I can’t believe our sweet puppy is two! The Christmas before Daniel and I got married we watched this clip on Discovery at his grandmother’s house. I once fostered a wheaten terrier that I rescued from a puppy mill auction, so I knew it was one of the breeds that I’d want if I got a dog again. When I had Thatcher I said I would not be getting another puppy until I lived with someone who would be helping take care of it because I felt so bad about him being home alone so much. Daniel spent the rest of the trip hounding me until I agreed that we could get a wheaten terrier puppy after the wedding. His winning argument was “Don’t you want to be able to have a dog trained by the time we have a baby around?” Well, now we have a baby AND a pretty well-trained dog.
Luna is a joy to have around and we have fairly successfully trained some of the more troublesome Wheaten traits out of her. Namely the Wheaten Greetin’. While she does still get excited about visitors, she’s pretty good about not actually jumping ON them. And people told us we couldn’t train her not to jump. HA! She also sits, lies down, rolls over, stays, shakes, high fives and does a pretty decent long down. We’re looking forward to doing the Obedience Level II with her at Canine Connection eventually to master some more complicated commands. (PS: We highly recommend their Puppy Preschool class to anyone with a new puppy.)
Soft-coated wheaten terriers make great family pets, great watchdogs, terrible guard dogs (Luna thinks everyone is coming to see her so she’d definitely lick a robber) and loving companions. Their coat, while great for people with allergies, is very high maintenance and their terrier personality means they need lots of gentle but firm training to be manageable. I wouldn’t recommend the breed to anyone who doesn’t want to spend a lot of time on their dog. We don’t mind the investment because Luna is the best dog ever and we love having the little muppet as part of our family.
Happy Birthday, Sweet Luna Lovegood!