I want to start this letter with a huge 'Thank You!' to everyone who has responded to my first post about Wyatt and I. It was amazing how quickly you all wrote with ideas and words of encouragement. I'm planning on putting our information on other pet sites and hopefully someone will see Wyatt and fall in love with him, just as I have.
So now I'd like to share more about my Wyatt with you all. He's 2 & 1/2, stands 21 inches at the shoulder and is 35 in. from nose to backside. Wyatt weighs 62 lbs and seems to have finished growing. (He had the typical lab growth spurt around 2 yrs. and has filled in about 5 more pounds since then.) He was fixed at app. 14 months. I like to think of him as my 'perfect medium-sized dog'! Anyway, he's mostly black with 4 white socks, a white chest and this neat white swirl that comes around his neck & down his nose. (He's incredibly handsome. Oh I'm not biased.) He's house broken and leash trained. Oh boy was that an interesting time!! He wasn't used to a leash so the first time we went walking he spooked and tried to bolt. Of course I followed obediently...
We live just outside of Tampa, FLA. (It's about two hours from Orlando--central, eastern Florida.) And thankfully we have a nice fenced yard for the frisbee matches, although nightly walks are still top billing!
Wyatt is very sensitive. He loves being around other animals, even cats! (From what I understand of his first home, there was another dog, his brother, about 4 cats and 2 kids.) He hasn't been around many children with me, except at the park. He seems pretty awed by them, especially a crying baby. He stops dead in his tracks, his eyes get wide and his ears perk up. But he never wants to get too close. He will let kids pet him, but then he'll run off to find some mischief. Now cats he likes! He tries to play with the neighbor cat, who in turn hisses and swats at him. Wyatt starts jumping around and runs away, comes back, leans close, jumps around--it's quite a spectacle. And he simply ignores my friend's cat--always has.
He's also good with other dogs. He loves to run and chase, or be chased. I think he likes to show off how fast he is! He's gentle with small dogs and always ready for 'tougher' play with the bigger dogs. We went to the park in Atl. almost evey weekend so he's been around a variety of different breeds and ages. His first 'girlfriend' and regular playmate was my friemd's dog, a border collie mix named Jessie.
I'm planning on getting some pictures of Wyatt circulating--he melts every person he meets! And I'll be back in the next day or two with some more info of the other sites I post too. Thank you all again for the advice and encouragement. If I have to do this I at least want to make sure Wyatt nevers goes through it again.
Warm regards to you and your furry families.