I have a really bad habit of following the line of thought that suggests it's better to ask forgiveness than permission. I think those of us that do that understand that we're likely to be told no if we ask permission, so we do what we do and hope for the best. Bringing Ricky home was no exception; I knew my (future) husband would not be happy, so I nonchalantly brought it up while I was on the phone with Jacob, on the way home with Ricky. To say he was frustrated was an understatement.
But then I got home with this terrified little street urchin. Jacob met us outside to see this little mongrel that wormed his way into my bleeding heart. Jacob knelt down on one knee, and Ricky belly crawled over to him. Once he reached Jacob, he very tentatively looked up and licked Jacob. That was it. Ricky was ours. No looking back once the mister falls in love, you know!
I wanted to name Ricky Gremlin, or Charles. Gremlin because he was a little monster, and Charles because it just seemed to fit him. However, since Ricky was "Jacob's dog", he was named StiXxX. I don't know how, I don't know why, and I don't ask questions.
It was rough for the first little while. StiXxX was used to being a free spirit, on his own and with no rules. He escaped a few times before he finally decided that it wasn't worth it anymore. He bit a few more people that didn't understand his way of communicating. He's definitely my husband's dog, and merely tolerates my existence. Seems like he forgot where he came from, but I digress.
StiXxX is now approximately 9 years old. He has a terrible habit of breaking into the cat room and getting snacks from the litterbox. He is the boss of the big dogs, and has never hesitated to give my Rottweilers the what for. He still does what he wants how he wants to do it, but at least he doesn't bite anymore. :)
Oh, and did I mention that, though I am also a positive reinforcement based dog trainer, that StiXxX is terribly trained and won't hold a stay to save either of our lives? The proof is in the photos that I tried to get of him yesterday.