Sex: Female Weight: 26-50 lbs
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Leave a bone for Nikita
Niki, Fuzzy-Butt, Baby-Girl
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January 10th 1999
September 15th 1998
She likes to know where I am at all times.
She doesn't like it when I play with others and not solely with her. She's also terrified of going to the groomers.
Everything fuzzy and squeaky. She assumes anything fuzzy is meant to be hers, from socks to balls of yarn. She also loves to play fetch and enjoys my laughter when she slides and spins out any smooth floor while chasing a tennis ball.
She loves the skinny rawhides the best and any treat that you have been suckered into giving her.
She loves to go for drives and understands the meaning of the word "drive."
I'm teaching her to spin around (hop in a circle) while up on her hind legs right now.
I found my Nikita in the Atlantic County Animal Shelter and it was love at first sight. She cowered in the pen in abject horror whenever anyone walked by, but when I crouched in front of her opened pen and spoke sweetly to her, she came right over and nestled right in to me. My father was standing right next to me and with a laugh knew we had found our newest family member.
At the shelter, it said she was found in the Somers Point Shop Rite parking lot. I soon found out she has an aversion to tall, deep-voiced, men. I have to adamantly tell people to not look her in the eyes when they first meet her. So, in turn, what she generally does is rear up on her hind legs to try to force people to look at her so she can bark at them and "tell" them their place! She's absolutely wonderful once she gets to know you though. She's got sharp ears that hear almost every noise and alerts me to it right away... no matter what hour! She also likes to chase the squirrels and chipmunks that venture her way.
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July 14th 2007 6:36 am
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Yesterday (07/13/07), I took Nikita to be groomed at PetSmart. Boy, does she love going for drives and visiting different places. The only place she abhors going to is the groomers. As soon as I opened the door to go in and she got a good whiff of the place, she did the quickest 180º. There's just no calming or consoling her when we get in there. She just looks at me in abject terror. On the Richter Scale I think she'd register a 9.0! It's just so heartbreaking when I have to leave her and she tries her best get away from the groomer and follow me. :( I am still not sure what she hates/is scared of the most: me leaving her or getting a bath. I don't think the blow dryers and other noises help either.
I wouldn't take her at all if it wasn't for the fact that they are 10x's better at getting her all prettied up than when I bathe her. And I have a funny feeling that even a smaller, different groomer would produce a similar response.
And now she's all pretty and smells great and has her nails clipped. I'm always tempted to paint them but I know they'd never dry fast enough. That, and since she's a dominant female she's always kicking dirt up after she relieves herself in the yard.
Besides all that, they always tell me it'll take an hour and a half to be done and with her double coat she always takes twice the time. They don't listen when I tell them that.
Picking her up can be neurotic as well. (I'm sure many people must have the same problems!) Luckily they give me the paperwork to pay for before they bring her out. At that point she knows I'm coming and can't stop rearing up to look over the counter for me to arrive. She just can't get away from them fast enough once she finally sees me. It's always such a relief to have her back and cuddled in my arms!
It was an exhausting morning for her. We only live about 8 minutes from the mall and she was all curled up with her eyes closed in the back of the car before we were halfway home.
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