My husband and I adopted Payton 2.5 weeks ago. We live on a 1/2 acre 40 mins outside NYC on the Hudson River, in a town called Sleepy Hollow. Payton, who we now call Rexx, has 4 cats as his siblings, they are getting along quite well. His favorite is our white Persian Desmond, they like to share food & water. They do not sleep together but they do like to sleep near each other. He is growing like a weed, he's gained 3 pounds in just as many weeks.I am home all the time so Rexx is never alone. His favorite TV show is the Dog Whisperer, I let him watch an episode a day - he loves seeing & hearing other dogs.He doesn't seem to enjoy being outside in the day even though the backyard is very nice & large. The first day we brought him home he sat outside in the day for a little while but once we took him in the house & he discovered AC he doesn't want to be outside in the heat. I take him out in the day to do his business but then he wants to come right back inside. We do play outside at night once the temperature cools down. He & I do about 10 sprints across the property each night, he lets me get a head start and then quickly beats me to the finish line.
He seems like you've put a lot of basic training into him already; he never gets on the furniture - only sits/sleeps on his bed or on the floor. He doesn't doesn't come in the kitchen, only stands right outside looking at me while i'm in there. He has only had 2 accidents in the house & that was really more my fault then his for not picking up on his ques to go outside.
He doesn't like to walk around the neighborhood, even late at night, I'm hoping this will change with time since we live across the street from a 2000 acre preserve, and would love to take him there jogging, hiking, etc - but he is still a baby and new to the area I'm sure he just needs to feel comfortable and safe and then he'll be able to take that next step.
He had his first bath today and he was such a good boy - didn't have one problem with getting water, letting me shampoo him up, rinsing him off, or drying him - just the best boy.
Rexx is going on his first vacation in 2 weeks, we have an RV and are going to Lake George & Lake Placid in New York State, our 4 cats are used to taking family trips in the RV but this will be the first time for Rexx. I've been taking him driving in the SUV every other day to get him prepared for a week on the road with us.
Thank you so much for saving Rexx from the dumpster - he is the perfect dog for me and our family.
Update 11/4/14: Here's a couple of updated pics of Rexx and one of his new sister Roxxie (the tan dog). Rexx also has 4 cat siblings (3 Persians (one black, one white, one grey and 1 orange tabby). So he lives with a big family of pets. We've also been so impressed with Homeward Bound that my husband and I will start fostering dogs for adoption starting in 2014 (we have to complete training first before they give you a foster dog). We've moved to South Florida four months ago from NY and these pics are from this weekend playing in their new backyard.
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