Favorite Food: Pup-rrr-mint sticks, Milkbones, Food in general
Favorite Walk: Anywhere I can be off leash
Best Tricks: Speak, Roll Over, Paws Up, Go Get It, High Five
Arrival Story: I was looking for a ESS on petfinder. She was my second choice. We filled out the application quickly and drove the hour to that particular shelter. We spent an hour or so with her before filling out the neccessary paperwork to take her home.
She went to the shelter because her family had 2 kids and another on the way. They had been keeping her gated in the kitchen and she was engaging in "counter surfing" and "trash raiding". They said the just didn't have time for her anymore (poor excuse). The people at the shelter claimed that she wasn't housebroken though her card said the opposite. This was probably why she had spent 2 weeks there. What do they expect when the dogs have no access to the outside for long hours? She is definately housebroken. She's only had one accident since I got her and it was due to meds and a lazy person watching her for a little over an hour. She had abandonment issues at first. She though we weren't coming back when we left her but she has gotten better though she is rarely not by my side.
Bio: She is very calm (surprisingly) and easy going. She loves everyone especially kids and babies. She can be lazy at times and hyper other times. She loves agility. We've been going to a place where she gets to play before and after with the others. The interaction has been great for her and the others. She absolutely loves to chase birds . It is hard to keep them off her mind. Luckily we don't have any next door neighbors so she can run around all she wants when supervised in the yard. She also loves her work. I trained her to be my service dog. She has done very well responding to everything I've exposed her to, loud noises and even escalators for example. She hates being left behind so it is the perfect job for her. She is alot of help to me also.
Sadly my mommy has decided to start retiring me to home service only. Back in December, right before christmas, I was attached while I was at a playgroup at a dog facility. Sophie and I were playing nicely with the others and having fun when a lady showed up with a dog that wasn't too nice when he others went up to sniff her. Instead of leaving the lady dragged her dog to the corner of the room and let it continue to growl and become agitated. Suddenly I was just standing there looking at my mommy when the dog came out of no where and tackled me from behind. She latched onto my leg and refused to let go. My mommy and I were both terrified. At first it didn't look like I was hurt but then when my mommy tried to get me up to go to the vet, I was too sore to get up. She ended up carrying me to the car and then into the vet. When she got in the vets she finally saw my wounds which were hiding in my fluff. The vets had to sedate me and stitch up multiple bite wounds. One had to have a drain. That one took 4 weeks to heal entirely. I had to wear a stupid cone to prevent me from licking myself. It was not fun at all.
So now I'm having a hard time focusing when I'm around other dogs I don't know. I don't want to take my eyes off them. Sophie has jumped on me a few time when I was sleeping deeply and I woke up snarling and growling at her thinking I was going to be attacked again. Sorry Sophie, you need to stop sneaking up on me.
So mommy has decided it is in both of our best interests to retire my to home duty. It is for the safety of us both. When I'm distracted I can't be focusing on helping her. Sophie is now going with her most of the time and learning to work for my mommy. I'm soooo jealous. If I could just ignore those other dogs but I don't want to be attacked again.
Mommy enrolled me in an agility prep/off leash class to practice more on my obedience skills. I did very well in this class and really enjoyed it. I get so excited during the class I just can't help but express my excitement by yapping. It annoys my mommy but I can't help myself.
Anyways during the second to last class the instructor was having our mommies have us down in motion. He had us all line up on the mats so we each had a column. He then told our mommies to have us down-stay or sit-stay. He placed a quarter in each column in front of us half way down. Then our mommies had to go to the other end of the room beyond the quarter while we stayed behind. He wanted our mommies to call us then have us down at the quarter. Whoever got the closest to the quarter would win them all.
I was getting impatient but my turn finally came. My mommy called me and gave me the signal to down a little before I got to the quarter. I stopped sniffed the quarter and obeyed my mommy's signal to down with the quarter between my paws. The other humans in the class were very impressed. My mommy was so proud of me. Of course I won the contest and got $2 worth of quarters. I can't wait to spend it. I wonder how many dog treats I can get for it.
Our last class was yesterday. I was a little sad that the class is over but my mommy says she'll sign me up for more agility soon. At the class I recieved a compliment from another mommy. She said she was amazed by how much I look at my mommy and stay focused. I'm always looking at my mommy. We worked long and hard on that so other dogs would not be such a distraction in class.
My mommy and I went to florida to help her aunt move so we drove home . They put all sorts of blankets in the back of her stationwagon for the 3 of us to sleep on. James drove the moving truck ahead of us. It was a long drive. I peed in 9 states. We stopped for the night in VA. It was a nice break. I slept in bed with my mommy. We stayed at a Days Inn. When we got there Mocha pooped on the rug. She had worried her mommy because earlier in the day she refused to potty at all for 12 hours. She must have a bladder of steel. Her poops are small and easy to clean up. I barked at noises outside the room when my mommy was trying to get to sleep. She yelled at me and dragged me into bed with her. We left early that morning. I got to smell all sorts of things at the stops along the way up the east coast. We got home the socond day at dinner time. Boy were we all tired. We had dinner, unloaded a few neccessary things and went to bed. My mommy's aunt and pupcousins have moved into the house across the street from us. My mommy and I have been keeping them company. Snowflake is still the boss and Mocha doesn't try to play much with me. She does like my mommy alot and loves to sit with her on the living room chair. I guess I can share my mommy for now. I still am the only one my mommy shares a bed with.