Meet Lizzie’s new little brother. His name is HAL and he’s a 9 week old mix of we-don’t-know-what. Update: He’s a Texas Heeler! He and his 9 litter mates were found on the side of the road in Pflugerville, covered in scabs from multiple flea bits.
A nice person took them to Town Lake Animal Shelter where they were nursed back to health and sent to live in foster homes until they were old enough to survive shelter life. Our neighbors, who have been fostering puppies for a while, took home 4 and immediately started socializing them. They brought the puppies out every day to run around in the front yard and play with the kids on the street. One of those kids was Fuzz, and of course she fell in love with HAL. His name was Oreo but Fuzz changed it to HAL after HAL 9000 in 2001: A Space Odyssey.
In the back of our minds, we thought it might be nice to take in a puppy; but Lizzie was an issue. She’s top dog around here, and picky about who she’ll associate with. She’ll play with older, bigger dogs, but generally does not like puppies jumping in her face.
So HAL sneaks up on her from behind. He’s a quick learner and while he’s cautious of Lizzie, he’s made a hobby out of trying to be her friend.
And Lizzie’s starting to like him. She’s still a little bossy, but she shares her toys and doesn’t attack him at meal times. They’re both pretty into food and love lying around the kitchen….
….and in the grass.
HAL is not house broken yet and my goal every day is to tire him out so he’ll nap and I can get some work done. When he’s up and about, we all have to keep an eye on him.
We’re not sure what breed he is, but if you have any ideas let me know! He’s definitely part
Australian Shepherd Border Collie and has kind of a half tail. The vet said he might be part Sheltie because he has a super soft coat, but his back legs remind her of a terrier — maybe even a Jack Russell. I’m thinking about getting a dog DNA test but not sure whether those things are legit.
Update: New Puppy HAL is now 10 years old
HAL is now (almost) 11 and lives in North Carolina. He’s a great dog, and super smart! He’s also really good at relaxing, which is interesting considering his mix of breeds.