Last year was extremely busy for me… I moved out of my parents’ house in Ontario to my own place in British Columbia for a new job.
Growing up, I was never able to get a dog while living with my parents. I was allowed to have other animals though, such as; birds, guinea pigs and fish, but never a dog. A dog was something I had wanted since I can remember – my parents always told me when I moved out I could get one (so naturally, as soon as I moved out, I began my search).
Throughout the years my dream breed changed; King Charles Spaniel, Golden Retriever, Rottweiler… and then Cane Corso. One of my best friends had a Cane Corso and I absolutely fell in love with the breed. They are an Italian Mastiff; extremely smart, great temperament, a giant breed, and slowly gaining popularity.
One day while looking through online classifieds, I came across an Ad for Cane Corso puppies. I immediately called the number listed on the Ad and left a message. As the day went by, I hadn’t heard back, so I figured I was out of luck.
I had just put my dinner in the oven, when the breeder called me back, asked me a few questions about my living situation, why I wanted a Cane Corso, and then if I wanted to come see them… right now. Of course I said “yes!”. I took my dinner out of the oven, got dressed, and drove up into the mountains to meet the puppies.
I pulled up to the house and see the two parents and 10 four week old puppies wandering around the yard. The breeder had told me on the phone that there were 3 puppies available, 1 boy and 2 girls – though one girl was a bit aggressive, the other was very calm, I said I would like the calm one. The breeder showed me the calm girl, who I immediately picked up – It was love at first sight, this was Teighan. As the breeder and I spoke (about an hour). Teighan fell asleep in my arms and any time I tried to put her down, she would whine and wrap her legs around my arm. I knew I had found my “fur baby”.
September 3, 2016 is when I finally was able to pick her up (8.5 weeks)
She was surprisingly amazing:
- Slept in the crate with no problems
- Didn’t have an accident in the house
- Rarely Barked
- Didn’t chew any shoes, furniture or the cat
- Stayed/Stays off couch/bed
Now, that doesn’t mean it was always perfect, there were a few nights she did not want to go to sleep (at around 10-13 weeks). She was SUCH an ankle biter while she was teething, as said above; she didn’t chew anything, but while we would play, she often left her mark on our skin. She was given LOTS of chew toys and an antler to pass the time – and it often worked.
The year flew by… almost without incident.
In July, while at daycare, the lady who owns the daycare; was bringing her in the house for the night (from the play yard), when a deer got spooked by the motion light. (Teighan is 95-100 pounds of almost pure muscle)… she took off after the deer, ripping herself from the lady’s grip on her collar. It was absolutely no one’s fault; Teighan was doing what was natural to her breed – everything ended happily… she still goes to the same day care, and LOVES it there. *I will post separately on what happened the night Teighan ran away, and why I sometimes use daycare*.
It’s been over a year since I brought Teighan home, she brings me so much joy, she’s truly the sweetest dog – and I am so, so lucky to have her, (of course, I am biased).
For about 2 months now, Teighan has had a few play dates with one of her sisters… their mannerisms are so similar and if you only see their silhouettes, you can’t tell which is which.Teighan and her sister
As stated earlier, I will post specific stories, what I found helpful for when she was a puppy, and little tips and tricks I have with her.
As always, any questions you might have, post them in the comment box below!