Liu Lang Xin Shi (Never say goodbye).
Hitchens, I will never abandon you.
This video was posted on YouTube by Chang Puper.
Two days ago, I wrote about how much I wanted to get a dog. There was no way I could’ve known that the day after I posted Let the Dog Come to Me, a dog would actually come.
I was stepping out of the elevator when a cute little Shih Tzu came running down the stairs. She looked like a happy dog – she was friendly and was bursting with energy. I said hi to her expecting that I would meet her owner shortly. I waited a few minutes but no one came. Out of concern for the dog and her probably worried owner, I reported the lost dog to security, told them that I would care for her in the meantime and gave them my contact information.
The dog who came to visit.
It looked like her last visit to the groomers wasn’t too long ago. her coat was neatly trimmed. But underneath the fur, she was almost skin and bone. I brought out a dog dish and a chew toy from storage and started thinking about giving her a bath. I didn’t know who her owner was and what circumstances led to her running around our building unattended, so I didn’t want to make any assumptions. But when I sat down and looked the dog over, the poor little shih tzu looked like a neglected dog. She didn’t even have a collar.
While the dog was drinking water, I decided that I would go out and buy dog food if no one picked her up after an hour. And if no one picked her up after a week, I would take her to the vet. It seemed like she was really at home in my apartment. She was playful and very comfortable. I found it difficult to keep myself from saying “I hope no one comes to pick her up.”
It hadn’t been half an hour when someone knocked on my door. It was a lady. She said, “I was told Simone was here.” Simone ran to the lady at the door right away. It was a happy moment for all of us.
Don’t be a stranger, Simone. Try not to wander around without your owner next time.
I found a few articles with tips for pet owners who live in the city:
If you have any tips on how best to take care of pets for city dwellers, please leave a comment. I’m sure we can all benefit from your experience. Thank you.
I miss having a dog in my apartment. Just last December, I had two dachshunds – Frankie and Cooper. It was great having them around. So next month, I’m getting another dog. This time, I’m getting a miniature schnauzer.
The miniature schnauzer ranks 12th in Stanley Coren’s Dog Intelligence Chart. This means dogs that belong to this breed are able to learn new commands after five to 15 repetitions and will obey on first command 85% of the time. A quick learner and an obedient pet, this is the best breed for me.
But how do I pick the best miniature schnauzer puppy from a litter of miniature schnauzers? How do I choose the one that will most likely have the temperament that I am looking for?
I very recently learned that it is easy to tell whether a dog has a natural disposition towards following commands and accomplishing tasks. Experts that train guide dogs for the disabled have data that show right-pawed dogs tend to do better in tests than left-pawed dogs. Another indicator of success is the direction of a dog’s hair whorl – a hair whorl that goes counter-clockwise usually predicts good performance in the guide dog training tests.
Video 1: Left Paw Right Paw (length: 6.59 minutes)
Video 2: Secret Life of Dogs (length: 46.40 minutes)
Apparently, right-pawed dogs are more task-oriented than left-pawed dogs. Left-pawed dogs, on the other hand, have a stronger ‘fight or flight’ mentality.
Studies have also established that left-pawed dogs have a higher tendency of showing aggression. Stanley Coren has also written on this topic. To me, aggression – specially aggression towards humans – is a no-no.
A simple way to check a dog’s temperament is by observing how it reacts to loud, unfamiliar noise. When it hears loud, unfamiliar noise, it should react but remain calm. If it runs away from or charges aggressively towards the noise, then it’s not the dog I’m looking for. Nervous dogs (dogs that run away from noise) and aggressive dogs (dogs that charge) may need a lot of training to correct these behaviors. If it doesn’t react at all, it may have hearing problems.
Next week, I will start visiting breeders. I’m really excited. I can’t wait to pick the best, right-pawed, counter-clockwise hair whorled, calm miniature schnauzer. It would be nice to have a fast-learning, obedient dog disobeying and outsmarting me again.
How many dogs do you see?
I see three:
Frankie, Copper and me!
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