Age: 8 Years Sex: Female Weight: 11-25 lbs
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Penny, Pen, Pen Pen, Laney, sugar bear, sugar poop, poop, stinky butt, smelly, booger, booger smell. booger butt, dolly, doller, dollerpuss, dork fish, dollywhirl, dollerwhirl, lollipop...
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February 4th 2007
Food, socks, anything that sqeeks, being near me.
Nail trims, strangers that try to pet her, dry kibble, baths, when people wont play with her.
Running her homemade agility course (she learned to do it in 15 minutes!)
Penny is, unfortunately, from a backyard breeder. When I got her I was totally ignorant. I knew I wanted a Toy Fox Terrier because based on their qualities they seemed to be the best breed to fit my lifestyle. But where I come from (very, very blue collar working class family) when you want a purebred dog you look in your local classifieds. So I did (how in the h*ll I managed to find a TFT in the classifieds I'll never know because they're a pretty rare breed) and I went and visited the lady's house and she only had two TFT's (the sire and dam). Both were very overweight and pretty off type for their breed. But, as I said before, I was ignorant and naive and just ignored this. Also, she said she didn't believe in tail docking so all of the puppies had tails (except 2 which carried the natural bobtail gene). I knew I wanted a female puppy and the only female in the litter was twice the size of her litter mates and had green eyes which is pretty much unheard of in the breed. She was also EXTREMELY shy/ skittish. The breeder just said "She just really tired, it's passed her bedtime". And I believed her. I took her home that night.
After having her for a couple months I noticed she was itching herself constantly. After being absolutely frustrated with nothing helping, I decided to do some of my own research. I found out that TFTs are especially prone to food allergies such as corn, wheat, beet pulp, and soy. I put her on a totally grain free food and Voila! suddenly the problem was fixed. Through my research, I steadily began gaining more and more interest in dogs reading everything I could both in books and on the internet and also talking to other "dog people". It was also through my research that I came to know the difference between reputable and backyard breeders. Through the years she has also come up with many other problems (luxating patellas, severe allergies, being twice the size her breed is supposed to be, pretty severe behavioral issues, being very skittish etc). I'm also pretty sure she has some Rat Terrier in her somewhere because of her size, eye color, and more terrier like temperament (she has papers, but papers can be fudged..). I absolutely love my dog to death and everyday I'm so torn between wanting to kick myself for supporting a BYB but at the same time knowing that with all my dog's problems, If someone who wasn't as patient as me had taken her she would probably be in a shelter somewhere right now (in absolutely NO way am I condoning buying from a BYB though...ESPECIALLY if you do know better and you still choose to buy from one!)
Play with me NOW, dammit!
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