As of February, Poochie is 3 years old~ <3
Poochie, my chocolate Miniature Pinscher, is probably around 1 year and 8 months old. The F.O.P Min Pin Rescue, as well as the vet both guesstimated that her birthday might be around 2/12/2008. She’s been with us for a little over a year and
Poochie is still a big chicken when it comes to certain things. Unless a family member is being harmed by someone, she’s all bark and no bite. Actually, no.. even when she’s upset about someone being smacked, or yelled at.. she’s still all bark and no bite. She avoids having to bite the attacker. She just barks, makes whiney raccoon like noises, and lunges and does warning snaps. She also likes to grab onto the hands and press them down. ADORABLE. She’s also an excellent alarm for any strangers that might be nearby. Of course, from time to time, that can be quite an annoyance… : )
Still, Poochie’s made tremendous improvements. She’s learned to ignore certain noises and she’s gotten much braver around loud noises and large, moving objects in our house. For instance, she doesn’t run like hell for safety when the vacuum cleaner’s turned out. Instead, she watches the person and machine (which always happens to be me) and stays close by. Once the vacuum’s turned off, she likes to go up to it and examine it. It’s adorable. Boxes are no longer as scary as they used to be. Rather, whenever my parents come home from Costco/Sam’s Club, she likes to poke her nose into the boxes as they’re being dragged in. Before, she used to just.. disappear into her crate or her bed. Right, that’s one big change. She’s gotten a lot nosier and is a PRO with the puppy-dog-eye routine. It doesn’t work on me, or my mom. My dad, on the other hand, is a whole other issue. I’ll write more about my dad in a future post.
She’s still a stubborn brat, from time to time, but she still shows a good amount of improvement each time we do our occasional training. For months, she liked to ignore my commands. It’s understandable when she does it while we’re outdoors, since there are soo many distractions. It isn’t like we go outside for hours on end. It’d be awesome if we could be outside all the time. She’d be much better socialized.
Socialization is still a huge challenge for us. I mean, I’ve been better about taking her out more and as often as I can to crowded gatherings, with different kinds of people and dogs. Still, it’s not often enough as I would like : / I’m iffy about dog parks since I don’t know how she’ll react and since I don’t like to trust others with their dogs. The last thing I’d want is for Poochie to get mauled by an unleashed dog, that probably should’ve been kept on-leash, etc. I know a few people with dogs, but I’m awful about getting in touch and setting up play dates.
This is getting kind of long.. and I don’t have any pictures ready to make the post seem more interesting, so I’m going to stop here.. for now. I also lost my train of thought.. Until next time!
I absolutely hate putting ads on my websites, but recently I’ve been in dire need of money. So… I’m doing anything I can do start dragging in some of that dough, so .. I apologize.
Starting to brainstorm on some ideas for other means of profit. Maybe I’ll make something and sell @ etsy. I’ll keep you posted!
ps. thanks to those who visit this site :)
pps if you have any suggestions for posts, etc.. feel free to comment! I’ve been busy+lazy lately to post anything meaningful other than photos and little updates on Poochie. I do plan on blogging more about other issues, tips, etc.
Now for a few more recent photos of our beloved Poochie
I absolutely love that she’s started to look out the window more. It’s adorable, ESPECIALLY because she doesn’t bark when something/someone goes by. Instead she does a kind of a frustrated growl+whine+what I call a raccoon gurble.
Gorgeous day, the other day. I couldn’t stop taking photos of these fluffs.
This isn’t that interesting, but thanks to the heat+humidity, Poochie has started to sleep in weirder positions OTHER than the tight ball she usually sleeps in. Though, I do kind of miss her sleeping under blankets/towels and being able to see only her nose.
Some.. pointless shots in the kitchen.
That’s all for now!
OH! No documentation of this, sorry, but she met her first frog a couple nights ago. She punched the hell out of it, pounced after it when it hopped away, and flipped it around a lot. She attempted to pick it up with her mouth, but she learned quickly that that’s a pretty nasty idea… It was great. The frog made a crazy squeak sound (exactly like that of the squeaker in a dog’s squeaky toy) when she’d punch it too hard.
As expected, it’s been slow, but Poochie has made some progress in the socializing department. I really wish I had a fenced yard so she can run around as much as she wants. Since she’s so fast and she gets so easily distracted by everything, I’ve been antsy about training her off leash. She knows when she isn’t leashed so she knows she can run away if she wants to. She tends to get stubborn when I tell her to COME, but mostly when she’s off leash. Only thing she will do is STOP an STAY when I tell her to.. I don’t know, she listens sometimes, but I’m a long ways away from being able to play with her off leash in our yard.
I can’t remember if I’d posted any pictures of her playing with Bailey back in November 2008, but I found a few adorable ones.
That’s it for now.. be back soon..
This was a first. Her tail leaked out of one of the holes.
While the other end was trying to sleep..
I believe I’d forgotten to share stories + photos abt Poochie’s first time experience at a park (Robert E Lee Park in Baltimore, MD). I went there with a friend of mine and as soon as Poochie saw random specks of dogs here and there (which is also a new sight for her, at least with me) she started to freak out - lunging and making freakish wailing noises like I was tormenting her or something. Honestly, Jess and I did NOT know what to do in that situation, but I mean.. after getting to meet a good handful of dogs she finally calmed down. Rather she met a couple new friends! Here’s a photo of her and the two dogs (Ebby - pit mix, Rocky - Poochie’s love interest, who didn’t want anything to do with her):
This was also the first time Poochie went for a little swim in the water river (? reservoir?) there. Ebby’s owner gave me a few pointers on introducing her to water.
It was also the first time a stranger held her leash, which she didn’t really think much of.
Until next time!