Nicknames: Coco, Coco Puff, Coco-Pelli, Coco-Nut, Brown Sugar, Greta-Feta, Greta-Feta-Coco-Pants, Pibble, Grumpy Pants, Yoda, and Bush Baby.
Birthday: January 11th 2002
Likes: Her family, chasing squirrels, playing fetch, tummy-rubs, chasing and eating grasshoppers, camping, walks/hikes, car rides, hoovering all the floors (you never know when a tasty crumb has been dropped!), and head-butting her family for snuggles.
Pet-Peeves: Getting her nails trimmed. People that run past us, people on bikes, skateboarders, and barking dogs. Wearing her gentle leader.
Favorite Toy: Chuckit Squirrel Frisbee, her toy duck that quacks, any rope-bone, fleece-bones (Mom makes them), a laser pointer, her kong with peanut butter, roll-a-treat-ball, and her wiggly-giggly bone. Oh, and magic bug.
Favorite Food: Innova, raw carrots, apples, cheese.
Favorite Walk: Any open field, and any nature trail that has squirrels to obsess about.
Best Tricks: Sit pretty is her fav - she looks so darn adorable/silly! Balancing a treat on her nose then catching it, crawl, right/left paw, rollover, stick 'em up, walk (bounce), high five, high ten, & backup. She "sings" when you go thru ringtones for her.
Arrival Story: I was looking to adopt another rescue dog, about 7 months after my wonderful dog Bogart passed away. I saw Greta's picture and bio on a website (NASAP), drove 3 hours to meet her a few days later, and adopted her the following day. I have been incredibly happy having her as a part of my family. She has now been with us for two years.
Bio: Greta is a wonderful companion, and also a great protecter. She has such a fun personality, and makes us laugh every day. Being that I adopted her, we don't really know what breeds she is, but my guess is Heeler, Pointer X. Although the shelter figured she may be an Am Staff, Pointer X. Whatever she is, she is very intelligent and loving, but has a stubborn streak at times (mostly with strange dogs). She is eager to please, and follows through on her every command (sit, stay, come, down, off, heel (off-leash), drop it, leave it, get it, settle, wait, and free-dog). She's a very well behaved dog. Greta lives indoors, enjoys having her teeth brushed nightly with her poultry flavored toothpaste, and she wears a dog seatbelt in the car. She has dog boots for the winter (we can have -40°C winters here!), and a wind-resistant jacket for cold winter days. This girl is very loved, and very spoiled, but far from rotten.
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I haven't updated on my wonderful life lately, so I'll do a quick recap now...
The weather has been getting nicer, so I've been getting to spend more time outside. That's always a bonus because I love being outside in the fresh air. Whether it's catching a few z's in the backyard, or going for a walk with the fam, it's all fun to me. Last weekend we went to the lake and had a veggie weiner roast. It was great because no one else was out there, so Nigel and I got to be off-leash the entire time! And you know what that means right? Squirrel chasing!!!!!!!! Ok so there wasn't exactly any "chasing" going on, BUT I heard them darn squirrels chattering way up in a tree somewhere, so then I run as fast as I can in that direction. Nigel runs with me, but I don't think he knows what the game plan is. He just thinks it's fun to run with or after me bol He's such a little goofball. Speaking of Nige, I know I mentioned in a previous post about falling for him 'n stuff, but... well... ok fine, it's still true. He's really brought a lot of extra fun to my life. Whodathunk! It's hard to believe he's going to be 1 in a couple months. Mom and Dad have been taking him to obedience classes for socialization. He sure loves it. They don't bring me because I don't exactly like other dogs. The people who had me for my first couple years of life, didn't exactly socialize me well, or at all, so I have a serious lack of trust for dogs, and people. Don't get me wrong, I'm a great family member, and I'm nothing but a fun, happy, laid-back pup at home, but outside of the home I'm nervous and on guard constantly. However, the fam has been teaching me the same things Nigel's been learning in class, and I'm doing great with everything, if I may say so myself!
So that's about it. More and more will be happening in my life as the days get warmer and Mom, Dad, and Kid get out of the home more. Speaking of getting out of the home.. Mom was just in Mazatlan Mexico for 2 weeks!! Boy did I miss her! I'd never been without her before. When we went to the airport, Nigel jumped around like a crazy fool when he saw her BOL I played it a bit cooler than that. Nige forgot his cool at home, and he looked like a fish out of water, bouncing around bol While we're on the subject of fish, Nigel just got a new collar and leash set, and it has fish (trout) on it. It's mostly green, and he looks so cute wearing it! It's from a company called Lupine Collars & Leads. The cool thing about this company, is it has a lifetime guarantee on everything, even if chewed! How cool is that? They ordered one for me as well, which will be in next week. It's aqua blue with turtles all over it. Now the joke is, Nigel has a fish one because he's squirmy like a fish when he's overly happy, and I get turtles, because they have a hard shell, and I'm hard-headed. Har har. Very funny.
One more thing I'd like to mention. I started a group a while back called 'Dogs with SPOTS and DOTS!' I had originally started it as a forum thread, and then it was so 'pupular' that we moved it to a group. It's such fun, and we have thee coolest, friendliest Dogster dogs around! Right now we have an Easter Egg/Bunny/Chick hunt going on. So if you have spots, dots, speckles, or freckles, come join our group!
PS. Mom's camera broke while she was in Mexico, so Nige and I won't have any new pics for quite a while.
I tried to resist his puppy charms for a day, and even growled at him when I first met him, but darn it all, I fell in love! This puppy is so flippin' fun. We play and play and play non stop. He's my tug-o-war buddy, my tag partner, and when we're tuckered out, we even sleep together sometimes. We play so much that Dad thinks I've already lost weight. (Apparently I need to lose a few pounds - Whatever! I know I'm just big-boned.) Sometimes it looks like we are playing really rough, but I am so careful to be gentle with him. My family is so proud of how good I am with him. I know I'm not his Mom, but I instictly took over as a mother figure. I let him know when he's out of line, and make sure he doesn't get too rowdy.
The day me and Nigel we were officially introduced, I did something Mom thought was pretty cool. We were both on leashes outside, and after I sniffed him up and down, and he rolled over and submitted to me, I lifted my head up and howled! My family knows I never howl. I don't know what got into me. I guess I was just excited, and that was my way of saying "I accept you" to the puppy. Then the next day while we were playing inside, I straddled overtop of him, so he was under my tummy. I just did it so he felt loved, but the little nerd tried to latch on! Sheesh, talk about taking advantage of a moment. I sure told him quickly, that that was not an option!
I didn't think having another dog around would be this great. Mom was right - he does make me feel like a puppy again! Of course he can be a little brat at times, getting into things as puppies do (I'm pretty sure I was never like that though). He sure keeps Mom, Dad, and Kid busy! Me included. I'm so glad they got him for me (although they claim he was for them as well).
So there ya go pooches and people. Update complete.
The baby boy is coming home this weekend. I hear I'm gonna have a run for my money with this little guy. Whatever that means - I don't even care about money. All I know is this puppy better be fun, and not too annoying. Mom says he's going to learn a lot from me, so I should be on my best behavior at all times. I thought it was enough to be beautiful, and now I hafta be a role model too?! Great, just great. I'm sure I'll get used to him though. Mom also says I'll need to be gentle with him because he's so little (pfft.. wimp!), but that he's going to grow up to be pretty tough, and it'll be more even for play time then. I don't know what she's talking about, because I am 60 lbs and he's only going to be 30ish! How is that even? She assures me though, that this type of dog can handle play with a bigger dog like me. So for now I'll be gentle with him. After all, he's only 11 weeks old, so I guess she has a point.
So, here's to the end of being an only dog. I can tell you one thing... he better not expect me to all him SIR Nigel. PuLease! He'd get a "Talk to the paw" in 2 seconds flat.