Since my husband isn't currently around, one of the things I wanted to do for the new year was to get a companion. We currently have two dogs but one is my oldest son's and follows him around constantly. The other has behavior issues if kept inside too long, so she is an outside dog that comes in a couple of times a day to eat and get some attention. I no longer have a constant companion by my side, so I decided to take matters into my own hands and get one who will give me unconditional love. Above is my new companion, Zoe. That picture was taken when she was at the pound. She was so sweet and beautiful, they decided to make her one of the few they keep for adoption instead of putting down. She looks so scared in that picture, doesn't she?
This is Zoe now. I have had her for four days. She is a bit skittish but is quickly coming out of her shell. She sleeps on a blanket beside my bed and is always, without fail, happy to see me when I come home. She growls at "intruders" and doesn't run away when off leash outside. In fact, twice I have put her in the fence with my outdoor dog so she could potty. She would jump the fence, come up to the porch, and wait until someone let her in. She already knows where "her people" live and she is happy here.
Zoe is a Catahoula Leopard Dog. The breed originated in Louisiana and was traditionally used to hunt wild boar. Today people use them either for hunting or for herding cows or pigs. People around these parts call these "cow dogs."
I discovered that her unique look is one that people either love or hate. I get two responses when people she her. Either, "Man, that is an ugly dog" or "She's beautiful!" Personally, I think she is beautiful.
The person who dropped her at the pound said she was housebroken, but she has had a couple of accidents. We are working on it and I think she is learning pretty well. She is working out just fine with the kids and I. I think she will make a great companion and, when God blesses us with own place again, a great asset to our homestead.