January 20th 2010 10:18 am
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Today is Finnegan's 5th birthday! He has been with us for 3 years now and what a happy 3 years. What we'll never understand is how anyone could give him up, let alone 2 previous families. He is our love bug, our protector, our happy, playful sweet boy. He is the most loving boy. He loves his cuddles with mom and dad, and always wants to cuddle with visitors. He is up for anything we want to do. His favorite thing in the world is to run free on the beach. We frequently take family vacations to the beach and often stay where we can take all of the dogs. As soon as he smells that ocean he's excited. Actually, he's excited to do anything - ride in the car, go for walks, run alongside mom's bicycle, swim (with a life vest), run around the yard, ride in dad's motorcycle sidecar, chase a ball, play at agility, whatever we offer him.
There is also a very caring side of him, where he looks after the rest of the pack. He's always concerned if anyone is hurt or ill. Once when Georgie came home from the hospital, she was unable to balance herself due to her dizziness. Finnegan walked beside her with his snout tucked under her chin to keep her steady. I've never seen a dog with so much sensitivity!
He is always protecting our yard from wild animals, unfortunately yes there are skunks, and yes he's been sprayed. His daily job is to keep the yard clear of squirrels, which he takes quite seriously! We have giant walnut trees on our property so the squirrels are around all year! He has a doggie door so he's able to run outside if he thinks any are getting too close. Twice he was able to get a hold of squirrels that jumped out of trees and stunned themselves. He was so excited, he kept pushing them with his nose. We locked him up inside the house until the squirrels were able to get up and run away! Schnauzers are bred as ratters and that is a trait that is strong in Finnegan. Once he found a rat's nest and he stomped the rat with his front paws. He never picked it up, just kept jumping on it. Yikes! When dad went to investigate, he found out that Finnegan was certainly good at his job!!! One of the things that surprises us is that Finnegan is soft-mouthed similar to our previous retrievers. I kept wondering if he was a schnauzer mix although we were told he was from a schnauzer breeder. So I did a DNA test just for fun, and he came out ALL schnauzer!
When Finnegan came home with us, he was only 2 years old so he was still a puppy, and he had not been leash trained. His energy level was just too high for Georgie so we got him another playmate, Winston. Finnegan loves to run, wrestle, challenge and tease Winston all day & night. I have to take their toys away and make them lay down every night so we can get some peace and quiet LOL! He will watch tv and immediately jumps up if there is another dog. We did get a trainer to work with him & Winston, and they will sit in front of the tv and watch his DVD! He is quite a howler too if there are any sirens going by, or we are playing a video with a howling dog. Finnegan is tireless at playing and staying aware of everything going on. He follows us from room to room just in case it might be a play situation. Whenever we go out we tell him he's in charge, to watch after the others. We think he probably does!
What a happy loving boy, our Finnegan. We're so happy he is part of the family and look forward to many more years of his sweet playful personality. We'll see what else we can get him into, he is up for everything!!! We're sure there will be many more stories to tell about our Finnegan.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY baby boy!
Habby 5th Birfday, Finnegan!! Yu GO, guy!!!
Happy 5th Barkday Finnegan! Enjoy the day and good hunting!!!!!
Harley D & Sophie C
Finn, you sound so pawsome, and alot like me! BOL!!
Happy Birthday to a very special pup!!
That's my sweet boy pup.....wish I could meet you someday!