Dear Jen and Furry Friends Network,
An update on the lovely Miss Lisa Marie. Lisa graduated valedictorian of her basic obedience class, and was one of only 2, in a class of 9, to pass the test for intermediate obedience. She is so crisp and energetic in all her activities -- always happy to try something new -- no fear. Although the photos show her on leash -- she is now off leash on all of her adventures!
There are lakes with dams and streams 2-4 miles in either direction from our home. We swim 4 times a week. When we are energetic and have time, we walk to the stream or dam. Otherwise we are on the hunt for the perfect swimming hole -- taking all the dirt roads to secluded swimming spots at the lakes. Lisa has been swimming since she was about 5 months old and jumped into a slushy pond, nearly giving me heart failure, but coming up swimming and proud as could be. She is the only dog I've seen that actually floats -- she stretches out (even in the kiddy pool in the yard) and just relaxes and floats.
Lisa loves the big dogs -- her brother Sarge is 95 pounds -- and she is definitely dominant. Because we thought she'd be larger than her 38 skinny pounds (just a ball of energy) -- she is in the big dog training classes with German Shepherds, Great Danes and Labs -- she LOVES German Shepherds.... the only dog that gets along with every dog there -- no fear, no hesitation, no aggression. She also plays quite well with Sarah, our cat, even letting Sarah groom her ears.
Only one difficulty along the way -- she was by far the hardest dog I've ever potty trained. Within days of her arrival, she would potty outside on command -- then relieve herself on our nice warm carpet. I started taking her out every hour -- and she'd go promptly -- but still go in the house. Finally caught on she was so smart she was giving us a courtesy pee, getting her treat, then finishing in the house -- who wants to pee on snow? I don't crate train -- so I ended up leashing her to me -- but didn't completely solve the problem till Spring. We joked that our Christmas decorating theme was red bottles of "Resolve" with paper towel garlands.... exasperating, but I LOVE independence and ingenuity (as long as I win eventually).
She is the perfect dog.... Lisa brings us such irrepressible joy!!! Many thanks for the work that you do.