Welcome aboard Bo. The newest addition to the pack here at New Dog Old Trick is Bo (or Beau - my wife and I are still, er, discussing the correct spelling). We rescued Bo yesterday from the Williamson County Animal Shelter in Franklin where he had been residing for the past couple of weeks.
He was picked up stray by animal control so we have almost no factual info on Bo. The shelter's best guess was that he is around 3 years old. We wonder, after observing him for a day, if he might be a bit younger than that. We were worried about how he would be around our 17+ year old cat, who at her age is simply not interested in new members in the family. So far, they are doing well together - the cat has claimed the dog bed I bought for Bo as hers and Bo is staying a couple of claw lengths away from the cat at all times.
We don't know for certain what breed of dog Bo is. The shelter had him down as a chow mix. He does have the black tongue that is characteristic of chows but there are a number of other breeds with that tongue. Bo definitely has the two-layer coat of a chow (and the lower layer is currently blowing out which makes for ginormous dog hair bunnies running across the hardwood floor) but so do other dog breeds. The best current guess as to breed is Finnish Spitz. He certainly matches most of the breed characteristics although he's a bit larger than breed standard for males. We're taking him to the vet on Friday so hopefully we can get a better fix on breed, age, etc. from the vet.
It has been a year since we had to put our 12 year-old chow chow, Gabby, to sleep. Enough time had passed and it was time for another dog. Bo is our third rescue dog in the past 20 years. The first two were great dogs and we're looking forward to getting to know Bo.