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Old 05-25-2011, 02:57 PM
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Fudge:
Fudge is my shadow. My little angel. He can do no wrong except for when he does! He's happy to sleep in bed all day or go for a hike, as long as that's what I'm doing. He thinks he knows best and he usually does! He doesn't have to, or like to, be touching me but he likes to be watching over me. He is the "watchdog" of the pack. If anything goes on Fudge is right there making sure everything is going right. He has no problem telling the other dogs off if that is what they need. He LOVES training puppies even if he hates the puppies themselves . He's not good with kids but give them a tennis ball and they're his new best friend. He used to be quite fear aggrssive towards strangers but now he ignores them completely unless they're close enough for him to have a sniff. He adores his toys and loves playing with the other dogs. He's very fun to train but it takes a little while for things to 'click' for him. He can be very frustrating to shape with because down-stay is his default behaviour and he will .Not. Move. I couldn't live without him.


Scamp:
So much to say about this little ratbag. He has more nicknames than any other dog in the house and not many of them are complimentary! He is completely tireless and can run for hours and come back and pace around the house, dump tennis balls on your lap and then annoy the other dogs into playing with him. He is easily the smartest and most trainable dog in the house. 10 minutes with a clicker and then he understands what I want him to do and will offer it for the rest of the day in hope of reward. He doesn't particularly like people in general but he's not aggressive towards them, he generally just ignores them. He doesn't like other dogs but he's starting to get better with them although he is the "fun police" unless he's the one having fun. He has quite a high prey drive and will kill small animals. Whenever he actually does sleep he's always touching me. At night he sleeps under my blanket and now he's curled into a ball beside me on the sofa. He's a quirky super confident dog that doesn't care about anyone other than me. He's extremely handler sensitive though. He loves playing no matter what the toy but he prefers a tennis ball. I can't imagine living without him either. <3


Taz:
Taz is a little bit of an idiot mixed with a large amount of adoreableness. He can be so stupid sometimes that you wonder how he manages to survive and at other times he shows remarkable intelligence. Most of the time hoewever he is just adoreable. It's when you try to teach him something slightly more complicated than a sit that you realize he's an idiot. He loves people. He would quite happily walk off with anyone that showed him soime affection. We're not bonded as much as I would like but we're slowly getting there. I'm very excited at seeing how he does at flyball though! He likes to be close to someone at all times. It doesn't seem to matter who it is. Taz loves to run. I don't know what he would be like if he didn't get his daily run. With it he's a extremely chill, relaxed dog who loves sleeping on the sofa for most of the day.
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Old 05-25-2011, 03:16 PM
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Chloe...

Chloe's my heart dog. My best friend. My sister and I swear she's a human in a dog's body. She KNOWS what you're saying. Sometimes you don't even have to say anything. Just a look or expression on your face is usually enough for her to get the message. I have a connection with her that I've never had with another dog. We're so in sync all the time. I miss her so much when I'm away from her. The other day we went to babysit a little girl, and I heard her dog's tags jingling and I almost started crying because I missed Chloe. I'd been away from her for like 2 hours XD! She's just such a GOOD dog. She's very perceptive, and she seems to really understand everything that goes on. She's just one-of-a-kind. I love her more than words can say, and I don't know what I'll do when she dies. A piece of me will definitely be gone.



Violet...

That second picture pretty much sums her up. She's a complet SPAZ. I love her very much, but she's definitely a handful. It's a theory of mine that blue eyed huskies (or blue eyed dogs in general) are crazy. (Compared to brown eyed huskies/dogs). My first husky, Misty, had blue eyes and she was very similar to Violet in temperament when she was young. My second husky, Holly, had brown eyes and was nothing like either of them. She was very well behaved, calm, and just a good dog all around.

Violet, though she's related to Holly, is like Misty reincarnated. She's crazy, devious, evilevilevil, sweet, adorable, and completely loveable. <3 She's a good girl. I should give her more credit than I do. She's SO smart, and picks up on things so quickly. She just uses her smarts for evil, instead of good most of the time. But I suppose I shouldn't be surprised.

She's the quickest dog I've ever housebroken. She was completely housebroken when she was 8 weeks old. It only took her a few days to completely stop having accidents. We backtracked a bit, when we allowed her to free roam the house, so to this day she's confined to the living room/breakfast room/kitchen only. Soon we'll allow her to expand to the entire downstairs. I'm not sure we'll ever let her go upstairs. She finds too many things up there to swallow.

She has a lot of things to work on. She pulls on the leash, jumps, and is just now starting to counter surf (Misty did all of these things, no matter how much we tried to train her, until the day she died - I hope I can prevent Violet from following her path XD). But over-all she's a good girl. And I think she'll quickly lose her less appealing behaviors, and become a really good dog.
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Old 05-25-2011, 03:30 PM
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Pip is... Pip. Very much a mama's boy, a bit shy and VERY serious with strangers but incredibly sweet and very silly with people he knows and trusts. Can take or leave strangers (people and dogs) but always wants to be close to his people (ON his people if possible). Can be the Fun Police when the younger dogs are playing, but also will join in with them.

Maisy


Aka Maisy Mayhem... So incredibly sweet with all people. Inconsistent with other dogs -- LOVES to play chase and keep away, but sometimes reactive with other dogs and sometimes a bully to other dogs (if they don't want to play with her). High energy, but finding her off switch. Everything she does, she does THE MOST. Has taught me more about dog training than any dog I've ever known. Wags her whole body.

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Sweet boy. Loves all people and dogs. Such a kind, gentle soul in that puppy body. Can be mischievous and very, very funny but generally mellow and easygoing.

Squash and Maisy are BFFs...




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Old 05-25-2011, 03:46 PM
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Eve is the helper dog to my simple mind. She's tightly wound, meticulous, focused and hyper-aware of her surroundings. Her personality is complex and dynamic, I'm not really sure if I can explain it properly. She appears silly and goofy, but it's the most rigid, spastic playfulness I've ever seen. It's almost like she exaggerates it on purpose. I think she compulsively does a lot of things that she doesn't really need to.

She is usually super quiet, not a barker. The exception to this is raccoons (even stuffed ones) and certain words/sounds. If I make a farting sound with my lips, she goes into a fit of rage and screams at me.

She's 100% drive and biddability. She's compliant without being a mindless obedience-bot. She gives me some slack as long as I give her some. If I'm unforgiving as a handler, she's unforgiving towards me. If I let her be herself and don't micro-manage her, she flourishes.

She's every bit as anxious as I am, every bit as neurotic and easily excited, but somehow she's my rock. She's an enormous pain in my ass when I'm level-headed and thinking clearly, but as soon as I start to slip, she picks up my slack. She doesn't always act the way I WANT her to, but when I NEED her to do something, she never lets me down. She's reliable, honest and devoted. We have an unconditional partnership.

She's also becoming less friendly as she ages. As a puppy, she didn't know a stranger and was in love with everyone and everything. Once she reached maturity, she became a bit more selective. She's still friendly and enjoys the company of people, but she's less enthusiastic about it than she used to be. She is good at making acquaintances with new people, but she never makes "friends". She wants to eat other dogs/cats that get in her face. Mostly, she's just content to ignore everyone but me.

I'd like to think she loves me. Mostly she loves playing ball, and even more than playing ball she loves sheep. But I fit somewhere in the top 3, and that's good enough for me.
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Old 05-25-2011, 03:58 PM
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Wink is playful and sweet and innocent. Seriously the most innocent dog I've ever met.

She's bad. Like really bad. She has decimated my house. She steals EVERYTHING. She climbs on EVERYTHING. She chews EVERYTHING. But she doesn't do the same thing twice in a row. Once she learns not to do something, she moves on to the next completely unacceptable behavior. She learns well and is very intelligent, but she is food-obsessed and spends the majority of her time hunting for forbidden food. I never starved her - I attribute most of it to her heritage, she probably comes from a long line of scavengers.

She is the most unabashedly happy, wiggly, friendly puppy. She loves everybody. She greets everybody (rudely).She jumps on people. She mouths. She sheds. She yodels and yips and barks and whines. She screams when I leave her in her crate. She's terribly behaved but she's so freaking endearing that nobody really cares that she's a baddog.

She has 0 drive for anything but food. She also seems to switch from maniacal hyperactivity to near-comatose laziness. It's like her personality goes in cycles. I'm eagerly awaiting the day when it balances out.

She is terribly socially dense with other dogs. She thinks everyone wants to play with her. Every time she sees Eve, she still tries to make friends. It's sad and hilarious at the same time.

She sleeps with me every night. She washes my kittens for me. She tries really hard to be gentle with them.

Every night I still struggle with my decision to keep her for so long. Eve wishes I would send her away, but I love her too much to let her go to just anyone. She really wriggled herself into my heart.
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Old 05-25-2011, 04:13 PM
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Rosey is, in one word, perfect.

She has helped me grow up. She took on the guardian role of us from day 1. She is *always* around us. Not always touching us, but always in the same room as I am in, always keeping an eye and an ear open. If I get up to move, she jumps up to move with me.

She is very smart, and intuitive. I can just give her a look, and she knows exactly what I need or want. I can just give her a look and she will be right beside me, giving me a shoulder to cry on, or she will be leaving me alone. She always knows what I need, when I need it, whether it be I need her to be close to me, or I just need her to stay away.
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Old 05-25-2011, 04:17 PM
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Oh, Dance... where to even start? She is my best friend. She's the quirkiest, most fun, animated dog I've ever known. She never, ever fails to make me laugh at least once a day. She's my constant shadow, but not clingy, which I love. She can be beligerantly sneaky and can try to push her boundaries a bit... but mostly in a funny way! She's always thinking. Plotting. As sweet as she is, she can be quite the devious little thing, LOL. She just brings me so much joy, no matter what we're doing. Be it hanging out in the house, playing Agility, practicing Rally, etc. She just loves to play and have a good time. Overall, she applies the things I've taught her in life without many reminders, and living with her does not often feel like work. She thinks she should be treated like royalty, and is pretty certain that she's the star of the show. She may be little, but she's got personality plus! Oh, and love all of the noises she makes to communicate. She's so vocally communicative with her people. Her downfall is she's stupid with strangers. Not even fearful really anymore, she just will not give herself a couple of minutes to like somebody. She's learned that when she barks, people get scared and leave her alone. And then in the same moment, she seems like she wanted to maybe meet them. She's a hundred times better than she used to be, with a lot of work put into her, but she's still not a reliably friendly/quiet dog when meeting people. However, the many good things that she is by far outweigh the bad! She's so easy in comparison to other dogs I've owned.



Ripley is just a big doofus really, haha. He's not much of a thinker, and instead just blindly follows along with whatever another dog is doing and therefore can be very reactionary. Sometimes I just grab his cheeks (nicely) and look at him and say "why can't you just think for yourself for once?!", LOL. Life would be so much easier for him and for me if he would think before he acted, and he wouldn't need to feel sorry for doing something stupid after. He does have a brain... I think. He often hears "I'm pretty sure you came with a brain. Why don't you find it and put it to good use?". He's just so easily over stimulated around other dogs (especially if those other dogs are very energetic, nervous or hyper). But one on one, or around dogs he knows, he is a dream. He's pleasing, he tries very hard, he learns pretty quickly and he is truly the sweetest boy ever. A little on the touchy feely side, but Dobermans as a breed are very velcro, and he is not unlike the many others I know in that way. And as long as you know his rules, he is relaxed and not pushy about it. However, if you don't know his rules, he can be a downright jerk about making somebody touch him (at home or at his breeder's -- not so much elsewhere). He worships the ground I walk on, and gazes at me constantly throughout the day. He loves nothing more than to just hang out and be with his people. And I love how I can take him anywhere knowing that I don't have to worry if people reach to pet him without asking. He takes everything in stride, and is very polite and gentle. He's just a sweet, fun-loving, happy-go-lucky guy. He just wants to have fun and be loved. I also love that no matter what when training, he will not shut down. He is sensitive to emotion, but he is not soft and can take a lot more pressure than many other Dobermans I know. Oh, and he has the cutest Dober-smile! Maybe not to everybody, but I think it's adorable, LOL. He may frustrate me at times, but at the same time, I can't imagine life without him. I love him so much.



And Keira... I don't even know how to describe Keira. She's so hard to describe, as she is very difficult, but at the same time I couldn't love her more. She's a sweetheart, and one of the most soulful looking dogs I've ever known aside from Winston and her dam, but at the same time she can just be very hard to get along with. Despite training and time and effort, she is pushy, beligerant, selfish, difficult to teach because she doesn't care, a little neurotically attached to my mom, etc. She's really easily anxiously exciteable over things like going through doors, going outside, eating, when other people come over, etc. And unless you know how to deal with that, she just turns into a complete idiot. Which creates a lot of work for me, because I seem to be the only one with enough patience to only reward the good, calm behaviour. Which means she's nearly perfect with me, but left with anyone else, she just becomes downright irritating and embarrassing. You can't just live with Keira -- everyday is managing her energy level, to make sure she does not become anxiously exciteable. The latter state is very stressful to live with, for humans and the other dogs. She is not a dog that an inexperienced dog owner could ever live with in a million years. However, at the same time, once you've channeled her energy in the right way, you could never find a more devoted, kinder dog. She is fabulous in so many ways, and if it wasn't for the insane amount of daily work to keep her in a relaxed state of mind, she'd be pretty near perfect. And if everybody was as committed to only rewarding the right energy state, I don't think it would be as much work as it is. Consistancy is key, as we know, but in order for consistancy to happen, everyone needs to try hard. She's one of those dogs that you really can take anywhere without a problem. She's fantastic with other dogs, wonderful with people, supremely gentle with children, etc. Aside from slight pulling on the leash sometimes, I've never had a problem with her out in public. She's always the favored dog of anyone that ever meets all three of mine or comes over to visit. For as demanding as she can sometimes be for attention, she is gentle about it and you can't help but look at that sweet, soulful little face and not melt.

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Oh gosh I thought this was going to be dumb but it's so sweet and I just love hearing everyone gush about their dogs. I've gotten all weepy and sentimental over it.


Gatsby is difficult.

He has been difficult every day of his life. When I first met him in his first owner's driveway, he was flat out on the end of a locked retractable leash with one foot on the ground and the other three all pointing in different directions and screaming his fool head off. And somehow I looked at all that and went "Yep, that's my dog."

He is reactive, high strung, and reacts poorly to change. He is scrawny and tough and gangly and goofy looking. He bears only passing resemblance to a Miniature Schnauzer. When the nose goes down the ears go off. It took six months to get him to sit outside, longer before he would look at me. Life is very exciting when you are Gatsby.

He is the sweetest dog in the world. He's so gentle and just lives to crawl into your skin and stare meaningfully into your eyes with his face very close to yours. He is happiest when all his people are in the same room and he'll just wiggle back and forth between us smiling and wagging and bouncing.

He hates the Stupid Red Dog.

He has prey drive, but it's really play drive. He'll tug for hours and growl like a chainsaw. Gatsby is a dog with lots of opinions. He'll make his own fun if none is forthcoming. He likes to smack things around with his paws. Gatsby is a dog that stops to smell the roses. And the dandelions. And the grass. And the air. He is incredibly hard to work with because his give a **** is broken. But those brief moments when we connect are like a drug. He's utterly brilliant.


Marsh is perfect.

Smart without being evil, biddable without being brainless, affectionate without being smothering.

Will play fetch for days. Taught himself to retrieve to hand. Does not tug, because objects are meant to be given to humans. If it's in a human hand it's a toy. Strangers are invisible, but friends get wiggles too. Just full of zest for life. Everything is fun. Does things because I ask him to. Is the star of his obedience class without really trying. Naturally heads up heels with gorgeous, loving eye contact.

Oh so clever and knows it. Will repeat any behavior if you make a bit of a fuss over him. So eager to learn the hard part is getting him to slow down enough to be precise. Is the most effortlessly athletic dog I know. Taught himself to jump up on the counter, just for the heck of it. Counter surfs, but politely. Likes to sit on top of things. Fearless and does not actually feel pain.
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Teagan is my partner in crime. My heart. We are just so intune its crazy and sometimes scares the crap out of me. She is very much a terrier and as she has matured her prey drive has sky rocketed. She can be snarky with other dogs if they are being rude or near her "stuff" but otherwise she is pretty good with them, pretty much ignores them, unless she really knows the dog and the other dog realises she is the boss.

With strangers she is pretty seriouse and mostly ignores or stays out of their way. And she hates when they touch her without her permission.

Teagan is a cuddle bug. Especially in the morning. She also loves sleeping in, which is a plus because I love sleeping in

She also is a mountian goat. I sware that dog can climb anything. I think thats why she loves hiking so much, There are so many things to climb. I once found her up 6 feets in a spruce tree trying to get a squirel. Crazy thing.

Teagan is very food driven. And looses her mind if you ask her to do a trick with food. Its hard to get her to concentrate enough for her to actually do the right trick. She also won't do tricks for you unless there is somthing in it for her. But she listens very, very well. I sware she knows exactly what I am saying. She also sticks very close. I have no worries or issues if we go bush camping. I am not worring about her wondering off

She deffinatly is a country dog. She loves the outdoors. Grass and snow are the best things invented.

She is both mine and Tyler (my boyfriends) heart dog, Which I find funny. She equally has a strong, intense bond with both of us. Even though they can go for weeks without seeing each other because he lives in a different province right now.

Teagan is also very vocal. And she talks to you, and talk back to you. She can be a sass. She can be a screamer. Like when she wants outside really bad. And she thinks there's some monster that needs to die out there.

In public though she is very, very quiet. I don't think we could convince her to make a peep.
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Meg is the best thing that has ever come along in my life. She's a 6 year old Mountain Cur that I adopted from a friend who pulled her out of a high kill shelter at about 1 year old. She is incredibly soft tempered and is a worrier at heart, but I have never met an animal or human who tries harder to do and be whatever you want of her. We started agility to try and give her confidence, and she's now a Masters level dog who competed at the Cynosport World Games last year. She's a perfect barn dog, wonderful in the house, and makes every person she meets think that they are the Best Thing to Ever Happen to Her. But then I move a foot, and she is instantly focused on me. She housebroke herself in a day, has never had a moment of destruction, and won't touch a garbage bag left out with meat in it. She is possessive of me with other dogs, and won't tolerate rude pushy dogs unless they are puppies. She hums when she sees cats, but won't touch them. She watches entire episodes of TV shows - really watches.

She is the most wonderful creature I've known, and I'm teary eyed just writing this.
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