Thought I'd let you know how I'm
making out in New Jersey. At first we had a lot of getting used to each other to do. But
I've got my mistress pretty well trained now as to my likes and dislikes. Here's a list of
what I like that she doesn't and how we each feel about it:
I like going to the park on Saturdays to see all the other dogs,
joggers and bikers (and also the ducks, geese, squirrels etc.). I found I can swim in the
lake but not good enough to get me a duck or goose dinner. I'm a slow swimmer but on
ground I can really travel! She doesn't seem at all impressed by my game bird skills so to
please her, I sit like a good dog now (it's hard) and just watch them and she's impressed
with my inaction. If she would only let me loose, I just know I can catch us a dinner
or two in nothing flat.
Last week we went to Virginia and I discovered cows in the field, but for some reason,
she wouldn't let me to catch any of them for her (we could have fit at least 2 in the
pickup and we could have STEAK and JERKY TREATS every night until spring!) I tell you,
these Eastern folks just don't appreciate my talent.
She just doesn't know what fun it is to chase things although one night I did corner
(without her help) and catch (with her help) an opossum in the yard; she thought it was
dead but I knew better - I really upset her - and then after it finished playing
possum, she let it get away! Those rawhide strips and doughnuts and balls are okay
for puppies, but it's not like what a real genuine hunting dog wants.
Don't Fence Me In
Hey... tell your dogs they can get out of a chain link fence if they go to the corner
and climb it with 2 feet on each side of the corner.. it works every time (but now she
found out how I do it and now she's got me in the duck pen when I'm out back alone). Ask
Claude if he knows how to get out of it, I need some tips on this one.
The Great "out" doors
She especially does not appreciate how fast I can move out of the front door when she
opens it... she now handicaps me by making me sit back about 5 feet from the door so she
can beat me to it and close it before I get through it - It's not fair. I ask you, how
fast does a dog have to be? I don 't think a greyhound could make it past her!
Shop till you drop
One morning I got out (showed her I could still beat her to the door) and I ran to the
7-11 store alone to get my liverwurst; thought I'd help her out with the groceries but she
claims they wouldn't give me any because I don't have any money; I tell you, my effort was
not appreciated at all. Life here in Trenton sure is strange! She wants to bring home all
the bacon and liverwurst too!
I can't even sleep on the couch here. I think Karen gave her some sort of "tattle
tale" that screeches whenever I get up there. How does she expect me to
get a good night's sleep... on the floor? Like a dog?? I thought you'd find
me a dog-friendly house that I could run my way.
HER IDEA OF A GOOD DOG
The only time I know she is pleased with me is when we go for a walk at night, she
sometimes acts 'drunk' and bumps into me so I have to stay a little bit away and keep my
eye on her to see what she's up to. She calls me a "heal" then she tells me I'm
a "good girl", I don't know what she really thinks, it's confusing! I don't
think I'm a heal.
||IS THERE A SANTA?
I asked her for something nice for Christmas, but Karen told her only good dogs get to
pick out their own presents, the rest get a surprise. I wonder what it will be... maybe
one of Santa's reindeer to chase? (Probably it will only be those stupid fake antlers that
people put on dogs) Ho! Ho! Ho! Please tell her to get me something GOOD - Trick or Treat
was in October!
|Vicki, thanks a lot for finding me a job when all I really wanted was a home I could
run. You sure bombed out this time, don't send any more dogs to New Jersey. They only have
a dog's life here; no fun loving dog deserves to work so hard - at least find them someone
who 's not so "dog" gone dumb!
Anyhow, she's getting smarter, (she's a lot smarter than when I got here), so I'm doing
my job - teaching her how to teach me.