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My new dog

I have a new dog.
Like Hermione, she's a small spunky female who is quick, prances and is sweet.  She loves people and food.
However she's quite different.  Most obviously, she's black.  She is more laid back.  She has already fallen asleep on a down at my son's therapy.  A vocalizing kid walked by and she didn't even react. 

She LOVES petting which is great, because I also love to pet.   And it means I can easily reward her when we're out in public.

She's about 3 months younger than Hermione when I got her.  She's barely two.  I dunno if it's being younger or what.  But my new dog seems impressionable and eager and willing to make mistakes and unsure right now.  Once we have success at a task, she's quick and confident.  And in fact she's already learned some positioning issues in working with me.

Unlike Hermione who lived to play with a ball, she doesn't like to play fetch at all.  She likes bones, but otherwise toys don't appear to interest her.  I will miss watching a dog run around playing fetch.  But the key word is watching, because I can only throw the ball a few times.  So I actually appreciate that she prefers other things.

She shimmers when she gets excited.  Not the powerful whip tail action, but rather she undulates reminding me of an otter.  Her fur is also dense and silky like an otter's too.  And she has a thick broad otter-like tail of the lab.

She's the niece of C's dog, so I'll be in C's good books for years.

I will post photos later.  Graduation isn't until Feb 21, so I'll probably hold off on the name until then in a public post.  I am still wiped from our intensive training - 2 weeks compacted into 3 days.

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emerge
Feb. 6th, 2009 06:17 pm (UTC)
*Shimmers (or is it shivers?) with excitement* If I had a tail I'd undulate it too.

I can't wait to meet sweet new doggie and lavish lots of love on her and you!
waterowl
Feb. 7th, 2009 11:01 pm (UTC)
Aww! Hugs to you and Maya!
poets_hand
Feb. 6th, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
She sounds wonderful!

I'm sorry that you had to go through a change so soon, but am glad that it may work out better. :.)
waterowl
Feb. 7th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
I try to be more like her and live in the moment and deal with things as they come.
wunderwood
Feb. 6th, 2009 07:43 pm (UTC)
She sounds wonderful. Maybe she won't wear out Loken at playdates.

She sounds easy to train, which will really help.

Time to switch your wardrobe from tan pants back to black!
waterowl
Feb. 7th, 2009 11:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah doubt she'll wear out Loken. Be interesting to see how they interact. I'm excited to have you all meet her.
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waterowl
Feb. 7th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
She is trained to retrieve items. She can also turn off and on lights, tug with a strap to open doors and pull a basket. She can also push things with her nose to close drawers and opens doors that have accessible push plates.

I will also train her to open doors with lever handles.
wallisb
Feb. 7th, 2009 05:50 am (UTC)
She sounds so wonderful! I cannot wait to meet her and we can have a three-way dog playdate!!! Keep up the great great work with her, and I adore hearing the wonderful stories and memories you two are making! See you on the 21st on our special special day! xoxo
waterowl
Feb. 7th, 2009 11:08 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I can't wait to hear about your new dog!!
jehannamama
Feb. 7th, 2009 06:30 am (UTC)
wow that is awesome... are you keeping Hermione, as well?
waterowl
Feb. 7th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
Yeah it's so nice to have a dog who is willing to work fulltime again and enjoys going out.

Sadly I had to give Hermione back because she needs medical care for her severe allergies and infections caused by her allergies. She's gone to live with her puppyraiser who I'm sure will give her the allergy shots, baths and treat her infections. And give her the more relaxed (ie not two small kids) life she wants.
jennyrob
Feb. 8th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
I'm anxious to meet her! Tilly, of course, will LOVE to play with her.

Sometimes I wish Tilly were taller so she could do some useful things. As it is, I'm more like her Human Companion for Independence.
waterowl
Feb. 17th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
Yeah we'd love to do a playdate in March! :)
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