Likes: So far, treats. Lots and lots of treats ;-). Then going outside for a walk and piddle. Then playing tag with Archie, the conure.
Pet-Peeves: She HATES the Bird Room crate. Grrr..... Crates R Ebil! Mom always locks me up in it when I chase the birds.
Favorite Toy: Anything that can be eaten or squeaked, especially if they sound like the Guinea Pigs!
Favorite Food: I use Iams Mini Breed Kibble or Ceaser Small Dog kibble as treats. Then stuff like pigs ears and Pizza and Chinese food XD!
Favorite Walk: The back grassy area by the railroad tracks. Lots to sniff and pee on :-D . And lots of kids to meet! The skating rink is big and I get to run there, too
Best Tricks: Teaching Archie, the Green Cheek Conure (parrot), to sound like a squeaky toy :-|
Arrival Story: Rocket/Aaerro's appearance has been nothing but creepy...in a good way! Her birth day is the day before mine, she's a mix I've been wanting for a very very long time, she's female, she's BLUE (Such a gorgeous BLUE!) and she's affordable. It's almost as if fate is pushing her in my direction.
Aaerro's slave got a reallllly bad sunburn looking for the cargo office the day the pup arrived In Winnipeg. Her slave says 'I hope she appreciates all those new freckles!' Heeheee!
Aaerro was bred in Kansas City, Missouri by Pat H. She's going to be a multi task medical alert dog (Ie: Diabetic alerting, psychiatric alerting and possibly other work as well). I've been waiting 10 looong years for this girl!
Aaerro loves to run and chew and chase. She doesn't like the cats much - Countess, the fat 4 year old, has shown she's top kitty of the pack. Gerta, the 7 year old Siamese cross, isn't sure what to do with Aaerro but they're slowly starting to get used to each other. Aaerro wants to be friends with both kitties but she doesn't like being chased all the time!
Bio: Puppy pix were taken By Pat H. of Kansas City, Mo. Thanks for the pix,Pat!
Worst Trix: Chewing up a roll of Toilet paper while mom was sleeping. She uses it for her runny nose and I needed to play wiff SOMETHING while I was bored! Then I killed the Guinea Pigs. Mom was MAD. But mom says I'm getting better at the pets thing. I don't bug the rats and if mom says to leave the birds alone I do. Mom says I iz growing into my adult brains now! Yaaaaay! I is really really good at sitting on the bus and mom says I am better when we go into walmart. I LOVE visiting pet stores cuz they're warm in winter and I get to sniff all the weird animals they have there!
This happened about a week ago, perhaps pushing 2 weeks at this point. Aaerro's public work has been reduced to occasional public appearances at the corner store so she gets exposure to strangers. She's a super super shy dog, and it's clear she haaaaates strangers with a passion. Depending on her mood, either she avoids everyone, or she will sniff those she deems safe when they're not looking. Many rules about strangers and SDs I have been forced to break, just because she's so timid. Ideally she would be a pet or an ESA, but I can't give her up and she does a great job in the home.
Well, one dips#!t thought he was doing something 'helpful' the last time I was at the corner store. He literally cornered the poor girl on all fours. He stood there in 'doggy pose', smiling at her, facing directly at her and ignored every 'don't hurt me' signal she threw out. He might as well have been a bear snarling/charging at her.
I swear this dips#!t is begging to be bitten. He always pushes her, ignoring me and my requests to approach her, though the treats work. Kinda. He just doesn't understand the meaning of 'no' and pushes himself on kids, too, to the point of them screaming at him. I saw him literally throw someone to the ground for disagreeing with him in a (at least at first) smack-and-tease conversation. He always has to win/be right.
Well, here he was at the gas station. Aaerro literally crapped herself out of fear. I avoided the gas station because of him before, but now I refuse to go, period. Of course I'm the one who's blamed for having a **Giggle !snortyeahrightsnort! Giggle!** 'service dog'. One who isn't 'trained'. For one who is 'clearly' not what she seems.
**Screams silently out of frustration**
He basically ruined months of work in one 'helpful' moment. There's a local 12 year old kid who's like that sometimes. Aaerro piddled herself out of fear when he wouldn't back off. Difference with this kid and this other nut is that the kid's actually willing to learn how to contact Aaerro and will sit down as soon as he wants to play. He then teaches his friends how to do things properly :) He deserves a badge or something, LOL!
Aaerro no longer does public work unless I have to bus her to my parent's place, and even that is on hold until I can get my cargo bike built. She's always been a service dog that prefers work at home, alerting to infections and other problems due to diabetes. She does basic guiding but I can always get a second dog to do stuff like that. Just because she doesn't have the personality of a dog who guides the blind doesn't mean she doesn't help me or that she's not a legit SD. She's too much of a dog to be a true, public access SD, but too much of a SD to be just a dog. If she were in the states, she would be downgraded to an emotional support animal, but where I live here in Canada, ESAs have absolutely no legal rights. So a stay-at-home SD is what she remains. I'm just frustrated that she's so timid and my efforts at keeping her in the right state of 'trained' is always being thwarted. I'm glad she was denied access to some places now that i look back. She just doesn't have the social interest to tolerate it.
Aaerro - no matter your personality, I wub ya dearly and I have wieners to offer you later, LOL! We has a run soon!
Ma said that I had fun in de park today. Well, de skating rink. It was filled with water for so long that ma couldn't let me out to play. When she finally could, it rained for 3 days making it a swimm... swmmining pool again. It got dry enough today that I could run, but BOY DAT WATER WAZ COLD! Mom made me wear my winter jacket because I was so shiveree after all my fun! Mom let me eat treets and chase them whens she threw them in the dry area of the rink. She says it a bad sign when ferns start to grow instead of grass, but I don't care. I gets to RUN REAL FAST! (Edit to add: And ma doesn't have to chase her because she ignored her recalls despite practicing all winter. **Facepalm**
Now I iz layzee and want to sleep on ma's bed. Countess will snuggle later when ma lays down for a nap.
And boy dat big boy cockatiel is NOISY! He makes so much noise and it hurts my ears. I try to eat him a few days ago but ma got mad. Ma says I can sniff, but not eating and no pulling burdee tail feathers like when I was a baby. Ma said I iz getting real good. Only another 1-2 years before my puppy brain finally turns into adult brainz! But..I is 2 and a half. Isn't I already an adult? Hoomans are confoozing. **Whuff of confusion**
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Aaerro's ma here. I'm missing Joey and Domino a whole lot. Been almost 10 years since they both passed. But loving the memories I have of them and making new ones with Aaerro and my parent's 13/14 year old Whippet, Cricket. I have more pix of everyone. Just have to get off my butt and load them to the 'puter :)
I wents to de ebil vet on December third. yeah. I gots fixed tho I dunno what waz broken. Mom says it cuz so I won't have babies. I was sooo grumpy when i came home.
Dem catz were meen and I hatedez them. Lots. Mom says she never heard me growl at them so much before! I not supposed to run or jump for 2 weeks and mom says if I stay good I don't have to wear de ebil eliza-whatever collar. I wiggled out of it twice and mom says so far I've been good. It is day 8 and I only licked it on day 2 when mom gave me stuff to help my owies go away! Mom says deh aspirin-stuff she gave werked too good and I was being bad cuz I felt better, BOL!
I iz feeling betters now. Mom said she gots me my christmaz prezzies but I can't have dem until she puts up de tree and stuff.
Got to go! Mom says she needz to use de compooter.