Monday, July 9, 2012

Meet Lightning

Nope, not a dalmatian.  Lightning is our adopted blue heeler/jack russell mix, and he is just about the best dude ever.  He was a bottle fed baby and loves to snuggle, but he's also ridiculously smart.  He's six months old, house and crate trained, plus he knows several commands and picks up new ones quickly.  Ella's looking forward to agility training.  I'm thinking I might have a new administrative assistant.  Or at least a garden hand.

But the transition is not without issues.  He quickly attached himself to me, making his training easier, but he's not used to living with kids and all the loud noises the little ones can make.  He's very friendly with them, but he does growl at all of their random noises, especially when he's tired or half asleep.  And he's having some separation anxiety.  That's ok.  We're all willing to put in the time and effort it's going to take to help all of us through this adjustment period.  I figured the summer would be a good time for it, rather than in the midst of school work and activities.

Forgive me if I'm absent for the next few weeks.  In addition to the dog transition, I'm also planning for next year (trying to do as much as I can now to avoid the dreaded Sunday night scramble every week), and I'm planning a big blog revamp.  Stay tuned . . .


  1. He looks like an AWESOME dog. Isn't that about the best combination I can imagine? My dad loves dogs; the best dog he ever had was a blue heeler, and the little Jack Russel he has now is SO sweet(and they are both super-smart and very trainable dogs).
    I hope he adjusts quickly and y'all all ENJOY him! He's a gem!
    happy summer days that are fleeting FAST!

    1. Thanks April!

      I know, isn't the summer flying by?!?!

  2. I have a jack russell blue heeler mix dog his name is gunner eh is about three or four years old, he has shortesh legs and is white just like lightning he has the array of black spots and he has black pointy ears with a caramel color at the bas his spots are the light caramel color on his muzzle and he has a long tail and had the most adorable huge black spot on his neck! i just love gunner to death lol :D

  3. Aw, he sounds adorable! That mix makes such a great pup!


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