Nicknames: Parker the Barker. Park. I used to call him my cartoon-nose boy. Now I call Nikki & Parker "The Barkers." Coz when one starts barkin', the other is sure to follow. Try shutting them up!
Birthday: November 21st 2004
Likes: To play and to be loved. And he loves squeaky balls and chews.
Pet-Peeves: He doesn't like strange animals to come near him; he can get aggressive. It appears to be fear-based. UPDATE: That was written several years ago. I worked with him, and he no longer has any issues with dogs,
Favorite Toy: Any toy that Nikki wants at that moment.
Favorite Food: He usually eats Nutro Natural Choice, but am thinking of going with Kirkland because of the cost.
Favorite Walk: We mostly just walk around the neighborhood. I'd love to take him other places, but he's hard to handle in public if there are other dogs around. UPDATE: The boy is fine on leash with other dogs now.
Best Tricks: Sit. He also "waits" at the back door, plus he can shake, roll over and stay.
Arrival Story: Well, it's quite a story. I was thinking of getting a playmate for Nikki, so was looking at Chase here on Dogster (a great dog!) and I also had filled out an online application for a Golden Retriever at one of the local rescue groups. One day, while I was at PetsMart, the trainer flagged me down. A couple, who had trained their Golden puppy there, were moving and needed to find someone to take their neutered male Golden named Parker, and their other female dog named Red. The trainer thought of me, without even knowing that I was looking for a dog!
On Wednesday, by 1 p.m., Parker was mine. Red went to a rescue organization. It was sad, however, to break them up as Red was almost four years old, and Parker had been with her since he was a puppy.
Bio: When I finally got him home on Wednesday, I took him into the backyard first. He had been stressed and rather calm, but when he saw the backyard, he brightened up and the stress seemed to leave his body immediately. He had drunk very little water when I offered it to him earlier, but now he made up for it and drank buckets full!
Parker and Nikki get along quite well. They love to play together, although tonight Parker was trying to be a bit more dominant, if you know what I mean. Parker covets Nikki's chew, even when he has one of his own.
Parker is more of a cuddler than Nikki, but both are excitable dogs. I think Nikki's excitability has rubbed off on Parker, much to my chagrin. I sure was hoping it'd be the other way around! :-)
Mommy told me tonight that I was a good boy. Just coz I groomed Baxter the Kitty.
I was in Mommy's bedroom when Baxter came and rubbed up against me. I decided that Baxter needed a bath and began licking him. Baxter sure loved the attention. He kept standing underneath me and rubbing up against me.
Mommy told both of us that we were pretty darn cute. Heck, we already knew that anyway!
And you should see Kayla and me. We're so happy when we're get together that we kiss each other on the face. Again, Mommy thinks it's cute.
Mommy sure is pretty darn easy to please, huh?
P.S. And thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes. Mommy still owes me a Frosty Paws. (hint, hint, Mom!)
No seizures since I was last at the vet (knock on wood). I had to have another blood test to check my KBR (potassium bromide) level and they had to up that. But still, I'm doing OK.
I'm still getting used to the drug, so I sometimes just lay there. Mom says I worry her when I do that--I just lay on the ground and stare. She then checks my breathing--you know, makes sure that my chest is going up and down!
But thanks for all of your good wishes. I'm hangin' in there!
Oh, something else happened ... I was such a good boy when I was at the vet. So why did everyone in the lobby laugh at me when I tried to sit in my mommy's lap? It kinda hurt my feelings. Gee whiz, I'm just a lap dog after all!