Likes: Hunting for gophers, tennis balls, car rides, running off leash, and watching animal programs on TV.
Pet-Peeves: Going to the vet
Favorite Toy: Floppy frisbee/tennis ball
Favorite Food: Raw
Favorite Walk: Clearlake, Ragle Park, and the beaches around Bodega Bay.
Best Tricks: She is very intuitive, sometimes I think she can read my mind!
Bio: I got Gizmo from a family member who had a short lived Rat Terrier breeding program, which resulted in four pups. Two separate people were interested in her, one had even put down a deposit for her, but neither turned out to be ideal homes. I asked if I might have her and Gizmo has been my shadow for the past 14 years. Gizzy is a soft, sweet-natured and tolerant pup. She's pretty laid back- I call her the anti-terrier.
So it has been very cold in NorCal the past couple weeks, so cold that even though I have central heating I’m still a bit cold. To keep comfy I use a heating pad when I’m hanging out on the couch. The dogs love it, so when I’m not using it you can generally find one of them curled up on it.
Yesterday I was dinking around on my laptop and I look up to see Abbey standing in front of me holding a sock in her mouth. She usually does this with one of her toys if she wants to play. I ask for the sock, and she spits it out in my hand without attempting to solicit play. I shrug and go put it back in the laundry. When I come back, Abbey has taken my heating pad, so I tell her to get off. She jumps down and walks off. Less than a minute later she is back with the sock in her mouth. We repeat the above exchange, and when I come back from returning the sock she has taken the heating pad again. We do this four times, before I realize she is playing me to get the heating pad.
Yup, another year gone by. I recently found an old picture of me and Gizzy, she must have been around 6 months old, and I marveled at how young we both looked. I’d post it, but I only have a hard copy, didn’t have a digital camera (or a cell phone, or a laptop) in 1999! Fourteen years is a really long time, a lot of things change- friends, school, work, etc.- but Gizmo has been the one constant in my life. I hope we have a few more good years left together.
Gizmo turned 13 last weekend. Doesn't seem possible, where did all those years go? It seems like just yeaterday she was a puppy and then we were starting out first agility class together. I took her to class with Abbey a few months ago and did a couple runs with her, she had a great time, but she definitely can't run like she used to. I've also noticed in the last few months that she seems to be mostly deaf now. Other than that she is the best looking 13 year old dog I've ever seen...maybe I'm a little biased though.
I finally took the plunge and switched both dogs to a raw diet. Don't think I'll ever go back to kibble, even the really good stuff. Wish I had done this years ago, they just look incredible. And after struggling with Gizmo's teeth, they are now perfect. I keep grabbing her and looking at them. I can't believe they're that clean! Next dog is going to be on raw from the start- hopefully that will happen within the next couple years.