A] Personal Details
1] Your Name?
2] Your 2 Leggeds Names?
3] What type of K9 are you? [Breed]
“Bichon Shih Tzu, Mostly Bichon though.”
4] How Old Are You?
“7 years old in May.”
5] Do you run your household?
6] Do you live inside or outside the house?
“I live inside.”
7] Where about in the world do you live?
B] Exercise/Play Time/Adventuring
8] How often do you take your 2 leggeds for a walk?
“3-4 times a day, but in the summer time pretty much sun up to sun down.”
9] Do you vary the walks or trek the same route every day?
“Vary between several nearby natural areas.”
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?
“They want me to talk, but I am a lot shy.”
11] Are you allowed to do ‘stuff’ on your walks freely?
“I pretty much do as I want, Dad believes in me enjoying the outdoors.”
14] Are you loved every day?
“I like to have my belly scratched and cuddle a lot, he doesn’t let me down.”
15] Do your 2 leggeds take you away on holidays with them?
“Dad is a stay home guy, we just visit friends.”
“Don’t worry Dad, l have got this covered – it’s safe … honest!”
17] Are you given treats? Too few or just right? What are your favourites?
“I have allergies so Dad roasts veggies for me and those are my treats.”
18] Are you fed a nutritional diet?
“My main meals are fish and veggies, as l have allergies to beef and chicken.”
19] Is your food moist or dry or both or even the raw meat diet?
“My food is moist, but l get a lil bran in the morning with it.”
20] Do you enjoy it or is it boring?
“I can’t wait to eat, l get so excited.”
21] Do you eat it every day, or sometimes refuse to?
“I eat it everyday and love it.”
22] Are you allowed to sample your 2 leggeds food?
“I only can have my food, Dads food is too rich for me.”
23] Do you eat your food when you are expected to, or when you wish to?
“Twice a day at brekkie, and supper.”
D] Your Personal K9 Stuff
24] Do you have a favourite piece of 2 legged clothing and if so, do they know?
“My Dads sweater, that he puts down for me.”
26] Do you deliberately play up at times, just to annoy or worry the 2 leggeds?
“I respect and love my Dad, as he does me.”
“Have warmed it for you Dad, all nice and cosy.”
27] Do you have a bed?
28] If so, do you sleep in your bed, or their bed, or the couch or all three and more?
“Dads bed is my bed.”
29] How much alone time or ‘just you’ time do you have?
“I prefer to be with Dad as much as possible, I fret when he isn’t here.”
30] Do your 2 leggeds make you dress up?
“Nope, no dress ups.”
32] Do you have a friendly vet?
“My vet is friendly enough, but I get stressed when I have to go see him.”
33] What would be your perfect day?
“Perfect day is sitting on the deck in the warm weather with Dad watching the squirrels. Dad is so happy to be with me, when he has to leave me for a lil while he gets anxious to see me again and makes a huge fuss over me when he gets back, its embarrassing.”
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? 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 …
“Dad got me as a puppy from a breeder that wasn’t very humane, sometimes when we are sitting around enjoying the peace, he tells that he is sure that he saved my life in picking, but then he also tells me I saved his life also, don’t know what that means but when he says it, some water is in his eyes.”
My special thanks to Bentley and his Dad for taking part in our K9 questionnaire and telling us a little about their home life in Ontario and how in many respects they are in essence and soul made for each other. Together they are one mind, the true companionship credo of Pawtism!
Hope you enjoyed reading … Tootle Pip from Doodlepip!
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