Aug 15, 2016

The Story of Jaxon Meyer

We've been talking about getting a second dog for a while now. Vader seemed lonely at times and we thought it would be best to get him a buddy. I've been looking on adoptapet.com, the same site we found Vader on, for a few weeks now. Friday afternoon I was searching the site and I came across Jax. It said he had just been listed that day so I called the shelter. It was 3:26 and they closed at 3. There was an email address so I emailed them as well.


Below is the listing that I had seen for Jax. He is a Boxer mixed with American Bulldog {Stephen's two favorite breeds}. It said he was a very sweet boy who didn't bark and got along with everyone. I was surprised when I got a response back from one of the volunteers at the shelter. She let me know Jax was still available and he was in kennel 54. I let her know we'd be there the next morning at opening time. The three of us went to the shelter and we were there before the kennels opened. I snapped one last photo of just the three of us. I had a pretty good feeling that our family would grow by four paws that day. My mother-in-law lives near the shelter so she met us there. She was also there when I met Vader for the first time. 


We let Vader and Jax meet and run around in the dog park at the shelter for a little while before making a final decision. While they ran around together, the shelter employee let us know that he was a stray who was brought in with his mom and brother. When they contacted their original owners they told them they couldn't keep them any longer. Jax's mom and brother were both in isolation when we were there. I felt really bad for taking him away from his mom and brother. I pray they go to good homes as well. 


Jax and Vader seemed to get along just fine so I went in to fill out paperwork while Stephen stayed outside with Vader. We were able to take Jax home within 20 minutes. On the drive home, I drove and Jax sat next to me in the front seat. Stephen and Vader sat in the back. They were both very good boys. We were just a little worried to leave them both alone in the back seat for the 40 minute drive home. 


When we got home we let the two of them run around together so Jax could get used to his new home and yard. I could tell right away that Vader was so excited to have a buddy. He hung out outside a little longer than usual. He wasn't in a huge hurry to come back inside with mom and dad. And he just seemed overall happier that he had a friend with him. Stephen gave them both baths right away and the first thing Jax did was run inside and roll all over the couch. He made himself right at home. 


This is how it is now. If we are giving one of them attention, we have to give the other one attention as well.


I'm hoping it's just because he has been a stray for a little while and in a shelter but Jax loves to steal Vader's food. They each have their own bowl and we've been putting their food on separate sides of the room but Jax will still sneak over and try to eat Vader's food after he finishes his. I think Vader is figuring out that he needs to stand up for himself though. I gave them each a treat yesterday. Vader took his to the kitchen to eat. A few seconds later Jax made his way in there to try and snatch Vader's and Vader barked at him.


Other than that, they've been completely fine together. They even wrestled a little yesterday. 


Vader is learning to share his spaces. He went from having two beds to now having to share both. They switch spots all the time. And his spot on the rug is now having to be shared.


Jax's name from his original owner was spelled Jaxs. I thought about changing his name all together but we found out he is estimated to be five years old. So rather than changing his name, I dropped the s and added on - Jaxon Meyer. He responds to Jax so we will rarely call him Jaxon but I decided to name him after Michael Jackson. So now we have Vader after one of Stephen's favorites and Jaxon after one of mine. 


Jax is very calm. He doesn't jump up every time I move like Vader does. We're hoping he'll help Vader mellow out a bit. So far he seems like a very good boy. Stephen and I have been very lucky with the dogs we've brought home. 


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