Pet-Peeves: people with anything in their hands or big clothing, loud people, other dogs
Favorite Toy: squeaky balls and squeaky chipmunks
Favorite Food: Raw diet from Stella & Chewy's and Bravo!, bully sticks and Plato treats
Favorite Walk: woods & fields & beaches
Best Tricks: disssecting toys and laying all their innards out in neat display, fetch, elevating straight up onto a high spot from a standstill, howling & yelling at the same time, being a bed hog
Arrival Story: Phin was dumped in a local park and picked up by a shelter. He immediately got along with Trinka and so he came right home!
Bio: Phineas has been a bit of a challenge. He was not socialized and therefore has been harder to work with. At first, he wouldn't look you in the eye or stop pacing like a wolf. He was very nervous. He didn't enjoy being handled. He now loves to be touched and is a complete bed hog. He snuggles and enjoys belly rubs and deep, full body massages. He has learned to trust us and is loyal and sweet with his family, although he is very protective of us and extremely insecure in a crowd. He was attacked several times by loose neighborhood dogs while we were on our walk and now has no trust with dogs, other than his "girlfriend". He failed dog class because he wouldn't participate :) He is a very athletic boy and he used to destroy everything when he was left alone, but now he is very trustworthy. Phineas is learning that he doesn't have to worry so much about things. He isn't going anywhere or being left forever when he stays at a kennel. When I leave the house, I have returned. It takes a while with Shibas because they have amazing memories. Now that he's been with me for several years, he's catching on :) We are actively involved with working with Phineas to help him with all of his insecurities. One thing that helps with a non-food motivated dog, is to engage him in activities like jumping over things and games to boost his self-image.
Forums Motto: What do you have in that bag for me??
We went back to the warm place again, but this time we stayed there for a long time. Mom bought a house. It's a nice house and I like it. there are a lot of lizards to chase, even though they taste gross. It's warm and sunshiney and I love sunshine. there's a big beach that Trinka likes and I like the big porch where we can watch the neighborhood. I had a hard time adjusting,but after a while, I think it's fine. I have a favorite walk and I like some of the people in my neighborhood. Mom says we will go back there and stay again for a long time. She said she's sick of the cold, damp winters in New England. Right now we are here for the summer and I was happy to see that everything is still where I left it... my toys and bones and especially the bed!
Everyone was on this trip and it was kind of cool, but I get nervous when anything is different so I guess I didn't enjy it as much as Trinka did. I had an okay time, and some of it was pretty neat. I did like the new smells and I liked visiting some of the humans I have met before and this one neat old lady who always gives me bacon and good scratches was nice. I stepped on a few sharp things called sand burrs but my mom got them out of my feet real quick. The sand felt nice though and the warm air was really sweet-smelling. The humans were slower-moving and I like that. Everyone seemed more relaxed there. I am real happy to be home again. I love my home and my beds and I was very very excited when we arrived last night. I ran around the house and wagged my tail until my mom asked if it was going to fall off. She tells me she wishes she would see me wag my tail more often. Guess I can try to work on that.
When we were away this summer on the boat I didn't feel so good, and Mom gave me something called Bonine, except it wasn't a bone at all. But my tummy felt a lot better! I have been feeling much more relaxed this summer and have been getting to run on the beach a lot. I have discovered that it doesn't hurt to get my toes wet and it's actually kinda fun to splash around and get Trink wet! It's that time of year again when there's a lot of chipmunks and I am really on the hunt to catch one of those guys! They like to hide in the leaves and when I'm on my walk I sneak up on them...