Miniature Schnauzer
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Home:San Antonio, TX  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 15 Years   Sex: Male   Weight: 11-25 lbs

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Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:

August 5th 2001

I love being with my family, going where they are going, doing what ever they are doing. I love going for long walks and chasing birds, even though I have never caught one! At the end of the day I love to cuddle with my family on the bed under the cover

Being left alone. I want to be with my family!

Favorite Toy:
My family – I love playing with them!

Favorite Food:
That mean animal doctor put me on a special prescription diet to prevent recurring bladder stones. Unfortunately, I am not allowed any other food than the prescription diet.

Favorite Walk:
Anywhere that I can go exploring, such as chasing a fallen leaf that has been blown by the wind. I get plenty of exercise, though, following my family from room to room since I never want to be without them.

Best Tricks:
Being very vocal when my family returns home. I make a “woo-woo” sound similar to howling out of sheer joy that they have returned to be with me.

Arrival Story:
I was adopted into my current family after my mommy’s prior miniature schnauzer, Benjamin, had died in her arms of distemper (they think). He had been homeless for an unknown period of time, and had been found by my family after a car had hit him and then left the scene. Luckily, he only had to have a toe amputated. He was pretty old at the time he was found … he got all his shots but apparently had contracted the distemper virus prior to being found. My family was very upset and heartbroken when he died … they have his ashes in an urn with his collar around it in our living room. Soon after Benjamin died, my mommy adopted a five-year old female silver miniature schnauzer from the Animal Defense League and me from a couple who had bred their two miniature schnauzers. My older sister, Bethany (the female miniature schnauzer), never spoke of her prior life … there was no information left by her previous owners. She didn’t like being on a leash, didn’t like men, and, except for me, didn’t like other dogs. She shows her teeth when groomed and will attempt to bite the comb or brush, but has never bitten a person. She really gets angry when anyone is around her tail, which is very beautiful. Over time she eventually trusted our family. Bethany feels as if she is a queen and needs to be treated differently from everyone else. She is still not good with strangers, especially men, showing her teeth whenever they come near her. Bethany ended up being allergic to processed food with my family having to make her food by scratch. I developed bladder stones and am on a special prescription diet obtained through the animal doctor (who I don’t like having to go see!).

I have a cropped tail and natural ears, which my family feels allows me to be much more expressive. I am very loyal and affectionate towards my family who I love very much, but I demand the same in return! I can sometimes be a bit stubborn when trying to get my own way, especially by playing ‘deaf’ when being called.

Forums Motto:
Secretary of Health and Canine Services

The Groups I'm In:
Bladder Sticks N' Stones, Flying Pets, For The Love of Schnauzers, Lady and Tramp's Wedding Group, Mini Schnauzer's Rock!!!, SAN ANTONIO SCHNAUZERS, Schnauzers Rule, The Isabel White House, The Snazzy Salon

I've Been On Dogster Since:
September 1st 2005 More than 11 years!

I Was In The:
See me in Dogster's 2005 Holiday Picture Party!
Rosette, Star and Special Gift History

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Nathan's Life

The Holidays ...

December 22nd 2005 8:46 am
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Wow … it has been forever since I have written in my diary. So much has been happening with the holiday season. Let’s see where I had left off …Mommy and I went to see Uncle Peder, Uncle Charles, and my canine cousin, Aida, in November. We had a blast! Aida was so much fun to play with. Uncle Charles works at a college teaching veterinary technician classes; we went to go visit him at work. Everyone made fun of me trying to act tough by barking at several goats but then becoming very quiet when the whole herd of goats came over to see what all the commotion was about. Hey … I know when I am outnumbered! Especially by creatures that look a lot bigger than me … and some with horns! Mommy tried to keep me in some type of harness in the car while we were driving … it didn’t take me long to figure out how to get out of that one. Using the ‘puppy eye look’ along with some well-executed whining got me into her lap for the remainder of the trip. Now she is saying something about using a crate during our next road trip… any suggestions on how to get out of that one?!?

Thanksgiving was extra special since we had so much company in from out of town. Uncle Peder, Uncle Charles, and my canine cousin, Aida, came from Dallas; Aunt Jackie came from some far away place called Indianapolis. And we all went to my canine cousins, Sophie and Bobo, Uncle Bob, and Aunt Lisa’s home for Thanksgiving. There was so much food! Mom slipped me a very small piece of turkey for my Thanksgiving feast along with my usual prescription diet. Later Mommy and I fell asleep on the couch in each other’s arms. What bliss! We then went to visit my grandparents, Uncle Corey, Aunt Sherry, and their children. I had so much fun playing with their dog, but wasn’t quite use to being around such small children. Their sudden moves would startle me … I would start barking, in turn scaring the children which saddened me. Mommy wanted to take me along on a motorcycle ride with Granddad but since they didn’t have a helmet that fit me, I wasn’t able to go. I don’t know if I would have liked it very much anyway. The downside of the entire Thanksgiving holidays was when everyone had to return home. I missed sleeping with my Aunt Jackie.

For Christmas, Mommy signed us up for DOGSTER PLUS. I am so excited … now I can give out Rosettes and do other things on DOGSTER that I wasn’t able to do before. I am also honored to have been chosen as Secretary of Health and Canine Services by President-Elect Isabel (Roverandom) … as soon as the holidays are over, I will be getting to work on my new responsibilities for this high honor. I am very excited about getting the word out about doggie evacuation rights … the recent MODERNDOG magazine had an excellent article about how poorly our canine and feline brothers and sisters were treated during the recent Hurricane Katrina. I also want to do something about changing the way our canine brothers and sisters are treated who served proudly in the armed services.

Happy holidays to everyone … Mom is trying to get me to pose for a picture under the tree for the Holiday Picture Party but I’m not being very cooperative. Who can blame me … I’m just too excited waiting for Santa to come! - Nathan


Dallas ...

November 10th 2005 6:35 am
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Mommy and I are going on a big road trip to Dallas to visit Uncle Peder and Uncle Charles!!! I am so excited! I have never been on a road trip before. Mom has my stuff packed in my little suitcase … raincoat, winter coat (has not been needed thus far this year), and sweater (also not needed so far this year). I’ll keep ya’ll posted on my first trip!

Geez … doesn’t Mom know I was born to protect her. Last night we went for a long long walk around the medical center … she got mad at me as I barked and growled at people passing by. Mom told some children that I needed to go home and get a spanking (didn’t happen) and take a manners class (don’t think that is going to happen either). She has been trying to get me to quit challenging every dog that we meet saying something about me potentially bringing on more trouble than I want. And then she was upset when I kicked some dirt and grass on her … well, hello, don’t stand behind me when I am finished going to the bathroom. It’s just common sense!

I was really exhausted last night after the long walk. You would have thought Mom would have let me sleep peacefully through the night but no such luck. She kept waking me up mumbling something about me snoring too loudly. How rude! I never wake her up when she is snoring … I would think that she would show me the same courtesy.

I am excited about trying to get the word out about doggie evacuation rights (see LEGISLATION WOULD INCLUDE PETS IN EVACUATION PLANS under the HURRICANE KATRINA forum or THE PETS EVACUATION AND TRANSPORTATION STANDARDS ACT under DOG LAWS AND LEGISLATION forum) but will write more on that subject after the road trip. Barks to everyone - Nathan


Flying and having my teeth brushed ...

October 23rd 2005 2:51 pm
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Is there some conspiracy between my mom and the mean animal doctor to make my life as miserable as possible?!? First of all … the prescription diet to prevent recurring bladder stones. Then having to be taken to have my teeth cleaned under anesthesia. Now, Mom attempting to brush my teeth several times a day saying something about me being only on a canned food diet. No respect whatsoever. And she is suffering from some type of delusional disorder thinking that I like it since the toothpaste is beef flavored. Let’s get one thing straight … I DO NOT LIKE HAVING MY TEETH BRUSHED, NOT ONE BIT! The struggling should have been a hint about my feelings on this subject.

The latest in Mom’s life is that she has decided to pursue her lifelong dream of obtaining her pilot’s license. That’s okay with me … until she started talking about making me a bomber jacket complete with scarf/hat/goggles to wear when I am with her. I like my four legs firmly planted on the ground, thank you very much. She says I will like it as long as I am properly harnessed in … maybe, if I can stick my head out the window! More later - Nathan

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