A] Personal Details
1] Your Name?
2] Your 2 Leggeds Names?
“Mum and Dad.”
3] What K9 Breed are you?
4] How Old Are You?
5] Do you run your household?
6] Do you live inside or outside the house?
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?
“Morning and evening and the beach or the park several days a week in the afternoon.”
9] Do you vary the walks or trek the same route every day?
“The morning walk is the same route but we vary the evening walk.”
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 a bit of a collie with other dogs! I see a dog and I drop to the ground until they pass. People think I’m tired until I jump up and try to round their dog up . In the park I like to have a sniff but I would rather chase my ball than play.”
11] Are you allowed to do ‘stuff’ on your walks freely?
“Off the lead I am given a fair bit of freedom but I’m not allowed to eat stuff or roll in anything smelly.”
12] Have your 2 leggeds ever embarrassed you? If so how?
“No that’s my job!”
13] Do your 2 leggeds expect you to fetch the ball/toy every time during soft/hard play?
“It’s my favourite thing to do and I insist they throw my toys even when they aren’t in the mood.”
* Do you have favourite toys and if so what are they?
“I’ve got lots of toys but as a member of the pigposse I am very fond of my pig.”
14] Are you loved every day? Definitely
Fussed over? “Yes.”
Tickled? “I’m not keen on being tickled.”
Cuddled? “Mum likes to cuddle me but unless I’m sleepy I prefer to play.”
Played with? “I insist on play.”
Made to feel special? “Mum is always telling me I’m specia.”
15] Do your 2 leggeds take you away on holidays with them?
“They choose holidays that allow me to go. They never go on holiday without me.”
16] Do you get to pick where you go if they do?
“I’m happy to go anywhere as long as there is a beach!”
17] Are you given treats? Too few or just right? What are your favourites?
“I do get treats my favourites are stuff that mum doesn’t allow such as cake and cheese but I rely on dad for those. I’m rather fond of ice cream too.”
18] Are you fed a nutritional diet?
“Yes they changed my food about a year ago and I love the new stuff it’s called Orijen.”
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 love it.”
21] Do you eat it every day, or sometimes refuse to?
“I never refuse unless I’m poorly.”
22] Are you allowed to sample your 2 leggeds food?
“Dad allows me to mum prefers not to she’s always muttering about my weight.”
23] Do you eat your food when you are expected to, or when you wish to?
“I eat my breakfast when it is put down but my evening meal I choose the time. Sometimes I hang on to see if dad has a tasty morsel to add to it.”
D] Your Personal K9 Stuff
24] Do you have a favourite piece of 2 legged clothing and if so, do they know?
“No I don’t.”
26] Do you deliberately play up at times, just to annoy or worry the 2 leggeds?
“Oh every evening when they settle down to relax! You can’t beat a soggy toy on their knee to get attention! Random barking is also annoying I believe.”
27] Do you have a bed?
“I do but I don’t use it much.”
28] If so, do you sleep in your bed, or their bed, or the couch or all three and more?
“I sleep on the rug at mums side of the bed or across the bedroom doorway so no one can get past me.”
29] How much alone time or ‘just you’ time do you have?
“Not much there’s usually someone at home to play with. When I was very young and mum and dad were out at work my mums mum used to look after me most of the da.”
30] Do your 2 leggeds make you dress up?
“Mum would like to but I’m not co operative although I did end up with antlers at Christmas.”
“I see the camera and usually turn away from it. They have to be quick to catch me but occasionally I cooperate.”
31] Do you actually enjoy it or simply tolerate it because it appears to please them?
“I don’t like being photographed. Photos mean standing still and I like to be on the move.”
32] Do you have a friendly vet?
“I love my vet he always makes a fuss of me.”
33] What would be your perfect day?
“A lie in, a walk, breakfast then off to the beach for a run and a swim then some ice cream – perfect!”
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 tell me they wouldn’t want to be without me.”
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 …
“Well I’m a bit weird! I have issues with aerosols I go nuts trying to bite the can when mum polishes or sprays air freshener. I don’t bother about deodorants or hair spray though. I do the same when she lights candles I go crazy jumping up and barking. I can sit and stare at a can of polish for ages until its picked up then its crazy time.”
My special thanks to Murphy and his Mum and Dad for pawticipating in our K9 questionnaire – and sharing home life and adventures with us all here. Ah Murphy a K9 after my own heart – no pawparazzi – speak to the paw. Yes my Dad’s got to be quick also if he wants to capture moments of me! It’s the right attitude to possess!
It’s strange, l have a Border collie called Marley live near me, and he too likes to ’round up’, so much so that like you, if he sees another K9 approaching he drops to the floor! The first time he did it, he spooked me something horrible! My vet has told me that l don’t see Border collies properly as is due to my vision, so l see half a dog approach me, then lie down and l am very wary! Then we l stop and let him pass he flies past me at 90 miles an hour! Very spooky indeed, but l see now why – so thank you for explaing it properly to me, l will have to cut Marley some slack!
Ps: Yes l too lurve ice -cream!
Once again, my thanks to you all for taking pawt!
Way to go, Power to the Bark!
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