One Year of Loving Our Rescue Pup
I cannot believe it has been a few days over a year since we have brought Sebastian into our lives! The best thing we ever did was rescue this pup from The Dog Liberator, a rescue that specializes in rescuing herding breed dogs but loves all pups and takes as many as they can. Seeing how Sebastian has developed into a "real dog" is amazing! The story of this pup is full of unknowns and had a rocky start, especially with a four month baby and three year old in the mix. Quick side note - I love that his birthday is the same day as Harry Potter's!
When we first rescued Sebastian it was obvious he had little to no human interaction. What we knew was he had come from a high-kill facility from Alabama from a backyard breeder and had the sweetest face and no temperament. He had no idea had to "dog" or that we were even trying to interact with him or calling him. After having dogs my whole life I had never seen a dog not wag his tail, get excited or at least even acknowledge a "puppy, puppy *smooch noise*." Admittedly, I knew I loved him the second I saw him but I was a little timid with the children. We hired a trainer right away who came out to the house and assured us that his personality would emerge within 30 days. He was terrified of everything but most specifically tall grass, trash cans, door ways, garage doors and trucks. This lead me to believe he spent most of his 7 months before adoption in a cage with no love. We had a kennel for him and he felt safe and would run for it over walking through a door way.
The trainer was right! Within 30 days we saw Sebastian emerge and become the bright colorful pup that he was alway meant to be. We still kept a good watch on him with the kids but now he has grown to love them. If you're wondering the story of his name my three year old chose it! We were tossing around a few calling him Mako, SeaBass and Sebastian when my three old whips out "it's sestatian" so it stuck!
One year later and this pup now loves running through the tall grass and feeling it lick at his face, sticking his head out the window (until a truck is next to us) and loves herding his friends. He would not make a good dog park pal - his friends would hate him! Trash day is still his least favorite day and he can sense that UPS truck coming a mile down the road but I would not trade his bright and bubbly, love me personality for anything.
We love you our middle child, crazy, attention hog, rescue pup, Sebastian.
Here he is playing with his best friend and rescue cousin, Barnacle!