A] Personal Details
1] Your Name?
“Cedar. Mum and Dad named me after a type of tree that grows around here and also because my colour is similar to cedar wood.”
2] Your 2 Leggeds Names?
“Mum and Dad, and there’s also my two hubros who are away at university. I miss them a lot, but get to see them on holidays and some weekends.”
3] What type of K9 are you? [Breed]
“Golden Doodle. My Father was a white Standard Poodle and my Mother was a Golden Retriever.”
4] How Old Are You?
“12 years, 3 months. When you’re a senior doggo, you also include the months.”
5] Do you run your household?
“I think we’ve got a pretty democratic thing going here. I’ll call it a toss-up.”
6] Do you live inside or outside the house?
“Very much inside.”
7] Where about in the world do you live?
“Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.”
B] Exercise/Play Time/Adventuring
8] How often do you take your 2 leggeds for a walk?
“Usually once a day, but sometimes twice on weekends. I’m slowing down in my advanced years, so one good walk a day is usually good for me old bones!”
9] Do you vary the walks or trek the same route every day?
“There’s a few standard favourite places, so we tend to rotate our treks among a few different routes.”
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’m always up for a good sniff and greeting as long as the other guy seems friendly.”
11] Are you allowed to do ‘stuff’ on your walks freely?
“If we’ve got the time, I can usually do a bit of exploring – as long as it’s not raining! I’m not that keen on the rain. Snow, on the other hand, I can’t get enough of that stuff. If it’s snowing, Mum and Dad usually have to drag me back in the house. Ha, ha!”
12] Have your 2 leggeds ever embarrassed you? If so how?
“Where we live we have a lot of snow geese. Snow geese like to poo all over the place, especially places where we go for walks like in parks, fields or on the dyke trails. To me, these are like nice vegetarian snacks sprinkled down from heaven, but Mum and Dad get really grossed out and freak out when I partake, so … ya, once in a while, a little embarrassing with all that fuss.”
13] Do your 2 leggeds expect you to fetch the ball/toy every time during soft/hard play?
“I’ve never been big on “fetch”, even when I was a young pup – maybe 3 or 4 tosses, and I’m like, “nah, I’m good.”
* Do you have favourite toys and if so what are they?
Duck and me, sort’ve had a disagreement about stuffing – duck lost”
“I have all sorts of favourite toys: squeaky rubber lion, corduroy squeaky moose, soft Christmas squeaky bones, squeaky Charlie Brown, rope pull toy, squeaky hedgehog, Nemo (the clown fish), Westcoast squeaky salmon. If it’s soft and squeaky, I love it!”
14] Are you loved every day?
Made to feel special?
“Most definitely! They sometimes say I’m “the apple of their eye,” whatever that means?! 2 leggeds sure say funny things!”
15] Do your 2 leggeds take you away on holidays with them?
“Depends on where they’re going. Sometimes they go on an airplane, in which case, I stay at my Uncle and Auntie’s house with my cousin Mocha, a French Bulldog (and I get pretty spoiled). But often Mum and Dad go to Vancouver Island to visit Grandma and Grandpa, which is not far by car and ferry boat and then I always get to go along (and then I get Super-spoiled!).”
16] Do you get to pick where you go if they do?
“I’m happy to just jump in the car and go on a surprise adventure, wherever it is.”
17] Are you given treats? Too few or just right? What are your favourites?
“Mum and Dad seem to know just the right amount of treats. I’m on a restricted diet because of an allergy, so I’m allowed to have most veggies (carrots are my absolute favourite thing ever) and certain kinds of fruit and veggie based treats and snacks. Fruitables Natural Dog Treats (pumpkin and cranberry) are a staple in my house.”
18] Are you fed a nutritional diet?
“Yes. Medi-cal hypo-allergenic duck and potato. Otherwise, my ear infections go “nuclear.”
19] Is your food moist or dry or both or even the raw meat diet?
20] Do you enjoy it or is it boring?
“I like it most days, but once in a while I get bored with it. When that happens, suddenly more treats seem to get mixed in with the meal … so feigning boredom turns out to be a good treat-getting strategy! Ha, ha.”
21] Do you eat it every day, or sometimes refuse to?
“Once in a while I skip a meal. I have to watch my svelte figure.”
22] Are you allowed to sample your 2 leggeds food?
“Can l at least just lick the spoon, a tinsy winsy little bit?”
“Never, but not for lack of trying on my part. I’ve perfected that guilt-inducing stare at the 2 Leggeds’ meal time, but to no avail. The Vet has Mum and Dad pretty well trained when it comes to keeping me away from that stuff I’m allergic to.”
23] Do you eat your food when you are expected to, or when you wish to?
“I usually eat right away, but sometimes I save a little bit for a snack later on. : ) “
D] Your Personal K9 Stuff
24] Do you have a favourite piece of 2 legged clothing and if so, do they know?
25] Go on be a Devil – tell us what it is ….?
“I’m partial to Mum’s shoes. Whenever they come home from somewhere, I’m usually curled up in my bed with one of her shoes.”
26] Do you deliberately play up at times, just to annoy or worry the 2 leggeds?
“Not usually. I like being a good boy!”
27] Do you have a bed?
“I have two beds: one downstairs in the family room where I snooze and cuddle when we’re chillaxin’ during the day or evening, and one upstairs at the foot of Mum and Dad’s bed where I sleep at night.”
28] If so, do you sleep in your bed, or their bed, or the couch or all three and more?
“I never really got used to being in the big bed or on the sofas. I really like my two cosy beds. When I was a little pupper and my two hubros tried to put me on the couch or the big bed, I couldn’t get off fast enough! I know … weird for a doggo, but I’m most comfy in my own bed.”
29] How much alone time or ‘just you’ time do you have?
“Mum and Dad go someplace called “work” most days, so I do get the place to myself a lot of the time. I find that in my senior years, I need a lot more down time than when I was younger, so this actually works out pretty well.”
30] Do your 2 leggeds make you dress up?
“Not too often really, but I have been seen in a Santa hat or a pair of reading glasses every now and then, but only long enough to snap a few pictures. I do have a very jaunty green bow tie attached to my collar that my younger hubro gave me when I was just a little pupper. It’s been on my collar for as long as we can remember and it always gets a smile from folks when I’m out for walkies.”
31] Do you actually enjoy it or simply tolerate it because it appears to please them?
“It pleases them, so I play along a bit. Luckily they don’t make a habit of it.”
32] Do you have a friendly vet?
“My Vet is a sweetheart. When I was a little pupper, my Vet was a nice older man. He eventually retired, and now my Vet is his daughter!”
33] What would be your perfect day?
“Get up late after a nice lie-in. Breakfast, with a little bit of Mum’s toast as a chaser. Snooze in a sun puddle while they read the paper and drink coffee. Trip to the off-leash park by the river, running free with pals. Home for a little snooze. Treat. Dinner. More treats. A little after-dinner walkies if I still have the energy. Curl up in the family room with Mum, Dad and the hubros with them watchin’ movies or something. A perfect day. Dad says that’s his perfect day too!”
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?
“I think they’re a pretty happy bunch. I’m their first doggo (ever!) – and I’ve heard them say to folks that they couldn’t imagine life without me. I’m not sure I totally understand what that means, but I think it’s good.”
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 …
“I guess from this interview, I must sound like a pretty mellow guy. The truth is I wasn’t always like this. The mellow-ness has come with age, experience and a lot of patience from the 2 Leggeds. When I was little, I was a pretty naughty and hyper pup. They used to call me the Tasmanian Devil. I used to jump up on everybody, whether they liked it or not, and I wrecked my fair share of stuff too: shoes, clothes, leashes, cabinet doors, drywall, treasured kids art projects, you name it, I wrecked it. Eventually, I started calming down and now I’m pretty much perfect. At least I think so, haha.”
My thanks to Cedar, Mum and Dad and of course the ‘Hubros’ for all taking part in telling us a little about family life. I was like you when younger Cedar, hence why my name is Scrappy and l am a girl, l was named after Scooby Doo’s side kick cousin for being a right tearaway, but now at 14 and 5 months – because YES at a certain point we do start including the months – l calmed down. Thoroughly enjoyed the interview, so a huge cuddle, tail wiggles and hi paws to you all.
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