A] Personal Details
1] Your Names?
“Micah. My friend’s name is Marley.”
2] Your 2 Leggeds Names?
Mama and Me
“Mama. I only have a Mama. Marley has a Mom and a Master who is Mom’s son.”
3] What K9 Breed are you?
“Both Marley and I are Goldendoodles.”
4] How Old Are You?
“I am 7. Marley is around 3 but he won’t tell me his age. His Mom says he’s about 3 years old.”
5] Do you run your household?
“You see, I’m very, very spoiled. I get my way pretty much of the time. Marley… not so much. Mom and Master are pretty strict with him. He hasn’t yet learned how to manipulate his Mom and Master. Well, they DID use a shock collar on him so he listens better.”
6] Do you live inside or outside the house?
“Marley and I both live inside – but LOVE to run around together outside. My heart is really outside but I am not allowed to LIVE outside. Sigh. That’s one point I can’t win with Mama.”
7] Where about in the world do you live?
“Marley and I live in North Canton, Ohio, U.S.A. We’re next door neighbour’s and the best of friends!”
B] Exercise/Play Time/Adventuring
“Oh! I love exercise and playtime! Marley and I love to hang out in each other’s backyards and run & play & tease each other. We are both very active…but I think I’m even more active than Marley… and I’m older!”
8] How often do you take your 2 leggeds for a walk?
“Oh, usually about once a day in the morning. Marley goes with Master in the evenings when he gets home from university.”
9] Do you vary the walks or trek the same route every day?
“Marley & I usually walk around our neighbourhood – but not during the same time. Master and Mama knows we’d get into mischief and be a tiny bit hard to handle together. Sometimes, Mama takes me on the trail path and to the doggy park. My favourite thing to do is to walk, walk, walk! Yesterday, I tried to break free from Mama and run after the kitties hiding behind in the bushes in the front yard of someone’s home. Hey, a guy’s gotta try, right? I DO love kitties!”
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?
“Well, you see, I am the friendliest dog in the neighbourhood. I talk to EVERYBODY! But Mama gets a bit impatient as I tug & pull on the leash so I can get nose-to-nose with my new buddies. I figure…who wouldn’t want to talk to me? I’m nice, smart and VERY good-looking! Marley…well, not so much. Shhh! Don’t tell him I said so!”
11] Are you allowed to do ‘stuff’ on your walks freely?
“Well, Mama DID allow me to run after a squirrel once. And, sometimes she lets me play a little bit with another K9 friend who lives down the street when she’s hanging out in the front yard. But Mama says it’s not polite to just intrude on someone’s territory without first asking. She’s hung up on manners, you see.”
12] Have your 2 leggeds ever embarrassed you? If so how?
“Well, yeah, sometimes. But I’m not too easily embarrassed. Except the time I heard Mama tell Master I had a bit of, uh, flatulence after eating one of Marley’s treats. Hey, he offered!”
13] Do your 2 leggeds expect you to fetch the ball/toy every time during soft/hard play?
“Actually, I LOVE fetching the ball outside. But here’s the thing: I never let go of it once I retrieve it! It’s kind of a game I play with Mama and Master.”
* Do you have favourite toys and if so what are they?
“Anything plushy! I love to sink my teeth into my toys and hear them squeak! I also love balls of any kind!”
14] Are you loved every day?
Fussed over? “Of course silly!”
Tickled? “Not really!”
Cuddled? “Yep! ALL the time!” (eye roll)
Played with? “Yes, inside & outside!”
Made to feel special? “Well, I am special! So, of course!”
15] Do your 2 leggeds take you away on holidays with them?
“Nope! I usually stay with Auntie Lynn when Mama goes away. But I DO love, love, love to ride in the car and go on short trips! Anytime Mama says, “Wanna go for a ride?” I’m there! Let’s gooo!!!”
16] Do you get to pick where you go if they do?
“Don’t I wish!”
17] Are you given treats? Too few or just right? What are your favourites?
“Mama makes homemade pumpkin and peanut butter treats for me. I never eat store bought treats anymore. She gives me 2-3 a day. She’s a bit worried about my snacking. My vet also told Mama to give me plain Cheerios, too. They’re low-fat and are OK in small doses.”
18] Are you fed a nutritional diet?
“Yes. And I love it.”
19] Is your food moist or dry or both or even the raw meat diet?
“I usually eat dry food. But sometimes, I’m given boiled chicken or turkey in my meal. No raw diet yet but I think that’s gonna happen soon.”
20] Do you enjoy it or is it boring?
“I LOVE to eat! I never find food boring.”
21] Do you eat it every day, or sometimes refuse to?
“Oh, I never refuse to eat. Ever.”
22] Are you allowed to sample your 2 leggeds food?
“Oh, absolutely! But only in very small amounts.”
23] Do you eat your food when you are expected to, or when you wish to?
“Hey, I tell Mama when I want to eat. She knows I expect my morning meal around 6:30 a.m. every day – without exception! I’m a bit more flexible in the evening though.”
D] Your Personal K9 Stuff
24] Do you have a favourite piece of 2 legged clothing and if so, do they know?
“Socks. I LOVE socks!!!”
25] Go on be a Devil – tell us what it is ….?
“OK, oookay shoes, too. Especially furry boots. Those are my absolute favourite.”
26] Do you deliberately play up at times, just to annoy or worry the 2 leggeds?
“Nope. I’m a pretty straightforward guy.”
27] Do you have a bed?
“I refuse to sleep on that silly bed Mama got me years ago. I prefer the couch.”
28] If so, do you sleep in your bed, or their bed, or the couch or all three and more?
“I sleep on the couch or on the floor.”
29] How much alone time or ‘just you’ time do you have?
“It varies. It can be all day or just a few hours a day. I really don’t like much alone time. Except when I’m up for a nap. Then, I like to be left alone. No fussing or cuddling, please.”
30] Do your 2 leggeds make you dress up?
* For which holiday or festivity is this applicable?
“Aww, not really. Sometime for Xmas.”
* Pose for pictures?
“Well, yeah. But mostly I get snapped when I’m just doing my thing. Like I LOVE shredding paper. It’s the most fun thing to do in the world!”
31] Do you actually enjoy it or simply tolerate it because it appears to please them?
“Tolerate it. If I have to.”
32] Do you have a friendly vet?
“Oh, I love my vet. He’s the bomb! And I think he’s kinda sweet on me as well.”
33] What would be your perfect day?
“Being outside ALL day without being forced to come inside. Oh, and playing with Marley, of course!”
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?
“Heck, yeah! I’m Mama’s world! And I know it!”
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 …
“My Mama hates carrying my poopy when on walks so she invented the WoofPack dog walking accessory bag. There’s a special antimicrobial lining inside the bag that holds bagged doggy poop. It even holds Mama’s cell phone, keys & treats for me! That way, she has at least one hand free when we walk in areas where trash cans aren’t readily available.”
“Oh, and every time the doorbell rings on the TV, I think it’s someone ringing our doorbell! I run around and bark & bark & bark! Then, I feel really silly! Not to forget to mention I run up to the TV and swipe my paws at the doggy’s I see on TV. I just want to make new friends all the time!”
My thanks to Micah and Marley for taking part in our K9 questionnaire. And also a big thanks’ to Mama, Mom and Master for sharing with us a little view into home life!
Can totally relate to the shredding of paper, for me its toilet rolls … sometimes not always not in use … perhaps another time!
Don’t forget to check out their Twitter account, but also take a toddle and a waggle along to Woof Pack Trails because that looks pawsome! In fact, let me tell Dad …………. DAD!! looksee here!
Way to go, Power to the Bark!
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