March 8th 2010 5:40 am
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Recently I had decided to teach the girls fun dog tricks. Mali and Rani know how to do tight circles in front of me. Mali learned how to make a circle around me and to then sit in front of me, and how to bow. Rani learned how to do a double high five, and a low five.
All three girls know how to jump up and take food from my husband's mouth. I had decided I was going to teach them how to crawl but it was just too hard for me to do with my balance issues.
Steve has taken over teaching the trick of crawling for me. It makes me laugh so hard to watch them. I have to hide while I watch or the girls will not work for him. I hear him in the kitchen saying to them. "You will do this for Mama, how come you will not do this for me?" Every time he says Mama, they run to the door to look for me and he has to call them back, saying she is not coming get over here. They finally settle in and start to work, and then I sneak over after I am sure they are working.
Rani is the best crawler out of the three girls, because Steve is offering what she considers a high end treat, chicken jerky. She will crawl half way across the kitchen floor for a small piece of chicken jerky; Mali only half-heartedly crawls, with her tush still up in the air looking more like a foot ball player ready to tackle Steve for the jerky then a dog who is crawling. She has little interest in learning to crawl.
Yuki though she is the funniest, last night the girl knew I was watching because I burst out laughing when she out smarted Steve. She comes up with all kinds of things to get out of learning a new trick. To night she used the I am so sweet look, of lowering her head and ears while flicking her tongue as if she would offer Steve a kiss. She swept that bushy tail of hers softly from side to side, nice an low while wiggling her hips seductively, getting real close and snuggling, anything to take his mind off of whatever trick he want her to do. She is so Steve's delight and stole his heart every time.
Last night he told her to sit, okay she sat. She will sit because that always means she is going to be getting food and he was giving out chicken jerky, then he used the hand sign for down. She offered him her right paw. He tilted his head and beamed a smile at his sweet girl and motioned her down again, she offered him her left paw. I saw him sigh just before motioning her down as he said, "You know this means down." I swear that dog batted her eyes innocently as she slowly lowered to a down.
The night before he had gotten her to crawl and he wanted me to see her do it tonight. He had been so proud of her, his sweet girl had done it for him. So here, I was peeking around the corner at her manipulating him. There she was with her ears back submissively, big brown eyes glistening, do dogs wear lip-gloss?
Any ways, Steve broke a small piece of chicken jerky off the big piece and held it in his good hand and held the larger piece in his other hand close to his chest. He held the piece of jerky out to her close to the floor, then made the sign for crawl and said crawl. She did it again, I know she did... that dog batted her eyes innocently and then looked away like she had no clue. Steve looked at me as if to say maybe she did not see me. I must have rolled my eyes because he huffed and then said CRAWL louder. Yuki stood up and started walk towards him.
Right away he got her back into a down. She hates down, always has .. unless there is mud to lie in, after all she is a white dog and white dogs always seem to love to be in mud! He tried again and she went up on all fours. This happened three or four more times. Each time she managed to get a little closer to him, to Steve and the chicken jerky.
Steve was determined she would do it this time. He knew I could not stand up much longer, I had been on my feet to long without a wheel chair. He held out the small piece of chicken jerky and said, "Crawl". It looked like she was going to do it. It really did. Yuki stretched her neck forward, leaning as if she was going to crawl; but instead, she got up on all fours, snuggled close to her beloved Master, wagging her big tail.
Her soft pink tongue licked his sore arm and hand; as if she knew how badly a torn rotator cuff and tendinitis felt. Then promptly that girl snatched the large piece of chicken jerky turned and went back to her rug; finished with all this crawling business leaving Steve holding the small piece with his mouth open, he could eat it if he wanted.
January 27th 2010 12:05 pm
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Yuki has a snow nose. What is a snow nose you ask? It is a nose that turns pinkish in the winter. When Yuki does not get enough sun her nose turns pink. The rest of the year, her nose is a wonderful black and she has wonderful dark pigmentation.
Yuki is a breed quality ISSR Shiloh Shepherd. She is not show quality as she will not keep her ears erect. It is not that she cannot do this. Yuki chooses to not keep them erect. When she was younger, I went through some of the taping many people do to try to convince Yuki that erect ear look ever so nice, but Yuki had other ideas.
I do have pictures of her with her ears up. Sometimes with them both up, sometimes with one or the other up. I even have pictures of her sound asleep with both ears erect. However, I have given up. They are her ears and she can have them any way she wants!
January 27th 2010 11:53 am
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Months have passed since I first typedabout this amazing girl. Yuki is now at 17 months nearly 115 pounds and 30" at her withers. She is still on the very soft side but her confidence is building daily. Steve has started to train her for search and rescue. She only has to find people and let him know where they are not love all over them after all. She has come a long way from a puppy who would urinate on the floor at a strange sound to a dog who passed her adult temperament test, though she did only squeak through. A pass is still a pass. There have been other dogs who did not pass. She will greet strangers who come to our home and when on an outing with a soft kiss if they let her come to them.
She is a clown, a trickster, the girl who has a smile for everyone in our family. She will sneak between his legs and come out the other side with her chin held high so he can rub it for her. Yuki will cuddle on the living room rug, but she has no idea how big those paws of her are and has many a time bopped my poor husband in the nose with one in an aw-shucks fashion as she loves him.
Yuki is the princes of the pillows. She always tries to be the first dog to get all of them for herself. Then innocently places her head down and makes cow eyes at the other girls as if she did nothing wrong while they walk by discussed with nowhere soft but the rug to curl up on.
She is a big girl, no I mean a BIG girl! You have to see her to really appreciate her size and you know what, she is only half grown!
Yuki has passed advanced obedience including hand signs. She has become confident enough to challenge Rani for second girl in the pack from time to time. She keeps her ears erect more often now, though it is most often just one at a time. My husband's girl is growing into a young dog with far more confidence that we thought she would ever have, but she will forever remain his heart.