We just beed going about normal life lately, nothing very exciting happening. Sally still here, but going home monday or tuesday. We has lots of fun and I will miss her but she sure do hamper my practicing for Honey’s Dancing with the Doggy Stars!
Yesterday she even had the cheek to chew on my Stag Bar chew.
Um.. Mum, is you gonna let this continue?
But it ok, cos I got some empty food rubbish to lick. I still likes to chew up food packaging, only now I don’t steal it and run off and hide, Mum has gived up and just gives it to me now. This one had nougat in it.
Mum bought me and Sally a new toy each, I got a squeaky ball and she got a bear stuffie, really it to stop her destuffing all mine! I wont have any toys left. She likes my ball too though.
So that the this and this the that…
See Sally hiding over there by Mum’s legs? She ascared of my sis-fur! Really she scared cos she wants to heard them all up but Sally hates getting told off so tries not to go near them. Of course Faline be Faline and not care and walks all over poor Sally. Literally! Now Mum says I must point out that she would not let most dogs near the rabbits like this but she has knowed Sally for 8 years and is sure of her, especially cos when they first moved here they had a cat called Mitzey who be a very scary little cat (she went to the bridge afore I met her) she completely bossed every dog she met and Mum said when they first got little puppy Auntie Penny Mitzey would scratch her nose whenever she got too close. We have Mitzey to thank for the fact that Auntie Penny would never even think about chasing the rabbits and when Mitzey first met Sally, Sally went to chase her and was so suprised to be met with a bristly hissy scratchy ball of black fur that she hid and she was too scared to even go out of the room to go past Mitzey. Mitzey knew how afraid the dogs were of her and even when strange dogs would come to the house she would saunter right through them and sit in the middle of the room, flicking her tail and staring them out. BOL!
Most dogs would not be able to resist chasing my rabbit-dog siblings, even if they is used to cats because rabbits is prey animals and their instinct be to run away or freeze when they get scared. That the reason why Mum decided to get a puppy (me) instead of an adult dog from a rescue, because the rabbits got here first and they is not used to being cooped up in a cage. From the first day I came I got rewarded for lying down and being calm around them and when I got a bit older I’d also get mean voice if I tried to chase them. Plus it might have helped that Faline boxed at me if I got too close! Sometimes at bedtime I do help Mum herd them up. Although Faline do sometimes ignore me and run back through my legs, and really I is trying to get some of their food anyways. hehe!
See puppies generally want to be friends with efurryone! I used to try and curl up with my cat-bro Pepe all the time and sit with the rabbit-dogs too. Plus I got socialised very young to animals like pigs and chickens and sheeps when we visited old Daddy’s parents place.
So all this means I has a very low prey drive and chase instinct, except for a tennis ball!! I can walk right through a field of sheep without even batting an eyelid! Mum doesn’t know if that my natural way, or if it be because of the clicker training, or the socialisation or what, but we know Auntie Penny does not chase rabbits but she will chase sheep and Sally doesn’t chase sheep but she WANTS to chase cats and rabbits, she just wont cos she knows she shouldn’t and she scared of getting scratched.
Look at my good body language! I is turning my head as a calming signal to show my bro-fur Rocky and to prove to Mum that I is not threatening or interested in chasing him. Rocky really liked me and Pepe and we miss him a lot still.
Here me and Faline both begging for treats.
Here puppy me watching my sisfur Mina eat weeds. I tried to eat some too after watching her but they not taste nice.
And ehre me meeting sheeeps for the first time, they stamped at me. After this I decided I had more in common with rabbits and so stopped being a Shetland Sheepdog and became instead a Shetland Rabbit dog.