Raising an Australian Terrier - My adventures with Chipper
Cambridge-Lone Star a.k.a. Chipper
Searching for Butch!
For weeks my hubby researched dog books….he had suddenly become obsessed with finding Butch. Butch was the puppy that his mom brought home when he was a young man and still living at home. I told him, you can’t find Butch, he was one in a million.
He said that he read that the Australian Terrier is the smartest of all the dog breeds and he wants one. Every day he read the dog books, he looked in the newspaper to find a breeder and I finally went on line to find an Australian Terrier breeder.
Hubby took my list and kept calling Australian Terrier breeders and most would say, I don’t have a litter right now maybe later this year or all my puppies are spoken for, until he found Ann, who had one thirteen week old red-male available.
Ann sent us pictures of him and you only had to see that sweet little face to fall in love with him…I gave in and we told Ann we would take him. We made the deal and Ann said she would ship him via American Airlines and we could pick him up at DFW airport at Air Cargo and she would make reservations for the following day. We waited patiently for her to call us with the flight number, so we could be there when the puppy arrived.
Arriving at Love Field!
Ann called to say that none of the airlines will airship pets in the cargo hold any longer like they use to and she purchased a round trip ticket for herself and a one way ticket for Chipper, to fly into Love Field in Dallas on flight 645, Southwest Airlines, arrival time 1:25 pm.
I ask my son Walter to take me to pick him up at Love Field airport and he quickly said yes.
The start of the Adventure: The Arrival
1st day. My son Walter and I arrived a little bit early, we had to park a ways away and walk to the arrival gate. I called Ann to tell her we were at the arrival gate in front of Dunkin Donuts. Walter had a couple of stale donuts and the plane landed. Then we saw them Ann was in a wheel chair being pushed by an airport attendant. She had a big red duffel bag with holes in it on her lap and when I opened it up there he was.
All heads turned as Chipper trotted with us as we headed downstairs with Ann to the departure gate and we visited with her for a bit. Then Chipper trotted along with us to Walter’s truck. We put him in the crate that I brought with us.
We stopped at a pet store on the way home where Walter takes Bear for a bath and we gave Chipper a bath.
Hubby's first sight of Chipper
When we arrived at home, the first thing hubby said was: “I love him, he is beautiful.”
I took him outside to pee and poop every hour until midnight and we spoiled him, and played with him.
Me, Walter and Chipper played and got to know each other. Chipper was exhausted
He slept all night without making a sound. In fact I wondered if he knew how to bark.
2nd day, February 3, 2017, up at 7:00 a.m. Chipper knows that I am awake and he starts to whine, I quickly dress and ask him, Chipper do you want to go out? And he barks: “yes, yes I’ll pee in the floor if you don’t take me out” and as soon as we got on the grass Chipper peed. I praised him, gave him a treat, took him back inside and ask, Chipper, do you want to eat? He turned his head and looked at me as if to say, what? Then he heard the sound that the dog food bag being opened makes, and began to wag his tail and you would think he would break himself in two. Again I ask, Chipper, do you want to eat? And repeated eat.
I held Chipper’s dish where he could see it and told him to sit and pushed his little rump down gently and he sat but only for a moment as I took a few bits and let him take it from my hand, put his dish down and played in his food as he ate, (instructions from my son, who says that doing this will keep him from biting someone if they should go near him when he is eating.)
The minute Chipper finished eating, I took him back outside, (also instructions from my son) and as soon as we were outside Chipper pooped.
It seems like puppies/dogs are like meat grinders ‘you put the food in the chute it comes out the other end.’
After his much needed pit stop, Chipper played with his hedge-hog and tried to get into everything just like a little baby, and believe he needs almost as much care.
After I got a little bit of cleaning done in the house, I took him for a long walk. I was exhausted, but Chipper was just getting started and he was playing by my feet.
Hubby sat reading the Dallas Morning News, he found an article he wanted to re-read later and laid that section of the paper on the floor by his chair. Chipper was laying on the floor by my feet chewing on a piece of raw-hide, I was engrossed in a fellow Hubber’s hub and when I looked down Chipper was not there. OMG, what is he into, I got up and hurried to look for him. As I rounded the corner of the kitchen island, Chipper yelped and I hit the floor flat on my face. I did not see him, as he ran to follow me and I tripped and fell over him. Chipper was delighted he jumped on my back, barked and kissed my face all over….we sat in the floor and played for a while then I took him outside to pee and back in his crate to prevent another fall.
First Accident in the house
What the hell? Hubby yelled! He peed on my paper! No, he peed on the paper he thought you put there for him to pee on.
7 p.m. I said, Chipper do you want to eat? And, I thought he would break himself in half and went to the water bowl for a drink and kept looking back at me to see when I would let him have his food. I took him outside to do his business, and he was a happy camper and I was tired and sat down and let him play around my feet.
I had purchased Chipper a skunk bottle holder and he got the bottle out right away.
When I took him outside to do his business that night and I got a whiff of a real skunk, I could not help, but think what if the real one came our way would he chase it? It looks like Pepe Le Pew, his toy.
I visualize my brother and his wife's experience with their dog and the skunk. The day they had new carpeting installed, my brother took the dog, Foxy Lady outside and when she saw the skunk, she chased it and it sprayed her, my brother yelled "you stupid dog" my sister-in-law opened the door to see what was going on and the dog ran in and was trying to rub the skunk spray off on the new carpet.
3rd day through 6th. Are all pretty much the same except he has learned several words/commands and he sits when I tell him to.
Am I going crazy or what?
7th day. I opened the door and let Chipper out. Right away he hiked his leg and peed. I gave him a treat, told him what a good boy he is.
Again Chipper raised leg, I did not see any pee, but I gave him a treat and praised him again. Third time Chipper raised his leg and I watched closely but did not see any pee, but gave him a treat and praise.
Am I going crazy or what?
Fourth time, Chipper raised his leg and no pee came out, I only brought four treats…I gave him the last one and praise.
Fifth time Chipper raised his leg, but no pee comes out. I had no treats left so I praised him. He sat down in front of me look up as if to say, where is my treat? I showed him my hands were empty and he barked.
Looks like he (Chipper is a keeper)
I am sure we will have many more adventures as time goes by.
© 2017 Shyron E Shenko