Here are some of the attributes of Darla and the pups.
to Terry Sullivan, for getting this idea started
- Were dirty at first, but they are clear now
Dermal - Has no problems
GI - Will eat anything, must keep
all food out of her reach and climbing abilities. Will only peel
paint if she eats other than her regular dog food. Puppies must
get this from their father!
Teeth - Has a gap that I thought
was a missing tooth on her lower jaw, but noticed that some of
the pups have this too. Loves rawhide to the point of being obnoxious
if disturbed while chewing it. She will snarl at anyone who gets
too close while she has rawhide, but will share food and all other
toys. We are working on our rawhide personality.
Guarding - Sits in the front window
and barks at all who walk by. Would not let a door to door salesman
near me when he approached us while out front...good girl!! (I
don't open my door to them). I don't know what the difference
was from him to just general people walking down the street. She
normals greets all with enthusiasm. Glad she knows the difference!
Energy - Short burst of wild energy, to play, run and be funny.
Generally only lasts 15 minutes.
Separation Anxiety - Doesn't appear
to have any. She does well all day by herself. She had a swallowing
issue when I first got her and when that flairs up, she eats the
curtains by the front window. Did xrays and all is normal, so
we attributed it to anxiety of all the adjustments she was going
through when I had first gotten her. However, it flared up a bit
last night. hmmm But that was while I was at home.
Bathability - Avoids all water when
possible, except to drink. She must be dragged or carried into
the shower, but stands still and endures once in there. If it's
raining outside, she will choose to hold it.
Communication - Barks, whines, groans
and will poke you with her nose to get your attention. Will not
Personal space - She loves her beds,
yes that's plural. Her toys are usually all around the perimeter
of her bed, not all over the house. My next project is to get
her a toy box and teach her to put them away. Should be interesting.
Kids - Loves anyone that will pet
Problem Solving - Very good. Will
climb or open snap tight containers if they have food in them.
She pulls her leash off the wall while I'm away at work and she
has learned to "find her leash" for me so I can take
her out. She brings it to me, drops it and waits for me to clip
it on, then off we go!
Swimming - No thanks, that involves
Running - Very fast when chasing
Abbey around the house or the back yard.
Fetching - Will fetch her soft toys
about three times. If you throw it after that, she pokes me with
her nose and barks at me as if to say "why do you keep doing
Catching - huh?? Won't run until
the toy has left your hand.
Jumping - will stand on her back
legs, but haven't seen any jumping.
Agility - Has managed to climb chairs
to get to food. Will stand on the back of the sofa like a billy
goat to look out the window at Gary's house. His window doesn't
go to the ground like it does at my house.
Stamina - Will stay awake as long
as there is something interesting going on. When playing, only
about 15 minutes. When walking, as long as I walk. I guess she
adjusts to the situation. Breathes heavily when sleeping, but
no real snoring. Just sounds like a monster lurking by the bed.
Ears - get very dirty and infected
often. Require constant attention
Dermal - has a few small semi-bald
patches on face that were worse when he was a puppy
GI - well, just don't point his rear
end towards any painted surfaces if you know what I mean...
Guarding - will bark at strangers
and advance to within about 10 feet of them, then wag his tail.
Energy - medium. he is always up
for a walk or a fight with Roma, but he likes his down time too
Separation Anxiety - none for his
parents, but he strongly misses Roma when she is not around
Bathability - does not like to get
washed, but he will not run away
Communication - whines, grunts, and
sighs fairly often to convey emotions
Personal space - likes to be around
people and sleep touching them
Kids - seems disinterested, but will
allow for petting and hugging
Problem solving - low. he waits for
roma to retrieve balls from under chairs and push doors open for
Swimming - strong swimmer, will jump
into the water off of land or a ledge
Running - medium speed, runs like
a horse with loud footsteps
Fetching - will fetch ANYTHING and
bring it right back
Catching - pretty good. he can pick
a ball out of the air, but is no great shakes with a frisbee
Jumping - POOR. he rears up on front
legs, then jumps and then pulls himself up with front legs
Agility - huh?
Stamina - can run for at least an
hour and a half behind mountain bikes...
Ears - also get very dirty, but not
infected. She's always flapping her ears side to side.
Dermal - no problems
GI - Daisy definitely gives new meaning
to "natural gas" ~ the type of dog food doesn't help
& the scent lingers a while.
Bladder control - amazing, she can
"hold it" forever.
Appetite - eats anything! Loves cleaning
up after our 2 year old, we call him Daisy's food source.
Teeth - chews anything & everything.
Loves rawhides & stuffed animals (also furniture, shoes, walls,
Guarding - is protective of the whole
family, but especially the 3 kids
Energy - has calmed down with "age"
but still has plenty of energy
Separation Anxiety - doesn't seem
to bother her, but she's not left alone very often
Bathability - does not like baths
Communication - barks (like we couldn't
tell from the reunion, haha) and squeaks so sweetly every time
she yawns. Also moans when we rub behind her ears.
Personal space - likes to have her
own space somtimes
Kids - loves our 3 kids and is so
protective of them. We can't even play fight without her getting
Problem solving - high, we had to
change the doorknob in her room (the laundry room) as she could
open the door. Now, she uses the door stop and pops the door off
the bottom hinge to try to get out.
Other dogs - likes to play with other
dogs, she gives the German Shepard (who is huge) next door a run
for his money several times a week
Affection - she is such a lover,
she has to snuggle & nibble on my ear every morning
Sleep habits - a very good sleeper,
but likes to sleep on someone's feet at night. She thinks all
the beds & furniture belong to her, she does not normally
sleep on the floor.
Swimming - doesn't care for water,
but I've read that their webbed feet make them great swimmers.
Running - fast, very fast ~ can not
be caught when she is loose.
Fetching - she enjoys fetching a
Catching - ok, but not her favorite
thing to do
Jumping - good, as a puppy she would
jump out of her pen and now can jump the neighbor's 4 foot wooden
Agility - pretty good, she can dodge
anyone trying to catch her when she gets loose.
Stamina - high, can run & play
for a long time
Ears - Floppy, floppy, floppy...
otherwise very clean.
Dermal - no problems
Bladder control - Improving daily.
GI - can eat everything and anything...
paint peeling rear end as well. They must get this from their
Teeth - One smoked femur, four Nylabones,
one dining room chair and any fluff he can find.
Guarding - very friendly to family
friends. Takes his cue from his big sis, Sissy.
Energy - Full of it with trickle
charges (power naps).
Separation Anxiety - Does not want
to be away from his family or Sissy. Does not like
to be alone. Howls
Bathability - NO!
Communication - growls and whines
like a girl
Personal space - None, he is always
in someone else's space aka Space Invader. Needs to be in your
lap at all times.
Kids - Loves his kids. Very protective.
Will bite his father when he's play fighting with the kids.
Problem solving - Problem? What problem?
Have you seen my brain?
Swimming - NO!
Running - Only when chased, otherwise
very fast, but doesn't understand the slipperiness of tile or
Fetching - Just learning, will go
get something but won't bring it back unless food is involved.
Catching - see fetching.
Jumping - Just learning that he can.
Still test piloting this.
Agility - No. Again doesn't understand
tile or linoleum.
Stamina - Can go all day with power
naps and then major snoring at night.
Ears Big and Goffie but cute
Dermal has to eat lamb and
rice food or will itch
Bladder control - very good / lets
mommy know when she has to potty
GI It must be good/ She as
eaten 4 leather leashes and 2 pairs of my clogs entirely .
Teeth White with a few still
coming in .
Very protective of me and not sure of strange men
No Stop Running machine
She is so bad when let at the doggie day care but great when left
- Great with the groomer ( they Give Her treats!)
talks to me all the time when she knows I am going out
with out her / squakes and makes funny sounds
- None, she has to be next to me all the time / right up on my
lap or with her head in my neck
Loves playing with bigger kids not sure of small children
I cant keep her out of anything, has learned to stalk
the cat and get into the food
Hates to be wet
loves to run and be chased by other dogs
has no clue what this is
- she eats tennis balls but will not catch them
has jumped over an 8 foot fence ( this is a catahoula trait
and not a good one)
love to try to climb trees after the birds Moejoe has a
great herding ability and love to heard cattle at the farm
- Can go all day as long as she can sleep in the bed at night
Loves to eat socks and cat food, and snores like a train but still
"S.A.F.E. Society of
(Saving Animals From Endangerment)
reunion took place Saturday, March 13th at John Chestnut Park
in Palm Harbor. This was 1 year from the date they all left eachother
(within a few days).
to everyone who showed up and Kim for the great birthday cake.