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I can hardly contain myself!!!

Today, a family friend told us of a white/cream spoo boy that is looking for a home. The story behind this boy is that his owner got an extremely prestigious job overseas and was unable to bring him along. He is currently living with a neighbour of our family friend, but he already has two black spoos in a tiny condo, and feels that the third is just too much.

I never, in a BILLION years, thought my mom would even MENTION this to me. She is NOT an animal lover, and while she loves Matrix, the thought of having TWO big dogs in the house was something out of a fairy tale to me. Well, I guess my mom really realizes how much dogs mean to me, and she is fully behind this decision to potentially add this spoo to our family. We have yet to talk to my dad about it since this is a VERY recent development, but he loves dogs and I'm pretty sure that he'll be open to this as well. I am beyond excited and hoping beyond hope that this will work out as I will FINALLY have a dog that has a suitable temperament for therapy work!!!!!!!

The only thing that may prevent this new addition from happening is:
Matrix!! He is unpredictable about what dogs he likes and doesn't like. Gender doesn't seem to matter, but generally opposite sex matches work out better and the potential newbie is male. He loved our late bichon, but he grew up with her. They never played together or anything because of age and size differences, so adding a young (~2 yrs) MALE spoo to the house would be a completely new experience for him that ...he may not like. I think he would LOVE a new companion, but I'm not sure if he'd appreciate a young male spoo type of companion.

Could I make this post any longer???

Anyways, I'm wondering what you guys think would be the BEST way to introduce the two dogs. Matrix usually does much better meeting dogs offleash, but that makes it harder to step in if a problem arises. I was thinking of taking a page from Cesar Milan, and start with a walk together and end off at an offleash area where they can interact and such.
If you can't tell already I REALLLY want this to work out :)P), so I'm looking for an introduction method that will almost guarantee an instant friendship! Just kidding, but that would be ideal!!

So yeah, any and all suggestions are welcome! Thanks for reading this whole thing!!
 

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I am (impatiently) waiting to hear from the neighbour about a time when we can meet (without Matrix). My dad and I want to go see the spoo alone first and try to get a sense of his personality and see if he'll be a good match for our family. Then we'll arrange a time and place for the dogs to meet, and we'll do a trial period of a few weeks.

Thanks for the sources Cdnjennga. The neighbour is the condo board director or something like that, so he has access to an enclosed area of the condo where he takes his dogs to run on occassion. While this isn't entirely neutral territory, it isn't Matrix's territory, so I don't think it should be a problem.

I HATE waiting!

Oh and another thing I could use some help with...the spoo's name is Michael, but that is my dad's name and the family friend we found out about the spoo from already has a dog named Mikey. So, we're trying to think of names that sound like Michael. At the moment we have Maxwell (little far fetched :p), or McCauley (McCaul is just like Michael with a different emphasis). So if you can think of any names that sound like Michael, that'd be great!
 

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Thanks for the name suggestions Fuzbutz!
I figured I could rename him, and depending on how responsive he is to his name, we may just change it completely. I just don't want to overwhelm him with a new house, new rules, new routine, new people, new dog and then a new name.
 

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Well it wouldn't be McCaul, it would be McCauley, and for short Mac. Since my current dog's name is Matrix, and we call him Matey for short, we're staying away from names that sound similar, so while I like the idea of Matty or Maddy, it'd only add to the confusion.
 

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A little update:
My mom spent over an hour with Michael tonight! Soo jealous!! She said he is a really lovely dog. Total sweetheart.
My dad and I will be going to meet him on saturday afternoon!!! I can't wait! I can't wait!! I can't wait!!!
 

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So we met Michael today!! It was great! He's an extreme athlete, which means he's a high energy dog, but he's very calm indoors. He's a BIG muscley boy, with such a sweet personality and he is one smart cookie. The best part of it is that Matrix seems not to mind him at all! Matrix isn't accustomed to playing with other dogs, hes more of a people dog than a dog dog, so he'll have to get used to Michael wanting to play with him, but he's very tolerant and Michael backs off when Matrix gives him a little warning woof. So it looks as though Michael will be coming to join us for a trial period in a week!

Since he is such an athletic dog, I'm really considering getting started in agility with this boy. He'd be an amazing disc dog, but we'll just stick to tossing it around before getting into any sports.

Can't wait!!
 

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thanks bigpoodleperson! He's really food motivated so training should be a breeze. He has the basic sit, down and shake paw, but isn't consistent. He needs work on the sit and down stay though. I also need to work on recall with him as I would like to trust him offleash at the dog beach and such.
 

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Pics will be posted as soon as Michael arrives. He's coming home a few days earlier than expected (HURRAY!!) because I have a frisbee tournament on the weekend and want to spend some alone time with him before either leaving him at home, or taking him with me to the games.

It looks as though we will be leaving his name as Michael. My dad is willing to change his name instead!

Michael's current caretaker came over with one of his spoo's Ted today and Matrix didn't have a problem with another male dog in his house. I was SO proud! Looks like Michael will be a welcome addition to Matrix's pack.
 
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