Mercy

Mercy

 

After loosing both my Flyball girls to old age I decided my little family of all male dogs was ready for some new feminine influence. Working at an animal shelter gave me lots of options. Mercy though was an easy choice.

A litter of 8 Bassett Labrador mixed puppies was turned in to the shelter. Most were black but a few were gold and from the start I fell in love with one little girl. She had already been adopted though so I decided it wasn’t meant to be. A few days later though she was returned. She was sick with kennel cough and the new owners did not want to deal with a sick puppy. She was meant to be mine after all. Kennel cough is tough to combat in the shelters. Despite vaccinations and through cleaning many shelter dogs still come down with this canine version of the Flu. Usually it is easily treated and the dogs recover in a week or two. Mercy was soon well and as she grew I kept encouraging her to have Lab legs. She did not quite get there but her legs are a little straighter and longer then an average Bassett.

My challenge with Mercy is that I got the Bassett interest in tennis balls (none) and the Lab interest in people and attention (lots). It would have been so much easier to train her if it had been the other way around. She is surprisingly fast though and really loves to be out in the lanes. Now we just need to get her to focus on the game. I look forward to our Baby Girl being out in the lanes. I know we will have a great time and I know that she will get all the attention she could ever want playing Flyball.