Lily came to us because her owners, our friends Steve and Jewel, couldn’t take care of her anymore. Of course, we said right away, we would be happy to take care of her. Still, I was a little apprehensive because Lily was an outside farm dog, not used to being restrained or housebroken. Then, we live in a suburban type neighborhood with neighbors and a busy State highway close by. Unrestrained barking dogs were not in favor here…… Then the weather was well below zero for days on end and Lily did have access to a heated garage at her home farm. Our garage where Barons dog house was located was unheated though it did have a door to a small outside kennel……. Lily was brought into the house that afternoon, it was ten below. She took a look around, entered the bedroom and hopped on our bed. “No Lily!” I said. She hopped down. Good start, I thought she knows the word no.
Well, so far, she hasn't barked at all except for the afternoon the fire truck went by. She likes her kennel in the garage with the electric heater blowing and even better in the house when the temps go below zero. As to hiking with a leash.... no problem. She doesn't pull at all even with Troutbirders leisurely pace. She is a really mellow dog. All in all I think this is going to work out just fine....:)