A] Personal Details
1] Your Name?
2] Your 2 Leggeds Names?
3] What type of K9 are you? [Breed]
4] How Old Are You?
5] Do you run your household?
“Yes – well, I try to and it mostly works.”
6] Do you live inside or outside the house?
7] Where about in the world do you live?
“Foothills in Alberta”
B] Exercise/Play Time/Adventuring
8] How often do you take your 2 leggeds for a walk?
“Live on an acreage so don’t really go for walks however my people do take me out around the entire acreage a few times a week.”
9] Do you vary the walks or trek the same route every day?
“Same trek around 20 acres.”
10] Do your 2 leggeds allow you to talk to other K9’s on your walks or do they huff and puff behind you and urge you to hurry along?
“I don’t get along with other K9’s and we live in the country – if K9’s from other surrounding farms come by my place….it’s never good. ☹ “
11] Are you allowed to do ‘stuff’ on your walks freely?
“I am never leashed so can run wild and do whatever I want as long as I come back when my people call me.”
12] Have your 2 leggeds ever embarrassed you? If so how?
“Ha! They do have an issue with me eating horse poop and do tell me to stop around my large 4 legged friends (horses).”
13] Do your 2 leggeds expect you to fetch the ball/toy every time during soft/hard play?
“I’m an Akita and I tend to not do anything I’m supposed to – it takes mom a few times of telling me to do something, and then, when I decide I want to do it, I will – I’m pretty good with her though – I don’t leave her hanging too long. But I may fetch a ball once and then since they expect me to do it again, I don’t. Ha ha!”
* Do you have favourite toys and if so what are they?
“I had many favourite toys and played with them all… but since a dog attack last year, I haven’t played with any of my toys except one of them, which I’ve only just started carrying around again in the past couple weeks. The attack broke my spirit a little bit. It’s a toy squirrel Mom got from the dollar store 😊.”
14] Are you loved every day? “YES!”
Fussed over? “YES!”
Played with? “YES!”
Made to feel special? “YES!”
15] Do your 2 leggeds take you away on holidays with them?
“Depends on where they are going but mostly no.”
16] Do you get to pick where you go if they do?
“No….Though I know our 2 legged friends love me, it just doesn’t work for them to take me in, they either have dogs, allergic, don’t have fenced yard… so I have to go to the stinky kennel – Mom hates putting me there so she doesn’t go away very much.”
17] Are you given treats? Too few or just right? What are your favourites?
“…did someone mention treats?! DROOL! Yes to treats! I get the amount a small dog should get – my Mom won’t give me what the bag says I can have….5 is too many she says.. only 1 she says… puh! But I am a bit picky – nothing too processed… my favourite are dried up chicken chews – mmmmmmmmmmmmm boy!”
18] Are you fed a nutritional diet? “Yes.”
19] Is your food moist or dry or both or even the raw meat diet?
“Dry with added moist food (rice & chicken, etc.)”
20] Do you enjoy it or is it boring?
“If Mom puts in the moist food, I’m good with it but dry dog food… I’ve gone on strike and starved myself before to prove that I won’t eat that crap by itself! Who invented dry dog food anyways??”
21] Do you eat it every day, or sometimes refuse to?
“Again, if moist food has been added, I will eat it everyday.”
22] Are you allowed to sample your 2 leggeds food?
“Yes – I know I’m not supposed too but my Mom keeps saying dry dog food is crap (I agree with her) and so she does give me meat … soooo good! My favourite is chicken and elk.”
23] Do you eat your food when you are expected to, or when you wish to?
“I’m always hungry – I had to be put on a diet because I have bad hind legs and 100 pounds is too much – so I eat it up immediately. I used to never do this – I had better manners and would take my time but now I am so hungry all the time. Mom hates this diet thing. She wants me to be happy and content in my belly.”
D] Your Personal K9 Stuff
24] Do you have a favourite piece of 2 legged clothing and if so, do they know?
“I love socks and slippers – nothing hidden though.”
25] Go on be a Devil – tell us what it is ….?
“Ha ha – I’m a good puppy …and if I did, well, I just can’t say as then they may find out” 😊
26] Do you deliberately play up at times, just to annoy or worry the 2 leggeds?
“I actually do the opposite – I live with pain every day but I’m so used to living with it, that I don’t let on when I am in pain most of the time. If it’s really bad though, I can’t help myself.”
27] Do you have a bed?
“I actually have a few….that I don’t use. Mom bought me this nice huge soft bed, but it’s not nice material as the fuzzies go everywhere.. up my nose, make me sneeze. I have rugs now – Mom cant find a good bed and has spent hundreds on trying to find a good one. I have 2 other beds..one I don’t like as it’s just not a good size for me and the other one, Mom took it to the kennels with me and since then, I want nothing to do with it.”
28] If so, do you sleep in your bed, or their bed, or the couch or all three and more?
“I don’t ever go on furniture – I never have wanted to. Mom used to try to get me on the couch when I was a pup but I didn’t like it and wanted down. To this day, still no furniture, no bed – plus I have bad legs and wouldn’t be able to get up on any of it now ha ha”
29] How much alone time or ‘just you’ time do you have?
“I hate alone time.. let’s get that part straight – hate it! I get sad and stay in the same spot ALL day if I am left in the house. If I am left outside during the day, I may go around the yard if I think something is up but mostly still just sit there. So a few days a week – Mom works from home 2 days a week which I LOVE! So for sure 3 days a week, almost every week, I am left by myself. ☹
30] Do your 2 leggeds make you dress up?
“NEVER! Mom would never allow such a thing.”
32] Do you have a friendly vet?
“I have a new vet who I am just getting to know but he seems nice and knows what he is talking about.”
33] What would be your perfect day?
“My perfect day would be spent with both Mom and Papa, and we go out on the acreage walking and running around, playing… I love being outside and out on the acreage with Mom and papa. This is my most favourite thing!”
In spite of everything … the manipulations and the training you must subject them to – are they happy that you are there to mentor for them?
“They are very happy – they know how I roll. I have also helped them through some very difficult times and they need me as much as I need them.”
Finally, in your own words tell us something about both you and your 2 leggeds that the questions haven’t touched on or asked about – something unique …
“When I came to my home, Papa wanted me to be a soldier for the homestead. As I was Mom’s first K9 friend.. she babied me, so Papa says… Mom and I call it love but we all know.. she just babied me ha ha. I am still a soldier but boy am I a big suck. I love hugs and kisses and cuddles and my people. I hate being away from my people. But we Akitas are like that 😊.”
“I am also a very good boy, in that, since I was a puppy, I have the entire house to myself when Mom left, but I have never, not once, got into anything while she wasn’t home and I am still like this to this day. I know what’s mine and what isn’t.”
My sincere thanks to Ruger, his Mom and Papa for pawticipaing in my K9 questionnaire and sharing not only his story, but his adventures and his journey with us. Ruger has the most charming personality and was a great interview. Don’t forget to check him out on his Twitter or his blog.
Hope you enjoyed reading … Tootle Pip from Doodlepip!
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