Nicknames: Tai, Tyrone, Pal, Bud, Shadow, Ninja Dog
Gotcha Date: October 20th 2009
Birthday: May 17th 2008
Likes: Being where his owner is, running, chewing, playing with Rika, walks.
Pet-Peeves: Being picked up by strange people, people putting their face in his face, having his feet touched, strange dogs.
Favorite Toy: His squeaky bowling pin.
Favorite Food: Peanut butter, popcorn and Moo tubes.
Favorite Walk: Probably to the Pet Food Store or the Lake.
Best Tricks: Roll over and touch
Arrival Story: We picked up Tai from a farm. I suspect the breeder was not really a good one. Despite this, I found myself unable to leave Tai behind. He was skittish, miserable, and fearful of everything. All of the other dogs were beating the crap out of him, and he was so fearful he was rolling over for the tiniest pups in the place. He immediately had a bath when he got home. I didn't particularly want to bathe him because this was a huge change for him, but he smelled really bad.
He had no idea how to be a pet, and the first few days he curled up in his little bed and wouldn't move. The first thing he ate (and only after quite a few hours) was a bit of popcorn. I had to carry him outside to pee and even to his food bowl. Every sudden movement startled him, and he was especially wary of men. One thing I really like about him is that from day one he showed no food agression whatsoever. I could give him kibble , popcorn, treats or whatever and he showed no resistance at all to me taking it away. Even if I took it right out of his mouth!
My family had always gotten puppies before. I had never rescued a dog, and thus was worried he might never come around. But with a little patience and time he began to trust us. When we brought home a puppy (Maryjka) she taught him that meeting new people was really fun. Eventually he was quite calm with new people and would greet them calmly. He even seems to have gotten over his trust issues with men (with the exception of my father, for reasons none of us can figure out.)
Tai now has a happy forever home with us.
Bio: Taichi was originally called "U-Ty." I guess the breeder was naming his litters alphabetically, and wasn't feeling very creative. Tai must have come from the "U" litter, and his father's name was Ty.
I originally wanted to call my dog Izzy, but I didn't want to confuse him by changing it too much, so I just called him Tai for a while. Slowly I changed it to "Taichi", although he is still mostly called by "Tai" (because it's shorter.lol) This is a reference to Taichi Kamiya, a character from an old TV show Digimon Digital Monsters. (I got a Tai instead of an Izzy. Yes I am a shameless nerd.) It is also a reference to the martial art Tai Chi, because I'm a martial artist. (although I don't do Tai Chi, it was just the only one that fit.)
OMD! Tai was playing fetch! For like five minutes! Until Rika came downstairs. He has no interest in playing with a person if he has Rika to play with. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come though, I really miss playing fetch.
Gave Rika and Tai a bath last week. Rika was actually WHITE, for like two days. I'll have to snap a pic of her soon.
I brought Tai out for some training today. There's little else I love doing with a dog more than learning tricks with them!
Quite some time ago, my dad bought a tunnel for the dogs. They weren't at all keen on it at first. Probably because it's actually a cat tunnel, it made crinkly sounds, it's kinda small and it wobbled when they walked through it.
So we modified it a bit. We sliced it down the middle and fastened it to a plank of wood. So now it's slightly wider and more stable. I also took out most of the stuff inside that made the crinkling sound. Still, Tai wasn't exactly rushing to go through this strange-looking thing. But I knew with enough time and patience I could get him to go through it.
We hadn't practiced with it for a while until today. With treats I had been managing to get him to stick his head in there, and eventually crawl in, but he wouldn't go all the way through. When I sat on the other side and called him, he backed out and walked around to me.
So then I put a few leading in one side, and went quickly to the other side holding a treat and he finally came out the other side! Jackpot! I knew we'd get there eventually. I got him to go through a couple more times to make sure he's getting the idea. I'm so happy, it took like six training sessions to get this! And I believe if I keep working on it, one day soon he'll just crawl through it when I tell him.
I'm also trying to teach him to jump into my arms, but that's still a work in progress.
Trick training is so much fun! I hope to be able to teach him some really impressive stuff like KikoPup's or Zak George's dogs or Jesse The Jack (all trainers on Youtube.) Someday Taichi, we'll be just like them!