Thank you. I don't know what I want, I am letting things unfurl as they may.
Yes, her size and breed are good. Also, I know that she can handle a rambunctious, 2/3 mature, over-sized dog, because she lived, apparently, with a large, and rambunctious, husky. Apparently, she puts him in his place when he becomes obnoxious.
Dh had 5 shepherds over the years growing up - as well as a little Briard, a lab mix etc., and 4 of the 5 GSD's were smaller, like this dog, and of those 4, all were girls. The only male was quite large.
Yes, I have seen dogs become attached to stuffed animals, but as you say, not always. We have picked up all visible toys, and the animal dishes, just so that we don't have any issues between them right off the bat.
He has no issues with Frankie, but this isn't Frankie. He's 2/3 mature now, but Frankie was a friend since puppyhood.
I also hope that she doesn't teach him any bad habits. I have barriers into the back of the house, and the back of the living room, behind the couch. Krypto could go over/through them easily, but he respects them. They are ridiculously short and lightweight, but he's really good about them. They keep him away from boxes that have not been gone through, the cats' food dishes, and the *litter boxes.* So, it would be a huge problem if she went over/through them, and he decided that was a good idea.
I'm glad that the dog that you mentioned found a good home. Some dogs just live for homes with children. Ours all liked children a lot, but one really, really loved children.
That was Pepsi, the old-style JRT. We got him when he was 8. He was raised in a house with children, but eventually, they got older and he was relegated to being tied up outside, when he used to be a house dog. :-( He kept getting loose and trying to impregnate the world, and he kept being caught by AC. Finally, they threatened the people.
So, they put out an ad for a free - now fixed - dog, and we took him.
As it turned out, he was a kid magnet, though mine were not super young. They range from something like 9-13.
He sat still, practically napping while middle Dd dressed him in small hats, and wheeled him around. He never tried to get away, and he slept in her bed at night.
Then, when they were off to school, he ran down to our fields with us to 'dog things,' like dig up rodent nests. Yeah, but very natural for the breed. Once 3:30 rolled around, and the kids got home, he was once again ready to play with Dd.
Some dogs just love children.
I just remembered that often pregnant dogs would become attached to stuffed animals, even stealing them to take to wherever they slept. That makes sense.
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