Likes: take walks, play fetch, eat, eat, eat, meet new people (especially children) and give them "kisses"
Pet-Peeves: quick driving tractors, horses, diet, dogs who can't be smelled (in another car, outside my car etc.)
Favorite Toy: ball on a rope, soft footballs (when they lost air they are so "chewy")
Favorite Food: absolutely everything! (also sweet fruit, corn on the cob, but also "stinky" things)
Favorite Walk: everywhere, meadows, where I can walk into a little stream or pond (but no swimming)
Best Tricks: looking at you in away to make you belive I am starving. Play fetch. When you pet me I make a "poker face", but when you stop petting, I gently touch you with my paw.
Arrival Story: Since February 2004 we daily pick her up at the pound and walk about an hour with her. She is said to come from the street in Hungary, where she had to prevail other dogs, hunger etc.
Therefore she first had to show all strange dogs "Dont attack me, I am dangerous". When she was very exited, she quickly pinched the calf of her guardian. We taught her by rewards (treets, patting, praising) not to get exited about other dogs. She still wants urgently to meet them, sometimes plays with them but mostly looses interest and comes for her treet and wants to go on and play with us. The boss of the pound dares not to give her to people with children and tells everyone: "she bites her own people and other bad things"
Bio: Her new guardian should like to attend dog-school with her, and then perhaps even agility or similar education. He/she should be patient and humorous and like education by rewards. We can exchange messages if you want to know more. She is a really lovable dog!
In October 2005 the inexpected happened!
An elderly couple about the age of my walkers looked for a doggy in the pound.
They asked for a "unproblematic" dog and so the boss of the pound did not recommend me :-).
But then they saw me and fell in love!
Since that time I have a real home. They tried to train me not to be so exited about horses and tractors and they had success sometimes, but not always :-)
And I trained them to feed me all I want!
When I came to visit my old pound again this summer, only to get my shots by the vet, my walkers met me again for the first time. They recognized my face, but not my body, because I am really very fat now :-), and the vet told the man who brought me, he must tell my owners to put me on a diet if they don't want to shorten my life :-(
But I am very happy to have a "normal" life now!
In summer we sometimes found old soft footballs swimming in the brooklet where I like to walk. I enjoy fetching them much more than fetching sticks or tennis balls. They are too small to interest me.
In autumn my walkers bought me a ball on the string and a frisbee made of string with a squeaking thing in the middle. I enjoy them very much, but the ball must be repaired now and these toys get lost in the deep snow on the meadow.
So we played with my favourite ball in winter. Some doggy friends of mine , a brother and sister who fought for it almost tore it in two peaces and it did not fly far enough.
So my walkers took one of the balls they stored since summer, a medium sized green ball for children.
I did not remember it anymore, so it was quite a new toy for me. And it is so yummie! I enjoy chewing it, because it is soft and tight as well and I almost like it more than any treats. I like my walker throwing it for me so I can fetch it, but I don't like to let it out of my fangs and must chew and chew till I change it for a treat and he can throw it for me to fetch again.
And when I am tired of fetching and we are on the way back to the place where I live since almost two years, then I want to carry my new toy the entire way as I never did with something else. I feel very important then and ignore other dogs and people and I even keep it in my mouth when I growl at tractors. It's almost like a kind of baby for me :-)
I then give it to my walkers when I get my farewell treets before going in my place again. I don't want the other dogs there to see it and I'm lookingf forward to the next day, when they bring it with them again.
Till then, I can be in the outside place with one of the other dogs for some hours and then get my dinner and sleep in my own warm room with floor heating. It's not bad there but very boring sometimes, so I'm looking forward to my walkers again and woul be glad to have my own family with people who play with me and try to understand me as my walkers do.