Nicknames: Call name is Orry. AKC name, "Lady's Valiant Crusader" Sometimes known as "Cookie" or "Little Wolf"
Birthday: August 1st 2007
Likes: Food; Purina One and Greenie bones, Cheereos, fish oil capsules. Things; thunder storms while snuggling inside safe and warm, being let inside when it's hot outdoors, helping mom mow the grass by staying inside.
Pet-Peeves: Being told to go lie down, that mama is busy.
Favorite Toy: Chewy toys and rubber balls, cardboard boxes, frisbees.
Favorite Walk: His enormous backyard, anywhere his humans go.
Best Tricks: Sit, stay, down, come, fetch, gimme five, dead dog. I am a Service Dog.
Arrival Story: I'm Orry, (like Orry Main in the TV miniseries "North & South."), and I was born in Joplin, MO. Mom is "Princess Lady Diane" and dad is "Greenforest Wild Crusader." My breeders called me Woody, then Oreo, before mom christened me as Orry. My human mom saw my picture online and fell in love cause she admired my soulful, poetic eyes and my colors. Said I reminded her of Poe's rhymes...whatever that may mean. So she sent a check to my humans in Missouri for my air ticket. (She was living in South Florida then.) I flew from Springfield (Delta employees were kind to me.) just before Thanksgiving and mom, my new mama, met me in Augusta, Georgia where she was then living at La Quinta Inn with two male kitties. This made for interesting times but I like cats & La Quinta liked ME! Almost three weeks later we moved to our new home in the country on a wildlife habitat/refuge. Now, two years later, I has an understudy. Someone pushed a Cattle Dog pup out of a car on our backwoods country road and he came to live with us. We do everything together and he admires me (I think) and it's fun having one of my own kind to do things with all day. I is blessed!
Bio: I finally went to the vet for the 'big snip.'There are four of us boys in this family including the cats and we've all had the big snip. They gave me drugs and made me wear a funny hat. That's what getting neutered means. My parents waited as long as they did because I am a very large doggie and needed to get my full growth before the op. There are intact lady dogs in the area and mom didn't want me named in any pup-ternity suits brought by the owner of a Chihuahua or Lhasa Alpo doggie. Mom bought the DVD "Marley & Me" and I watched it. So THAT'S how dogs are supposed to behave! I has a lot to learn. Mommy lost a tube of roofing cement but I found it. Then Mommy found it all over the living room carpet. (How was I to know it would squirt out of the cartridge all over the place? It was all over me, too. ) Mom spent the night cleaning me and the carpet with mechanic's hand soap. Then Mommy planted trees for me to pee on in the backyard but I thought she lost her fetch-sticks and returned them to her. (She planted some October Glory maples and a European purple beech and I left 'em alone but Hachi ate a maple tree.) ~
It's fun living in the country and herding wildlife. Spend time out of doors, weather permitting, but sleep near mama at night. Life is good. My picture was on a board at Times Square in 2008 displaying my talent for eating. I'm good at eating but only if mom persuades me by adding canned Alpo to my kibble. ~
If you have a collie like me or perhaps one of the other shepherds or a whippet or silken wind hound, please consider testing them for MDR1 genotype which will tell you and your vet what kind of medications they should have if they are, as three-quarters of us collies are, sensitive to meds. If they are mutant, as am I, the wrong medication could kill them. The test kit is free and sent fast and the processing fee is moderate. For the life of your dog, see http://www.mdr1test.com at Washington State University's website. And don't forget that most of us need heartworm protection as infection via those pesky mosquito is epidemic. Heartworm WILL kill and it's very easy to prevent with a pill every month. Ask your vet what type of preventative works best for the furry light of your life. Thanks and give your furkid a hug. They love ya!