
by Danielle Jenkins
This weekend a sweet Aussie found us at our family’s camp. He has a collar with no tags. We are currently trying to find out if owners are looking for him. Going to a vet tomorrow to scan for a possible chip. In the meantime he is in our fenced in backyard.
If we can't find the owners we said we would have a trial period to see if we want to keep him.
Here is our situation. We have 2 children (3 & 10) who he adores and they adore him. We both work full time. Leave the house by 8-ish, return by 6. It’s usually a mad dash in the evenings to get dinner, homework, baths, and quality time together before bedtime. We already have a Papillon male inside who is a handful. At the moment with the new Aussie our Pap is in heaven. They have become fast friends.
We have to keep him outside for now. We returned on a Sunday evening and attempted to bath him and he ran for cover behind a bush. He is too dirty to have in the house and since our work week has started we haven’t had time for attempt #2.
His first day alone during the day outside he tore up an outdoor cushion. I know he needs to have a lot of activity, I am just afraid he won’t get it from us during the week (at least during the next few months since it gets dark before we get home.
Last night my girls went outside with him for a little under and hour to run and play with him (until he retreated to rest) but we feel like that isn’t enough. We want so badly for it to work out and for him to be ours, but we just don’t know what we can do to help keep him occupied during the day while we are away.
We aren’t opposed to keeping him inside once we can get him cleaned up and checked out by a Vet, but my husband also has allergies so that may prove to be impossible too.
Does anyone have any advice that could help us keep him? We are thinking it will probably be best to find a better home but wanted to check out options and learn a little more first.
Thanks for any suggestions.