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Friday, August 26, 2011

National Dog Day Today! Do You Know Where Your Doggie Is?



My DH, Anthony, and our sweetie dog, Clara
Where:  Key West, FL


As you can see, Clara's pretty much a "Daddy's Dog."  She and Anthony have a close relationship.  She tells him what to do and he's good about minding her.  In fact, he's pretty much attentive to her every need.  Every night she lets him know when it's 9:30PM, and it's time for her walk around the neighborhood to look for rabbits.  She's pretty much unrelenting until he gets up from his easy chair, puts down his tv control, hooks her harness up and follows her outside.

Clara has several tags and signs and "words" to let us know what she wants.  If we don't get her messages right the first time we question her, she'll just sit quietly.  If we hit the right word, she'll jump down, twirl around and look at us expectantly.  As I said, she's good at getting what she wants from us.

We've had Clara running our household for about 9 years now.  And, we love her so much! 

Recommendations if you're thinking of getting a Yorkie:
1)  They rule the roost, even if you have other dogs...and no matter how large those dogs are.
2)  They like treats, all day long!
3)  They're loyal and they're protective.
4)  They are hunters by genetics, so they will take after rabbits, squirrels, frogs, lizards, iguanas, and anything else small that moves relatively fast!  So, better be prepared with a harness and a good grip on it.
5)  Always use a harness-type leash.  The neck-type will crush their esophagus and will damage them.
6)  They demand attention at some part of the day, but will sleep quietly next to you if you're reading, blog writing or watching tv...or any other activity.
7)  They're social.  Love everyone who comes in the house, and want to be picked up, or at least recognized and petted...a little.

What's your dog?

Happy National Dog Day!!

Deborah/YourBookishDame

3 comments:

bermudaonion

We have a Jack Russell Terrier who's almost 16. She used to be really active, but now her favorite things are eating and sleeping.

Helen's Book Blog

We have a miniature Poodle, Charlie, whom we rescued three years ago. He is such a sweetheart!

Teresa Cypher aka T K CypherBuss

We have a 110 lb Rottweiler named Max. We rescued him from the Humane Society this spring when he was 18 months old. He had spent nearly a year at the shelter. It has been an adventure, thus far, getting him through obedience school, teaching him the rules of the house (which he is still learning, and trying to love him past his emotional baggage of having been abused (broken tail and whiskers burned right off of his face) and all those months in a cage. In the last year, we had to put down our 12 year old diabetic rescue husky/rotty mix, and our 15 year old shepherd/border collie mix. We had forgotten what it was like to have a young dog in the house...and we so miss our dear old dogs--so well-behaved and loyal they were. But, we have high hopes for Max that he will come around. Happy dog-day to the dog-lovers here!

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