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Pretty girl, Princess, Red dog, Red girl, Baby, Cayenne the Cheyenne, Indian Girl, Ol'girl, Snaggletooth, Best Girl, Miss Red.
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Play with my housemate Buddy and chase our goat friends. Dig huge holes! Lie in the sun on a cool day.
Thunder. Other disturbing noises like vacuum cleaner, hair dryer, weird machines,sudden movements, strangers.
Ball with lots of fibers coming out.
Any left-over from the kitchen front.
Evening walk on a nice stretch of deserted road.
Hide her head in mom's skirt while having a bath. Sleep completely stretched out over 3/4 of the bed.
Cayenne was adopted at the Animal Shelter in Abita Springs LA. She was probably about 1 year old or a little more. She was in the back of the kennel where the public can't go but when they brought her out, we thought she was so beautiful! So sleek - we thought she must have been a supermodel in a previousl life. She's a red leopard Catahoula. With amber eyes. When she's jealous, they turn green! Really! She was really crazy at first, had never been in a car or a house. A riot! Took a while to get her to not bounce on the walls. She's now properly behaved in the house. A fierce watchdog. She left with me during Katrina (we live just north of the lake from New Orleans) and we slept in the car one night. No worry - nobody was going to come near that car with Cayenne inside. Cayenne has been with us for about 10 years now.
Cayenne must have been very abused when she was a pup. When we got her the pound told us she had been adopted once when she was a little pup but then she was found wandering the streets and another of the guy's dogs was found dead in his yard. Then we found out she was highly neurotic and therefore quite aggressive when something scares her. She likes security most of all. And slow steady movements. Anything in one's hand (broom, brush, etc..) can provoke her and she panics. At first I couldn't sweep near her - she must have been beaten with a broom, now she' s ok - she gets I'm not going to hit her. Her favorite thing is to ride in the car. She watches everything.
We adopted another Catahoula and he's so completely different - nothing bothers him. They have a ball together but she's the alpha dog - he cannot go near her "place" - the laundry shed.
It's sad about Cayenne because she cant' be trusted around people and has to be tranquilized at the vet to get her exam and shots. She stays in our big fenced yard a lot but she's ok - lots to do and play and I'm home all day so she does get plenty of attention and treats. Actually she's done really well because in 10 years she's had to accept to share her domain with mama goat and then the baby as well, and then Kaspar the Great Pyr! She often plays with all of them and has a great time.
UPDATE: Cayenne is now about 13 years old!! Whoa.. so many long lazy days and fun-filled days behind us. Cayenne has learnt to share her yard with others: She loves Bonnet Bleu and Kaspar and plays with them every morning as if she was a puppy still. Well her teeth are not all there and her eyes are a bit cloudy now and she does nap a lot but all in all, she's doing great. She's still afraid of everything and going to the vet is the worst! But most importantly she still rules the roost, our Queen of all four-leggeds.
More Updates!! Well we have a 'new' vet (he is much younger and took over the practice) and he doesn't mind Cayenne as much and she's much better with the new staff. We actually skip the tranquillizers and just muzzle her. SO SO much better!! I still have to psych myself up for a week before taking her but still..less of an ordeal.
Also now Cayenne loves the nubby glove/brush. Feels so good. She actually seems to be getting more mellow as she gets older, Most important is that she's in great health and just as gorgeous as ever.
UPDATE!! Cayenne is now 13 years old and still going strong (teeth pretty worn down though). She's gotten goofier and seems to nap more than ever though. Otherwise still enjoys a good dig and playing with Bonnet and Kaspar , her best buddies.
UPDATE!! UPDATE: at nearly 14 years old (we've had Cayenne for 13 years in November next and she was about a year old), Cayenne is dying. Just this month (sept) she's begun to lose control of her legs, stopped eating for the most part and keeps her head tilted to one side. I'm keeping her on pain killers and petting her and chanting to her whenever possible to ease her passage into the hereafter. She's so skinny bony now, pitiful but still has her magical beauty somehow.
I cannot quite picture the house and gardens without Cayenne the Cheyenne!!
But for the time being we'll just let her nap a lot and be as lazy as she wants..
UPDATE!!! 12/11/2013 - Cayenne was diagnosed with a large tumor, said her good-byes and is no longer in this earthly realm. Very sad. She'll be missed and her fun memories will be with us for a long long time. Thank you to all those who followed her story.. may she live forever in the Western Paradise where the lion lies with the lamb .
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