Nicknames: Bended Smalls, Guppy Puppy (because he hides and weaves between my leg like a fish) "Yve" ( his other personality takes over when he's scared), Ouray's Showcase of Dreams (his given registered name))
Birthday: December 15th 2003
Likes: 'Oog', our year old cat, Mom, stretching out in 'sun spots' on the floor, kisses, greenies, and snuggling,
Pet-Peeves: Bonking his head ALL THE TIME!, hates being without mom, going out to do his business in the cold or rain, the vacuum cleaner, being disturbed from a nap and...'why won't the cat's play with me?'
Favorite Toy: 'MaMa-Kitty', as stuffed cat that he suckles on and kneeds his front paws like a cat! It's the cutest thing! Cat's toys, anything cat related, a kong with treats inside, or anything else he can stick his teeth in.... ripping up paper and pillow stuffing
Favorite Food: The cat's 'stinky fish bisquits' and 'can' time at night, greenies, carrots, grass, (he's our salad dog which is appropriate for we are vegetarians), popcorn with cayenne pepper, fig neutons and cat poop
Favorite Walk: Down to the mailbox or the studio...not much of a hiker, it's not long till he wants to be carried
Best Tricks: He is good at giving kisses, tackling and maulling Oog, good at yoga; especially the sun salutation when he first wakes up
Arrival Story: We make and sell pet pottery for a living (http://www.cheerspottery.com/pets .htm) and were attending our very first dog show as vendors. We gravitated toward the Boston's and one of the breeder's dog responded to us, which apparently he doesn't often do. The breeder recognized us as potential good parents for a 'bent' puppy she had. His neck was bent, as if out of alignment (although we later x-rayed him to find he's got a malformation of the spine); therefore, he was 'not worthy of showing or breeding'. In fact, there was a heated arguement among the breeders about how he should have been put down. The next day she showed up with the puppy and gave him to us! He was tiny, could hardly walk a straight line, was knocking that huge head on everything...although his tilted head just made him all the cuter; it was love at first sight. After a week in a loving home, he made lots of progress, and was actually running in the backyard with out too much stumbling, although he remains a bit bobily. He's a good little pup, very sweet in character and lots of laughs.
Bio: Our little guy is from a whole line of pure breed champion Bostons, and he is a fine example of his breed himself, except he's slightly bent. We hesitated taking him (trying to be responsible about things) for fear of adopting a bunch of medical bills we couldn't afford (we are starving artists), but found out his birthday is a very special day for us (both our mother's birthday and my brother's, the day we arrived in our new home and the day we got married), so the universe was telling us this was meant to be...how could we resist?!!He fits in fine with his new family of 5 cats! (although the cats probably would tell you otherwise). He's good pup and lots of fun. He's growing fast and stronger by the day...and his 'bentness' seems less noticable all the time...this is very encouraging!
UPDATE: X-rays show that he's got a malformity of the cervical spine therefore, we decided to have him neutered. Ironically, within days afterward we noticed his neck straightened up considerably to where it's hardly noticable! Now we have to explain to everyone why we call him Bender! His bent neck has saved him from a life of breeders and dog shows...although he does go with us to art shows where he gets lots of attention because he's just so cute and loveable....and he's turning out to be a very good sales rep.! He's a great pup and we love him lots.