Favorite Food: Mini Sausages, Hupple Hotdogs, Scraps of Human food! Pig tails, Chicken feet.
Favorite Walk: Woods, open fields, The Beach. Anywhere with water!
Best Tricks: Beg, wave, spin, crawl, Fetch the Handkerchief from my pocket when i pretend to sneeze, Touch ( my hand ), Stand, Circle around me, Circle of 8 through my legs, Roll over, Speak, Skateboard. Can balance treats on her nose.
Arrival Story: I've owned Missy since she was an 8 week old baby. Her mum was a JRT and her dad a large sized Yorkie, both used as working dogs on the small farm they was living on. She was the smallest and most adorable puppy ever and her first ever outing turned almost into a day trip with all the attention she received. She attended Puppy Parties and Training classes through her puppyhood and excelled at her training, quickly working her way up to Teachers pet. She's very intelligent and enjoys using her brain.
Bio: Missy has the sweetest temperament and loves people, her ears go flat down on her head and her tail wags like there's no tomorrow. She's very strong willed at times and highly strung but it all adds to her character. As a pup i socialised her so well attending puppy parties every week and puppy training classes, she was so good with everything.....until she was attacked at a year old by another JRT this resulted in her being aggressive with other small dogs esp bitches. We've worked on her behaviour and have made some big improvements, but she'll never be a dog social dog and that's fine. She's a very much loved and spoilt princess!!
As some of you might know from my posts, i've been doing much, much better with other dogs out on walks. To the point i can walk past them without even so much as a grumble under my breath and i walk regularly with Cassie & Tara. I still don't like dogs getting in my space but that's understandable and luckily we haven't come across too many dogs that do overstep the mark.
Today, we had just stepped out of our front door when "bully mans" JRT ( off lead as always ) came running full pelt at me and Ty. He briefly stopped in front of Tyler and then lunged at him nearly taking Ty's nose off! He then ran straight at me ( i was growling at this point, but not lunging ) jumped on me and just let rip on me!! I went back at him as to be expected and there was lots of noise, snarling teeth, and i actually grabbed/bit the JRT too but it was more of a grab/let go reflex as i certainly didn't hang on to him, although there was a couple of times we both made contact. But as far as mum could tell there was no blood or anything on the other dog and i was fine. "Bully man" didn't even attempt to call his dog back once, he was a little way back from the whole incident. Mum shouted at the JRT to "get out" and at the same time she pulled me away. We got out into the open more and the JRT kinda left me alone, just barking from behind and at this point his owner had caught up and told him to "come here". Mum was fuming about the whole thing. Friday we had another run in when he was walking his & his friends JRT over the fields. He did put his own dog back on the lead this time but he couldn't get his friends JRT, Molly, and she ran up to me within an inch of my face and just barked at me, provoking a reaction. He never has his own dog on lead half the time and it runs straight from his front door to the fields, across the road, completely unleashed. His dog is just as aggressive as me. What's more is that he's bred his dog to another neighbors little JRT down the road. Both have had a litter before and the mum is reactive/aggressive too. What joy for those poor puppies.
Mum just really hopes this doesn't set me back. The "average joe" type of owners have no idea what energy, effort, time and hard work goes into training our "problem" dogs and they have no consideration for how their dogs behaviour may effect an already reactive/aggressive dog. What's more is that this guy KNOWS i have issues. One old man who used to walk his JRT for him knew that his dog had issues too and never let him off lead. Why doesn't his owner do the same?! Through one ignorant, bully of a man and his equal bully of a dog, i could be almost back to square one again, and that would be a great, great shame! :(
Not quite i don't think but lets just say i have a pup i can tolerate walking with. Well two to be precise, but we're talking about one of them today.
Ty has a best friend called Cassie, she's a GSD and some pups may have heard of me talking about her before. We've been walking with her on/off for over a year now. At first i would bark, bark and bark away at Cassie. She couldn't come too close or i'd try and bite her nosey! Mum & Cassie's mum ignored my protests of hate against Cassie and they continued to walk together saying "it would be good for me". Whatever!
However, little by little, my barking/lunging "i hate you" act started getting less and less. I started being able to walk on a full length flexi without being reeled back in. I'd walk along beside mum on a short lead without a murmour in Cassie's direction. I became more comfortable with her & Ty playing ( although i'm stillthe fun police! ) Before i knew it i started to understand Cassie was no threat. She ignored me and respected my space. The first time mum trusted me enough to let me off lead with Cassie was a real milestone! Both mum & Cassie's mum "just knew" i'd be ok. They had that feeling. And sure enough i walked along without batting at eyelid at Cassie. She was more interested in me now i was off lead but she still didn't invade my space. I did towards the end of that first walk off lead together bark at her sharply to leave me alone when she wanted to play but it was nothing serious.
Roll on to last Thursday and again i was walking off lead with Cassie. Not one bark this time, no growls, lunges or even pulling in her direction when on lead. Of course being the fun police means i do get a little stroppy when Ty & Cassie play together but nothing aggressive. We saw Cassie again on Friday. She was running towards us ( i was on lead as it was the end of our walk ) and do you know what i did? I wagged my tail and ran towards Cassie & her mum! I was on my full length flexi, i ran straight past Cassie and to her mum for some fuss BOL. I'm not quite that excited to see Cassie alone yet ;)
Mum is really proud of me though. 2 years ago mum never imagined i'd be walking with or tolerating other dogs and now i can do both with TWO dogs ( although i don't come off lead with the other pup ) Not only that, but i'm generally acting better when passing random dogs too. Loose dogs are still a bit iffy and i'm not keen on them, but leashed dogs i can pass pretty well :) Just goes to show how far i've come over the last few years.
As most of you will know we went away to bonnie Scotland for two weeks, and returned home last Saturday. We had such a PAWSOME time!! It's horrible returning home as we don't have the same freedom...we barely wore leads the entire two weeks we was there. You could go straight from the house, into the car, or down to the River where 4 1/2 acres of it was our private property. Although saying that we did see one pupper trespassing on our territory with his owner! :0
EVERY night & morning bunnies would graze on our grass, lots of them. And let me tell you, chasing and watching out for them was probably the highlight of my holiday! I mean it's not everyday you get bunnies just beggin' to be chased is it? And chase i did. I even caught one! Yes, little ole me. Admittedly it was a lazy catch...i did no running. The bunny was a baby and he was hiding under a log, i just happened to find him.....and the rest is history as they say. Mum's dad wasn't happy with me and he chased me around the garden trying to get MY bunny off me...no way! Then mum told him off BOL, and she eventually ( with lots of bribery ) managed to get the bunny off me.
We went to this fabulous beach called Croy Shore! It was pretty much deserted everytime we went, the last day, Friday, we had the place to ourselves for well over an hour! We did get bothered by a hairy, Labradoodle one day. Why do dogs insist on getting in my space? I will do my level best to ignore you as long as you DON'T get in my face, and guess what? Hairy had to get in my face! So....i was dragged off in the opposite direction, away from my beloved sea, and Hairy had the cheek to pick MY ball up, MY BALL! and ran off with it back to his mum about half a mile away. Oh boy if i'd been off lead at that moment.......Anyway, mum went and retrieved the ball from his apologetic owner and we continued on our way with no further incidents. I LOVED the sea...i could stand there for hours, just letting the waves lap around my paws, eating the odd bit of seaweed and the occassional washed up Crab.
I also got drenched at Loch Lomond when we visited. I had to wear my awful pink parka jacket coz mum thought it would help stop me getting fully wet. Wrong! I took a dip in the Loch with my coat on BOL.
Such a pawtastic time. Wish we could go back tomorrow!