Favorite Toy: Stuffed and mini-Skineez toys and mini-tennis balls with squeakers.
Favorite Food: chicken, beef
Favorite Walk: Yard, Armstrong Trail along river.
Best Tricks: Can stand on his hind legs and dance around for about a minute. Useful for begging.
Arrival Story: I was missing Bode, my beloved Beardie, who crossed the rainbow bridge on March 12, 2012. Got up the courage to visit Orphans of the Storm shelter in Kittanning PA on April 18. One of the volunteers brought Atticus out and I fell for him big time! Filled out the adoption application that same day and brought him home on April 27. Don't know his exact birth date, but they estimated 3-4 years old. He was surrendered along with a couple other small dogs. He was already named Atticus, a cool name!
Bio: With his corkscrew tail, large eyes, soft coat. and affectionate nature pretty sure about the Shih Tzu part but less certain about the JRT the shelter listed, perhaps their abbreviation for a small terrier? Atticus is smaller than either breed, only 8 lbs, so suspect the terrier contribution is from a toy breed, perhaps Yorkie? His fur has grown out and is rather wispy, with a plume of a tail. The black fur on his body has become a silver gray, characteristic of both Yorkie and black Shih Tzus.
As the months have passed, Atticus is getting more confident, no longer would describe him as quiet -- looks the terrier personality is coming out.
We have been living at JC's for over a year now. I like it here! It is close to the highway like the room we were in before, but larger, nice windows, and NO SMOKING.
We got a new car in June. Took a while but I have customized it with nose prints on all the windows.
My fur grew very long, then it would tangle even if I got brushed several times a day. Kathy took me to Debbi to get groomed before Christmas. She is a nice lady -- got bathed and fixed up nice then she gave me a holiday bandana and took my picture!
I got a lot of toys for Christmas. It was hard to decide which to play with, then I got out the old Skineez toy we got at Tractor Supply when I first came to stay with Kathy. Now I am playing with the new Snoopy toy. It is very important to pick out which toy you want to have tossed and to sleep with.
It has snowed a lot this winter but Kathy clears me a path to go out. It snowed all day again today but I went out just fine.
Kathy got a new computer last week, so has been busy. I like it better than the old one because it is smaller so lots more lap room when we watch video. I still have to remind her to stop and play.
We left the motel back in March when it was still cold and stayed with Kathy's dad while looking for a new place. Kathy wasn't well, coughing a lot -- said it was from cigarette smoke.
I was really good for my annual checkup at the vet. They said I weigh 9 1/2 lbs. now and my health is good. I don't like to get my toenails clipped but they were nice about it.
I was good at Kathy's dad's house while she was looking for a new place for us. I stayed with her on the sofa at night except for one night when I thought her dad forgot to take one of my toys out of his pocket. Kathy pretty much slept through that but I got him up when I pulled his clothes into a pile on the floor and dug through them. Lucky for me the next morning they both got a laugh out of it.
The new place is in the country. We have a big yard and I have lots of places to make nests for snoozing in the house. It is on a quiet road. There is a lot more room here than at the motel, even have a real kitchen! We have all the things from the room plus some stuff Kathy put away before I knew her. A collie lives in a kennel on the other side of the owner's house. There is a rabbit who stays in a hutch in the yard, some cats, and a horse in the neighborhood.
I play and run in the yard http://youtu.be/qvKA-7msKR0 and sometimes we walk along the road. We met a nice little white dog named Rex at the top of the hill on one of our walks and now he is a friend.
It is getting cool now. I don't need my sweaters yet but Kathy got out wool socks and a wool stocking cap to wear the other day so won't be much longer.
It is over six months since I came to live with Kathy. My fur has grown and I am a lot more bold now. I play on the floor instead of staying on the bed all the time.
After Kathy let me pick out some squeaky mini tennis balls, I sang along as I squeaked them, then when that was OK I started to speak in other ways -- Kathy likes for me to talk to her.
I like to shop, especially where I can come in along to pick out new toys, like at Romani's and Tractor Supply.
We go visiting too. Kathy's dad likes to play and teases me by hiding my toys. I like to sit on his lap too. Kathy's friends are nice, especially the house where the little cat Katie lives and the doxy Cleo comes over from next door. They gave me a sock monkey costume that I wore to a Halloween party and chili cook off. Mmmmm, I sure like chili meat.
Last week I met Kathy's brother and sister-in-law. I cuddled, played with them, and sang along with my squeaky ball. They were very sad because their dog Chance got hit by a train and went across the rainbow bridge to be with Bode, Bo, CJ, Emma, Jacky and a lot of other good dogs.
I used to be afraid of children but Kathy's friends have some really nice grandchildren so I have changed my mind about that.
My cat friend Murphy, a gray tabby with green eyes from next door, likes to look at my toys and chase my leash in the back yard. Roxy, a shih tzu who lives in a house down the hill, watches for me and will run up to meet me and bring her friend Abby, a miniature schnauzer. When Kathy and I go on walks, sometimes we meet Cupcake (Maltese) and Chica (Chihuahua). Little Dog or LD, a white Chihuahua, often comes to visit Tim in our building.
The first frosty morning I wore my sock monkey costume to keep warm when we went out, then Kathy knit me some sweaters. Unlike some cats I know, I am really good about putting them on, especially since they make me look even cuter.