...went to the vet on Tuesday. (No, not for THAT......yet.) Of course he had to add some drama in the mix first by getting away from husband before the leash could be attached. But...husband found him within a couple of hours and was able to drop him off at the vets before taking difficult child to his appointment. You'll all be happy to know that Chester now has all of his shots and is one of the healthiest dogs the vet has ever seen. I think we're going to get him chipped at some point as it wasn't even close to being as expensive as I thought. (Only $26). The vet also said he's a mix of Jack Russel and Rat Terrier and after seeing a website of the mix breed, I definately agree. http://www.dogbreedinfo.com/jackratterrier.htm No question....ol' Chester is a JackRat! LOL He also thinks that Chester is between 1 and 2 years old and weighs in at 18 lbs. He was a good boy according to the staff and didn't give them a bit of trouble with the shots and/or exam. He went on back with the vet tech willingly when husband dropped him off but was VERY excited to see him when husband picked him up. I guess he went running over and practically jumped into husband's arms. (Probably would have too if husband wasn't so tall) He's calmed down somewhat now that he's been here a month. He's still got boundless energy and will chew or try to eat anything that looks the least bit appetizing but he's settling in. He's also quite the bed hog for such a small dog. He HAS to be under the covers COMPLETELY and right up against you. husband said the other night Chester was plastered against me and pushing against him. Almost pushed husband off the bed as a matter of fact! LOL Now that he's calmed down a bit and gotten used to the neighborhood noises...he's quite the cuddler. He will sit on your lap, lean against you and sleep with his head on you. I am curious though. I've never had a small dog like this...I took him to the softball diamond the other night to see husband's team play. (husband didn't play...took the night off from class instead as he admitted to overdoing it. Imagine that.) It was warmish until the breeze kicked in but wasn't COLD...just a bit cool. After we were there for a while he started shaking but I don't know if it was from cold or nerves. He was a little skittish from the noise but nothing big...just new noises for him. But....whenever someone was at bat and made contact with the ball (they use aluminum bats) the noise made him jump. Every time. I'm kind of wondering about his background because he will flinch sometimes when you touch him and loud noises (like the bat) make him jump. Plus, when I first found him and he let me pet and talk to him, he literally chased me down the street barking when I drove off. He was quite clear that he wanted to go with me. Now...how many stray dogs will do that? Ok, so maybe that was a stupid question but you know what I mean, right? LOL Anyway, do any of you small dog owners have issues like this with your dogs? I'm thinking I'll have to get him a sweatshirt (no sweaters for Chester thank you very much!) for this winter otherwise he'll freeze his little berries off. (erm....well, he would if he still has them then. which he won't) The noises, I can't do too much about. He seemed to have a good time at the park until the game started so I don't know if it's from something in his past or if it's just him. Advice?