As promised, here’s some more information on our new family member, Tucker!

Well, of course you can give me a belly rub

Tucker glamour shot taken when he was with the rescue

Another glamour shot, very debonaire, don't you think?

We got Tucker on Jan. 3 from a dog rescue in Indianapolis. They had had him since Thanksgiving, where he was placed with a foster family and cared for well. (They had named him Butler, but as Butler is a rival of the SIUC Salukis, we decided to change it. He didn’t seem to mind.) He is a shar pei and pit bull mix, so he has really big floppy cheeks and tiny ears.

He was about 10 months old when we got him. As no one knows when exactly he was born, we decided to give him an auspicious birthday – The Ides of March. As of right now, there are no special plans for March 15th, but maybe he’ll get a special treat or something.

When we first got him, he was a pretty nervous puppy. He submissive peed a lot (Hooray for Clorox wipes!) but a month and a half after we got him, he is doing much better, and only pees a little sometimes when he meets new people. Which is why we like to make introductions outside.

Our house has a closed-in porch with a dog door (that he just barely fits through. We’ll be making sure not to overfeed him!), which is perfect. We don’t have to leave him in his kennel all day or worry about him destroying things or making a mess. We just don’t put anything out there if we would really be upset if it got destroyed.

The porch, and proof of Tucker's destructive abilities

Shortly after we got him, we started obedience classes. (We opted for 16 weeks instead of 8, as he is rather hard headed) So far he’s been doing really well. He has learned to sit and we are currently working on lay down, stay, leave it and loose leash walking. We almost have “off” under control. The foster family allowed him on the furniture, but we don’t, so it took a little bit to get that through his head. Now the most he tries is a paw or maybe both on the couch. He also jumped on people a lot when we got him, and while he hasn’t yet learned to stop jumping, he just leaps in the air and not on people, which is actually pretty adorable. For the most part, he is very calm and does well around people he doesn’t know. He gets a little too excited when he’s around new dogs but is not allowed to greet them, but he is also getting better with staying calm. He is very vocal, and grumbles a lot. He also yawns loudly and snores.

Some Tucker stats:

Weight: 54 pounds

Height: Approximately 24 inches at his back

Favorite toys: Tennis balls, soft toys and his bone

Favorite treats: Peanut butter and ice cubes

He also likes:

To conquer things (mostly Paul)

The Colts (but not wearing bandanas)

To sleep and cuddle by the fireplace

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