Likes: Balls. Any kind, any size, preferably moving constantly....
Pet-Peeves: Dogs off leash, approaching us and Squirrels on the ground
Favorite Toy: Balls and things that squeak, her flying squirrel, actually anything that flies!!
Favorite Food: Not sure yet, but she has trained me to add some home-cooking to her dry-food!
Favorite Walk: Any state-park......
Best Tricks: Wrapping her mom around her paw.....
Arrival Story: I stumbled across Panda at a local shelter when I was helping a friend carry some bags of cat-food she was donating.
A volunteer was walking her when we pulled into the drive-way and I just couldn't help asking some questions about her. The more I found out, the more I wanted to take her home.
She was 2 years old and had been surrendered by her second owner, because she just wouldn't leave the cats alone....
Over the past 6 months I have been learning a lot about this breed, enough to know that I have a long way to go!!
Currently I am sending out energy to change my profession..... a live-in horse-farm manager would fit the bill...... that way I could be around my dog all day!
His name is Finn McCool and he is extremely handsome!!!
I have got to organize my photos so I can post some pictures....
Finn is another Border Collie, right around Pandas age.... another rescue that used to be "reactive" to other dogs....
We met at the local state park, started talking and have been walking together ever since about twice a week.
When we met, Finn was laying down while his owner was talking to someone.... As we joined there was no barking or negative interaction, so I asked Finns mom if she would mind if we walked with them....
We have been walking and playing ever since....
For our first 3 hikes Panda stayed on the leash, but then I started letting her off for brief periods. First playing in the water, which they both love!!! Now they can even play in the field with their own balls!!!!
When Finn accidentally ran into Panda a few days ago, she literally didn't even react! This was huge!!!!!!
The other day, when we initially met at the park.... Panda didn't pass Finn to meet his owner first (as she had been), but touched noses with Finn and then went to meet the human!!!!
Finn did get attacked by another dog a couple of weeks ago. Although there was no injury.... Finn has regressed a little bit and Panda seems to be a little more reactive towards him having interactions with other dogs....
Finn is one of those super-cool old canine-souls . We are so lucky to have met him.... his mom is pretty cool, too!
She did find the perfect description for Panda.... "She is a pushy broad..."
He is a beautiful BC-rescue we met at the State-Park about 2 weeks ago.
We met up for a second date about 4 days later and went for the 3-mile walk together!!!
My mom says that next time she will bring my ball to throw for me and maybe even let me off the leash in the field where it is ok!
A woman and her dog...
Category: Pets and Animals
...share a special bond.
Billie was my first dog.
For my 16th birthday, I finally got the dog I had been asking Santa for as long as I could remember.
My first choice was a Doberman Pinscher, but although this breed would have been a good match for me I was mature enough to realize that the rest of the family would have difficulties handling this kind of dog.
I toyed with the old English sheepdog, the Tibetan terrier and finally arrived at the Sheltie.
I had never seen one, only read that it was basically a small version of the collie. This breed I knew well and I guess there just isn't anything negative you can say about them.
To make a long story short, my mother found a breeder about 6 hours away that had a 13 week old female puppy. For my sixteenth birthday, I got something incredible....
Billie was as easy as she was pretty. If I called her she would come. Anything was really just a matter of communication. She was pure joy.
When I moved to the US, I left her behind. It was the biggest sacrifice I ever made.
She was better off with my family, but I missed her every single day....
After I had been here for about two-and-a-half years, I picked up a stray Doberman. She was a lovely dog, but too big for my family and our house. However, this was how I met the local dog-officer. She found a great home for the Dobie and called me a couple of months later to meet a dog, she thought might be a good match.
Heidi was neither as easy, nor as pretty as my Billie.
When my husband first saw her, he said: " It's ugly, bring it back"
Well, Heidi was with me for almost 16 years. I only kept the husband for another 5 ( and that is only due to my endless patience! ).
As I said, she wasn't easy but she made friends where ever she appeared.
I miss my girls!!
Due to my current situation, I can't take on another dog.
It tears me appart, though!!!
I'm not sure if my next canine friend will be easy or tough, big or small, whether she will be pure-bred or a "canine-cocktail", she may end up being a he....
What I do know for sure is that s/he will bring joy to my life.
The kind of joy that can only come on four legs, wagging a tail.....
This blog has been work-in-progress.....
So, I just wanted to add another thought....
I know some of you out there, are simply too busy to take on the full responsibility for a dog.
If you do ,however have the financial means please consider this:
Due to the massive foreclosures and the lack of rentals that allow pets, the pounds are suffucating with pets.
If they don't get adopted, they will be put to sleep!
Sponsor a local business!
Put your new companion into doggie-day-care!
If you can afford the vet-bills and the food and you love animals..., please go and adopt!!!