Labrador Retriever/Australian Shepherd
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Home:Sarnia, a, Canada  [I have a diary!]  
Age: 13 Years   Sex: Female   Weight: 51-100 lbs

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Emmalouchi, Emma-dog

Doggie Dynamics:
not playfulvery playful

Quick Bio:
-mutt-pound dog

June 1st 2003

Mommy!, sniffing the cat's butt, standing at attention when she hears another dog bark (even on TV!), playing outside with her foster brother, Rusty

Being alone when mommy goes to work, new (especially indoor) situations, when Mommy's hands are doing something that does not involve petting her, baths, getting nails clipped

Favorite Toy:
Her "tou-tou" (stuffed toy), tennis balls!!! She will even throw them for herself. When I first got her, she acted like she had never seen any toys before. Sad!

Favorite Food:
Anything in her dish. I don't think she actually stops to taste it. She steals the cat's food (and poo) when I am not looking. She also gets into the garbage if I forget to put it up.

Favorite Walk:
In the back yard, where she can play "throw the ball" for hours (yep, there's Lab in her), and gramma's back yard, and the park where she can RUN!

Best Tricks:
Looking cute. Being disobedient only when she can get away with it. She is also very clever at "training" the humans. She recently graduated beginner's obedience and I am so proud!

Arrival Story:
When my beautiful, sweet first dog, Lucky, died of cancer, I missed her so much. To help ease my heartache, I started to look into fostering a homeless dog, thinking I wasn't ready to commit permanently to another dog, but I missed having one. While looking for potential fosters on petfinder, I came across her picture listed at a shelter that is closing due to the death of its president. I phoned and they told me a little about her personality, and a friend and I drove 8 hours to meet her. When all the other dogs barked and jumped up in their kennels, Emma was standing on her dog house looking calmly at us. When I approached her cage, she hopped down, came up to the door, sat, and reached out her paw through the bars. How could I leave her there?

The first 2 photos are her shelter pics - the 3rd one is of her in my parent's backyard. I do not know her breed, I think it is Lab crossed with Border Collie and/or Australian Shepherd. This dog is amazingly well-behaved. I have no information on her background but I suspect she was poorly socialised since she is so shy. She has two distinct personalities: indoor dog and outdoor dog. Indoor dog is calm and quiet, content to follow me from room to room or lay at my feet. She doesn't beg at the table, doesn't bark or chew things .. (except garbage when I forget to put it away). Outdoor dog is wacky and playful, she loves to sniff things and run circles around me. (She also likes to wipe her muddy feet on mom's coat). I still miss Lucky very much, but Emma is such a great, fun dog and she fits my lifestyle perfectly. I couldn't ask for a better dog.

Forums Motto:
Dont breed or buy while dogs like me die

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I've Been On Dogster Since:
January 12th 2006 More than 11 years!

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Emma's new life

a new brother

June 3rd 2006 10:24 pm
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Yep, mom finally did it. She did what she's been talking about doing since Lucky died. She got a foster dog!

I FINALLY have someone to play with who can actually chase me. He's quite duh, though... he doesn't know to only play outside and not in the house. When we are outside, I always bug him to play. I bite his back legs to trip him and then we wrestle! It's fun. Mom says she doesn't like me biting his legs so she gives me a toy to carry. I always go right in front of Rusty and chew the the toy and pretend it's the most interesting thing in the world so he'll chase me! He doesn't care about toys as much as me, but I make the toy look reeeeealy good. When he is chasing me, I look over my shoulder to make sure he's coming. Mom and Uncle Carlo think this is hilarious. We also do flips when we trip each other, then we get right back up and keep running! One time, Rusty did an actual cartwheel.

If Rusty actually catches up to me - he runs faster but I dodge better - and gets the toy we play tug! Mom says it's the only time she's seen silent tug of war. I guess dogs are supposed to growl when they tug. I only growl when we wrestle (unless Rusty is stepping on my throat and I can't)

Mom says we play really well together and thinks Rusty should have a doggie friend in his new home. I am glad he's here because now I get to run more and play more. And mom buys us toys ALL the time! I make her buy two of everything because I actually care about toys now that HE gets them.

Well, I need to go catch up on my rest so I can play even more tomorrow! bye!


Mommy's so proud!

April 9th 2006 10:51 am
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Whoa, a lot has happened in my doggie life since I came into my new home. At first I was afraid of everything, (stairs, doorways, loud noises) but now I love my new house. My mom can run the dishwasher or washing machine and even vacuum, and I don't bat an eye.

My mom registered me in doggie school so she could learn how to train me with good manners. I went to one class then went into heat. Oops! Mom had to go to doggie school without me for 3 whole weeks. Mom never had an un-spayed dog before, so it was a learning experience for her. But I was an extra good girl, and helped her clean the floor up after myself and submitted graciously to wearing a diaper.

My new mommy brought me back to dog school and also on many walks where I could be in new situations. I met some people and learned that the world isn't so scary. Mom says she can't believe how well I'm doing. I also learned how to sit, down, and stay, and I have a perfect recall. My stay isn't so good though, because I like to scoot toward mommy - don't like her being over THERE when I'm over HERE! But I'm clever, I stay in my sit or down position as I scoot nearer. :-)

I got to play on the agility equipment after school each week. I discovered that I love agility - I like the tunnel, A-frame, and jumps. We didn't do the big teeter totter, but we did a little one and I was soooo good at following mom's cues to go SLOW over the middle part until the other side went down. Mom thinks I'm sooo smart.

I've even lost a little weight and gained some muscle - Uncle Carlo plays fetch with me in the back yard until I lie down. He does this about 3 times a week and I just love it so much.

Mom also says I'm the sheddingest dog she's ever seen. Hey, what does she want - I was an outdoor dog this past winter!

Well I gotta go and cuddle my mommy now -she's sitting on the floor fixing a computer, since I'm not allowed on the furniture it's the only real cuddling time I get (except for my daily brushing).



My first 3 1/2 weeks in Canada...

February 1st 2006 12:09 pm
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So here's a summary of my first 3 1/2 weeks here.

I was a good girl at the shelter and in the car on the way home. My forever mom drove 8 hours to get me, can you believe it? It made for a really long drive back. We got to my new house at midnight, Friday January 6... and the first thing mom did was coax me into the house and give me a bath!! She said I was sooooo smelly from living outside for so long. (and stepping in my own poo, but I couldn't help that). I didn't go pee until Sunday at lunch time. Mom was worried about that.

Mom already has a cat. The cat wasn't afraid of me. He ignored me. I was a little afraid of him (don't tell anyone). I wasn't really around cat's before, so I wasn't sure what he would do. Basically he pretends I'm not there, unless Mom is paying attention to me. Then, he wants attention too!

The next Friday the vet came to our house and gave me a needle, and some drops in my nose. I didn't like those, they made me sneeze. Mom says I needed it for school.

The first week, my kennel crate was in the basement and I had to sleep in the rec room, by myself! I cried and cried. Then I peed in the house 2 times. So mom put my kennel upstairs in the kitchen, where it doesn't really fit, but I don't cry now. And I haven't peed in the house since, either.

I started school last week, mom says I am the smartest in the class! Being in a dog pound for so long, I was used to other dogs. So I had an advantage. And I was only scared at the beginning. I listened to my mom and got many treats!

I will bark more later. Wags, Emma

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