Oz the Terrier and his Mom came up with a great topic for our third WOOF Support Blog Hop! “What do you love about your reactive dog?” It’s a great way to concentrate on the positives of having/handling a reactive dog. It can be all too easy at times to get caught up in the negative side of life. So, with that said, I will move on to what I love about my reactive dog, Ducky.
As my title says, “what’s NOT to love?!”
At home, especially, Ducky is one of the sweetest, most affectionate dogs I’ve ever lived with. She will jump up in our laps and smother us with slobbery kisses. Or, she’ll be chewing on a Nylabone barbell toy and suddenly flop over on her side and go to sleep. It’s so cute that you can’t help but feel your heart expand.
She will be curled up in the corner of the couch nearest to my recliner and suddenly rest her head on the couch’s arm rest and look at me with so much love in her eyes.
After getting into a growling, snarling match with her sister, Shadow, she will go to Shadow and submissively lick her lips or her face. It’s as if she’s saying “I’m sorry, Shadow. I ruv you.” And all is right in their lives again.
Ducky’s personality is all Corgi. She’s a talker, a grumbler, a bossy little stinker. She grumbles up a storm when hubby or I disturb her naps. Oh. My. Dog! You would think we were burglars in the house! It’s funny now that we’re used to it, but there was a time when it provoked an impatient tirade from hubby. He still gets annoyed at times if she gets too loud, but for the most part I can’t help but smile or even laugh.
Ducky cracks us up when she scratches her back on the carpet! She wiggles and wriggles and growls and grumbles. And she loves when I put my hand on her belly or use my hand to gently turn her head from side to side. She loves to nip at our toes and hands in play. Sometimes she nips a bit too hard and it hurts. But when we cry “ouch!” she stops and looks at us before going back to the game. And the funniest thing is that whenever Callie and Shadow scratch their backs on the carpet, Ducky grumbles at them for disturbing her. (Sorry, there’s some background noise from the TV on the video clip; and I’m not sure of how to get rid of it.)
What’s not to love about my little demon dog? She loves us. She loves her big sisters. She loves life. She makes us laugh every day. She rescued us from a ho-hum, sedentary life when we rescued her from the shelter. She makes Callie and Shadow get up and play with her, gets them to chase her around the yard or help her chase the neighbors’ cat out of our yard or a squirrel up a tree. She goes up to them both and licks their face. And she lets Callie clean her face occasionally.
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