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.)